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The Foundry Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "Great people but high turnover"

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    Former Employee - Creative Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were some of the best, nicest managers and coworkers I've ever worked with.
    Everyone was helpful and dedicated to their jobs.

    Cons

    The upper management seems to stop caring about its potential new markets. They seem to be failing in the pursuit of new markets. Suggestions made to benefit these markets were largely ignored.

    Advice to Management

    The design market is a blue ocean. Designers really respond to Modo and not enough is being done to address their need with the tool.

    The Foundry Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – CEO

    Hello. Thank you for posting a review and taking the time to be so honest, I appreciate the feedback.
    Brilliant to hear that you found great people alongside you to work with.
    I do not think that... More


  2. Helpful (6)

    "loss of vision, compassion, and a mission"

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

    I have been working at The Foundry full-time

    Pros

    Great products and an exciting industry to be involved with. Always on the bleeding edge of innovating new solutions to tough problems

    Cons

    Lack of strategic leadership and focus.
    Employee morale is low and attrition is extremely high.
    Budgets and resources too restricted to achieve desired results.
    Many are asked to do more for less and are spread really thin.

    Advice to Management

    Establish what your vision is then set top line goals for the teams to align to. Don't ask each team within their silo to do this for you.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good coworkers, bad management"

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

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers, good benefits (health/dental care), interesting programs to work on, working on an industry standard makes it easy to take pride in your work, creative software means creative problems to solve

    Cons

    Abysmal pay, bloated middle management layer, chronic mismanagement and micromanagement, very few extra perks or incentives; often focused more on appearances than results, arbitrary performance metrics, lots of time wasted on procedure


  4. Helpful (9)

    "A Mess"

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

    I have been working at The Foundry full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to be. Awesome smart people, fun environment, I loved going to work everyday.

    Cons

    There are so many I don't even know where to start. Upper management who make decisions without understanding the ins and outs of what the teams are dealing with, so there are no solutions, just added problems and bad decisions. Major unhappiness with everyone I know still here, they all want to leave because they feel unappreciated, and overworked. There are people who have left who we will not be able to replace, but the company doesn't understand that high level technical people with these skills are very very difficult to find. Staff is pushed hard, expected to do more with absolutely no support to justify the goals set. New management with no understanding or background in our industry, but set expectations that aren't in line with our capabilities because of no resources. Understaffed, under resourced, pie in the sky ideas with no concrete strategic plan that will get us there.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that we are in a niche industry with limited talent pools to draw from when you lose talented technical staff. You can't just "train" someone to replace the talent you are losing. These are highly specialized technical people who have spent years and years becoming experts. Appreciate your staff more, take time to understand what the challenges are and the reason why so many people are leaving. It's normal for some people to leave when there is change, but this is beyond what is normal. They aren't happy. Take the time to find out why. Otherwise, you won't have any staff left with any talent that you need. You are losing all of your best people. This is a problem you need to address.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Decline
    Current Employee - Decline
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There aren't a lot, to be honest. Work life balance, maybe, and flexible hours. Industry, technology and customers are really cool.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and cost cutting all over the place. Entirely new Sr Mgmt team, most of whom don't know anything about software or our industry. Lots of people in positions they don't have the skills to do but are there because they somehow played politics with the right people. People are leaving in droves because of poor management (managers just point fingers and chase you for things and don't actually have the skills or knowledge of how to support you), and ridiculous pay and no incentive program (many have asked for increases only to be refused).

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders that actually have proven experience with running teams and innate leadership skills. You are in a niche, specialized industry, finding people (especially technical ones) that know the products and industry is hard to find.

    Also, it isn't 2009 anymore, the job market has changed, pay your employees what they are worth at today's market rate.


  6. "Sales Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Staff works hard, plays hard. Your voice is heard, opinions count for something.

    Cons

    Lots to learn while on-boarding.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Product Designer"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Foundry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lot's of friendly creative people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Working remotely with out much communication. Conference calls at all hours of the day all over the world.

    Advice to Management

    Have weekly one on one meetings with the people you manage

  8. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, fun environment, non-corporate, hardworking staff

    Cons

    Struggling with a lot of work and high demands on low resources and fewer staff than required to operate a high level


  9. "Great place to work at."

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

    Pros

    Fun, smart people to work for.

    Cons

    No room for growth or career development.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better global operations management.


  10. "Amazing culture, direction and environment. Perfect mix of fun and hard work, a pleasure to go to work every day!"

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

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

    Pros

    People, culture, room for growth, positive environment which is supportive and exciting.

    Cons

    growing, so that can cause growing pains


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