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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Love ban.do

    Jun 25, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing culture who is always striving to better themselves both to what they deliver to their customers as well as their employees.

    Cons

    Company is committed to working on cons and always improving themselves.

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    11 people found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    The Most Toxic Environment

    Sep 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    The staff is fun and hard working.

    Cons

    If I could give zero stars, I would. I have never worked in an environment so toxic. Making the decision to work at ban.do is a mistake I will always regret. Not only did it set me back financially (was promised a raise after signing on that never happened, and worked a retail job and freelanced in order to make my living) but I've never had so much stress-induced anxiety due to the manipulative and passive-aggressive work environment that ban.do fosters. Favoritism runs rampant still. Obviously, higher-ups have learned nothing from their experiences. When I was going through management training, and HR continuously encouraged me to pick fights and nit-pick the work of my direct report (despite having an awesome working relationship with them). Having employees sit through DEI seminars with the owners of the company disregard white privilege and put that phrase in air quotes (suggesting it isn't real) is terrible. Obviously, you all have learned absolutely nothing and your support of POC and stance on anti-racism is 100% performative. Also, there have been opportunities to diversify hiring since the employee walkout in June 2020. There have been multiple new hires and all of them have been white. Yes, the founder, left. But toxicity and racism still thrive at ban.do. I could go on and on and on about all the terrible experiences I had and witnessed friends/colleagues go through at this company. But just take it as a warning: DO NOT WORK HERE.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place

    Jun 7, 2020 - Cookie Maker in New Orleans, LA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great owner, nice work space

    Cons

    Gained weight working there Because we ate cookies

    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Toxic

    Aug 28, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There are a few really good people who work here.

    Cons

    The company is truly toxic. It starts with the founder + CCO Jen Gotch. She has created a work environment that is built on passive aggressive manipulation. At this company you are expected to work for low wages and if you leave before 6pm you're seen as not as committed or selfish. You are expected to give up weekends for public events the company throws (which you are not being compensated to work). If you disagree or dissent you are ostracized in some way, which is a huge problem in and of itself but especially because Jen also regularly makes openly racist comments. The toxicity and racism that Jen exhibits (and that her core management team upholds through their mirrored behavior or through their silence) is something that is regularly acknowledged privately among other employees but no one feels empowered to address it in a way that would not risk their own standing. Here, you are pushed to an excessive workload though if you are good or successful at your job it can also be seen as a potential threat - another fact that is privately acknowledged by many. Simply put, the facade of Ban.do that publicly promotes mental health, female empowerment and collaboration is truly the furthest thing from the inner workings of how the company is ran.

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    70 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Practice What You Preach!!!

    Aug 26, 2019 - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A few really great people worked there

    Cons

    Terrible management, pay is a joke, employees are treated poorly. Everything ban.do preaches to its consumer is nothing more than a highly orchestrated marketing tactic disguised by glitter and rainbows and feeling good. You're expected to devote all of your time to the company while being paid a salary that you can barely live off of in LA. There are multiple full-time people who have to work a second job to make ends meet, but you get the cold shoulder if you don't work late every day, show up to after hours activities or work every weekend event even though you don't get compensated for it. The brand and founder advocate mental health awareness but there is no actual mental health care for employees. People are degraded in the middle of meetings - the design team was seriously booed at in the middle of a presentation to the parent company once. The founder is barely in the office, when she is she's usually too busy filming Instagram videos of herself dancing or whining to her followers, but it doesn't matter because she really doesn't see a problem with how ban.do operates.

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    41 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Current Employee

    No

    Aug 27, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people who work there!

    Cons

    Everything kinda? First, it's a brand built on women empowerment, but the parent company is a bunch of conservative white men in the midwest who make all the final decisions. There is a huge public facing side of mental health, mostly orchestrated from the founder- but employees get TERRIBLE health insurance with no mental health incentives (most general therapists on our insurance still had a copay of $80 per session on average). The pay is COMICALLY low. Some full time people are getting paid a dollar over minimum wage- and are not doing entry level work. A lot of people interview and get weeded out in the first round solely on their salary expectations being too high. The wages are set by the parent company in Kentucky who have no idea about living wages in Los Angeles apparently. Aside from all of that, the workload is insane and you are frowned upon for not giving your all, staying late, or volunteering for all of the public facing events they throw.

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    34 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Smoke & Mirrors

    Aug 30, 2019 - Anonymous in Hollywood, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Overall, staff is very hardworking.

    Cons

    Total waste of time. Total facade. Totally disappointing career move. No authenticity. No diversity. Not inclusive. Working for ban.do brought me back several steps in my career (due to a lack of stimulating work + taking a substantial pay cut under the false promise of a strong bonus and growth opportunities). The founder is an egomaniac and despite the smoke and mirrors of social media and PR, she is not involved in the day-to-day. Or any day, really. She also favors a select group of employees and cares little about anyone else (and openly acknowledges that she has little interest in prior experience or knowledge—if it doesn’t serve her and the inside circle it’s meaningless which is why the company is not growing and in fact makes little revenue despite the perception based on their Instagram following). Ban.do boasts togetherness, mental health and pro-women sentiments publicly but internally it couldn’t be more of the opposite. The pay is terrible. The senior leadership is a joke. Most department heads have never had much job experience before Ban.do which is isolates and holds those back who actually have skills, expertise or a point of view. Oh, and all the decision makers are conservative white guys in Kentucky. Fake, fake, fake.

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    23 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Has a lot to figure out

    Jun 18, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Amazing team, beautiful office, fun environment

    Cons

    Parent company is whack, pay is literally laughable, outward image of mental health focus with no internal efforts to benefit employee's mental health

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    37 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Not good

    Dec 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There were great people there at the time

    Cons

    There were a lot of down sides at the time, too.

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