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Porch Local Market Specialist Reviews

Updated May 23, 2019

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Matt Ehrlichman
34 Ratings
  1. "Work Hard & Your Will Be Successful At Porch"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will leave Porch a better person than the day you started. This company is growing and has constant ups and downs. If you can be flexible, humble, and persistent then this is a great fit for you. I truly enjoyed my experience working at Porch. The best part was working with people that are smart, open-minded, and truly have a passion for the vision Porch is pursuing. Specifically, my manager Zach Veasy was one...

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    Cons

    The biggest weakness of Porch is their product. Luckily the company is starting to finally heavily invest in the product so I do believe that the future is bright for the homeowners and professionals using the service.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a great product and providing great experiences for homeowners and the rest will follow.

    Porch2016-03-03
  2. "Started strong and tailed off hard."

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My peers we're great to work with and got me through a lot of tough days, however, about 75% of them are gone by now. Decent location and office space. My immediate manager was great, his management was not.

    Cons

    The biggest ones to me were: terrible pay/commission structure, hours became very rigid - starting at 6 AM is very tough for people that don't live in downtown Seattle, and the clientele you sell to leaves a lot to be desired. Very little upwards mobility as well.

    Porch2019-05-24
  3. "Porch Sales"

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Porch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work hours were great, get in early leave early Relaxed management style when you were a top performer

    Cons

    Always new people coming in. Compensation was low based on revenue generated

    Porch2019-04-09
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Better find a part-time job as well. Selling an idea, not a real product. Call Center feeling. Laughable wage."

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    Current Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only star is for the employees that work here and the direct managers. Everyone is friendly and you'll make friends.

    Cons

    I'm speaking on behalf of the Local Market Specialist Role. The pay and compensation structure is absolutely horrendous and you are always being nickel and dimed your pay. Dissatisfied employees and the mood has changed significantly since I've been here leading to high turnover. Any person with selling experience DO NOT PERSUE, for your own good. This should only be a very basic entry level job if that. We are forced...

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    Advice to Management

    Have a working product and fix the god-awful pay and commission structure.

    Porch2019-02-21
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Entry Level Call Center Job"

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay isn't bad over here, although when you are intitially hired, $32k/year is really low for a seller. They don't micromanage you which is nice and the office is a beautiful facility. It's not hard to make money here as long as you just dial the phones. I found the job itself to not be that bad and manageable.

    Cons

    The sales floor is a big call room and it gets really loud. They have this bizarre practice of snapping their fingers whenever a sale or if someone is making a good pitch which is extremely obnoxious along with ringing a bell every time a sale is made. Many sellers felt it created animosity when a bell was rang; others did not want to ring the bell because of the unnecessary attention being brought upon them. There...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire a more diverse staff and try and find people who actually know something about the home improvement industry. Go back to the days of salaried sellers and don't be so uptight about always having to be there if goals are being met. As a company you don't have to pay your sellers as much if they aren't eating up hourly dollars having meaningless conversations because they have to be there.

    Porch2017-07-06
  6. Helpful (5)

    "LMS"

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porch

    Pros

    Honestly the only pro was putting Porch on my resume to help get my next gig. Also, the people I worked with blah blah blah.

    Cons

    Everything else that was said.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late.

    Porch2017-01-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "You learn a lot working for a startup!"

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Young, Bright Co-Workers who not only hone there work craft but also utilize there outside time to build on other opportunities or business ideas. -There are some missteps in some of the lower management, however the employees themselves work really hard and you do enjoy getting to know them over a cold brew on Fridays (2 drink limit). -If you work hard you will be compensated in the range of 38-42K in your first...

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    Cons

    -Product has changed to much for customer to believe in its success. -Employee Moral fell due to layoffs and a large amount of employees quitting.Company states they were getting loss/profit margin better due to rising sales but statistics can prove otherwise. -Porch employees to a extent relied to much on selling a "opportunity" to potential business partners in its early stages and thus has created a unreliable trust...

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    Advice to Management

    -There needs to be more transparency within lower management to ground floor, this is regards to any and all compensation benefits, job duties, and polices and procedures. -They need to really live by there core values especially when they say "NO Jerks, No Ego's!" I believe this mainly applies to people who are positioned on the third floor to the fourth floor and some Upper Management. While one CEO did make a active...

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    Porch2016-10-05
  8. Helpful (3)

    "I wouldn't start my career any other way."

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Porch

    Pros

    I joined durring a time of massive growth and was still treated like and individual. Great pay when sales are up. Good Career advancement chances, if you work hard Phenomenal sales culture and sales team I've made great friends. I've had unbelievable managers I was treated with grace when i had a bad month. Desire for transparency and strong accountability amongst leadership

    Cons

    I joined during a time of massive growth. I do feel like i was over sold on what the job and the ease of the sale. During Sales training we were told that in order to sell we had to align ourselves with the "Why" behind what porch does. During my first 6 months at porch i followed blindly assuming that is exactly what we were doing. As i had more sold clients i took more pride in the good we were doing. Every month...

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    Advice to Management

    Dream..Product..Sale in that order. There needs to be a way to become profitable while putting clients and employees first. Build something greater? or just a billion dollar company? In Jim collins book "Good to Great" He talks about a Hedgehog principle. A single guiding part of a company that you can be the best in the world at. After a year at porch i couldn't articulate porch's Hedgehog principle. Matt,...

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    Porch2016-07-13

    Porch Response

    August 12, 2016Cofounder, VP Customer Success

    Thanks for the review. I'm glad this was a good start to your career and I'm sorry we couldn't move faster on realizing our vision for you. Our sales culture is a special thing here and something that often energizes me. Our leadership here is phenomenal and many people share the ...

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  9. "Fantastic Culture"

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    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Porch for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, inspiring co-workers, weekly chats with the CEO makes you feel like you're always in the know.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but the "scrappy, start-up" nature requires a lot of extra effort and time from the sales team. The CRM system wasn't the greatest and required work that soon became tedious and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    continue inspiring the sales team to be great. the best times I had at Porch were when the whole team was on the same page and working together towards a common goal.

    Porch2016-06-28

    Porch Response

    July 6, 2016Cofounder, VP Customer Success

    Thank you for the feedback. Our biweekly ATPs - Around the Porch - are companwide and an important part of our culture. It's also a way we stick to one of our values of transparency. From the 6/30 review, we know we have work to do there, but the ATPs have largely been valuable for ...

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  10. "Not a fit for everyone, but I enjoyed my time at Porch"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Local Market Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You feel like you're a part of something bigger than yourself. Although the culture changed a lot after a few key people left, there is still a lot of positive energy in that place. If you can succeed cold-calling contractors consistently, you can definitely use this as a stepping stone to a more stable, higher-paying sales role. Don't work in sales if you accept mediocrity. It's extremely demanding and challenges...

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    Cons

    It's demanding. A couple days go by without a sale and you question life entirely. Pay is not great if you're not hitting goal. Very little room for promotions, they have this thing that seems more like a fake promotion than anything else called team lead. If it's a promotion, shouldn't you get paid more for it?

    Advice to Management

    Porch is on a good path. I think the culture is definitely taking a hit as there is a need to put up numbers rather than strive to be our best and watch the numbers show up because we want to prove something to ourselves.

    Porch2016-05-25

    Porch Response

    June 6, 2016Cofounder, VP Customer Success

    Thank you for the feedback. On the pros, I appreciate you saying there is still a positive energy even though the job is demanding. What you're saying is true across the company, not just sales. We're not in a position to be mediocre anywhere in the company, and certainly not in sales ...

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