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FOCUS Brands Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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  1. "."

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Certain teams are too laid back

    Advice to Management

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Career suicide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time

    Pros

    The location of the HQ is convenient.

    Cons

    This is a horrible place to work. They often oversell or flat out lie about the roles. I had no idea this would be career suicide . The leadership violates several federal and state laws on a daily basis. Don't worry about talking to HR. The HR team is a joke at best. They have a attitude, underpay you (especially women or minorities), gossip and won't actually resolve any issues. One great audit and this organization is done.

    Advice to Management

    You have the power to be a top employer of Atlanta. Get out of the 1960 mentality and realize that your high turnover is a reflection of your poor practices and management team. Employees are not slaves. Try to hire more people of color in leadership roles and you may get somewhere.

  3. "Franchise Business Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time

    Pros

    Provide great employee benefits; better than most companies.

    Cons

    Under paid for 9 years. At that point, my salary was $10,000 less than other employees with the same job title and tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for the right thing.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Ehh....It's cool but after a while, you'll want more."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun events at work, free food, colorful workplace, fun coworkers, laid back environment. It's actually a really fun place to work, I really like being here. The CEO is pretty laid back and easy to talk to and super friendly.

    The pay is decent (depends on if you have a cheap manager or not...I have a cheap manager so, I'm not making what I should be making). The benefits are good, work life balance is really nice. The atmosphere is laid back..jeans everyday, sandals, etc. I haven't worn "business" attire since I've been here.

    Cons

    90% of leadership needs to be replaced. There are people in Director rolls who do not qualify for their position. Although it's fun to be at work, you have directors and managers in several departments who lack the ability to properly guide/lead their direct reports towards their goals. Turnover is high because instead of promoting within, outside talent usually holds more precedence. Managers sell new hires this dream of how their job will take them this far and when the employee actually starts working and settles in, they see that it's a lie. You have to know the right people to get ahead. If you're looking for a regular 9-5 job where you can come and go and be comfortable, then this is the perfect company for you. If you're looking for a ladder, this isn't the place you want to work. There are some managers that actually do a great job, but as time goes on, even they notice the nonsense going on behind closed doors and they end up leaving.

    Had a convo not too long ago with coworkers who have been here about a year and some change and we all came to the same conclusion: "I feel like I'm getting dumber working here...like..it's not fulfilling anymore". Your first year is pretty awesome, you're learning your role, meeting new people, going to events. But once you get settled...you realize that the ladder you hoped for kind of doesn't exist. But...because you're coming to work in jeans and tshirts and everyone is laid back, it kind of doesn't bother you but...it kind of does bother you. If you're fine with being mediocre and stagnant, this is the perfect place to be! If you want to do more, then work here for one year, gain the knowledge you can, then leave.

    Advice to Management

    Start revamping (replacing) leadership in the HR and Accounting Departments. Learn how to retain great employees..DUH! Are you not looking at the retention rate???


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away, Churn & Burn"

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

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brands and great growth for portfolio.

    Cons

    Open office environment is the worst thing ever. Decibel level is a total productivity killer. Terrible C level who treat their Presidents and Vice Presidents badly.

    Advice to Management

    Come off your 3rd floor every once in a while. Stop trying to create culture with happy hours and theme days.


  6. "Franchise Administration Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, nice 401k match

    Cons

    very few opportunities for career growth


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Some good, some bad"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some good people working there with an honest intention of doing the right thing.

    Cons

    The new environment where they are trying to be like Google stinks. Far too much noise and visual distractions. Rather than promoting "collaboration" it promotes a "high school" atmosphere with constant mindless drivel, If you try to get your actual work done then you won't fit it with all those that have turned the place into a bunch of high school cliques.

    Advice to Management

    They need to look at who can actually do a good job for them versus who brown-noses and plays the politics the best. It's a very political place where you are either "in the club" or not.

  8. "Accounting Team Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company!
    Everyone is friendly
    Business Casual
    Great Benefits
    Working environment/Flex time

    Cons

    Advancement seems stagnant
    Only the Popular people seem to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    If a employee or team member states their ambition to work and advance please consider them and give them an opportunity.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun brands. Hard to move up."

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FOCUS Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment. Fun brands! Relaxed office atmosphere and culture. The office is brand new and super fun with collaborative spaces.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. People promoted with little experience. Poor performing associates not held to a standard makes it frustrating for those who work hard.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Disfunctional Work Environment"

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

    I worked at FOCUS Brands full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of cool brands to work with. Some people are great.

    Cons

    So much turnover, upper management doesn't care about anyone but themselves. Poor pay, horrible bonus structure, no equity options. The blame game runs rampant and the people that do all the work leave while the others flourish somehow. They make decisions off of gut feelings instead of statistics and facts. They've been trying to go publicly c for 3 years but they can't seem to get out of each other's way.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect, turnover is horrendous. Culture isn't a cool campus, culture is people and it starts at the top.


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