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Give Something Back Reviews

Updated November 28, 2016
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  1. "Getting Back to our vision by evolving."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 .


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Manager - Government Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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 ?


  8. Helpful (1)

    "No longer a Giving place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is noble, the people who remain are hopeful for change that is no longer seems possible.

    Cons

    Co. Values have gone out the window, along with the giving, people are not seen as individuals but rather as parts

    Advice to Management

    There is a difference between Giving Up and knowing when you have had enough.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Too Bad for GSB"

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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

    Original mission and values of company are awesome.

    Cons

    Completely new senior leaders who are only concerned with self-preservation rather than the customers or the community. Very low pay. People get paid more, or less than others in the same roles based on favortism. the ceo isn't involved in the business, but still gets a salary and hangs out in the office. new coo isn't from bay area and is disconnected from values of company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to recruit employees who left that understand and live out the mission and values of the company. increase wages. support and grow your employees. reach out to the community. replace leadership so that the real GSB can rise again


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Hard to stay motivated"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time

    Pros

    President is visible, and interactive.
    Mission is great: profits go toward local non-profits each year.
    Paid medical benefits.

    Cons

    Extreme Chaos.
    Everyone is working on something that others don't know about.
    Processes are outdated and backwards.
    Salaries start at a minimum, hours start at a maximum.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Too Much Change Too Often"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Companies or customers that receive good service tend to be very loyal and welcoming. As a result the job can be very rewarding intrinsically

    Cons

    Compensation plans are below market in comparison and are quite often changed yearly. Also you have to watch your paycheck in sales as reporting of revenue is quite often incorrect and money owed is usually not paid with any urgency. Frequent changes are made to comp plans; direction; management and; strategy that become exhausting to follow. Profits seemed to be often allocated to areas of the company aren't responsible for finding new customers which is frustrating for those responsible for finding new customers.

    Advice to Management

    Stopping changing things around and treat your sales people better and stop complaining about stalled growth, Focus your time energy and money on things that matter the most like sales people; without them you will not have any new business



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