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  1. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    laid back company culture
    everyone works hard
    product is cool and really solves client problems
    very goal oriented to grow the business
    managers push you to be better & improve performance
    catered free lunch
    transportation stipend
    paid health, dental, vision
    monthly company outings
    3 weeks paid vacation

    Cons

    lack of organization or direction for what they want to become in the future
    leadership makes quick decisions based on only a few data points. they don't make a decision after weighing all the options and considering how it is going to affect both the short and long term goals of the company.
    no infrastructure for career growth for employees
    no 401K plan

    Advice to Management

    think about your decisions more before making them
    make sure every department has a goal that fits within the main goals of the company. make sure the goals are clear to all employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Horrendous"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Catered lunches, dog friendly, nice people

    Cons

    The founders were not able to create a good culture, the trust was completely lacking from the company culture. The engineering product was weak and the codebase lacked any documentation and I was given no chance to onboard. A horrible experience

    Advice to Management

    Time for a new line of work!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Founders were great, some of the management they hired ruined the whole experience."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    From the outside looking in, it looks like the company is doing great. Exciting SF tech startup and all that comes with it.

    Cons

    The product doesn't work very well. The social media companies have too much power over the future of this company. Only 20 something percent of customers that tried the product ever even sold more than $1000 worth of products through their platform. However, they essentially trained us to lie to prospects and make it seem like it was a no risk product (which they had to pay for 6 months of in advance). Definitely some questionable sales tactics expected of employees, to the point of not being a comfortable situation. Like I said, the founders seem like nice guys, but they didn't have our backs when things went south when we were doing what our managers trained us to.

    Advice to Management

    Pump the brakes, clean up the tactics a bit, build a sustainable business.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "DO NOT WORK OR INVEST IN SOLDSIE - PRODUCT FAILED- MASS LAYOFFS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    none. These guys waisted eveyone time and fired everyone.

    Cons

    Everyone just got the axe. These guys had a great idea and had no clue on how to execute it. They waisted my time and I wish I could get it back. These Entrepreneurs talk a good game, but are easily influenced. If you are in Marketing, sales, angel investor RUN. These guys have no clue of what they are doing. I have never seen someone sink a start up faster than they have.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a new line of work boys!


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The co-founders and co-workers have always been receptive to feedback and suggestions. The ability to walk up to either co-founder and have an open conversation has always been great. I love the collaborative environment. Also, I've appreciated some of the hard decisions management has had to make as they've ultimately been to move the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    Not that it suffers, but there is always room for cross departmental communication in any organization.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Seriously lacking in good management and leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dogs at work (How fun! They are cute! Stress reduction!)
    Free lunches and snacks-you can eat all 3 meals at work if you like
    Sit-stand desks and whatever equipment you need to work
    A limited number of genuine, hard-working and intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Dogs at work--Barking dogs while you try to work with accounts on the phone day in and day out is frustrating and felt very unprofessional.

    The sales strategy at this company sets employees up for failure. The product is oversold and not able to deliver value to all clients. The blame for not delivering value is placed on clients. If the company focused on product and service over sales, I believe it would be more successful.

    Leadership at the company and department level is sorely lacking. I did not feel confident that sound business decisions were made (hunch validated by significant layoffs in fall 2014). It seems like all levels of management are involved in this business to eke out something of value for their personal or professional life. There did not seem to be an authentic desire to work with a diverse team and build something great.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourself, your employees and your clients.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Proceed with Caution"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Catered Lunch
    Dog Friendly
    Some* quality employees

    Cons

    Men and women share the same bathroom. This is not only weird, it made me uncomfortable...
    Laid off people TWO days into starting their job; like the CEO and CO-Founder didn't know they were in trouble? Why would continue to hire?
    Transparency, yeah right....
    High pressure sales environment (head of sales barely made himself known) maybe because upper management made him do other things, who knows....whenever he was present he wasn't helpful
    CEO showed lack of interest in his employees, even during the interview process - he lead company meetings, but mostly, he stands at his desk all day with his headphones in
    Oh, and the commission structure was a joke. If you didn't hit quota, you were paid $0. Even if you were $100 away, comical.

    Advice to Management

    This was a disaster. I tried to find a sliver lining here, and can't. The issue is the management team. They were not involved in the sales process, at all. Yet, it's the sales teams fault that the company wasn't doing well? NO. It was your fault. Yes, the co-founder is an engineer, but he never once talked to the sales team. The CEO chatted with us maybe twice? Get it together....

  8. "A page from the "What could have been great" book"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tends to hire talented people with a positive attitude.
    Happy hours were fun.

    Cons

    High-pressure sales environment.
    Used car salesman tactics.
    Middle-of-the-road base compensation.
    If you missed your quota by $1 you would get $0 in commission.
    Poor management who didn't seem to understand people.
    Was told sales team "didn't deserve new leads".
    Overpriced software that doesn't deliver on its promises.
    People were laid off after 2 days of working at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved in the sales process. Don't hire people who care more about their advancement than providing a good experience to customers.
    This company could have been great if it had focused on its customers' needs instead of grabbing as much money as possible in a short period of time and burning its relationships.


  9. "Great for people who are self-motivated"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Soldsie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free and flexible environment. Cool young coworkers keep the the place from feeling stressful. Also provide lunch for employees.

    Cons

    As someone fresh in the job world, I felt like it did not provide enough structure.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture, fun people, growing fast!"

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

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

    Pros

    - awesome culture
    - pretty decent earning potential
    - a lot of snacks and catered lunches
    - really cool product
    - autonomy

    Cons

    - growing pains, naturally, but still
    - management is spread thin
    - no clear promotion structure

    Advice to Management

    Keep culture the way it is, we like working here. Keep innovating. Show appreciation for your employees more, being undervalued is never a good thing.

    Overall, keep it up. The sky is the limit for Soldsie.


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