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Laurel and Wolf Reviews

Updated Apr 30, 2019

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Leura Fine
45 Ratings
  1. "Terrible CEO, Minimum Pay"

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      Former Employee - Interior Designer 

      I worked at Laurel and Wolf full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Flexible, take on as much or as little as you have time for.

      Cons

      For the amount of work, the payout per project wasn't even minimum wage. Slow platform and always changing. Company came crashing down leaving clients and designers out money.

      Laurel and Wolf2019-04-30
    • Helpful (7)

      "The unqualified CEO."

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

      I have been working at Laurel and Wolf full-time

      Pros

      - The company is dead - All the people, minus the CEO and the CTO.

      Cons

      Laurel and Wolf had a slight potential, but this is a classic case of what will happen when you have an inexperienced, illiterate, arrogant, narcissistic, extremely juvenile, pathological liar to be a CEO of a tech startup. Failure. The CEO made it extremely difficult to like the job every time she was in the office. The mood shifted dramatically when she was in the office versus when she wasn’t at work. She IS loud,...

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      Advice to Management

      Advice to future investors, employers, acquaintances: Make your best judgment and read all the 70 reviews before you consider Leura Fine for future endeavors. She is a good salesperson, truly! She can look straight into your eye and lie. Quite the skill to have. She's had four odd years to change her course of actions but never learned from her mistakes and never will she. Advice to Leura, This one is going to...

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      Laurel and Wolf2019-03-07
    • Helpful (4)

      "Amazing idea ruined by the worst CEO in history"

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

      I have been working at Laurel and Wolf full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      None anymore, since the company closed down

      Cons

      This company was built around an wonderful concept and had a solid team of amazing employees and designers. Unfortunately, none of this matters when a company is run by an inexperienced, tyrannical, juvenile CEO. For years, the writing was on the wall; the company was plummeting fast. Rather than allow experienced people to salvage the situation, the CEO chose to lie, make horrible changes to the business model based...

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      Advice to Management

      While it's too late to warn people about Laurel & Wolf, to anyone who crosses paths with the CEO in the future, RUN. You do not want to be associated with such an incompetent, cruel individual. You will only tarnish your own reputation in the process.

      Laurel and Wolf2019-02-26
    • Helpful (4)

      "Literally terrible in every single way"

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      Former Employee - Online Designer in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Laurel and Wolf full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Work from home. “Flexibility” if you call flexibility working All the time and not making a living wage

      Cons

      Terrible pay, management constantly changing, under valued for work, CEO has no compassion.

      Advice to Management

      Get it together. Just, get it together.

      Laurel and Wolf2019-02-21
    • Helpful (6)

      "Aggression. Dictatorship. Passive Aggression. No Transparency, No Leadership."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Laurel and Wolf full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Aside from leadership, the rest of the employee base is made up of great people!

      Cons

      * CEO has no experience running a tech company and is overly prescriptive in ALL areas of the business. The CEO's husband is a very successful VC, and based on the performance of the business, he MUST see the writing on the wall which leads me to believe he is funding her opportunity to "Play CEO for a startup" much like a parent buying Play Doh for their child. * My primary gripe is actually with the CTO. He is the...

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      Advice to Management

      Bring in an experienced CEO who can truly help bring this idea some success! Please be nicer to your people! Look inward!

      Laurel and Wolf2019-01-31
    • Helpful (4)

      "A case of tragic mismanagement"

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      Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Laurel and Wolf full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      you can work on your own, make your own hours, etc...

      Cons

      Payments for design projects are too low and payments are often 1-2 weeks late They closed the company with an email to designers, provided little to no support when many designers were left still working on projects while also not communicating to clients of the status of the company. Unsure if the company will ever be re-opened

      Advice to Management

      Be more truthful to your employees, that kind of respect and consideration costs nothing and would have been rewarded. Pick a strategy and then stick with it, work out the kinks and then improve it rather than changing direction and strategies every other month... This confuses your employees and clients... When projects become confusing... clients will leave because they don't want to pay to get frustrated. Pay...

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      Laurel and Wolf2019-01-24
    • Helpful (23)

      "Rest In Peace, L&W"

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

      I have been working at Laurel and Wolf for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Once upon a time, this was a decent way to make some extra money as a designer. But, the CEO insisted on pushing wholesale and passion projects (like a hideous “furniture line”) over what worked and listening to people who were experienced in the field. They also over-hired a lot of inexperienced and uneducated designers, lowered payouts, increased workloads and changed their policies to state that they could choose...

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      Cons

      The CEO is a mess. Everyone is clearly terrified of her - yet she has learned absolutely nothing from the years of reviews on this site. The company has now downsized from one of the biggest offices in LA (really? When you pay your designers practically minimum wage, and frequently not at all? Shame on you) to a WeWork (which is a shared office space used by a lot of freelance and laptop-lifestyle workers) and seems to...

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      Advice to Management

      What’s the point? She’s not interested in constructive feedback. After this company closes, I sincerely hope you take some time to reflect on the decisions you made that led you there before you point fingers.

      Laurel and Wolf2018-10-10
    • Helpful (12)

      "Not great / doomed"

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

      I worked at Laurel and Wolf full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      - Small, so there are many opportunities - Pay is OK - Co-workers - It's a job and you get a pay check.

      Cons

      - Poor outlook - Bad benefits - Negotiate a good salary because raises are small, even for people getting excellent performance reviews - "Flex PTO" - Closely monitored. You will probably get to "have a chat" with your manager if you take more than 2 weeks. - Shared office space. We used to have a nice office but now we've been working out of a shared office space. - Short runway and difficult to raise money ...

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      Advice to Management

      There are hard times & struggles - that's expected, it's a startup and most startups fail. Take some responsibility - you are the CEO. Ultimately, everything that happens at the company is your responsibility. Be honest. Company and board deserve honesty

      Laurel and Wolf2018-09-27

      Laurel and Wolf Response

      October 1, 2018CEO

      Hi, Thanks for your review. However, I'd like to clear up a few things. As you mention, honesty is important. First of all, we are not working out of a shared office space. We have a large dedicated office space (open work areas with two conference rooms) within a WeWork. It ...

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    • Helpful (19)

      "Do NOT work here"

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

        I worked at Laurel and Wolf full-time

        Pros

        The people I worked with were great and was the only saving grace about this place. Unfortunately, they either left or were let go (for cost saving reasons), giving me and a lot of my other coworkers no reason to stay. Note, that the reason costs had to be cut were due to terrible and impractical business decisions made by the CEO, despite management's advice against them.

        Cons

        The biggest con is the CEO. She led the company based on her personal desires rather than the good of the company and completely ignored the advice of all the management leaders, despite their obvious knowledge and experience. She created projects about herself and would conveniently require new furniture for her house. This company is basically to fuel her self-obsession, give her that "Hollywood" life, and get some...

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        Advice to Management

        Either get a new CEO or scrap the business altogether. It isn't a sustainable business with this inexperienced and immature CEO and would save the current employees further headache (you deserve better)!

        Laurel and Wolf2018-09-25

        Laurel and Wolf Response

        October 1, 2018CEO

        Hi, Thanks for your review. However, I'd like to clear up a few things. Cost cutting measures had to be put into place after former executives made poor decisions that I was then left to clean up. Its not fun to make the hard decisions but the company would not exist today if ...

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      • Helpful (8)

        "snaps"

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

        I worked at Laurel and Wolf

        Pros

        coworkers are some of the best you will ever work with and hr/office management was always a bright spot for employees

        Cons

        lack of leadership qualities among leadership team. if being a “yes” man was a leadership quality, they’d be set but truth is, it’s not. leadership didn’t do a good job of speaking up for their teams and ensuring the ceo understood why certain things were needed. many times, the reason to do something was just so the ceo could see we did it instead of having an actual reason why.

        Advice to Management

        you have good people and what it may take to last but make better choices, treat your employees better, and maybe bring in a new ceo - business know-how is sorely lacking.

        Laurel and Wolf2018-09-19
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