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Totokaelo Reviews

Updated Dec 17, 2018

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Christopher Bossola
3 Ratings
  1. "New CEO & Management in 2017 Made All The Difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Totokaelo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge difference in leadership and investment in the company since the old CEO (Jill) sold the company and the new leadership and management team took over.

    Cons

    Now, there are some growing pains (since there's someone actually investing in the growth of the company to scale it to the next level).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, continue the communication to staff. The transparency is appreciated.

    Totokaelo2018-05-18
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Company"

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

    I worked at Totokaelo full-time

    Pros

    No pros, the company is trash.

    Cons

    This company is in shambles.

    Totokaelo2018-12-17
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Smoke n Mirrors"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Totokaelo part-time

    Pros

    Downtown Manhattan and cool staff.

    Cons

    Whole structure of the company is plain messy.

    Advice to Management

    Should have just stayed in Seattle.

    Totokaelo2017-09-23
  4. Helpful (6)

    "corrupt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Totokaelo

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers and long term friends

    Cons

    You can read all the detailed reviews below, but bottom line, Jill the owner is an absolute horrible human, and probably comparable to working for Donald Trump.

    Totokaelo2017-06-27
  5. Helpful (38)

    "High Potential if it wasn't ran, ruled and ruined by, unqualified CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Totokaelo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet, bond and network with industry experts, smart, talented, hard working co-workers and respected industry talent who's skills aren't currently being utilized at Totokaelo - you can utilize in your next venture. You will create a mutual support system to help cope with the CEO.

    Cons

    - Hypocritical , "preachy" , lying, manipulative, and unethical Strategic environment rooted on the CEO regurgitating quotes from leadership books , tech companies, self help books and the biographies of much more successful CEO's and Creative Leaders. Statements and direction that is entirely dependent on her daily mood which is ever changing. Real intellects do not need to constantly make statements about how smart...

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    Advice to Management

    Advise to current managers and all employees - Document everything. Every text, every email. Send it to your personal email and document it. You will be asked to compromise your ethics - morally and legally. You will be witness to so much inappropriate comments. Protect yourself and your reputation. - If you do not have a compassionate manager in between you and the CEO you will most likely be fired within the first...

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    Totokaelo2016-07-30
  6. Helpful (15)

    "0 stars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Totokaelo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to work with and among incredibly talented, well educated and well experienced, entrepreneurial minded, smart, high performing, hardworking COWORKERS who have all achieved high levels of success, excellence, and respect in their corresponding fields. You will bond with these people and create lasting relationships.

    Cons

    The Totokaelo brand message and open letter from the CEO attract high performers who leave high paid, high performing, well supported careers to branch into a new venture based on false pretenses intentionally created and portrayed by the CEO. You will not add value to your career. You will leave Totokaelo having learned "soft side" skills such as learning how to deal with a difficult CEO and learning how to avoid...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire a COO or sell the company. Advice to Prospectives If you are quitting or are laid back off make sure to check your bank account. Employee checks have been withheld on numerous occasions. Keep all records of email and texts.

    Totokaelo2016-08-03
  7. Helpful (12)

    "CEO does not respect employees"

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

    I worked at Totokaelo full-time

    Pros

    Beautifully curated collection of clothing and I worked with some very talented people.

    Cons

    The owner was volatile. You never knew if they would come in smiling or if you were going to be talked down to for making a small mistake.

    Totokaelo2016-08-04
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Back of House"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Totokaelo part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people- everyone genuinely cares to get the job done and done well.

    Cons

    Low pay and since it's a new company, you never know when you might lose your job.

    Advice to Management

    More engagement and appreciation for employees, whether that be through pay increases, dinners, a higher discount, or even just written or verbal praise and gratitude. A lot of the attention and praise is on the sellers, which is understandable, but the people behind the scenes work hard and get little credit.

    Totokaelo2016-06-10
  9. Helpful (37)

    "Unprofessional and micromanaging leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Totokaelo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Beautiful product and prestigious list of vendors - Talented co-workers, despite an average tenure of 3 months

    Cons

    Totokaelo is a completely unprofessional workplace with a leadership style that is micro-managing, condescending and downright childish. Again and again, extremely talented and knowledgeable hires leave the company (or are quietly forced out by being ignored or having their duties taken away without notice). Totokaelo relocated to NY in January 2015 and hired creative, client care and buying teams. A year on, more than...

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    Advice to Management

    - Retain the talented people you recruit by letting them do their jobs - Get a proper reporting system so you can actually track performance and manage cash flow - Sell a majority stake so the new owner can put in place new management who are experienced and not delusional about their abilities

    Totokaelo2016-04-08
  10. Helpful (4)

    "This place is Amazing!! Best job ever!"

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    Former Employee - Mens Stylist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Totokaelo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This place is nothing but inspirations and motivating, just being able to work in such a beautiful and creative space is awesome. The employees are all amazing and everyone really feels like a family, plus you get to meet the coolest people in all creative industries because Totokaelo is becoming so famous for good design. Its fun to watch customers be blow away by walking in, and leave inspired with a better appreciation...

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    Cons

    You might have to much fun here.

    Totokaelo2016-03-12
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