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Kobie Marketing Reviews

Updated December 17, 2018
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  • "Some disconnection between departments and some transitional "growing pains"" (in 8 reviews)

  • "It was stated several times that the Client Service team does not dictate what the call center does" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "A fun family-like atmosphere where you really feel like you matter."

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    Current Employee - Associate Java Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Java Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The way I’m treated by the entire company is amazing, everyone is happy to say hello, even if you’ve never met before. The culture is very relaxed and fun, and everyone is passionate about getting their work done for the clients.

    Cons

    For me, the drive is far but that’s not a fault with them. Nothing negative to report so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, the atmosphere you’ve created is amazing. People love working here and it shows.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Soooo Much Potential Here"

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

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time (More than 3 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 some of that fat at the top and use the money they save to give help to departments that need more bodies. Unfortunately, some executives are just enjoying the free ride and pretty much doing nothing.

    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!

  3. "The most toxic work environment I've ever endured"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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 inevitably results is on your shoulders.

    Kobie Marketing Response

    Dec 18, 2018 – Kobie 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... More


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Desperately seeking management..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time

    Pros

    location of office is good

    Cons

    Must suck up to CEO and C levels or your gone - no appreciation for skill and experience out in the much more demanding client side


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Getting better every day, but a clean up is needed"

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

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    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 level professionals should get more visibility. Many great initiatives get hidden inside their own silos.

    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 pull us down. They won't leave since they are not qualified enough for getting another job. Waiting for them to leave or bully them to make them quit is NOT the solution. The recently hired Devs and QAs clearly show a much higher level of skills and professionalism, and the gap between the efficient versus incompetent is pretty clear. A clean-up is needed. Waiting will just increase the turn-over of the good ones.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Java Developer"

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    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion 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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Kobie is a great place"

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

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I occasionally login to GlassDoor and read what others have written about the company that I call family. It’s disheartening to read things that I know are completely not true. Leadership cares and they are trying to lead others that care and to be collaborative, enthusiastic, curious, ethical and innovative. You can’t expect leaders to do all the hard work for you. This is a family and just like any other family, everyone has to pitch in to be happy and productive.

    If you’re looking for a fun company where you can make a difference – Kobie is the answer. For those people who are so unhappy on GlassDoor – why don’t you walk into the CHRO’s office, the CEO’s office or any other leaders’ office and voice your frustrations with them. Leadership has a very open door policy.

    Pros:
    Beautiful office
    Fruit Thursday
    Flexible working environment
    Downtown which is great for lunch with teammates
    Happy hours
    Company holiday party
    Company picnic
    Unlimited vacation time for most
    Health fair
    Softball league
    Yoga
    Access to gym in the building for $100/year
    Excellent salary/benefits
    Fun teammates who have a lot in common and have fun together
    Halloween haunted house
    Giving back to the community, St. Pete Food Bank, CASA, Habitat for Humanity, PetPals, to name a few
    The list goes on and on

    Cons

    There's a couple bag eggs that need to go find a job some place else. You know who you are. "Just do it."

    Advice to Management

    Stay on the path. You're making progress. Anyone with experience who's worked for more than one company before - realizes it.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loyalty business is growing - Very good opportunity of overall Business and employee growth

    Cons

    Non technical middle management. It’s a tech company , from developers to directors , everyone should be very technical. Otherwise they can’t lead team in right direction and always feel insecured.

    Advice to Management

    Top leadership is trying their best to make things better but it would take time. Keep taking 360 degree feedbacks.Bring technical people (with long development background) to lead teams. Remove all non technical managers, senior managers, project managers and directors.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "If you are smart go somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Senior Java/J2EE Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Java/J2EE Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some say it's the location, but I could care less since that's the least important thing in a real career. Plenty of other nice offices in FL.

    Cons

    Crap pay, benefits, management, systems. etc. If you try to improve the product you are told there's no time or the client will not pay for it. This leads to a cycle of apathy and more junk code.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals and not the amateur folks you have in place now. This is not a high school, it's supposed to be a business. Please save the lame replies for some sucker as they are empty words.