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becker&mayer Reviews

Updated October 30, 2016
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  1. "Sr. Production Coordinator"

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers , Flexibility

    Cons

    VERY VERY Challenging executive team

    Advice to Management

    trust and value your employees


  2. "Fun, but thankless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment
    Final products are interesting and fun

    Cons

    Senior management is focused making sales and not on what is possible to produce for their clients, leading to friction within the company and disappointed clients.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on possible sales and listen to staff who are on the front lines of development


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, unstable work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at becker&mayer (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great creative staff and fun people to work with. The company turns out some really great products.

    Cons

    It's been a roller coaster ride over the last 5 years with lots of layoffs and great staff jumping ship when things get rocky. There hasn't been a whole lot of stability which makes for a difficult work environment. They have just been acquired by another company so there are more rocky times ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff is your greatest asset. They are the people who make the company what it is and you need to treat them better and stop thinking of them as just line item expenses.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Product Designer"

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    Former Employee - Product Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Product Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -There were always fun projects to work on.
    -Good brain storm topics Star Wars, Game of Thrones etc.
    -Company attracts a lot of fun talent.

    Cons

    -Poor leadership
    -Poor decision making
    -Slow to adapt to new market trends
    -A disappointing place to work because of the consistent potential that was squandered.

    Advice to Management

    -Trust the talent
    -Listen to the talent
    -Cultivate don't dictate


  6. "Fun and Creative!"

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    Former Employee - Associate EditorArt Director in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Associate EditorArt Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I began working at becker&mayer after some significant changes took place in 2014. I worked for the SmartLab Toys Division. Overall, it was wonderful. From top to bottom the people there are passionate, professional and excited about the work they create. I always felt welcomed and supported with my creative ideas and no-one ever shot me down or made me feel out of place. Furthermore, whenever we got into a pickle, we always locked arms and worked our way out of it together. It was truly a pleasure to work with such a wonderful group of people on projects that really have a positive impact on kids. Plus, we laughed a whole lot!

    Cons

    Timelines. We often felt under the gun. Admittedly, just before my leaving, we had reworked the entire production schedule so I was never able to see the full fruits of our labors.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead and expect the unexpected when it comes to timing and the nuances of projects. Unforeseen speed bumps would throw us off schedule and then we were left scrambling to the end.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative and talented staff; on the Eastside with easy parking; van pool and commuting benefits for those who work in Seattle;

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership who don't understand publishing or the toy business. Poor new hires in leadership over the last year have made a bad situation even worse. Due to extreme understaffing everything is reactionary and staff are micromanaged and working under unrealistic expectations of perfection. Leadership force their ideas onto teams without consultation of subject matter experts. Leadership show no trust or respect for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and respect the subject matter experts who understand their parts of the business. Ruling by fear does not create an environment where people can do their best work.


  8. "Friendly, supportive environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, talented staff (crucial because projects are all team-based).
    Leadership cares about employees' well-being. Competitive benefits.
    Fun attitude and office setting.

    Cons

    Location (Bellevue) makes commuting from Seattle a bummer.
    Pay is adequate, but titles are given much more freely than raises.


  9. "Company Reinvented"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I started at the end of a long period of changes. I am so proud to be part of the new Becker&mayer. My coworkers are sincere and congenial with each other. We share a united dedication to our work, and love to have fun in the process. Laughter in the office is as common as the occasional visit from one of the office dogs. Oh yea, and we make meaningful products that I am proud to have my hand in. This is a great environment for creatives to do their thing.

    Cons

    There can be too many meetings at times. But, this is symptomatic of a busy growing company. There is much to discuss about the future.

    Advice to Management

    You've put the right people in the right positions. Now, help us navigate the marketplace and keep fostering innovation. We are an idea company. Give more leeway to those generating the ideas.


  10. "Product Designers"

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    Former Employee - Product Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Product Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at becker&mayer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative projects from time to time

    Cons

    Terrible Management who let certain pets get away with murder

    Advice to Management

    Manage people


  11. "Contract Designer"

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    Former Employee - Illustrator/Game Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Illustrator/Game Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at becker&mayer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and professional group to work for. Involved with many fun and innovative projects.

    Cons

    Projects move fast and quick



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