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Republic of Tea Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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  1. "Some good, some weird"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Republic of Tea full-time

    Pros

    Genuine interest in employee health — gym membership reimbursement, new New Balance shoes every year, Healthy Minister program.
    Invests in management training and skills
    Products that make a positive difference in people's lives
    Employees get two volunteer days a year and can volunteer almost anywhere they want
    Decent benefits package
    Very little requests to work overtime. When 5 pm comes, you get to go home and that's that.

    Cons

    Management/owners are very secretive and not transparent
    Not very supportive of new mothers/no paid maternity leave (only what the state provides)
    Last minute requests are frequent, so the team has to scramble
    Cultural quirks are abundant
    Inflexible working environment - no ability to work from home.
    Very anti-coffee culture - we can't expense coffee or have it in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent
    Loosen up
    Trust your employees
    Allow for more flexibility


  2. "Could be a lot better..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Republic of Tea full-time

    Pros

    Good people, decent benefits, wear lots of hats - very entrepreneurial, productive and fast-paced , opportunity to travel to origin.

    Cons

    Substantial lack of transparency b/w executives and general employees, content sense of secrecy, impersonal leadership, not family friendly, not progressive in terms of sustainability and benefits, general lack of trust with CEO and general employees.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a more sip by sip mentality, trust your employees more, actively pursue more progressive benefits and family-friendly practices for higher employee retention.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It only took one year"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Republic of Tea full-time

    Pros

    Great people and fun office activities, access to management and HR firsthand, and a variety of project opportunities. Dog-friendly environment with health focused programs.

    Cons

    Their team struggles with internal communication and proper management. There is a sense of fear and an extreme need for attention to detail, without much communication about specific needs. For new employees, they must figure it out on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play the blame game, it does not help get things done. The fear tactic can only work so long. Communicate clearly.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Small Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Republic of Tea full-time

    Pros

    Lots of diversity, work variety. Good people.

    Cons

    Limited on improving processes, stuck doing the same thing as before, even though the same thing as before wasn't the right thing to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Look to options to improve processes and efficiency


  5. Helpful (1)

    "On the right path...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    By the positions they're hiring, looks like they want to build their internal capabilities

    Cons

    Looking at the website, the company is very product driven
    Very little information about their values. Although they're a values driven company there's not much about it anywhere
    Culture doesn't come through in website and other communication
    Too product brand/sales focused, pushing product via all channels as opposed to pushing product through lifestyle -- where most progressive brands are heading


  6. "enriching"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand and very entrenpenaurlal

    Cons

    small company so you have to wear a lot of hats
    not very progressive


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ron Rubin runs a great company with quality products. It is nice to be a part of something that you can be proud of and are compensated fairly.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is difficult to go up against other tea brands that are discounting prices

    Advice to Management

    Great company!