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Updated January 29, 2018
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Spredfast President and CEO Rod Favaron
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Pros
  • The reputation for good work/life balance is well deserved (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people - Fun Atmosphere - Free Lunch - Exciting Industry (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Benefits are competitive but only lack is 401k matching (in 15 reviews)

  • No 401K match and the plan options are so-so (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for new moms"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spredfast full-time

    Pros

    The reputation for good work/life balance is well deserved. My maternity leave pay was great and better than what my friends at other tech companies had gotten in Austin. There are pump rooms on every floor of my office (HQ) and people here have been bending over backwards to make sure my transition back to work was as easy as possible.

    Cons

    Conference rooms in Austin are almost always booked solid, so often we have to use open areas for meetings or calls which can get loud and distracting.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work in Austin, but needs improvements"

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

    I have been working at Spredfast full-time

    Pros

    Besides the obvious (catered lunch, downtown austin office, unlimited snacks and vacation)...
    • Elite clients like the NFL, Pepsi, GM actually use the product and have legitimized it. The product, although nowhere near perfect, is a fantastic tool with visionaries behind it. It's an exciting product to work on, with a lot of potential. This makes Spredfast one of the more exciting Austin startups to work at.
    • Work/Life balance is achievable, depending on the team.
    • Supportive culture - people are very friendly and open minded. Lots of well-educated and talented people. Managers that care and want to see you succeed.
    • Pay is competitive/comfortable for Austin.

    Cons

    • Too many clueless people in positions of power, who don't always put the company's best interests in place of their own. The cluelessness puts immense pressure on their teams because it's a constant cat-and-mouse game. Team strategies are never clear and concrete, which can be frustrating after you've been here a year. This culture is not data-centric, leaving people with freedom to do whatever they want with little accountability for what it means to the business.
    • Leaders are reactive; lack of foresight
    • Lack of transparency i.e. when colleagues were promoted, there was sensitivity on making it public. Perhaps if we had actual goals that we were accountable for, and there were less politics, then maybe announcing promotions wouldn't be perceived as arbitrary.
    • No manager training. At the minimum, we should train managers on what the core values mean in management to create a consistent experience across teams.
    • Many of the recent (and highly positive) reviews have come from employees that are brand new to the company, FYI.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a stronger community through giving manager training, finding internal mentors, encouraging employees to reach beyond the scope of their daily tasks.
    Bring in outside help with an objective point of view to make real change.

  3. "Surprised By The Reviews"

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    Current Employee - Social Media Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Social Media Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First and foremost, i do want to say there was an update and they do match 401K now - YAY!

    I’ve been here for almost a year and i can truly say this is the best job I’ve had yet.

    -Encouragement, leadership, and true team work inspiration from management.
    -Trust: do your work and they let you do you. You are the one that truly sets your path at Spredfast. Flexible work from Home option when needed.
    -Opportunities it could make your head spin. You can be open with your management with personal goals and things you want to work towards. They’ll always help get you there, even if it is to another team. Since they’re growing so fast, it’s easy for new things to pop up. Keep your eyes peeled and voice it!
    -Work hard, play hard. They give lunches Monday through Thursday. Great casual environment. Free beer and coffee, team building activities, happy hour, and ping pong. Unlimited vacay and occasional WFH opportunities.
    -Always open to suggestions and feedback, even with external teams. This is another place you just have to really voice it. Have a great idea for a process or implementation? Managers wanna hear it and it’s super encouraging to keep moving forward and work hard.
    -Great people!! I’ve never worked with a smarter bunch honestly. I learn new things everyday and the people are awesome at what they do. Koodo’s to hiring and management!
    -Recognition: Management is constantly recognizing hard work that is done.

    I could seriously go on and on, but i think you get the idea.

    Cons

    Some cons at times would be a large workload and lots of stretch projects. It’s bittersweet though. To me, i love it and gladly accept the challenge. Others may see this as a downfall.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, just thank you for all you do!


  4. "Spredfast"

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

    I have been working at Spredfast full-time

    Pros

    Caring and transparent executive team
    Really talented co-workers
    Interesting market
    Fun workplace
    Fair pay
    Good work /life balance

    Cons

    The benefits are OK, more in line with a younger company.


  5. "Best People & Vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Spredfast's People is the company's #1 asset. Across departments, people are really focused on doing really well for the business even more for our customers.
    C-Level leadership hosts great vision of fast-changing market and they are attentive to making decisions that don't simply benefit the company and our technology in the short-term
    We develop a product in a fast-changing market so there is always tremendous intrigue and new challenges.
    People expect excellence, it's a positive driver to come to work every day.
    Perks- unlimited PTO, Catered Whole Foods, downtown Austin Location

    Cons

    Department silos create challenges - orgs are not aligned with supporting the end goal of satisfying our customers and driving new business- often KPIs/focus with teams aren't specifically aligned.
    Limited opportunities for growth but improving;

    Advice to Management

    Implement true Mentorship & Career development coaching within the teams
    Invest in sales & leadership training for the company
    Implement peer reviews - increase + & constructive feedback with the people who are doing the work
    Keep listening to the market and your people; we drive through walls under Rod's leadership


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the brightest team members around, couple that with outstanding leadership that is open change and moving the business forward the opportunities are plentiful. The culture and work balance is outstanding, Spredfast really appreciates the work that is done and allows team members to define their path. Top CEO and Executive Leadership that aren't afraid of the hard discussion and when to communicate to the company.

    Cons

    For some that live outside of town, downtown is a difficult commute - a more formal telecommuting option would be helpful (but not a requirement, this is a low priority). As with any young company there are growing pains, struggles and plenty of change...However, I look at that as Pro as Spredfast allows me and my team to help define what we will look like long term, processes to create/ implement and to shape a Global business. You don't get these opportunities all the time and when you do - the education, training, rewards and opportunities all align for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in current leaders and team members that want to be part of the long term vision. Continued alignment and departmental discussions should be mandatory (i.e. Marketing all hands, Finance all hands, etc.) We enjoy hearing from Rod, but would like the same from our direct leaders. Overall, Spredfast is by far the Top Company I have worked for in the last 15 years.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture, Awesome Energy"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spredfast (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love the balance of being small enough to be on first name basis, but big enough to have such a wealth of knowledge. There are so many people here who are experts in their area.

    Cons

    Being downtown has some drawbacks if you live far away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people. It pays back tenfold.

  8. "A unicorn of the Tech World: An actual well-rounded company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic Leadership that actually cares about their employees
    - Great culture flowing with positivity, collaboration, and a desire to set each other up for success
    - Leadership sets practical goals and takes ownership of their part in reaching those
    - Transparency is valued
    - Solid Product with a realistic roadmap
    - The perks (catered lunch Mon-Thurs, 24/7 access to parking garage, snacks, beer on tap, showers, easy access to lady Bird lake trail, etc.)
    - Plenty of opportunities to move up and around in the company

    Cons

    - Relatively slower evolution of Product Roadmap
    - Internal feedback channels for Product could be more formalized

    Advice to Management

    - Keep doing what you're doing.


  9. "Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spredfast full-time

    Pros

    -brilliant people
    -collaborative work environment
    -catered lunches
    -opportunity to work on different projects

    Cons

    -no apparent cons thus far


  10. Helpful (3)

    "So Far So Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spredfast full-time

    Pros

    I'm a relatively new employee, but I'll say that the onboarding was hands down the best that I've ever experienced when it comes to setting you up for contributing to the company quickly and effectively (without having to simply pretend that you know what you're doing). There are some great tools like ALEX that Spredfast has invested in to give new hires a great onboarding experience.

    Talent-wise, there are a lot of really impressive folks working here from what I've seen. But that should be expected of a company of Spredfast's size where you can still reasonably scrutinize every hire. What I've really been impressed with is middle management's approach to coaching and development. Throughout my career, I've experienced a lot of management styles and found that it's incredibly rare to work under management, like what I've seen at Spredfast, that sees each individual for his/her own strengths/personality and tries to create a relationship that will help each individual be the best that he/she can be given those strengths. Many managers I've had will talk this talk but won't walk the walk. Of course, I don't report to every middle-manager at Spredfast so this statement only reflects my narrow experience.

    Internal information is organized and structured phenomenally well. We have great systems in place that make it very easy (relatively speaking) to find information on product, industry knowledge, competitive, etc. And it seems like there is a great culture of encouraging everyone to contribute to the internal knowledgebase. In the several SaaS companies I've worked for, I've never seen a better use of SFDC for CRM and Salesforce Automation. And I've definitely never seen a better use of cloud documentation via Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, etc.

    Cons

    Generally speaking, it seems like a friction exists between teams and departments that I've been exposed to. There is a certain element of tribalism within teams, which can create strong bonds and loyalty within the team, but can also make it more challenging to work with tangent teams. To put this in perspective though, I would say that the interdepartmental friction is generally on par with other places I've worked at in the past. Perhaps slightly higher.

    Advice to Management

    You've certainly done a lot of things right to put Spredfast where it is today in terms of culture and marketplace position. Perhaps take a page out of Michelle Obama's book and try to increase empathy between teams (easier said than done, of course). I feel like we're in a great situation overall, and what might take us to the next level is to somehow enhance trust and empathy between teams.


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