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Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias
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Pros
  • "Great people, fun work environment(in 58 reviews)

  • "Bowling alley, subsidized meals, happy hours, unlimited/untracked PTO, indoor basketball court, tennis courts, beautiful campus just south of Charlotte(in 57 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Not the most exciting problems, some people struggle with work/life balance(in 50 reviews)

  • "Distance from charlotte to fort mill(in 35 reviews)

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    1. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Strategic Analyst Associate Program

      Aug 5, 2020 - Strategic Analyst Associate Program in Charlotte, NC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Excellent health benefits, cheap dental plan, free vision plan, 4% 401k matching on first 5% contributed, - Young, energetic environment with lots of recent graduates but also experienced C Suite execs - Bowling alley, subsidized meals, happy hours, unlimited/untracked PTO, indoor basketball court, tennis courts, beautiful campus just south of Charlotte - Excellent opportunities for advancement and compensation increases

      Cons

      - Depending on team, can work longer hours than a typical 9-5 - Commute if you live in South End/Uptown area of Charlotte to campus can be a hassle depending on time you arrive/leave

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    2. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Faux-Tech company with no vision. Avoid if you come through an acquisition.

      Oct 21, 2020 - Marketing Senior Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Younger team members are nice and eager to help - Provides opportunities to get involved in community volunteer programs - Decent benefits - Campus was cool back when commuting was a thing - CEO is well connected which could lead to future opportunities

      Cons

      - Lack of vision in the company, they don't build anything exciting, they just acquire businesses that are already performing well (and mismanage their acquisitions) - Limited career mobility if you enter through an acquisition. You'll maybe get promoted once but you won't be on "the leadership team" as they clearly favor Charlotte-based team members - Complete lack of transparency from leadership that claims "they're listening" but then does nothing to address the feedback they receive - Claim that "Constant change" is part of company culture but likely just a by-product of not knowing how to create a constructive organizational structure - Politics everywhere - Boring work, same old problems not getting solved because of limited resources - In my experience my vertical did not use industry standard technology like Hubspot, Salesforce, Drift/Intercom, so you fall behind your peers at other companies - Lining the pockets of white men and celebrity angel investors for no pay off (no bonus structure unless youre in the top 5% of performers)

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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      2.0
      Current Employee

      Your Mental Health Isn't Worth It - A Marketing (Not Sales) Perspective

      Aug 21, 2020 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Campus Perks: Not sure how much these matter now since the company is entirely WFH retroactively, however, subsidized lunches were great to have. The fitness center is a nice touch as well. I've never had the opportunity to take any of the classes offered, however, because I didn't have much of a work life balance. Same goes for the basketball court, bowling area, ping pong tables, what have you. Portfolio: You get the opportunity to work with some really great brands like Bankrate and Healthline. There's also some partnerships the company works with as well. If you're looking for broad marketing experience across multiple industries there is variety at Red Ventures in terms of verticals. Talent Poaching: Some companies that seek to carry on the Red Ventures culture (often ex. Red Ventures employees that went off to work for or built their own companies) will poach you for your experience. So I guess your experience would count for something in this instance, as many companies know Red Ventures in the area for producing exhausted, mindless, and overworked fresh-out-of-college professionals.

      Cons

      Culture & Mentality: I'd advise steering clear of Red Ventures if you're looking for a meaningful marketing experience. One of the pillars of the company should be "it's not what you know but who you know", while there is a level of politics in almost every company, at RV it is grossly exacerbated. As an experienced hire, your experience is meaningless to the company. What matters most is how quickly you can get in with a 'throwing the football' mentality with senior leadership and how quickly you can carry a sense of arrogance instead of humility when you are faced with a challenge. Limited growth: Red Ventures often promotes from within, where experience and performance do not matter, but rather how good you get in with senior leadership. This results in poor skills from 2 years out of college students managing employees that have more experience than them. More often than not, this results in poor management direction. The managerial approach at Red Ventures is instilled to 'drive and push' as opposed to mentoring and coaching individuals for growth or identifying key opportunities for growth proactively and strategically push where needed. There's a heavy work imbalance between associates/ senior associates and leadership. More often than not, lower level employees are in the weeds whereas senior leadership becomes severely detached from the day-to-day. This often results in ridiculous internal asks from leadership that are time consuming and result in zero progress (ex. internal meetings and reviews are held to the utmost importance where half days are blocked off) Mental Health - I saw a similar review here regarding an analyst who reported suffering from mental health and work/life balance only to be told by senior leadership that the expectation is to work 60-90 hour weeks. I believe it. Red Ventures does not care about your mental wellbeing. If you voice any concern regarding workload, lack of resources, or challenges it is viewed as a weakness that is often exploited. I've seen talented, driven people fired just because they've asked how to best prioritize internal, never external facing or key business driving, tasks and then were blamed for lack of time management. I've personally experienced first hand bullying from senior leadership and been targeted as a minority at this company. If someone has been at the company for over 5 years they are held on a pedestal of self righteousness and cannot be at fault. While Red Ventures may claim to take allegations of mental illness seriously, I can assure you, they do not. From my previous experience working in marketing, this position has single highhandedly caused the most stress and the most mental sickness I've experienced. The level of toxicity and having to 'prove oneself to the team' and 'bolster more of your achievements to everyone' is not only mundane but makes employees feel like they are never good enough. It's quite genius, actually, if your employees never feel like they are good enough, they will strive harder for your approval and attention. I've had moments where I've went to the bathroom to sob after facing emotional abuse from not even the partners or clients we work on, but from the internal team itself. The TLDR here is, if you are looking for a company that wants to grow you instead of ring you out for all that you have, look for another large company experience in Charlotte where you have actual mentors and managers that train for personal excellence.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company

      Jul 30, 2020 - Sales Representative in Fort Mill, SC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      subsidized food and great workmates

      Cons

      Distance from charlotte to fort mill

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    5. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      It's great but plenty of room for improvement

      Apr 29, 2020 - Front End Developer in Charlotte, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Overall it's a fun place to work and grow your career. - Coworkers are great people to work with and always willing to help out. - Campus, amenities, food options are great. - Flexible schedule with a decent amount of PTO. Plus you get the week off between Christmas and New Years. - A lot of resources to continue growth. Learning and Development is a big part of the culture. Free workshops and online courses to learn anything you want. - If you get placed on the right team you won't be worked to death (Con if you're on wrong team)

      Cons

      - Salary for engineers is a complete joke. They say they'll reevaluate pay ranges but it's still garbage if they do give you a bump. - No opportunity for bonuses or additional compensation. - If you're placed on a team with terrible business leadership, they'll have unrealistic expectations and want you to work well over 40 hours. Never give them free overtime! - Location - It's in SC and commuting from Charlotte or anywhere someone actually wants to live is a huge pain in the rear. - Too much micromanaging.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work!

      Jan 31, 2020 - User Experience Researcher in Charlotte, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Red ventures is one of the best places to work. I have been with Red Ventures for the past 1 year and I have learnt a lot from people on my team as well as the people from other teams. I have found everyone working with me to be very helpful and supportive. I have always been encouraged by my managers to try using different softwares/different methods/different style of work and to explore new things. They have made it an effort to help me grow within the organization. The Charlotte campus is fantastic (check the website). It has a lot of amenities. Being a working mom, I find the option to have subsidized lunch at work to be very helpful and convenient.

      Cons

      The only con I would say is that Red Ventures will offer a pay which is slightly less than the industry standards.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Oct 15, 2019 - Data Analytics Manager in Fort Mill, SC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great environment with fun people. I have found that I can identify challenges that I want to work on and be given the green light to move ahead with finding meaningful solutions.

      Cons

      Further away from Uptown Charlotte and requires a longer commute for me.

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    8. Red Ventures - Sales | Division of Red Ventures
      5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Awesome place to work for!

      Aug 30, 2019 - Inside Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Decent Pay Onsite gym and cafe 3 week classroom training Hands on

      Cons

      Closed the North Charlotte location

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Not a good place for software develpoers

      Aug 23, 2019 - Software Developer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay at Red Ventures is competitive with the market. It's not amazing, but it's fairly competitive. Red Ventures also offers "unlimited vacation". This is mostly true in practice. There is technically accrued vacation, but PTO is untracked. Breakfast tacos are catered twice a week which is pretty great. The kitchen is nicely stocked and the office manager is pretty responsive about food requests. I don't know if this is a Pro, but this is an easy job if you are looking for a place to coast. Not much is actually expected out of you as a software developer and a decently seasoned dev can fly under the radar easily. Don't be scared of the "we like to move fast" mantra that is thrown around. That really means, "You don't have to actually deal with the hard stuff."

      Cons

      The #1 problem with working at Red Ventures in Austin is job stability. Red Ventures has a long history of buying companies and closing remote offices down after a year or two. The "global office" does not know how to deal with remote offices. Firings and lay-offs have become a constant fear in Austin. The software situation is a mess due to most of the infrastructure from all offices being the product of halfway done proof-of-concepts. Many of the original developers have moved on or been "let go" so untangling the software stack is difficult. Management in Austin is generally disinterested in actually fixing problems. There is a culture of "looking good" so management is encouraged and rewarded for chasing the new shiny thing instead of building solid software. Dealing with problems becomes and after-hours responsibility of the developer. Growth path is mostly political. After ascending past a Junior level position, promotions become increasingly based on politics. This becomes a real problem once you have to start playing politics in Charlotte, NC from Austin, TX. At that point, you can either move to Charlotte or coast the rest of your tenure at the position you have. "Move fast and break stuff" actually means "POC is good enough for production - let's move on." - the job gets repetitive fast. You'll never be short on work because there is always the next shiny thing to chase, but you never dig into a problem either. One of their core values is "Everything is written in pencil." which has become an internal joke about how goals and requirements will change every week.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    10. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
      3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Go to learn, then get out!

      Jul 11, 2019 - Analyst in Fort Mill, SC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      -Great training and educational opportunities- you learn more at RV than in a few semesters in college -Motivated and kind people- honestly, the best aspect of working at RV! -Subsidized food onsite- $3-4 dollar meals save you a ton on groceries -Gym, sports leagues, social events- very college-y -Casual attire- T-shirt kind of day? No problem. Blazer kind of day? Also cool. -Impressive campus- it will grace your instagram story at least weekly -Reputation for hiring top quality employees opens other doors, especially around Charlotte. Other employers and recruiters seek out RV employees over others because they know the company is selective and trains well.

      Cons

      -Underpays- I got a MUCH bigger salary after leaving , while doing less grueling hours and less intense work. RV offers a good salary coming out of college, but other places will pay you more for the expertise you get at RV. Hence, "go to learn, then get out!" -Pressure cooker- Toxic culture of super long days, especially for analysts. 10-12 hour days are the norm for RV analysts. People will stay ALL day to impress leadership. These are the people who get noticed and promoted over those who do great work in shorter periods of time. 9-5 schedules are frowned upon no matter how many times someone claims work-life balance is a part of the culture. -You're promised the ability to change teams/roles whenever you want- that's a lie. You don't have much say in what teams/roles you do at all. You will also be moved involuntarily with a two-day notice and no explanation. The team movement process is extremely secretive. -RV promises a culture that is a fairy tale and doesn't actually exist. It boasts its culture as the bread and butter of the company. It sells- both internally and externally- the dream of a relaxed work environment, yoga during the days, basketball leagues with your boss, etc. Yes, the bells and whistles exist, but there is a huge underlying culture of unreal work hours, the loudest/most social people being favorited, and overstretching current employees in the name of adding a new business or partnership. -RV commits to things it isn't ready for. Senior leadership boasts the company's ability to take on any new challenges (new business or partnership) head-on, at the expense of its employees. The ugly flip side of RVs tendency to over-commit is analysts working for 2-3 teams at once, people working ridiculous hours to help kick-start new businesses, and existing teams becoming understaffed because people are poached to new business teams all the time. -Promised eligibility to get a raise every 6 months- also a lie. You have to really fight for a promotion, no matter how deserving you are. The company claims "top performers" will be compensated with raises and promotions early on, but no one really knows what "top performer" means. If a raise is remotely contested it can go all the way up to the CEO for approval. You can get paid a lot more working elsewhere despite RV's reputation for high pay. -Analyst experience across teams/roles varies way too much. Some people have a great first 1-2 years if they get placed in a role or team they enjoy, and others hate it because what they're doing has nothing to do with their interests. You don't get a say in what you do much at all no matter how you're told that you do. Also, leadership quality varies GREATLY across teams. Some teams have stellar leaders who lead by example, show appreciation to analysts, and are approachable, while others don't even say hi to you in the hallway in the mornings. Way too much variance. -People become managers who should NOT be managers- Typically 2-3 years in, Sr. Associates become managers even if they have no leadership skills at all. It's more based on timing of tenure than anything. -God awful commute from Charlotte.

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