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Spark Networks Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. "Sad to see it go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spark Networks full-time

    Pros

    For most of the time I was at Spark I really enjoyed my time there. I worked with great people and had good management. The work was interesting and the environment was fun.

    Cons

    Towards the end of my time at Spark new management was brought in and the work environment and morale began to deteriorate. The board really wasn't particularly wise in their decisions to replace top management and ultimately they suffered for it as did so many of the good people the new management chose to layoff. The new management ended up being let go themselves (CEO and CTO) so I guess there is a little karma.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a good place with a future"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spark Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    None I can think of.

    Cons

    Once management started turning over, the culture vanished.

    Advice to Management

    The business is dead. Sell to Match.com

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Slow Decline"

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

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

    Pros

    Before going through several rounds of layoffs, this was a great company with amazing people. It felt like a family. The former CEO (Greg Liberman) was integral, kind, and attempted to create a positive atmosphere. At one time, the company even subsidized a gym membership at Equinox.

    Cons

    Several rounds of layoffs have made this a place that people are desperate to leave. There's no real leadership, just a board of directors who are anxious to increase the bottom line at any cost.

    Advice to Management

    A business is successful thanks to its employees. If you don't treat them right, you won't be successful.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "It was great at first..."

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Westwood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spark Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    The IT department was great..... Also the software dev team and our Utah counterparts... We always did what we could with the limited tools and technology that we had.... But thats just it... LIMITED.. I mean cmon.. If you call yourself a technology company but cant afford to buy some new firewalls, switches or servers then theres a big problem... While spending all that time cutting corners and finding out how to save cost.. The manpower and wages that it took to figure that out could have paid for a new infrastructure... Geta clue "C" levels. At least the old upper management team you could go with and explain why the stuff was needed.

    Cons

    Total disconnect with the worker bees and even supervisors up to the CEO. CEO said he cared when he came in but after spending a few months with the new regime it was so obvious that we were catering to a bunch of dufus investors who only care about getting their original investment back and not to grow or even make the company great. And in reaponse to ppl stating that certain parties like HR are unreachable...cmon... Try juggling 100+ employees across 3 different sites in 3 different regions with just 1 hr person when in the beginning we actually had a real HR department and the CEO would actually sit down and have group lunch discussions with employees who were interested in whats going on at the company. Nope... New CEO has his team of minions who are at the most.... Semi intelligent

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!!!!! Youve laid off twice.. Youve brought in people who cost way less.. then laid them off too... Youve done so much research in cost cutting and you still think youre doing a good job? Listen to your employees and dont just pretend. Maybe you can put your egos aside and actually learn something for once in your career.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Old leadership cared but the new one does not"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the employees there are pleasant.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    You get pigeonholed into one thing a lot, which stops you from growing professionally.
    The company's name isn't recognizable enough to make up for this lack of personal growth.
    With the new leadership looking to make the company attractive to potential buyers, things will get worse for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management should have better pulse of the work force.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Unorganized chaos and an atmosphere of micro-mangement and zero resources"

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    Current Employee - Leadership in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Leadership in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They provide good shifts to some of the agents?

    Cons

    Favortism, lack of communication/resources and scheduling issues.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Never work here!"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get time off and good co-workers

    Cons

    Management is absolutely terrible. The company is run poorly and problems are never solved. Employee morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get rid of your poor managers.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Okay place before it was acquired"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    lots of technical challenges, opportunities to take on new interesting problems

    Cons

    lack of clear business direction, business goals changed midway from long term likely to succeed to short term get the money and run. didn't get the money, just ran.

    Advice to Management

    don't enter a bubble market just before it bursts.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Trickle-down dissatisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - In-office culture is pretty good.
    - Company is very flexible with time-off needs, as long as it's not abused.
    - Gifts on your anniversary with the company.

    Cons

    - Dwindling employee base; people aren't being replaced after they leave
    - Two offices have very dissimilar cultures and are not in good communication.

    Advice to Management

    There is a striking communication barrier between the executives and the employees. Increased visits to the Utah office would be beneficial in removing that barrier. It's detrimental to morale.


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