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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Chaos"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PeopleBrowsr full-time

    Pros

    Pay is ok in some areas. Very flexible in how/when/where you work if you are in the right area and in the good books (basically just the tech side). Some nice people. Interesting industry area.

    Cons

    Everything said by everyone previous is true.
    No structure of any kind. No management except CEO micromanaging via email. Strategy is completely fluid. Everything changes on a whim and yesterdays game changer product is forgotten tomorrow in favour of whatever pops into the CEOs mind. The few managers that do exist are clueless children with more energy spent trying to get their own careers to take off than actually achieve anything. Constant pennypinching. Never had a party or celebration in the companys entire lifespan. Never reflects on any past or current failures, or successes.

    Advice to Management

    Get some.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Could've been a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -cool industry
    -social media still has a lot of potential
    -you're literally writing the history books when you're in this industry
    -HQ located in SF SOMA

    Cons

    -everything said in the other reviews is true
    -no commitment to employees
    -employees are not treated like human beings (everyone consistently not being paid on time, disregard for employees' personal time, etc)
    -bugs/projects are tracked via email. Yes, email. No implementation of any tools to manage bugs or projects
    -products are built without thoughts of longevity or customers in mind
    -barely any documentation exists for any of the products - no manuals, whitepapers, or even sales decks
    -lack of company culture...but for the one that exists, it's a "vicious culture". Employees hang onto information without passing any of it on so that they are guaranteed job security.

    Advice to Management

    -solid, steadfast goals or vision for the company is missing
    -treat employees like human beings
    -a great company starts from the top

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Warning: Stay Away! I wish I had read these reviews before taking a position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very few. Casual dress is a plus.
    Office location is nice. Good food in neighborhood.
    SF start-up in a hot and trendy industry, social influencer marketing.

    Cons

    where to begin?

    1) employees are treated like contractors
    2) no investment in employees
    3) employees must bring/use their own computers, phones, office supplies, water
    4) the only company I have seen in 20 years that provides "tap water only" to guests and employees
    5) no business card, benefits, 401K, bonuses, equity
    6) Employees often asked/suggested to work til late at night or weekends on non-priority or work that has no deadline or reason not to be done at a regular hour.
    7) employees/contractors checks late, bounce, bills not paid, vendors not happy
    8) no processes. no HR.
    9) upper management takes credit for almost everything done below them
    10) No training, onboarding or almost any communication to new employees
    11) very under-qualified mgmt making critical decisions
    12) Passive aggressive/abusive mgmt style. Have witnessed employees crying and running off

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like human beings. The lack of documentation, lack of process and the brevity of employees as an asset has led to a host of issues that there is no return from without a complete culture shift. There are some great tools and products built that no one uses or knows how to use because of the turnover rate. The hours and cycles to continually track down and relearn who does what is a vicious circle of non-productivity.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good fit for me"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had the chance to work with some really smart and talented people. However the company in general lacked a clear vision and the product suffered as a result.

    Cons

    The capital burn rate of this company made for a volatile work environment and it was difficult at best to succeed here. It was a great learning experience and i value the time i spent here just wish the end result were better.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your most valuable asset!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not what I expected"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent pay for long hours.

    Cons

    Poor management, leadership and direction.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Turn around and walk the other way!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The view of Circular Quay ain't bad

    Cons

    Severe micro management and zero trust in employees. A weird manipulative and way of running a business. If you are fresh out of uni and into the workforce, take note that this is not how any business should operate and you really do deserve better.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Zero."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and office location.

    Cons

    Management is bad, there is no humanity in it, as it reads in other reviews (except those written by the CEO). Marketing is unplanned, IT is weak, HR doesn't exists, job interviews are often awkward.

    After the first couple of months of excitement, you'll notice that none of your actions matter. There's no point in setting up any sort of structure and strategy or be organised in what you do, because you're asked (relatively often and usually on a Monday) to drop everything you have done for months to follow a new (totally nonsense) business idea.

    Structure is forbidden. Strategy is forbidden. Planning is forbidden. Fun is forbidden.

    Don't be fooled by this company and the big numbers that they will throw at you, they mean nothing. Do your checks.

    Other than wrong practices and people manipulation skills, you'll learn nearly zero, waste time and slowly get out of the market.

    Advice to Management

    such a waste of money & energies should be illegal

  8. "High expectations of a small team where you get out what you put in."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PeopleBrowsr full-time

    Pros

    PeopleBrowsr has a core team of dedicated designers, marketers and developers. If you have the ability to see the bigger picture and longer term roadmap, it is an inspiring workplace with lots of opportunities. If you put in the effort and the hours, your role can grow very quickly with generous compensation. All staff are given the opportunity to share their ideas and develop their roles.

    Cons

    Having a relatively small team means the scope of your role will likely increase as your abilities are recognized - Some people have a "This is not what I signed up for" response. If you're not a team player and not willing to learn or help out when needed you may not enjoy working here.

    Advice to Management

    Some ideas to increase productivity include delegating more tasks to project focused contractors and increasing the onboarding process for new team members (maybe with a short trial period).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome technology, friendly employees, big future."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting to be on the front lines of a business developing exciting innovative software. Amazing office space to, with views of Sydney Harbour and kitchen full of food.

    Cons

    Like any young ambitious tech business there's always a lot of work to be done. Not the right company if you're not willing to work hard and not good at prioritising.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure every employee knows how to write and keep track of a prioritised to do list or projects will fall off the table.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Deceptive start-up, appalling management, poor products"

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

    Pros

    When the CEO is overseas the staff seems less suicidal

    Cons

    There are three reasons why you’d work for PeopleBrowsr:

    * You have been there for so long that no one else would employ you
    * You got absolutely nothing on your resume and “just need a job”
    * You are truly desperate potentially looking at becoming homeless

    The CEO Jodee Rich clearly has no concept of employee satisfaction. The office is a depressing dungeon with no happiness or joy. Personal conversations are not allowed and God forbid if someone accidentally forget to switch their phone to silent - because then “The Mighty Vampire Overlord shall raise his iron fist!”

    He treats his employees worse than sex slaves, verbally abuses staff and outside office hours he’ll hunt you down until he gets what he wants.

    The tech is bad. Marketing is bad. The hours are bad. The culture is bad.
    I wish I had read the reviews on Glassdoor before taking on this job.

    Oh, and for your information the only 5 star positive review here is written by the CEO :-)

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO


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