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"Small company the is experiencing growing pains"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at SmartBrief full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Autonomy, relaxed environment, earning potential

Cons

Mini-fiefdoms, departments don't collaborate, lack of communication

Advice to Management

Management from the top must regularly communicate the values and goals of the organization. Share the good news, spread the love.

Other Employee Reviews for SmartBrief

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great products and content. It is not a start-up anymore so they need to progress with systems, benefits, controls, etc."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SmartBrief full-time

    Pros

    If you're just out of college you may think this is greatest place in the whole world for a first job. No real dress code is enforced, everyone eats together and drinks together after work. Many people live in DC or nearby NoVA and most get along well. Editorial and overall content and products are solid and respected.

    Cons

    Opportunity for career advancement is limited as is overall pay and benefits. Working remotely is discouraged, which for an digital media company seems silly. Implementing changes to processes or new products takes a village.

    Advice to Management

    Write down some processes (and if they do exist, share them with your teams) and endorse people implementing changes with the essential personnel instead of a "decision team" that takes 20 phone calls and endless emails with no real result.


  2. "Running backwards blindfolded."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to hide behind office politics and pretend to be getting things done, it's easy. People with no real or appropriate experience will be given major responsibilities and won't have to do much to keep their job.

    Cons

    Product has not evolved in many years and has become dated to the point that advertisers are not interested. Office politics and established cliques are a huge deal and process is more important than results. SmartBrief turns over salespeople at an alarming rate and has no sense that the company may be at fault. "Because that's the way we've done it before" is a mantra.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Get real about the fact that no one is going to acquire you and get busy being a better company. Thinking your product and service is "good enough" is not good and is not enough.

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