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Give Something Back Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  1. "Great people, great work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time

    Pros

    Fun, empowering, collaborative, and inspiring environment

    Cons

    I cant think of anything


  2. "Great Concept. Not so great in practice"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun Environment. Open to ideas

    Cons

    A lot of politics. Direction was often unclear

  3. "Concept is phony."

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

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of. Original concept is great but it no longer exists.

    Cons

    A totally phony company. They don't give back anything near what they claim and the culture, starting with the CEO is 180 degrees from what they claim.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Micromanagement at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the staff is great, outside of management

    Cons

    Management is pretty horrible at this place. When the manager shows up to work with slippers and robe you should know that the company is going downhill. Management is also to rude to customers and employees and un-willing to see the error of their ways.


  5. "Getting Back to our vision by evolving."

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to work your accounts and get new ones without being forced into a canned selling method.
    Great website and solutons for an independent dealer.
    Giving process being reworked for the better.
    Reorganized leadership for more nimble decision making.
    Commissions from the 1st dollar sold.
    Managers care and do listen to employee concerns.

    Cons

    Support staff has been cut down to cut costs. In some ways this is good, in others, not so good.
    Workload from current customers hinders new business development.
    Tough industry. Increasingly have to find inroads in categories other than office supplies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting growth in furniture category.
    Get better with deadlines on website and other IT related changes.
    More designate support for accounts.


  6. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The owners had a great business concept. Some how things became blurry through the years an they forgot there values.

    Cons

    Company has a high turnover which is due to new management.

    Advice to Management

    Owners should look at management and see if this is the type of culture that you envisioned when you created the company


  7. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Give Something Back (More than a year)

    Pros

    Doing good work as a B corp

    Cons

    Due to poor and uninvolved leadership has completely lost focus. Salary increases based on favoritism rather than peformance

    Advice to Management

    Get back to original mission statement and appreciate all employees at each level

  8. "Someone really needs to look into fixing the way they handle being productive and professional at all times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time

    Pros

    Work alone and no overhead.

    Cons

    Well under paid . Favoritism can be very overwhelming. Not a professional environment at all.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management and staff practice professionalism and treat every employer equally .


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Manager - Government Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager ­ Government Specialist in Point Richmond, Contra Costa, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager ­ Government Specialist in Point Richmond, Contra Costa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They're a founding Series B Corporation, which is a for profit that donates 75% of their after-tax profits to non-profits. They've also been a Forbes Best for the World company 2013-2016.

    Cons

    It's doesn't have a strong marketing plan or organization.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people closest to the customers, sales, and customer relations. Avoid top down decision making.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Things are not always what they seem - even when giving something back"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-Founder is excellent; This is a philanthropic and environmentally-motivated company that donates portions of its profits and certainly gives back to the community (based on 501C3s that apply to be considered).

    Cons

    President/CEO (other co-founder) is NOT excellent (egomaniac who cannot be trusted); same with the head of HR;

    Advice to Management

    Treat the SalesPeople better. They bring in business, but largely underappreciated -- and very much "what have you done for me lately" attitude - so many sales people (and sales support and operations people) have come and gone (from East Bay to SF to Sacramento to Marin County to the South Bay) - why is that ?


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