Fishbowl Marketing Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2020

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Fishbowl Marketing CEO Dave Arthurs
Dave Arthurs
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  • "New CEO focused on cutting cost through outsourcing as many jobs as possible; the January layoffs probably won't be the last(in 5 reviews)

  • "We are experiencing some normal growing pains(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Sales pov"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fishbowl Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make big money. Short sales cycle with high ACV. Quarterly bonuses and stretch bonuses for hitting or exceeding goal are lucrative and doable. Fun office environment and sales team

    Cons

    Selling to restaurants takes adapting to. Restaurant owners juggle a lot at once. Need to be diligent to keep them on track in sales process and stay top of mind for them

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  2. "Average job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Social Media Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fishbowl Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Remote work allowed, awesome location for headquarters

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement even if they say there is, low pay for expected hours of work/client requests, low employee retention, work can get stagnant and you can become bored.

  3. "Marketing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Media Specialist 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fishbowl Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is flexible, especially with working remotely. Current CEO has a good plan in place moving forward and is very honest and transparent with employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth, job is stagnant after a while. Company has downsized a lot, the company culture and attitude has shifted as a result.

  4. Helpful (1)

    ""Tech" company with no tech"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fishbowl Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Bagel Fridays (lol) - Fun team - Great office and views - Team events/happy hours

    Cons

    10 years ago, Fishbowl was the premier source of email marketing for the restaurant industry. Fast forward to a tiny booth at NRA and a company on the brink of collapse, and here you have Fishbowl today. If you are looking for a sales role, look elsewhere. Employees across all departments are being cut weekly, the product does not function, and a change of executive team every year makes a bad situation worse. The ever-changing compensation plans, sub-par product/service and shady C-level promises lead me to give Fishbowl Marketing a two thumbs down.

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  5. "Sales"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fishbowl Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free bagels on Friday’s Nice view to the Potomac Cool co-workers

    Cons

    You don’t get paid commission if you’re in sales (since June) Too much to write for cons.. If you’re in sales that’s what you are motivated by. Finance and management are always coming up with excuses for commission to not pay you (hence they change commission structure every month). -Please look at other companies - Don’t know any other department that enjoys coming into work ( every day feels like Monday with Hangover here) -Every competitor beats us because of innovation and cost - Every new year we have a new CEO with fellow companion with strategy and nothing ever gets done if something does, it’s a domino affect for the worse - Saved myself to save you. DON’T SAY YOU NEVER READ THIS!

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  6. "Great to Start, but move on quick"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fishbowl Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - New CEO taking it to a new more positive direction - Overall focus is on client sucess - Good work/life balance if you make that a priority - Great stepping stone to other companies - Possibility of remote

    Cons

    - Not much upward mobility outside of account management/services - High turnover among employees, hence why promotions are plenty to fill in gaps - Pay is average, your starting salary will be your salary unless you get a promotion. 10% increase at most for promotions unless you can leverage two departments against one another.

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  7. "Nice company, dynamic, easy going"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Fishbowl Marketing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good relationships between workers, not too much politics

    Cons

    Nowhere to grow, disordered at times

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Just okay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fishbowl Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Great location, bagel Fridays, flexibility

    Cons

    Selling product features that didn't yet exist made it hard for those in service roles. Too much change/uncertainty.

  9. Helpful (6)

    "Follow the trends"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fishbowl Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Fishbowl VA office is modern with great views and a nice location. Free bagels for staff on fridays.

    Cons

    Follow the trendline of the reviews here and you'll see the story. Staff is over-worked and under-supported, leading to an overall sense of frustration and uncertainty in your future with the company and the company's future overall. Don't get too attached to your coworkers- the turnover rate is OFF-THE-CHARTS. While I was here we had a going away happy hour on what seemed like a monthly basis. You will nonetheless develop some tight bonds with your coworkers while they're here- bonds tempered by the shared anxiety and frustration of the day-to-day. The single biggest source of pain however will be the company's push to outsource cheap labor to India. The clients certainly are not aware in most cases that many aspects of the work, from services, to marketing, development & design, are being handled by the team in india. The ever-shrinking US team is then left running damage control when work is not done to spec. Management knowingly shares dishonest metrics with customers and joke about it internally - make the sale no matter what it takes. I worked here before the CEO shuffle began and saw the culture and company change drastically.. it really was an incredible thing to behold. But on the bright side, when they hold a round of layoffs they might treat those of you remaining to a pizza party.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Every couple of years new leadership comes , claims everything that previous one was doing was totally wrong"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fishbowl Marketing for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It use to be a great company . Current and previous leadership messed it up royally . Lot of good employees left or were fired Leadership current and previous( 2018 , 2017 and before that ) is responsible for bringing this company down

    Cons

    Not a stable company Product and directions change with every new leadership Stress level are high . Pressure on reducing employee salaries

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