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  1. "Nice people but growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fluid Market Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth, if you're willing to deal with a flexible and ever-changing situation. With the buyout by ClearResult, this has likely provided even more opportunity for people who thrive on change.

    Cons

    A growth company means that processes aren't always clearly defined. If you're not up for a "fluid" working environment, this might not be the company for you.


  2. "Poor pay, little advancement or recognition, rotating staff"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fluid Market Strategies as a contractor

    Pros

    Some of the people working there were smart, talented, friendly, and hard-working. Even though the pay was marginal, it was money. It was a job, wished it would have been a career.

    Cons

    Lack of management direction or respect. No recognition, felt like you were less than even if you busted your butt. HR was not to be trusted (as others mentioned in their reviews). Some management was great but some were novice, rotating, made you feel working hard wasn't worth anything. Technology was lacking, made it very stressful to do your job. Some people were rude, and talked down at you.

    Advice to Management

    Give praise when praise is due, not matter what level you are as an associate. Learn from your mistakes, promote a fostering and healthy work environment. Treat everyone with respect and courteousness. That will go a long way with employee retention, happiness, and organic growth.

  3. "Interesting work, good people, double-edged sword of corporate growth"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fluid Market Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid contracts with quality clients. The people are mostly intelligent and likable. Good, but not great benefits. Steady growth in recent years has led to more opportunity for the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Opportunity for the company outpaces opportunity for individuals. Talented, hardworking individuals mostly have an avenue for growth, but it can be slow and incremental.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Small company, inexperienced management with lots of growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fluid Market Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Small company, located in downtown Portland, well-connected in sustainability community, flexible work schedule. Good entry level work for recent college grads.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities for management and above.

    Advice to Management

    Now that FMS is part of a larger parent company, I would recommend a management and/or organizational consultant to identify structured career paths within the organization to better leverage the talent they are fortunate to secure in an abundant Portland talent market. Management training would also be recommended, even for founding partners and directors.


  5. "Don't Speak Unless You're Spoken To"

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    Former Employee - Remote Staff in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Remote Staff in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fluid Market Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Initially seemed like a professional, progressive environment with intelligent people who did not act on assumptions. Corporate buyout by CleaRESULT may be the root of some change both in practices and culture.

    Cons

    Lots of change, so-so organization, leadership can make egregious, time consuming, resource wasting errors, but lower level staff are expected to be perfect and are aggressively called out or fired if they are deemed otherwise. The concept of "team" went right down the hole, so to speak, with malicious gossip by new leads. Current Human Resources is extremely manipulative; do not trust. While there is industry information offered, no general professional training should be expected. Tightening up on costs and hours, so don't expect 40. Unfortunately, several co-workers seem to have valid, serious grievances with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Manager and leads need to stop analyzing, step away from their desks, work alongside their reports and get to know them and what they do. Apply consistent, reasonable expectations to all. All communication is, "value added," if it helps with employee retention, fulfilling contractual obligations or securing future work. Take it. Avoid personal bias and fear-based management. Senior level management--keep tabs on what is going on in the trenches. You have new hires managing others. Help them.


  6. "Great people, collaborative environment."

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fluid Market Strategies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome, intellegent people. Management seems to really value keeping a small company feel.

    Cons

    High growth rate currently results in a lot of change.

    Advice to Management

    Social events are great for getting to know all of the new faces.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid, stressful work."

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    Current Employee - Market Analyst in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in North Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Fluid Market Strategies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady schedule, off on Sundays, holidays off (but not paid), paid training.

    Cons

    Low pay rate, no benefits, required to work one Saturday per month, not much information given regarding daily processes/schedules, unfriendly, border-line rude supervisors, making solicitous calls non-stop.

    Advice to Management

    Should not place calls to certain establishments, such as emergency lines, schools, police departments, & corporate run retailers. More information on how to handle irate/annoyed call recipients.

  8. "My experience has been great."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    Pros

    Leadership cares. Employees are happy, and the poor performers are mostly dealt with professionally. They try to help people grow, but some people just don't have it in them.

    Cons

    Ideally higher salaries, but the company makes up for it in culture. The competitors are always looking to leave and our team seems to want to be here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to improve, never stop caring, and be quicker at trimming the fat.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management, no professional growth opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co-workers can be enjoyable. Decent place to work if you're looking for a paycheck, but not a career.

    Cons

    Atmosphere can be stifling, inexperienced senior management, no workforce development. Very cliquish in terms of the culture, which is promoted during the hiring process. No work-life balance. Insecure management team leads with emotions and plays favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Support your co-workers, treat those working with you with respect. Don't lead with fear tactics. Be the company and culture you claim to be.


  10. "Great opportunity and the energy efficiency industry is an interesting important field"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluid Market Strategies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ongoing opportunities to learn, Fluid is a community plus they throw amazing Holiday parties, we enjoy happy hours together! I'm able to work in collabrative teams with fun, smart energetic people, there's been annual salary growth, and there are good benefits. You get access to experienced industry leaders.

    Cons

    Not everyone is open to embracing the change

    Advice to Management

    Stay honest and continue to develop ways to share ways to embrace and transition as we grow and change