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Updated February 16, 2018
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  1. "Growing new technologies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Talk Fusion full-time

    Pros

    Ability to research and work on new technologies with an international user base.

    Cons

    Poor project planning and management

    Advice to Management

    Prototype and document goals before starting projects


  2. "Working there will make you hate your life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They'll tell you that company trips to "exotic" places around the world are a benefit - but they have been described by employees "lucky" enough to be chosen as punishment rather than rewards.

    Cons

    Highly toxic work environment. Know up front that it is an MLM company with a video email and video meeting product that no one wants... better, more well-known products are available for free.

    The office is full of constant drama. Very little praise ever given... management prefers to assign public blame rather than solve problems. The owner, a former sheriff's deputy who talks about that all the time, has little respect for people working for him... either at the office or the associates who sell the company's products.

    He constantly changes his mind on huge projects, blaming the employees for his choices and not reading his mind. It's only a matter of time before he is publicly spotlighted by the #MeToo movement... there are more women than men in the office because the owner finds it easier to intimidate them. Many times women in the office were made to cry.

    Employees are expected to literally applaud and cheer when watching marketing videos or when the owner makes an announcement... if you don't, the entire office will often have their jobs threatened for "lack of enthusiasm" - regardless what job function you have there.

    Full-time employees are expected to volunteer to work more than 40 hours per week without extra pay or be humiliated in front of the entire office for their lack of company spirit.

    Warning - the company loves to bring in trial employees from job agencies but - despite getting along well with fellow employees and even getting praise for your work - you can be dropped at a whim with no review or notice days before you complete your trial period and become full time.

    There was overwhelming romantic drama in the office between members of management and the owner - that resulted in yelling, doors slamming, public shaming, and more.

    It's a small office, so there is literally no opportunity for career growth. Turnover is incredibly high, morale is incredibly low... when the owner comes in, employees basically cower, hoping he's not in a "bad mood."

    When negative reviews appear on Glassdoor, the owner will threaten to sue the site to find out who posted the review and then insist that current employees write favorable reviews to offset them.

    Please pay attention to the reviews on this site before working there. Former employees say they are much much much happier after they left.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you are the reason why things fail at that company. Stop blaming and shaming employees and accept your own responsibility. You do not have a good reputation in the industry and if you treated humans half as well as you treat animals, the work environment would be drastically better.

  3. "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food sometimes, free water, free allergies from dog

    Cons

    Bad Management, aggressive style, no path to advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like dirt, yelling at them, playing favorites


  4. Helpful (3)

    "If you don't have thick skin, it's a very tough place to work as an employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries (above the normal rate in many positions), possible exotic company trips, beautiful office space. Founder and CEO, Bob Reina, has the biggest heart when it comes to animals. His dog, Bindi, roaming the office is a definite plus and a wonderful de-stressor. Fantastic, cutting-edge product. The company is very financially stable and debt-free. Great MLM opportunity for an Associate - instant pay for sales, etc.

    Cons

    Certain members of the management staff allow their personal life to influence their attitude toward others. Lots of yelling at (and sometimes demeaning) staff about what they may have done "wrong" or not to management's liking. It's a tough place to work if you take things personally.

    Sadly, there is very little recognition of what people are doing right. It is a very demanding work environment where employees are constantly expected to go above and beyond, yet management is almost always highly critical of their efforts. You are always expected to do more and good rarely seems to be good enough.

    Advice to Management

    "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Less criticism of employees and more accolades can lead to a happier staff, greater productivity, and less turnover. Curb the temper and personal histrionics. It is not the great place to work you may think and it has a bad reputation for abusing the staff and Associates. That is not a good thing!

    Be more cognizant of how you treat and speak to staff, as well as the Associates. People don't like to be yelled at. It scares them and doesn't motivate them. You can't threaten or frighten people into doing better!


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Awful, Oppressive Atmoshphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Talk Fusion (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Your coworkers there are, generally, very nice and down-to-earth people. Incredibly productive office with opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Abysmal management. This was some of the hardest, most drama-ridden, stressful managers I ever worked for. Mood swings from day to day, constant chastisement to do better, even when you're slaving away on multiple projects for 40+ hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the difference between scathing empty criticism and constructive criticism that'll actually help your employees GROW. Don't call out/shame employees in front of others (especially those not even in their department).


  6. "Love my Job"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Brandon, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Brandon, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talk Fusion full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Even had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii!

    Cons

    Would like a little closer commute


  7. "Diverse"

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

    Pros

    Fast Paced and Fun Environment

    Cons

    Do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you have been doing

  8. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Brandon, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. It was great to work for a company that gives back. It was not just a job, everyone really cared. Liked the teamwork amongst the group.

    Cons

    There were not any Cons


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Worst Place to Work Ever!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay was decent. Nothing else!

    Cons

    Abusive CEO. Poor management. Low morale. No work-life balance. Cult-like atmosphere. Ridiculously high turnover: about 14 employees quit or got fired in the short time I worked there. More than 90 people have quit or gotten fired from that company since 2007. You will hate your life. Dogs are more important than people. CEO is an arrogant and abusive misogynist.

    Advice to Management

    How about you stop treating your employees like garbage and start treating them like people?


  10. "Overall Great Company!"

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

    I have been working at Talk Fusion (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really like this company. Great Instant pay compensation plan.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say.


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