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Vikram Sharma
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  1. "Started off Awesome, Got Terrible, Looks Like it's Better These Days"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director - Client Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Director - Client Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart senior leadership (Vikram is pretty brilliant!).
    - Genuinely good people in manager roles -- dedicated, loyal, fair, knowledgeable, etc.
    - Very nice coworkers, laid back environment (wear shorts, sandals, etc.)

    Cons

    - Q4 pretty much blows as it's chaos -- retail's bust season
    - You can get called off hours as the internet never closes.
    - It will never be a large company...it's pretty much the same place over the last 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Milk the cows, slay the dogs.


  2. "Not reliable"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free coffee and tea (really cheap, not good). A snack drawer that they're really bad about refilling in the last couple of months.

    Cons

    Cancels shifts the day before, usually later in the afternoon. People are always being fired. You never know if you are going in for your last shift.

    Advice to Management

    Treat us like actual human beings worthy of respect.


  3. "Seemed fine at first... But has gone downwards since last year. Lots of people quit."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Resource in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Resource in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    get to learn new stuff if lucky
    free food on tuesdays
    company outings

    Cons

    Since the time Shoplocal lost some big clients, a lot of pressure is put on the Sales team to generate revenue. Client Services Directors (BA) bring in poor requirements to the developers. The IT team follows agile with 9 day sprint, but it is not enough time to work on something that is not well defined. People are very burnt out, the same complaints are mentioned in the retrospection meetings. 6 developers, 3 QA, 2 designers and several CSD and several senior management, who have been with the company for 12 years, have left the company within past 3 years. There is no way to grow here. Management/ pmo/ tech leads are indifferent about making people work long hours. There is favoritism and only certain people get recognized and made to grow. The environment is stressful to work in most departments

    Compensation is not great for the amount of labor pushed on people. Certain project managers are not experienced and annoying to work with.

    The company is moving all the .NET code to Python. It is disappointing when one is hired to code in .NET and will be made to code in totally different language.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap and hire more people. Listen to your employees concerns, It is a BIG loss when talented employees leave, most of whom have been with the company for more than 10 years.


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  5. "My second home"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Team Lead in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Team Lead in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is nice. Free catered lunch on Tuesdays are awesome.

    Cons

    There is no sense of community across all departments.


  6. "A stress-free environment with a streamlined workflow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphics Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphics Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ShopLocal part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is wide open with a nice view of Michigan Ave. from the sixth floor. There's free coffee and soda. The workflow is streamlined to where it is easy to move on to the next project once the previous one is completed. If you have any questions, the managers are very approachable and open to helping. It is a very stress-free environment.

    Cons

    Many people keep to themselves and focus on their computers. On one hand the lack of interaction between co-workers allows you to keep to yourself and finish the work unhindered. However, the sense of community and camaraderie isn't really there.


  7. "Good people with strong work ethic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people that work hard and are friendly.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of cons, but the environment could be a little more fun. I mean it's a tech company, so let loose :)


  8. "Great Place To Work; start-up atmosphere, solid financials"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ShopLocal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, great people, fun. Working on the latest technology, always getting new technological challenges.

    Cons

    Seasonal work can lead to some overtime.

    Advice to Management

    More company happy hours!


  9. "Back on track"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ShopLocal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Since Shoplocal has been freed from Pointroll and Vikram Sharma is back at the helm, the company is back on track.
    - Amazing opportunities for those with initiative
    - Free lunch Tuesdays
    - Monthly parties
    - Work with major brands
    - Great culture, encourages learning
    - Start up feel with major corporate (Gannett) backing
    - Agile shop, get to play with all major technologies, web, mobile, social, etc

    Cons

    - understaffed for amount of work

    Advice to Management

    hire more people


  10. "Great team, Great opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ShopLocal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exciting, fun, fast-paced work environment where I feel like I have a direct impact in every successful project.

    Cons

    The free lunches provided don't always include a "healthy" option.

    Advice to Management

    I have so much fun at the monthly company parties, but would prefer it if they were on Fridays instead of Thursdays!!


  11. "Good place to make a difference"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Services Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company with big opportunities. You get the chance to be part of major advertising campaigns and site builds with over 100 top retailers. And since there's a little competition in the marketplace now, the status quo is always being challenged. People are willing to listen to your ideas. Big opportunities for career development and growth. Big opportunities to be heard. Big opportunities to provide thought leadership for online advertising for major retailers.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but pay is at or below industry standard depending on the position. Also, some departments seasonally put in long hours.



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