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  1. Helpful (5)

    ""You will never get rich working here.""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time

    Pros

    Interesting place to work. Always fun when people ask where you work.

    Cons

    Mostly low pay. Unsatisfied workers. Totally stratified company culture. Factory employees are treated as almost non-essential, and turn over is evidence of this. They ask for change, and then get mad that you are trying to change things.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are your most valuable resource. This can be a great place to work if you take the time to attract and retain quality people.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Ready? Fire! Aim!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A few of the people I got to work with were really great people.

    Cons

    Everything else. As others have stated, this company would have been gone long ago if the product didn't sell itself. The management and their children and their cronies suffer from a lethal combination of ignorance and arrogance. Every single day is filled with lies, firings, half-truths, and hardships. Decisions are made on a whim and rarely make any sense. People are on-edge all day everyday, not knowing if they are still going to have a job that afternoon; I probably saw 20-25 people fired in the 10 months I was there, almost all of them with very little cause. As a result, no one at the company enjoys being there. It is a cesspool that is now nothing more than a hobby for a bored CEO & his family; they don't have any friends outside the company anymore, so it exists solely to feed their egos at this point.

    Advice to Management

    The owners and crony management are proof-positive that you don't have to be poor to be white trash. No advice given to them here, nor anywhere else, will ever be adhered to - there's WAY too much entrenched, egocentric attitude involved for that.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely unhealthy work environment. Overall Terrible Place To Work."

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

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time

    Pros

    The only pro is the potential of meeting a some great people who unfortunately also landed a job at Fleshlight.

    Cons

    *The company is owned by a master manipulator, Steve Shubin.
    *Turn over is extremely high. Shubin belittles current employees to newcomers.
    *If you are a female your chances of being sexual harassed by Shubin are around 98%. Shubin has settled multiple times for sexual harassment.
    *Zero potential for growth.
    *Constant fear of being terminated.
    *Zero execution.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate current employees who work hard for you.
    Hire people based on skill sets rather than hiring friends of your children out fear of being sued. Steve Shubin needs to retire!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "NA"

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

    Pros

    There are no pros, Crazy Frickin place

    Cons

    The place is insane! Don't waste your time

    Advice to Management

    Give it up


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Too bad I can't give this place a negative star rating"

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

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time

    Pros

    The only pros are the friends you will make while working there. However, with so much turnover, the majority of decent people have moved on.

    Cons

    So many "cons" I don't even know where to begin. The owner is new money trash with no real experience running a company. If the product didn't sell itself, the company would have gone under many years ago. High turnover, decisions made on a whim, toxic work environment, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? Any advice given to this management will fall on deaf ears. Don't even waste your time.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Dismal work environment; constant stress wondering who will get fired next; no opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One good thing about the company were the amazing people you met and worked with. This one positive aspect is destroyed, though, because employees are constantly getting fired.

    The main product (Fleshlight) is popular and essentially sells itself, but if the public knew how the company operates (sexual harassment, payouts to employees so they won't publicly sue the CEO, horrible demeanor to women), etc. this company would fail.

    Cons

    •There is no clear direction of where the company wants to go. Because of this, the upper management (CEO) constantly changes his mind and will fire entire teams to justify his new direction. I worked at the company and saw over 25 people get fired. This, in itself, proves that this company is very difficult to work for. Despite individual's talents, they can still get fired all because the management has no sense of direction.

    •No room for growth. Because of the constant chaos and confusion, it's difficult to grow with the company.

    •There is absolutely no structure at this company. Most employees don't last for a year, but an annual review to know employees strengths/weaknesses would do wonders at Interactive Life Forms.

    •Poor culture and values. Employers these days want to make sure their employees are as happy as possible by offering sick time, vacation time, etc. This company is completely opposite and when a day is taken off by an employee, they are publicly berated by upper management. Mandatory holiday work (if you were planning on visiting Family for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can forget about it if you work at Fleshlight).

    Advice to Management

    •My advice to management would be to step back and hire competent people who could help your company expand. Your involvement hinders the company from moving forward. You have no one to blame but yourself when sales and revenue are stagnant.

    •Keep it professional. We get that you sell sex toys for a living, but the constant sexual jokes are too much. Selling sex toys doesn't mean you can proposition your employees in public, talk about their sex lives, etc. Following this one step could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars so you're not having to constantly pay employees who sue you (rightfully) for harassment.

    •Believe in your team. Let them do their jobs.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Beware the silver bullet, especially if you are one"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time

    Pros

    The company generally offers great pay starting out. Vacation time is okay, not generous, and mostly flexible. Sometimes there will be opportunities to gain experiences not possible at a larger organization, such as involvement with interesting projects or international operations.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover among key positions resulting in a loss of institutional knowledge and sense of team cohesion. Additionally, there is a constant churn of management with entire managerial teams coming and going multiple times per year. These teams (the silver bullets that will save the company) are always outside hires with little relevant experience. They're given carte blanche and blank checks to "do whatever it takes" in order to increase revenue, only to end up annoying the owners by using that power. Them and their entire team or anyone they hired ends up getting wiped out.

    There are little to no opportunities for advancement within the company due to the above. There are no reviews or regular raises, with employees actually being scared to ask for them. New hires for the same position will sometimes have a higher salary than those who have lasted through the mass layoffs. Insurance is decent for individual employees but not worth it for family members.

    Due to the management churn and a lack of focus, there is constant pivoting of marketing and business direction. Many times projects doomed to fail and complete side-tracks from what makes the company money become the focus for short periods of time until the owners grow bored with them, realize they are terrible or the latest management superstar tells them it doesn't work.

    I could go on but the other reviews pretty much sum it up.

    Advice to Management

    The employees who essentially keep your company running and generate your revenue are not your enemies. They should be treated like valuable resources, with some shred of respect. Don't listen to outside voices telling you that those same employees are pulling one over on you when those from the outside, commanding big checks, are the ones with the smoke-and-mirrors.

    Create some kind of incentive for your employees to love your company and care about the end product.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "A learning experience with no little or no room for upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was generally a relaxed atmosphere, though given the industry, that was to be expected. The CEO was seen, and engaged with staff almost daily (unless he was away on trips). Humor was a big part of the culture. There was an end of the year bonus for most employees in the form of gift cards. Benefits were standard. The warehouse was climate controlled.

    Cons

    It is a family run business, with sons and daughter(s) involved. If one out shined them in documented performance, and/or offers constructive criticism, it was disregarded. And those normally praised actions could find you unemployed (this happened to quite a number of employees). Pay was not in line with performance or experience, while the CEO flaunted his wealth. There was a general disregard of industry peers and customers by the family (though that was getting slightly better). Given the industry, it proved difficult at times dealing with customers and their product dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be paid their demonstrated worth. Executives/family should listen to customers and staff for improvements. Every business has the ability to be better.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "High salaries do not equal happy employees."

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good compensation both in salary & benefits. Fun, politically incorrect work environment that feels more like a boys club than a job. An environment where "NSFW" (not safe for work) websites are things like google news, porn browsing on breaks is almost encouraged.

    Cons

    Utter and total lack of management with more between their ears than pocket lint. Management changes occur for no reason and are almost always a total disaster. For example, the director of marketing was fired and then replaced with a girl who does makeup for photo shoots. A director of marketing at a multi million dollar company who's only credentials are "does makeup". Mind blowing. In addition, there is an almost constant cloud of fear in the air. You can and will be fired for no reason whatsoever. You could generate millions of dollars for the company through your efforts and you will still be fired for no reason whatsoever. Bottom line is that if the product did not sell itself, this company would have gone under years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the advice and input of your intelligent, experienced employees. They are your greatest asset. Stop instilling a sense of fear in your workforce, it's counter productive. Stop playing politics with your employees and treat your business as a business, not a club that requires ass-kissing to get into. The only thing you get out of the current culture is a squad of yes-men who don't care about the business. Wake up, they only care about the big check you write to them twice a month. Your company could be so much more if you would just let the smart people you hire do their jobs.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Confused Management combined with poor ethics and zero structure"

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    Former Employee - Director of Wholesale Distribution
    Former Employee - Director of Wholesale Distribution
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Absolutely the compensation offered coupled with the atmosphere of entrepreneurial excitement. The company's potential truly is unlimited, and the owners are beyond charismatic.

    Cons

    The stigma of working within the adult industry with management who does not reward, nor encourage, mature behavior. They aspire to have the structure of a genuine international manufacturer, but they conduct themselves too poorly to have a true presence as a valid company.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to acknowledge your staff without inspiring a sense of fear; the loss of their job at any second. Mean what you say, and say what you mean. Also acknowledge the staff (such as HR) who are working hard to build this company into a genuine company; not a boys club that happens to have some money. If you are going to say that you are hiring people more intelligent than yourselves, then have the sense listen to them.


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