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Grovo Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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Pros
  • "The individuals at the company are hard working and extremely talented" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, amazing culture, wonderful colleagues, real growth opportunities" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be an issue" (in 8 reviews)

  • "This means you should expect to work long hours, which can be draining at times" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "In midst of transformation. In a good way."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grovo full-time

    Pros

    Awesome, awesome product backed up by really great teams. Looking at you Customers Success and Content team!

    The company is in the midst of major transformation. Yes people have gotten let go as part of this, but the new leadership I believe is making the right moves to right the ship. The former leadership nearly drove the business into the ground.

    It's an exciting time to be a part of Grovo as we're in rebuild-mode. Lots of opportunity to give input and help shape the future of the business.

    Cons

    If you don't want to join a company that's changing on a quarterly and sometimes monthly basis, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Love the transparency.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good experience working here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grovo full-time

    Pros

    Worked on interesting projects with reasonable timelines, managers trusted employees so was able to work remotely or take time off as needed as long as the work gets done, good collaborative coworkers for the most part

    Cons

    More effort needs to be made in equipping employees with the tools they need to succeed as opposed to blaming the people and not the underlying issues when things go wrong

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Standard start up culture, but not in a good way"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grovo full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, generally nice colleagues (despite the fact we're all burned out), and opportunity for independence

    Cons

    Standard corporate startup culture, inexperienced leaders, deceptively long hours

    I feel that the company's biggest problem is that they don't care about the people that work there. They care more about how they look and come off instead of the people who are working long hours to dig this company out of the ground. Currently, working here is hardly livable and doesn't give people chances for any career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and hear them when they verbalize when something isn't working. Instead of protecting yourselves, protect the people who will help you build the company back up. If you don't, Grovo is over.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Standard is not normalized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has a lot of young and hard working engineers who are willing to learn and work the things out. Some senior engineer is lack of skill and management did not treat properly and put pressure to other engineers to train. Except heavy work load, it becomes other engineer's responsibilities to train the unskilled one.

    Cons

    The standard is not set up fairly, which made you feel very unorganized. And the ones try to take advantage will get support from management level. The situation made people feel very frustrating.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "From someone who actually worked at Grovo. Pretty Recently."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grovo full-time

    Pros

    In-office Gym
    some snacks (used to be better)
    good insurance (used to be better)
    oh, and avocados of course :)

    Cons

    Some employees are definitely drinking the kool-aid and thankfully I was not one of them. Wake up and find a new job where you'll be appreciated.

    Lots of baggage and lots of turnover.

    Management has been trying to crack down on employees posting negative reviews thinking they can try and stop it. Well if you don't suck as a company then you won't get bad reviews. It's as simple as that.

    They think they can just erase the past and move on. They have a history of doing lay-offs. Most recently in March 2018.

    Perks and benefits have been getting worse as they try to trim any extra spending.

    Most of the company's departments have been moved to SF. I wouldn't be surprised if they close down the NY office and re-hire in SF like every other department.

    Advice to Management

    Quit now while you're ahead


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Bush league company for vultures"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SDR in New York, NY
    Former Employee - SDR in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the first year it was fun

    Cons

    Got fired for not being able to work 20 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    I dunno, just stop already.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Woof."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grovo full-time

    Pros

    -Some nice people
    -Normal startup perks (Unlim vacay, WFH policy, snacks)

    Cons

    The negative reviews are all true. Mostly these points:
    -Power-hungry people at the top
    -Failing company that is literally on its last pennies
    -Execs have little to no experience in the industry
    -Layoffs haven't ended. The last one was January 2018, so if they try to tell you these are in the past it's a lie.

    Advice to Management

    Create some TRAINING on how to treat people and watch it every single day.

  8. Helpful (22)

    "Guilty conscious if I didn’t warn you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grovo full-time

    Pros

    Not much I can say here.

    Cons

    Grovo is not the company it once was, and while that’s unfortunate for all of us who were there in the “heyday”, it’s not necessarily relevant to you – an employment prospect.

    What you need to be concerned with is the shape of the company now, and it’s not good. Why?

    1. Management with little to no experience in their field
    There are a few lingering managers from back-in-the-day who were unjustly promoted into roles they had no experience in (office politics are alive and well).

    2. Executives who are absent
    The current CEO is never around. Prime example, during the most recent layoffs (4 rounds in one year) he was not present, it shows a lack of commitment, compassion, and investment in the company and its’ employees.

    3. An emotionally drained employee base
    See above – 4 rounds of layoffs in less than a year would make anyone tired! Constantly being in fear of losing your job without justification is an emotional roller coaster

    4. Customers are feeling the pain
    Existing customers are reaching out to previous Grovo employees because no one at the company responds to their questions

    To sum it all up, I’ve been remiss in not posting this earlier and I am sorry to anyone who has joined recently or has been there through all of this.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to re-invest in employees.


  9. Helpful (17)

    "Trying to look good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, location, location. Generous parental leave, relatively good health insurance, snacks, beer on tap, well equipped gym.

    Cons

    Grovo has lost half of its workforce in the last year. By the time I decided to leave the company it was sooo depressing at the office... Another reviewer on Nov 8 mentioned everything is fine and if you don’t like change you’re not worthy. Well, when changes lead to more problems, uncertainties and people treated like expendables, what do you expect from them? No trust, no people.

    Advice to Management

    There are many ways to achieve success. One of them is to be open and honest. Show, you care about your people, including those who’s leaving.


  10. Helpful (27)

    "Something Rotten"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grovo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits (though they have been significantly clawed back by new management), conveniently-located office

    Cons

    Grovo went through a massive change in the Spring. The investors pushed out the founding team and installed a board-friendly CEO named Steve Carpenter. Though Steve lacked the passion and commitment of the founding CEO and had none of the experience or special skills you would expect in a leader of a learning technology company, the good people at Grovo gave him the benefit of the doubt. After all, he came off as a nice enough guy.

    He then proceeded to drive the company culture into the ground. Here is how:

    - Steve came into the position with no vision for the company or what specific value it provides its customers. After 8 months, his vision was encapsulated down to one word: microlearning. Beyond that word, he has no opinion.
    - He promised transparency, then proceeded to never talk about 1) the reams of people leaving the company, 2) Grovo's sales results, or 3) any other challenges the company was facing
    - In the few instances he did address what was happening at the company, he deflected blame to others, often embarrassing himself in the process. He sent multiple emails to the entire company belittling recently departed employees and in one case a current employee who had asked an anonymous question. He would cite in these emails Grovo’s new values, which he himself was breaking by publicly throwing others under the bus.
    - He hired a team of executives who either work remotely, or are barely in the office. Steve himself is barely around, whether he is NY or SF. Either that or he hides. Many people at Grovo consider him an absentee CEO.
    - As a consequence, Grovo which once teemed with hard workers on Friday nights now feels utterly empty and dull on any given day of the week. Most people seem to take Fridays off. This is not a deliberate policy of work-life balance; just a result of no one really wanting to be there.

    If the review from November 8 had any truth to it, Grovo should run an internal culture survey, something that the company once did regularly. Then show those results to the board. Maybe then the board will realize what a big mistake they made, and the enormous collateral damage that was created by their decision.

    Advice to Management

    Consider resigning. There is a way to do it and save face, but please be realistic about your impact on the company. Grovo deserves a better leader.


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