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Upper Deck Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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  1. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Eager and hardworking teams that offer support and encouragement. Managers truly want you to succeed and it's a joint effort to make sure the team produces the best work possible. Managers lead by example and are great teachers and resources. The company treats it's workers well and there's a definite family vibe.

    Cons

    The deadlines (sometimes) but that's just part of the job. It's a balancing act.


  2. "Company has gone through many changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Upper Deck full-time

    Pros

    You get to work in the sports industry

    Cons

    company continues to go through many changes


  3. "While you may be slightly underpaid, most of the people who work for the company are great to work with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sports Coordinator in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Sports Coordinator in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, satisfying job if you put in the effort, and the people in charge, from the owner down to the department heads, genuinely care about their employees personal well-being.

    Cons

    The pay definitely could be a little better and, like every company, there's one or two people who are difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more trusting of the people below you. Micromanaging isn't necessary all the time.


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  5. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    i really enjoyed my time working for Upper Deck. The company was outstanding and Calrsbad is an amazing city to work in.

    Cons

    Carlsbad is also an expensive city to work in. It makes it hard to live super close without a big commute, but in the end it's worth it


  6. "Management issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Upper Deck (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company

    Cons

    Dated artwork and style, management team is unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and treat them with respect


  7. "Marketing Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -sports experience awesome
    -company culture is relaxed and inclusive
    -happy people happy workplace

    Cons

    -does not pay people enough in certain departments for what they do

    Advice to Management

    I think management needs to work closer to their staff to understand how much they do.


  8. "Great Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Upper Deck (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have never been happier going to work than I am when I come in here.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about this place.


  9. "Product manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Upper Deck (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in sports. The players, the events, the leagues. Always something exciting happening.

    The people are hardworking too and are passionate about sports. If you like sports this is a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Company has had its ups and downs. A good place to be when the economy is strong, more challenging when it's not.


  10. "Not the Company we grew up loving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Upper Deck (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part of working for Upper Deck is that you get to work with the some of the best athletes in sports and some of the top leagues. You get to work on some pretty cool projects with different companies and brands. If you are in the right positions, you are able to travel and even meet some of the top athletes in the world. Being a sports fan is considered a plus.You are able to dress very casually in the office which is a major plus. There are some good people that work for the company.

    Cons

    The company has a poor history of decision making and moral aptitude and that continues to this day. If you have a high moral character, this is not the company for you. The pay is below industry average and way below what people in the area are getting in similar positions. Raises are rarely given and when they do its below the cost of living increase that is normal amongst most companies. There is very little ability to move up in the company. Rather than looking for top talent, they just move employees over to new roles that are not qualified and or add more responisblities to other employees and not increase their pay. There is little to no training before employees are thrown to the wolves and no employee development over time. Upper Deck is understaffed in every department to handle the workload of a company that wants to be great. The marketing department is especially poor and has little direction from the top. The president runs the company similar to a dictatorship. It's his way or the highway, there is no middle management that has any true say in how decisions are made. He takes credit for everything that is good with the company, but never takes ownership for the poor decisions that are made and there are a lot. He protects his favorite few employees even when they blatantly are not doing certain aspects of their job or are doing it poorly. He did do a good job of removing the craziness from the company when the owner died. The new owner of the company is never heard from, even though employees want to hear from her and she is in the building from time to time. The phone system and computer systems that they use are antiquated to say the least. They don't contribute to 401k, and they don't offer discounts to employees on products.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to have an outside company come in and do an organization behavior study. There needs to be an executive board making decisions rather than one person. Managers should be held responsible for what there direct reports are doing. They are not able to, because they have too much on their plates so they judge from afar and make statements that are unfounded and that is somehow acceptable. They need to get back to seeking top talent, regain more licenses, and treating their employees as assets rather than replaceable beings.


  11. "Great Place to learn and advance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Upper Deck (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Any sports and business enthusiasts will love working for Upper Deck. Management will always have open ear and set you up to succeed.

    Cons

    None. You will love it

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, management loves it's hard working employees. The management always has the employee and company's best interest at heart.



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