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SKLZ Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Finally the changes that could save this company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SKLZ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool brand in an awesome building with some amazing people working for it. The company had a terrible President who ruined it for 3+ years with his dictator style of leadership, favoritism, serious lack of strategy and vision, and just in ability to operate more than a few months at a time. A lot of great people either left on their own or were forced to leave because of him. The day he was fired should be listed as a company holiday. The company now has an amazing new leader and hope is back!

    Cons

    There is still some favoritism in the company that needs to go as well as poor communication across departments. Technology is beyond outdated and makes no sense at times. There needs to be more of an investment into R&D and product.

    Advice to Management

    Lean on some of your better leaders. You have some great talent that is not being utilized. Get better systems and stop trying to do too much. Focus on fewer things and be great at some things as opposed to just good at a couple and poor at a lot.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Confusion of direction and how to get there."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SKLZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People you work with are good people who want to be successful and improve the process. Great facility and work out area on premise.

    Cons

    Mixed messages from management on a daily operations perspective. One day it is this initiative and the next day it is something new without any planning or fairwarning to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pick your leaders, give them a chance and stick to the plan versus changing on a whim. The team would appreciate consistency and direction.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SKLZ full-time

    Pros

    Some very cool people work for this company. Met a lot of good friends. Awesome gym to work out in.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Had a director who didn't know what our team actually did or what the process of processing and shipping orders consisted of. When we had meetings he would get caught up on the stupidest details such as what color the bar graph was instead of actually focusing on issues that were costing us money. Didn't even know some of his own employees names. No room for upward movement unless you have been at the company for 8 years. Also, if you do move up, don't expect your pay to reflect the change.

    Advice to Management

    Know your employees and what they do. They will respect you for it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "CEO"

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    Current Employee - CEP in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - CEP in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SKLZ full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic opportunity, fun.

    Cons

    None, we are attacking opportunities


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible atmosphere, terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Amazing gym to work out in

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs and resignations within the last few months. No understanding of work/life balance and zero career growth opportunity. Management makes poor choices and makes the lower level employees pay for it.

    Advice to Management

    Own up to your mistakes. Poor forecasting by inadequate management is leading to the downfall of the company. Start investing in the right software and systems and maybe the company can dig out of the hole that it's in, but it's probably too late. Being "bold" is not always the answer.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Going Downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff by the Sea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff by the Sea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SKLZ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sports industry is alluring to most

    Cons

    Management, budgets, unrealistic goals, benefits aren't great, low pay


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Ongoing changing of the guard - BEWARE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SKLZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has a feel like Google for athletes when you walk in. Very talented people in product development create great products. Many great people work at SKLZ & are very helpful.

    Cons

    Management team can be very tough to deal with. If you're not a favorite you may feel invisible. Also salary is not competitive with skill levels in many cases. Older, non-athletic or less attractive need not apply as you won't fit in. Be ready to have meetings to plan meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Be a real leader & look at the individual & not just hard numbers. Relationships matter in business and customers need service.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "If You're All About Atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SKLZ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone at SKLZ is worked hard. That's just how it is. However, they make an amazing effort to constantly keep things lively and energetic at the office. Yes, you will work hard but the incredible culture within these walls makes coming to work each day easy.

    Cons

    SKLZ has am amazing culture. However, pay is low here and it's hard to realistically imagine a long-term job here. Eventually culture just isn't enough.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want people to see SKLZ as a temporary stepping stone. Don't preach it.


  10. "The Right Path"

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    Current Employee - California in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - California in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership and focus drive this company every day. We prepare as a team and play as a team. It's refreshing to see such a transparent approach. Lots of courage in this day and age to lay out a multi year plan and stick to it.

    Cons

    Growth is limited by resources only.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to yourselves and be genuine. The entire team makes it happen, keep up the current efforts to recognize this vital aspect of the new SKLZ.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Hey, transitions are rough, but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SKLZ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very smart, organized, pro active individuals running this company right now. If you're smart and a hard worker with a never-ending energy level, you'll fit in well.

    Cons

    lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    organizations can be viewed like living organisms, with both a heart and a brain. the heart walked out of the building when Sarkisian peaced out. You've got plenty of brains now, but try to get that heart back.


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