Influenster Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2019

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3.0
44%
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Influenster CEO Aydin Acar (no image)
Aydin Acar
31 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Grew with the company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been at Influenster for almost 5 years. If there is one thing about this company that still makes me stay after 5 years is that how quickly Influenster adapts to changing trends in consumer behavior. How people are communicating/shopping is changing even at an accelerated rate, powered by social media and technology in general. Trust me, you want to be working at a company that embraces this change and adapts accordingly, if you would like to be part of a work-force that is still relevant in the near future. Last 5 years added enough skillset and experience if I had been employed at 5 different start-ups. I was able to work on different parts of the business from data insights, product catalog to social media monitoring.

    Cons

    Pros above could easily be cons for other people. If you thrive in a more traditionally structured work environment this is not a company for you.

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  2. "Experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Influenster part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    A startup company, interns were not as involved in the company


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Don't Do It"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks, free lunch on tuesdays, and summer fridays

    Cons

    Please believe all the negative reviews that you see on here. This place will make waking up and going to work everyday miserable. Everyone is overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. The turnover rate is very high. Instead of hiring replacements when someone quits, the works just gets spread throughout existing employees (as if the workload wasn't enough). The office culture is very cliquey, highly disorganized, and passive aggressive.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "Believe The Negative Reviews"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Snacks, free foods Unlimited PTO (with blackout dates and scrutiny from upper management)

    Cons

    I have been waiting to write this since month three on the job. I am SO beyond relieved to be done with this miserable place. Honestly, it was such a horrible job experience and the worst company I have ever worked for. Being an employee at Influenster is mentally draining. You will be exhausted every single day, which will leave you with little to no motivation to pursue your passions in your free time. Don’t get me wrong— the work is not difficult. I barely used any creative or strategic thinking while I was here. Anyone with half a brain can do what I do. It’s just a lot. It’s overwhelming. It’s stressful. It’s boring. You’ll get insane demands and unrealistic deadlines. Simply put, expect to be overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. If you’re not on the sales team, good luck. Nobody cares about you unless you bring in the dollars (and it helps if you have a pretty face, too). Why? Because Influenster is run by a married couple whose entire life is funded by this company’s profit. Sales support their needs and their needs only. This brings me to my next grievance: upper management. They are nasty, condescending, and rude. They do not respect you as an adult. They hold meetings where they reprimand you for taking days off or threaten you for working in the communal workspace instead of sitting at your desk all day. Besides the sales team, Influenster has extremely high turnover. You probably won’t last more than a year here. If the toxic environment isn’t enough to get you out the door, the workload will be. You will get burnt out. Please, please, please DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!! Read all of the negative reviews and believe them. The free snacks, happy hours, unlimited PTO, and dog-friendly office are not enough to make this horrendous company worth it.

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Prepare for constant stress and burnout!"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Influenster full-time

    Pros

    Influenster isn't the worst place to work in the world. It has a really cool office, with a huge variety of snacks, coffee, and tea. There's also a ping pong table and a video game machine that people take advantage of usually after work. There are bagels delivered on Fridays and Office lunches on Tuesdays. There are occasional parties and happy hours, some in-office and others off-site. The parties are usually well done and let's just say some shots are needed after dealing with the stressful week you're bound to have. There's also beer on tap and sometimes there are bottles of wine leftover from parties to take advantage of, too. You can also bring in your dog if you have one! There are usually a couple dogs in the office, including the CEO's dog.

    Cons

    I'm going to be honest. Everything looks fine on the outside but the company is chaos. Everyone is overworked and burnt out. It's not the kind of company where you come in at 9 and leave at 5. People aren't staying because there is work that isn't finished; people are staying because there is work that isn't finished because of impossible deadlines and the fact that the company is understaffed. Everyone is overwhelmed with work. If you want to have a life outside of work and not bring work home with you, this isn't the job for you. You'll find yourself having to work outside of your work hours constantly. On top of this, you'll barely have time to eat lunch between meetings and all the work that has to be done. Around lunch hours, you'll find most people sitting at their desks eating their lunch as they're working instead of in the common space like they should; you have enough time to go out, get something to eat, and come back. As people leave the company, vacancies aren't being filled. People come in for interviews and it's rare that someone actually comes back as a hire. As far as the people, there are some really cool, friendly people at Influenster. However, some people just come off as cold and unfriendly. This includes the CEO and President. Like another review said, the President walks around with an aura of superiority and the CEO isn't very friendly at all. During company-wide meetings, they try to be friendly and it's sort of out of character for them. It doesn't help that they're in a romantic relationship. Structure is constantly changing and everyone (except the sales team, I'd say) is disposable. There have been so many changes that it's getting ridiculous. The fact that the company is constantly making changes makes me question whether they have a plan or are just "winging it." For all the work that has to be done, no one is getting paid enough to deal with this toxic environment and work overload. Except, maybe, the employees in higher positions.

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Id vs Ego"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendships with coworkers that will most likely last longer than your time at the company. Having a common enemy really brings the troops together.

    Cons

    Money ≠ Success "Fastest Growing Company" awards do not reflect anything regarding everyday work environment, hence is meaningless to potential employees and current employees of Influenster, especially if they see that the turnover rate of employees does not match up to financial records needed to win the award. All awards the company has won are shallow and are made to give the veneer of success, rather than focusing on improving team morale, communication, and the toxic attitudes of executives. Most issues at the company stem from weak leadership (in terms of personality, morals, and compassion), lack of knowledge regarding general business methods, and an echo chamber of a board of directors. It is always a RED FLAG when a start-up's board consists of only internal employees and a single investor (In addition to the cofounders being romantically involved) The executives make no effort to ingratiate themselves with other leaders in their market, they simply care about interviewing for fluff articles that focus on the most shallow of attributes, like being a #girlboss (which apparently the only requirement is having another x chromosome) or coming from outside of the tech world to become (by fantastic luck) a large review platform. No one I worked with could explain to me what the CEO did, or even what skills he contributed to the company other than being the toy of choosing for the #girlboss. He is easily the most demeaning and rude person I have ever worked with, on top of being plainly ignorant about his own business. He doesn't understand basic phone technology and marketing trends yet is in charge of the tech-side ops of the company. (???????) You can call an apple an orange, but this company is still very much a start-up. There is NO transparency regarding finances, so to say the company is profitable is almost laughable as there is never any explanation beyond "we are profitable so we are not seeking investors at this time". Then why no matching of 401k? Why not pay your employees for the value they bring to the team, or what competitor companies are paying them? Oh right, taking advantage of the post-college workforce as cheap labor makes more sense, rather than to justly pay the people your entire company depends on for maintaining positive client relationships OR support them with a positive direction for growth within the company, rather than treating them as the sales team's minions. *shrug* All in all, this is even a bad company to work for if you want work experience and do not care about literally anything else, because you wont even be paid what you can easily negotiate at an equally-sized, equally-aged company in the same business sector. The future of this company is as dim as the leaders

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Prepare to Learn and Challenge Yourself"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Analytics in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Influenster full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The environment at Influenster is extremely dynamic and unique – over the last few years, the company has transformed from only being a sampling business to a product review platform and is now becoming a social media platform. Even coming from a long career in similar industries, just in my first few months at the company, I have learned more than I would have over many years somewhere else. The products we are building are so unique that few other places can prepare you for the experience at Influenster. If you are craving for a highly structured and predictable environment, this company is probably not for you. But if you are looking to learn, be challenged, and build a skillset and a flexible mindset that would serve you for the rest of your career, then coming to Influenster would be a great choice. From my experience so far, a lot of the negative feedback in prior reviews is either myopic or dated. The company has a clear vision – be the place where people come to connect about products. As the company has grown, it has retained it’s startup mentality – there is a lot of trial and error, and iteration in building new products or improving on existing ones, and that can be uncomfortable for those who are used to a more steady and coddled environment. There has been a series of new key leadership hires in almost all areas of the business, and that has already been paying off in taking some of the day-to-day decision-making pressure of the core team and creating a more scalable organizational structure while maintaining a startup flexibility. In terms of other reviewers’ comments that preference is given to Sales employees, I have not seen that – the company is very committed to investing in its Product and Technology teams. This feedback is likely dated from the time when the Influenster sampling product was the only offering of the company and the industry was not yet very familiar with the benefits of this distribution method. The company emphasis is in building a sticky platform that gives a variety of reasons for members to engage. Leadership has substantially increased investment in building and improving related products and prioritized recruiting and retaining talented and driven employees in that area.

    Cons

    As the company has grown so fast, there is a lack of established processes in certain areas - the challenge there is to build a structure to resolve day-to-day problems without endangering operational flexibility.

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  8. Helpful (12)

    "Love working here"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product you can believe in - the Influenster platform is an incredible product to bring to market and it's fun to constantly overdeliver for clients Innovative Environment - if you have a good idea the rest of the team is excited to bring it to life, you can also help define your role here by raising your hand for projects Great Career Experience - Been able to gain valuable experience and exposure that it would be difficult to find elsewhere Smart people - that work hard and are incredibly nice PUPPIES - the dog policy is a plus :)

    Cons

    Not without start-up growing pains which I think is at the root at some of the negative reviews. The org structure does shift a lot but I think that goes hand-in-hand with innovation.

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    Influenster Response

    August 19, 2018HR Director

    This makes us happy, we appreciate you sharing you your feedback with us.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Fast paced, high growth company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Influenster full-time

    Pros

    Influenster is a place where you can gain valuable experience and move up the ladder quickly if you put in the effort. The company is growing rapidly in terms of revenue and membership which makes it a pretty exciting time to be here. Management makes it a priority to come up with new products for both its member base and clients, so there are new launches happening all the time meaning you won’t be bored. Also if you have a fresh idea for a new feature or a recommendation on how to make a process run more smoothly, you are listened to and many times see your suggestion come to life. Overall the team has respect for one another and many of us have made lifelong friendships working here. There are also perks like lunches, rooftop happy hours, product giveaways and cute dogs joining all the meetings.

    Cons

    Influenster has a lot of things they want to accomplish so priorities can change from time to time, which may bother those who are used to more of a strict structure. I also agree there have been growing pains in scaling but I guess that happens when you’re evolving from small startup to a much larger organization.

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    Influenster Response

    August 19, 2018HR Director

    Thank you - we will continue to reward hard work and look to improve the way we communicate the link between individual contributions to our overall mission of the company.

  10. Helpful (18)

    "Believe the bad reviews, please stay away!"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Influenster full-time

    Pros

    Free food Dogs Only wrote these because it is required by Glassdoor

    Cons

    Free food and a dog-friendly environment are NOT enough to be the saving grace for any company. PLEASE READ UP PEOPLE AND BELIEVE THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS before accepting a job offer from Influenster. At Influenster, I experienced one of the most toxic work environments I had the misfortune to encounter and boy howdy have I been in some bad places. As pointed out in many other reviews, the co-founders don't know what they're doing and I am surprised the company is still in business. The female co-founder spouts a bunch of nonsense on how she is a #girlboss doing her thing, but fails to mention at her PR events that if you have the bad luck of working with her, you are nothing but a peon who is there to satisfy her every demand without question. Questioning her is not even a possibility because you will immediately get shut down. The male co-founder is haughty as well, and is probably using his trust fund money to keep the place afloat. I could never figure out what he did other than throw around flimsy ideas and storm out of meetings because somebody disagreed with him. Also, pro-tip that the founders are also romantic partners so you can deduce what you will from that. Bullying, cliques, and gossip run rampant and are often fueled by co-founders, leaders, and possibly your own manager who should ideally have your back in any other work environment. The comments about the Slack shaming are very much true, and if you want to be harassed and bullied in the General channel (by the co-founder no less) for something so miniscule as coming in 5 minutes late, by all means, take the job. Organizationally speaking, the structure is incredibly flat. You are either loved by management because you work in sales or you are an old-timer (seniority does not always save you from bullying), or you are nobody and you can get cut the minute they change course which is OFTEN. Your manager will be chomping at the bit to throw you under the bus to save their own skin. The co-founders are also not transparent whatsoever about how the company makes money (big “IF”), so that’s scammy and scary as well. If you do not care for working in a chaotic, unstable environment where you dread going into work everyday I urge you to stay away.

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