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    "Spur a wonderful place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Spur part-time

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful, doing good work

    Cons

    Nothing comes in mind at the moment

    Spur2018-02-18

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spur full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    High energy, collaborative workforce striving to change the staffing industry and be the most worker centric company on planet Earth!

    Cons

    None to report at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep charging!

    Spur2018-11-07
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Leaving Spur Was a Wise Decision"

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    Former Employee - Various Positions in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spur full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    With a few exceptions, the members of Spur's corporate team are a cut above. They produce great work, iterate constantly to improve the company's offerings, foster a sense of shared ownership, and treat each other like family. The office often buzzes with energy and enthusiasm, and there is a mutual feeling that, no matter how busy or overwhelming things get, everyone is in it together. The folks at Spur are... special and have weathered many storms together, particularly those who have worked there for more than a couple of years. It was with mixed feelings that I left Spur, knowing I would likely not find a job as intellectually challenging (in a good way) or another group of coworkers so intelligent, thoughtful, and motivated in Huntsville, Alabama.

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    Cons

    CEO Glenn Clayton's expectations are generally unreasonable. Though he rarely says it outright, the expectations he often communicates through his actions are that corporate employees at all levels (but especially those in leadership positions) consistently go above-and-beyond, work long hours, and be willing to drop nearly everything in their life outside of work to get the job done -- all while maintaining a... stellar level of performance at all times. While a by-whatever-means-necessary approach to work is to be expected in certain situations, it is not healthy for this expectation to be the norm. Some corporate employees have stuck it out for several years, but many get burned out and leave (or are fired) without lasting two years. Turnover is notably high for middle and senior management (excluding C-suite) positions. In the spirit of radical transparency (a value regularly lauded but inconsistently practiced at Spur), I wasn't completely honest during my exit interview; I told HR I resigned because I was burned out and wanted a less hectic pace. While that reality largely informed my decision to quit, what I didn't articulate was that my burnout was a product of the work environment fostered from the top down. In addition to the relentlessly high volume of demanding work that accompanies most jobs on Spur's corporate team, the CEO can be frustrating to work for. His expectations often seem inconsistent and ineffectually communicated, especially in writing, where he can come across as erratic, hostile, and passive-aggressive. Most dispiriting is the reality that succeeding on Spur’s corporate team usually requires buying into the company’s ever changing mission and vision, which sometimes seem like chaotically moving targets. The clichéd startup ethos of “move fast and break things” is embraced in part to offset the fact that major organizational priorities can shift on a weekly basis.

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    Advice to Management

    Implement more realistic performance standards for your corporate team. Don't just criticize when expectations are not met; celebrate when someone does exceptional work in an amazingly short amount of time (as is regularly the case with top performers). And, crucially, don't message employees in the wee hours of the morning, late at night, and on weekends about non-critical work matters; if it can reasonably wait... until the next business day, let it wait. Free snacks and beer on tap are nice office perks, but they are no substitute for a sustainable, healthy work/life balance. Based on my years of experience working at Spur's corporate office and the wealth of premature gray hair I developed during my time there, it is unlikely I would recommend anyone to join the company's corporate team, unless a significant change occurs in its executive leadership approach. After being gone for a few months now, I can say with clarity that leaving Spur to work for another company was the healthiest professional decision I have made in the last decade.

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    Spur2019-09-06

    Spur Response

    September 9, 2019Director of Marketing

    First of all, thank you for investing 5 years with us and for the amazing contributions you made during your time here. I felt it was best to respond personally to your review. For a valued former team member like yourself to not have had a great experience at Spur is something I ...

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