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Updated Sep 20, 2017

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I recently received an offer from iProspect (part of Dentsu) I’ve heard ups and downs about this company. I currently work for a great company and not sure if I should leave. The new opportunity pays a lot more than I currently make. Does anyone have any advice about this company and whether I should take the job or not?

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  • "The organization has a great culture, and really loves their employees.(in 12 reviews)
  • "Great people and often times a lot of fun events to attend.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Fun coworkers, great office space, healthy work(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great company with awesome culture, but lots of growing pains

    Sep 18, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Firespring feels like a family. The company culture is inclusive, where employees are treated with respect. If you experience something negative, the company takes that very seriously and works with the employee to make the situation better or find a solution.

    Cons

    The compensation and benefits are way behind what other tech companies in Lincoln are offering. It is impossible to get a performance pay raise. Performance is measured on a quarterly basis, but even if you're a high performer, you are not likely to see that reflected in a pay raise. This forces high performers to look for jobs elsewhere and with Lincoln becoming more and more of a tech hub, those other jobs are not that hard to find. It is also very difficult to get technology upgrades, especially for those on development teams who don't have time to wait for IT to make decisions about hardware that sometimes take months to materialize. The company also went through a lot of restructuring which has made Firespring less of a place where potential high performers are going to want to work. It seemed like the last three years of my employment were spent watching the company restructure departments over and over again. The constant restructuring has affected the company culture and subsequently the perception of the company in the community.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great culture, low pay, very high turnover.

    Sep 20, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
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    Pros

    Great work culture in the Lincoln office. Can't say the same about the Omaha or Council Bluffs locations. Catered lunches are always great and you can't complain about having beer on tap. The actual physical office in Lincoln is top notch, though, it can get a bit hectic. The office in Omaha is quite large but outdated and is what I would call a "work in progress".

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry and some employees have taken pay cuts. Not a clear direction on where the company is heading. It often feels as if decisions are made reactively instead of proactively. The end result in this is the employees often pay the price for the poor leadership decisions. Outside of the "company culture" (which really only exists in Lincoln) it is difficult to pin point a competitive advantage for some of the products and services that are offered.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Good Overall, Horrible Pay

    Feb 23, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    You'll be around people that are smart, care and are great at their jobs. Good perks like unlimited PTO, sodas in the fridge and a keg. A lot of the perks (catered lunches, culture club events, etc) are in the Lincoln office only. Time off is given to volunteer.

    Cons

    The pay is criminally low (a number of people work multiple jobs), health benefits have a lot of room for improvement. Frequently need to work remotely when things come up on the weekends or when you've taken time off.

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    11 people found this review helpful
  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The majority lose while some benefit from leveraging the many as a force for good.

    Aug 1, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
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    Pros

    Firsepring brings a lot to the table, some of it is definitely grounded and other components of it, depending on the person and/or department, are not. They bring a set of values that each employee can get behind, no matter their position. Firespring brings a brand, which has some serious equity in the Lincoln community. There are also an extensive set of amenities, which are arguably some of the best for the area. Some of the people at Firespring are part of the "pros" associated with this company. They believe in the ethos associated with Firespring and contribute immensely to the feel of the enterprise. Many of them also worked in different departments and were a part of Firespring from their "legacy" days. But, there are some from the mergers/acquisitions and new hires that are also great.

    Cons

    The amenities associated with Firespring are great if you make a sound wage that matches industry standard in Lincoln. Which, many at Firespring lack and the sacrifice made for some of those amenities are not making up the difference. When the company's goal is to be a force for good, you must ask at what cost when some struggle to attain good medical insurance, 401k matches, and salaried pay. Some of the amenities can also lack the appeal when combined with the lack of quality middle-management and upward mobility. Firespring has to address some internal issues/politics associated with rapid expansion over the years. Some in middle-management do not necessarily believe in the ethos of Firespring, and this can create a disjointed situation between what the company expects and what the team expects. Additionally, some of those people in middle-management have never actually managed or lead teams of contrasting viewpoints. The company's focus is on innovation and creative thought; this emphasis combined with the lack of quality managers can generate significant issues. If a manager does not encourage taking advantage of unlimited vacation, that can mean some experience a different set of amenities in contrast to others. When you have unlimited vacation, the appeal can quickly go away if managers do not emphasize the use of it. In fact, the research shows that most people with unlimited vacation don't take advantage of the amount of leave that individuals with standard PTO do. Unlimited vacation also means that a company, B-corp or not, have a reduced risk associated with you as an employee.

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    6 people found this review helpful

    Firespring Response

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    Thanks for the time to provide us with valuable feedback. With any organization experiencing growth, there is always room for improvement. We are constantly seeking new ways to incorporate professional and personal development, even for our management team. The concerns of the benefits package have been brought to the attention of the appropriate leadership members. Again, thank you for the advice and taking the time to give a thorough review - we appreciate it!

  5. 3.0
    Current Employee

    I think they're trying....

    Aug 15, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Progressive company looking to make a difference in the world of print & communications. Decent people for employees. Decent work environment.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between Lincoln & Omaha offices; attention is not always given equally. Expectations don't always line up with current salaries. Not much room for career growth.

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    8 people found this review helpful

    Firespring Response

    CEO

    It is 100% fair to say that we have not done a great job of stewarding our culture in Omaha and Council Bluffs after doing a barrage of acquisitions from 2013 to 2016. We misjudged how difficult it would be to merge the people and cultures of so many companies under one roof. I think we're starting to gain our stride though. It feels better as every month goes by. Keep giving us feedback on the Start/Stop survey and keep in mind that each and every one of us has the power to affect the culture of the environment we work in. Thanks for your feedback. Jay Wilkinson Firespring CEO

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