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2.6
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Kobie Marketing CEO Bram Hechtkopf
Bram Hechtkopf
49 Ratings
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  • "Some disconnection between departments and some transitional "growing pains"(in 8 reviews)

  • "We have managers to manage managers and no one seems to manage anything(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's been a wonderful start for the past few months and I love the teams that I interact with on a daily basis. It's a small company with a great atmosphere and room for growth if you put the work in.

    Cons

    As anywhere else in the corporate world, there are a few whiners who have landed here. If they actually worked instead of complain, they may actually create a change instead of wallowing in complaining for no reason all day. This company is actually a hidden gem. What's funny is ex employees who have probably given a negative score on this site or the very ones who attempt to keep coming back. Ironic.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to survey results which it seems you do based on the last townhall

  2. Getting better all the time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Kobie provides a high energy atmosphere that promotes teamwork. The new leadership have great backgrounds and have brought a level of maturity to the company that I believe will fuel growth. HR is extremely creative in sponsoring fun events that make networking throughout the company easy and rewarding.

    Cons

    There are still challenges but there has been steady improvements every day.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on course. The changes are beginning to take root. Do not waiver from the strategy and trust the new leaders to do what they have done throughout their careers.

  3. Helpful (10)

    Good place to coast if you don’t have goals

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

    I worked at Kobie Marketing

    Pros

    If you have no experience or business making decisions (because you either have no idea how to ask what to do without exposing how little you know, or you’re an arrogant jerk who’s not going to listen to anyone anyway), welcome to the fastest track of your skyrocketing, shiny new career. Very nice views of the outside from the 10th floor.

    Cons

    If you’re a professional with any knowledge of the outside world, welcome to career purgatory; a bizarre bubble in which you will be belittled by the same people who take credit for your ideas openly and without reproach. Lack of respect for each other and the infighting, backstabbing and manipulation that goes with it may be the downfall of this organization. Unfortunately no one has the authority to address culture,...

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    Advice to Management

    Research how other companies do things. There is probably a reason to adopt timeless common knowledge about the way businesses work. And when you say you don’t tolerate behavior that multiple people have noted previously here, nice job gaslighting. Policies don’t fix that, even if there was one. Role models do.

    Kobie Marketing Response

    January 25, 2019Kobie Marketing

    Thank you for your feedback. Your experience at Kobie is far from the culture that we’ve worked hard to cultivate and what we want for our teammates. We take great pride in the environment that we’re creating at Kobie and our recent teammate engagement survey results verify the ...

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  4. lead

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    Former Employee - Lead in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance

    Cons

    Compared to other companies bad pay.

  5. Helpful (5)

    Soooo Much Potential Here

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Some good hard working people. Very relaxed atmosphere. Decent benefits and pay. Unlimited vacation. Massages and fresh fruit. Company parties and haunted house. Ability to participate in local charities if you wish. Lots of potential for success down the road once they right the ship.

    Cons

    Kobie is a small company with just over 400 people employed, but they have way too many VP's and Directors. Company grew fast and people got promoted to help keep up with the growth. Now there are incompetent people in leadership roles. Last president of company aided with this problem by hiring all these executives to try and solve leadership problems and now the company is way too top heavy. Kobie needs to trim...

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    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat at the top and use the money you save to hire folks to fill positions needed in other departments. The past president made numerous mistakes in hiring and you did right by getting rid of her. Now get rid of her mistakes!

  6. Helpful (3)

    Lack of leadership and inability to add value for clients

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

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    office and location are very nice

    Cons

    One trick ponies with outdated value prop and capabilities. Little career opportunity

  7. Helpful (5)

    The most toxic work environment I've ever endured

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great downtown office location, overlooking the water. Free fruit, and occasional massages.

    Cons

    Bullying is rampant and encouraged. No teamwork. An ineffective 'human resources' group. Witch-hunts. You're either part of the clique, or not. And if you're not, well best of luck to you. The product is spaghetti code at its' finest. We also over commit and under-deliver to our clients. Pridefully state that they pay in the lowest quartile of salaries in the area.

    Advice to Management

    It's a shame how this organization has let a culture of bullying, shouting, and intimidation not only develop but run amok. It's perfectly acceptable to let account services bully other departments with no checks or balances, as it comes from the top. You have people in the wrong seats in leadership--make sure they're competent and capable before promoting or moving them into these seats, otherwise the disaster that...

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    Kobie Marketing Response

    December 18, 2018Kobie Marketing

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I’m sorry to hear that you did not have a positive experience at Kobie. Bullying is never okay and is something that we do not tolerate. We have processes and policies in place to address such behavior and I encourage ...

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  8. Helpful (11)

    Desperately seeking management...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    A few rock stars amongst the employee's. They have some of the best developers in the Tampa Bay area.

    Cons

    The culture is toxic. Promotions and reviews are based on popularity. There is zero accountability throughout the company. The leadership is non-existent. There is a ton of dead weight at all levels of the company: People that literally do nothing. They continue to hire executives without basic leadership and management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your mistakes.

  9. Helpful (10)

    Getting better every day, but a clean up is needed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Most of the colleagues are very nice people Huge improvements being done Open door policy Fantastic location Informal environment Recent executives and directors really seem to realize what's needed to move the company to the next level.

    Cons

    Bullying seem to be a common complaint here. It's REAL and everybody knows who are these people. Why there's no action from HR to eliminate this? Some issues with retaining the good employees Some employees from the IT department don't reach the minimum baseline skills for their roles. Employees known to be lazy, incompetent, bullies, etc, remain in the company demotivating the decent people that work there. High...

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    Advice to Management

    This has been strongly improved lately, but the criteria for hiring Devs, QAs, Architects, etc. in the past was loose to say the least. There are Devs and QAs in the company (mostly hired before 2016) that clearly have no idea of what they're doing. It's no rare to see specific devs or QAs SLEEPING at their desks. It's time to increase the demand for professionalism, and let go all those terrible professionals that...

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  10. Helpful (4)

    Java Developer

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    Current Employee - Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time

    Pros

    There is good work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay for positions. Unclear requirements for advancement.

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