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IVY Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2019

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33 Ratings
Pros
  • "Senior Community Manager is an incredible person to work under, and I miss being part of his team(in 5 reviews)

  • "As a community manager, the work you do in creating and maintaining a community of incredible people is extremely rewarding(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunities, Challenges, Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    "Never settle" environment where innovation and change is the norm. Everyone constantly questioning how we can do even better for our customers and ourselves. Incredibly dynamic team. Ability to receive real time feedback from customers and seeing the direct impact of your work. Recent organization into focused teams and constant communication. Access to learning and fun focused events. High degree of flexibility... when it comes to vacations and remote work.

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    Cons

    Hard work and not for the faint of heart. A lot of constant change even if it's generally in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your people

    IVY2018-07-18
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Bad management exploiting young employees"

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

    I worked at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice coworkers on your local teams, you can get really close with each other.

    Cons

    CEO can just be downright mean, unreasonable, and so headstrong. A lot of good realistic ideas are always rejected because of how headstrong he is. Cut ties with good employees and people who have worked very hard for them as if nothing ever happened. Everyone feels replaceable. Every time management talks about employee happiness everyone just rolls their eyes, because by now we all know it's a total joke. Recent... college grads buy into their bs, low pay, and exploitive standards because it looks like a cool job, but a week or so into it you'll know it's a nightmare.

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    Advice to Management

    Good luck surviving.

    IVY2019-07-03
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  4. Helpful (19)

    "Forever will be an "idea," never a reality."

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    Former Employee - Community Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Your teammates (best people you will come to ever know)

    Cons

    Many- please review "Advice to Management" below.

    Advice to Management

    IVY: textbook definition of toxic leadership, dishonorable business practices, and forever an “idea” that has purely exhausted the majority of employees that have ever worked here. In full transparency, employees that have suffered through IVY’s storyline have been dealt every card of horrendous business practices imaginable. Decisions that are delivered from the top hinder the overall employee experience.... Your professional reputation tatters and your personal life becomes nonexistent. -Teammates are victims to instances of fear mongering on a regular basis as a way to deliver on results. At one point, senior members of the team were asked (required) to review IVY through Glassdoor in a positive light in order to boost the company’s ratings and deplete the negative image it had been growing. -Employees are required to sacrifice their personal LinkedIns to mass connect with local professionals in order to obtain leads for membership base growth. Management gave green lights to violating clear-as-day terms and conditions to a point where the majority of IVY employees have been locked out indefinitely from abusing their accounts. -Work-life balance isn’t a thing here. First, average 50+ office hours a week (9-6:30pm). Then take ownership of events scattered throughout the week that typically followed a 6:30-9:30/10pm time frame. And following that, you’re not required to get drinks or go to an afterparty with members that want to “carry on the conversation.” However, why wouldn’t you when the executive team is always harping on teammates to “go the extra mile.” -Job security is a phrase that will never be true at IVY. You will endure a betrayal of upper management that preaches a message of “community” and “family” not only for its members but also within its own walls- for its team. Yet, the very next day your teammate could be suddenly let go for reasons never fully understood. In my almost two years here, the company went through three major sweeps of team “restructuring” where 15-20% of the entire employee base were let go. The first one? Heartbreaking. The second? Daunting. The third? Notorious. It’s caused for even the most veteran employees (those that have been there from its formation) to frantically begin their job search as the company slowly dwindles in its team size month after month. Benefits? Laughable. -Pathetic excuse for health coverage. -Office supplies that were needed to do your job efficiently (laptop/physical office space) are not provided to you. You use your own resources and are expected to make it work. -Vacation? Unlimited PTO is amazing! Except a clause that suggests you really shouldn’t take more than 12 days and when you did take off there was an unspoken feeling of guilt as if you were not giving your all to push things ahead for the company. Suddenly, you were the bad guy. -Expenses like treating members to coffee? On your own dime. -Travel to and from events? Covered ONLY if its UberPool. And while the average burnout rate here is unbelievably high, the burnout amongst IVY’s HR individuals that tried to do some sort of good was even worse. So bad that it has gotten to a point in which upper management simply hasn’t hired back on an HR team. With no sustainable HR department or leader to be a champion for the team, you begin to understand the overall intentions of IVY’s leadership. And lastly, the actual product of IVY. Here I would say “what the company is” but in reality it is actually “what the company thinks it is.” Simply, it’s an illusion. Those that become a member are sold on an “idea” that as a team member you full heartedly believe in. However, everyone besides Beri will eventually find themselves overwhelmingly disappointed by its actuality. You are pressured time and time again to continually create magic from thin air. Not only to members in order to try and keep them as member but ultimately to yourself as to pushing through and staying apart of the team. IVY has perfected this idea that it’s always “building” and that you get to be apart of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow it. Teammates are tripped up in the idea that while things aren’t perfect, that’s why you do your job. Work towards the dream that IVY projects out! Sadly, this is why those still there still resort to calling it a “startup...” seven years later and still with still no clear sight as to what direction you’re trying to build towards. Beri (CEO) is a “visionary” and therefore has a new “game changing” idea every quarter that shakes up the entire business plan and ultimate direction for the company. Consistency? No. Not within IVY’s business model, not for the members that either pay nothing or pay everything to be apart of this community, not in the event space and the “why” factor of them being hosted, and definitely not for you and how to do your job successfully. The only positive that you will hear over and over again from the employees current and former is that through all of this grief, you grow a special kind of relationship with your fellow teammates. You have no choice but to be there for one another because you’re all each other has and the only ones that can understand one another through all of IVY’s bizarre twists and turns. Carry those relationships on outside of this IVY story as it’s the only tangible takeaway this company will ever offer to you.

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    IVY2019-03-08
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Needs to look itself in the mirror"

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    Former Employee - Community Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues and a fun work environment. You meet lots of great people through membership.

    Cons

    Leadership is weak. The strategy changes every other day and ethics typically doesn't play a role in determining what to do.

    IVY2019-01-26
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized but fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IVY full-time

    Pros

    Fun team, fun events, great experience, flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay, disorganized, financial instability

    Advice to Management

    Remodel sales outreach model! Why would all outreach be through LinkedIn and just be repetitive duplicates spamming up people’s emails? Not a good brand.

    IVY2018-10-19
  7. Helpful (11)

    "TLDR; Scam company to work for"

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

    I worked at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some really amazing coworkers who are both idealistic and passionate - they really believe in the vision of a connected world

    Cons

    IVY has enticed many idealistic, young professionals to become employees, with promises that ‘Together, we can connect the world.’ And a lot of people fell for it, myself included. THE JOB: The Community Manager job sounds like you are building a community of growth-minded, high-caliber, and passionate individuals - that’s what I thought I’d signed up for, at least. In reality, it’s an SDR job. You’re forced... to use your own LinkedIn profile to add as many people as you can, then mass email them with something to the effect of: ‘I came across your profile, and thought you’d be a fantastic addition to our community of entrepreneurs, visionaries, artists, etc.’ Once you get them excited about it on the phone, you then drop the $1k or $2k price tag, and then tell them their ‘application will be submitted to the membership committee.’ The ‘Membership Committee’ doesn’t exist. As long as you don’t seem like a psychopath, you will be sent an email congratulating you on being accepted. In my time at IVY, more than 99% of all applicants were ‘approved.’ THE CULTURE A mix of truly passionate, idealistic people, and sales bros. Some of the people are truly wonderful (and itching to leave) and some are simply too gullible and believe the founder when he throws around buzz words like ‘passion, community, vision, belonging, intellect, arts, inspiration. . .’ The NYC office is the biggest office and constantly under judgment. The other offices around the country are much more relaxed and flexible. THE LEADERSHIP The CEO, Beri, is one of the worst people to work for, if you’re able to see beyond his buzz words. He originally created IVY as a dating website exclusively for Harvard graduates before expanding it to other IVY Leaguers. . . .so you know where his values are. When he didn’t find success with that, he created IVY, the Social University. He’s shown multiple times his employees are just a number to him; for example, he hired a dozen new Community Managers when he was trying to get funding (in order to make the company seem like it was growing) and then promptly fired roughly the same amount of CMs once the round was done. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. All of this being said, I have met some amazing coworkers and some amazing people who are members of IVY, so it’s not as if everyone is evil. It’s just a shame - there are people who truly believe in this vision, and still do - but this company is just not the one to deliver on it.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your employees and doing a ‘bait and switch’ with the Community Manager job. And stop lying to the outside world to stay afloat

    IVY2018-11-01
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Events Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible working environment and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Fantastic, talented team, and easy to communicate accross departments. The events are unique and engaging, and fun to produce!

    Cons

    There are lots of changes, almost every month, to company structure, event product etc. This can keep things interesting, however sometimes pivoting can be difficult and exhausting. The hours are very long, and the budgets and expectations are not often aligned.

    Advice to Management

    I am happy with the way all the new changes are being handled. Please continue to be as transparent as possible.

    IVY2018-09-26
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IVY full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The massive upside of IVY is that it's an immense learning opportunity for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, and a chance for you to roll up your sleeves and actively partake in the creation of something. Despite being a challenging environment with rapid changes and high expectations, it tests your ability to think creatively and critically, and allows you to acquire experience otherwise available to more... senior-level hires. If you care about the product and are invested in solving challenges and voicing your opinions, there is room to quickly advance and get additional responsibilities. I have personally grown a lot during my years here, and would recommend it to anyone actively seeking the above.

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    Cons

    It's definitely what you make of it, and if you're looking for a passive job this is not the place for you. Prepare to work hard, even if you don't see the immediate reward. There is certainly room for improvement within areas like HR, technology and general management, so if you're dependent on rigid, corporate structures I would advice against a place like IVY.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced C-Level executives to help lead the company. It's unrealistic to expect that a CEO oversees all aspects of the business.

    IVY2018-07-26
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Meaningful Mission & Brilliant Colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IVY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Meaningful mission - Awesome colleagues - A lot of responsibility - Unlimited vacation days

    Cons

    - Constantly changing environment

    IVY2018-07-15
  11. Helpful (1)

    "Community Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IVY full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet people in the world and experience fun events.

    Cons

    Limited upside to job, unrealistic expectations and goals.

    IVY2018-07-16
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