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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of Growth Opportunities and Vibrant Work Culture"

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

    I have been working at Three Ships full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your value to the team. The work is satisfying because most people seem to genuinely take ownership and enjoy what they do. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to new processes as the business rapidly grows. The CEO is dedicated, motivated and welcomes feedback and ideas. Downtown Raleigh office is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Growing pains are a given, so if you're not interested in adapting to change this isn't the place for you. If you're not a good cultural fit it's going to be difficult for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication between teams as the company expands. Continue to recognize and utilize strengths in all personality types.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"

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

    I worked at Three Ships full-time

    Pros

    - great snacks in the break room
    - unlimited PTO

    Cons

    Serious run for you life...if Demand signals or Crisp ever recruit you. This is hands down the worst possible company you can work for in Raleigh. The CEOs thinks they are smarter than anybody, does not value employee opinion. Leadership team...oh my forget about it. No one knows what they are doing, but they love to predict like they do. And trust me, they are always smarter than you, unless you went to a top ranked school, they will treat as if you are stupid. They don't have a good product, don't have to service to back it up either. Please take my advice, run as far as you can when you see this company!!

    Advice to Management

    if you are as smart as you think you are, then you should know that your leadership team is a joke.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid like the plague"

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

    Pros

    Start-up culture that provides a unique environment

    Cons

    Poor management
    Frequently let people go with no warning
    Elitist culture

    Advice to Management

    Allow people who actually know what they are doing, to do it.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Culture, Career Growth and Collaboration"

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated as owners and encouraged to be a part of decisions that decide the trajectory of the company. The rate of innovation, growth and success leads the industry. You have to prove yoursrelf, but it's a meritocracy. Three Ships has struck an unusual and exciting balance between entrepreneurial spirit and process.

    Cons

    High growth culture with a roster of competitive, high achievers. If Three Ships is a fit, this is actually a pro. The rapidly changing nature of the business coupled with the intensity and drive of those in leadership roles can be intimidating for some.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A Growing Company That Hasn't Lost Its "Startup" Quirky Culture"

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

    I have been working at Three Ships full-time

    Pros

    Three Ships is a company that is growing rapidly. Since I have worked here, we have grown from 20 employees to 60+ and we are still expanding. The entire staff and leadership team are some of the smartest and driven people I've had the pleasure to work with.

    CEO is incredibly ambitious but compassionate and truly wants to do right by his staff (in addition to his business). He writes hand-written notes to staff for birthdays and anniversaries and holds monthly meetings where he encourages feedback, for example. Whether you're a part-time intern or a manager, you can't help but feel a sense of ownership at Three Ships. That's by design.

    Three Ships has an incredibly lenient vacation policy, a fully stocked kitchen, full benefits and support for personal growth (reimbursement for classes you might want to take or conferences you'd like to attend). Yes, Three Ships touts growth opportunity and some may feel that this path is not well defined. No, it won't fall in your lap. You won't get a promotion without seriously working for it and advocating for yourself.

    Cons

    A high growth pace means that many processes are still in progress. Three Ships is still developing its sea legs at this size. Some might feel frustration with the lack of structure and the occasional shifting of priorities and new initiatives. Some thrive in the environment and welcome the opportunity to lay a brick or two or three in these processes as we grow.

    If you like a lot of structure, verticality and protocol, you might not do well at Three Ships. If change or failure makes you uncomfortable, you won't thrive here. If you're a "try it and see" type who operates well within concepts, ideas, and occasional ambiguity, you should thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a pulse on burnout of staff, don't lose your quirk or personal touch and continue open-door, transparent policies on direction of business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "3S is a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    The company is full of very talented, smart, hard-working people. Quality work is recognized and valued. The CEO is engaged with each team and wants employees to be happy with the company and proud of their work. There are daily, weekly and monthly opportunities to voice questions and concerns. Most people are supportive of other business units and happily work across departments. Individual teams are tight-knit and cohesive. A lot of energy, resources and time are dedicated to innovation and learning.

    Cons

    Growth comes with some pains, like limited space, issues with on-boarding and scaling quickly. Many processes are still under development, so things can change every day, and new hires need to be able to go with the flow, work to improve processes and be open to change. There isn't a lot of time for hand-holding, so if you're not a self-starter, this is not the place for you. Some people take themselves a little too seriously, but that's more of an exception than the rule.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay engaged with each team.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "CEO writes positive reviews"

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

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

    Pros

    Many of the team are extremely talented and very good people. Pay is adequate at best. Nice location and cool places to eat locally

    Cons

    We revel in a culture that is much more about satiating the CEOs ego and on boarding unsuspecting clients to a company that doesn't even have its own offerings figured out.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people go...

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Stay Very Far away"

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

    Pros

    Good location In downtown Raleigh.

    Cons

    Everything presented to you in your hiring interview is a farce. Lots of promises with nothing coming to fruition. Full of lies. The lie to the employees, they lie to the customers, and everyone they come in contact with. These over-priveledged Ivy Leaguers will burn through anyone who has a different opinion. Micro-managing at its best. PS. All of the positive reviews here are written by the CEO , Zack.

    Advice to Management

    Close the doors


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Not for my worst enemy"

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

    I worked at Three Ships full-time

    Pros

    It is a terrific learning experience that will teach you a lot about digital marketing. It will also help you to prioritize what is important to you in your next position when you leave Three Ships.

    Cons

    This company has a history of high turnover for a reason. They burn and churn employees due to immense amount of stress, the insane demands placed on employees, and the inability to listen to reason or opinions without a pompous response. The majority of senior management has questionable ethics and even worse interpersonal skills. The good work that is done by dedicated individuals who are undervalued, underpaid, and overworked, and they never last as they quickly leave when they realize the mess they have gotten themselves into. They may say that they are a "cool digital agency with lots of growth for opportunity", but that's simply not true. This is evidenced by the very few employees who have been there for a year or more, and the many more that currently list Three Ships (Media) as their previous employment on LinkedIn, with many not even admitting it there, skipping over it as they didn't stay more than 3 months before crawling back to their old employer begging for their jobs back.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Sell the company and go do something you actually like as it's not digital marketing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High-paced, innovative agency with high expectations & amazing culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding leadership, clear vision and focus, innovative technology & analytics, major investment in culture

    Cons

    Be prepared for a very high level of accountability and expectations.


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