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FOCUS Brands Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2019

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2.7
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41%
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59%
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FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter (no image)
Steve DeSutter
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fun events at work, free food, colorful workplace, fun coworkers, laid back environment(in 6 reviews)

  • "Very high energy working environment(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very little career growth opportunities(in 4 reviews)

  • "Snakes are everywhere and trust no one, confiding in HR will only get you in more trouble and repercussions will ensue(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing culture across the company and all of the brands. Great opportunity for growth as the company continues to expand.

    Cons

    More competitive salary ranges would be ideal

    FOCUS Brands2019-06-10
  2. "Ok, not great"

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    Current Employee - Director of Training in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Active and vibrant, nice people to work with, many brands to learn from and move to (job opportunities)

    Cons

    “Open” work environment is noisy and not productive place to work, all brands want you to do a lot with a little (not strategic in what the big rocks are and only focus on those), high turnover

    FOCUS Brands2019-06-07
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Director 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work on well-known brands in the QSR space Casual environment Data-driven decisions A good relationship with my direct report

    Cons

    Open office space Onboarding process Push back from franchisees

    FOCUS Brands2019-04-02
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not a fan of the brand"

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    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers that love their work and brand.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, family will suffer.

    FOCUS Brands2019-04-03
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Disorganized and unprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They eventually pay you. There are jobs available.

    Cons

    Dishonest bosses. Executives completely out of touch. HR is a joke. They take weeks to get back to you for even simple questions. Issues not addressed and brushed off.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Upgrade systems. Answer email or phone calls. Be available for employees. You have more than just franchise owners. Figure that out.

    FOCUS Brands2019-02-18

    FOCUS Brands Response

    March 6, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    This truly is not the employee experience we strive for. There are many within HR. Please reach out. Your feedback is important to us.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Love the brands but the company that supports them needs work"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great environment for learning and building contacts

    Cons

    Not so great at paying employees what they are worth - pay is well below industry standards for supply chain roles

    FOCUS Brands2019-01-11

    FOCUS Brands Response

    January 29, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback.

  7. Helpful (11)

    "2019 - Resignation Coming Soon!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Some really intelligent people work here -Innovative -Dynamic and ever-changing environment

    Cons

    -The intelligent few get put on every project, and multiple projects to boot. On top of that, these people are expected to do their day job which then becomes the night and weekend job which results to burnout. It’s an expectation and definitely not appreciated. -Definite favoritism and power play amongst management team -Performance review and goal setting is a joke -Upper management and executive team have no... idea who the employees are that drive the business, only those who are in their faces and kissing up -Once you excel in one area/department it’s almost impossible to escape it and move to another role or area -The work life balance is awful in some departments -Backstabbing, gossip and politics are comical and can usually be narrowed down to one department which should be the department cultivating a culture quite different -The pay and bonus structure stinks unless you’re a VP or above, or are a favorite that’s been protected. If you question pay, there’s an million excuses as to why you’re underpaid even when you have more responsibilities or a larger team than your peers. -Dress code is a joke, I’ve had vendors/clients make comments like “Wow, is that allowed?” on office visits. -Snakes are everywhere and trust no one, confiding in HR will only get you in more trouble and repercussions will ensue.

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the losers and suck ups, just because you have worked here 5+ years doesn’t mean you still should be. Seriously, listen to those who work hard everyday and have proven loyalty time and time again. Equalize pay and give promotions to those who deserve them, not just based on tenure or a certification.

    FOCUS Brands2019-01-07

    FOCUS Brands Response

    January 29, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking time to provide your feedback. Please feel free to come and speak with HR about any of your concerns. We take pride in being able to support.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place"

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    A/R in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of development opportunities for those who take advantage.

    Cons

    none, nice place to work for those who make the effort

    FOCUS Brands2018-10-08

    FOCUS Brands Response

    October 10, 2018Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you!

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fun Place to Work, watch for the snakes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    fun culture, laid back environment, Kat Cole is amazing

    Cons

    there are some sneaky people working there

    FOCUS Brands2018-09-26
  10. Helpful (5)

    "OMG"

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    Current Employee - Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I get a pay check. If you like realty shows and survivor island this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Toxic environment, especially with IT Director leaders. Currently, an obvious inner struggle there, and with some HR leaders within HR. Crazy!

    Advice to Management

    Stop jerking everyone around. We see through the BS!

    FOCUS Brands2018-10-31

    FOCUS Brands Response

    December 13, 2018Director, Talent Acquisition

    We hate this is the experience you have had. Please feel free to come and speak with us.

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