Officite Employee Reviews about "internet brands"

Updated 4 Apr 2019

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  • "Internet Brands treats its field offices like second-class citizens(in 6 reviews)

  • "You're wasting your time if you think this is a good "entry level" position(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A poor experience overall"

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    Former Employee - Front End Web Developer in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Officite full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code, free coffee and snacks (same as you'd find at any tech/marketing company)

    Cons

    Do not work here. Nearly all of these reviews, positive and negative, make the same two points: - The pay is low - Not bad for new college grads The first is certainly true. You can find a number of jobs that pay more, regardless of your field (Web development, customer support, SEO), even in Downers Grove or any neighboring suburbs. This company relies on new grads still living with their parents who don't need to pay rent, and the salaries offered reflect that. "Not bad for new college grads" is a red flag. This company is a revolving door, most people work here for about a year or less. Any reviews describing good benefits and PTO were written by people who must not have had any other office job, because the benefits are acceptable at best. I actually pay less for better health insurance at my current job. The majority of the employees are new college grads with no other real office experience and are treated as such-- even though these positions are salaried, you have to clock in and out, and every move you make is closely watched. The workload is never-ending. Regardless of your field, your workload is a queue you will never catch up with. Finish 3 tasks, 5 more take their place. Because of this, management places arbitrary goals to make sure you're working 'hard enough.' These goals are often set by management that has never done that job, and thus have no idea what goal number would be realistic. Many people 'game' this system by going for the easiest tasks first to pad their numbers and make sure they hit this arbitrary goal. This leads to management, who only look at the numbers and haven't worked the job themselves and therefore don't fully understand the work involved, to give favoritism to these employees. This also leads to divides within departments, as employees scrap for the smallest and easiest tasks for the sake of numbers. This never-ending workload is caused by a combination of the office being severely understaffed & mismanaged. The office is understaffed because of the parent company, Internet Brands. Many, if not all, of Officite's issues as a company can be traced back to Internet Brands. Officite's product offerings are not of good quality, and for a tech company they are woefully behind on tech trends. But they make a profit, so Internet Brands sees no need to spend money to correct any of that. The same explains the understaffing. Officite is profitable at its current staff count, so why spend more to ease the employee work load? One final bit for Web Developers/aspiring web developers: This job is not web development, it's advanced customer support. For all intents and purposes, you will be working as a customer support rep in a call center. The only difference is your work requires a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, and you'll be on the phone a little less. For any new grads looking for starter web development experience: you won't find it here. Finding a new job was a huge struggle for me, as the experience gained here was almost completely useless in any actual front end web development position. You gain no experience with any front end frameworks, not even any real JavaScript experience- just HTML and CSS. Which is like learning Latin to get better at English. The pay here is embarrassing , you will be treated like a child, and no work you do will feel meaningful in any way. You owe it to yourself to work somewhere else.

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    Officite2019-04-04
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Could be so much better, but likely won't be"

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

    I worked at Officite full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code, if that's important to you.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, high turnover prevents departments from accomplishing much, and management favors knee-jerk reactions over committing to longterm plans for sustaining growth in an industry that has gotten much, much tougher for them to compete in. Internet Brands treats its field offices like second-class citizens. The company recently moved in to a much larger office that provides employees much less personal space, somehow. Health benefits got both worse and more expensive.

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    Officite2018-03-31
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Get out while you can"

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     in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Officite

    Pros

    Coworkers rock (some) Free food Outings Flexibility of hours Nice location

    Cons

    Managers are very incompetent. You can tell who they favor and they make it very obvious. There are 3 "managers" for one team. That hardly seems necessary and half the time they don't even know what they're talking about as far as helping the team. They're also very unprofessional when it comes to how they act and dress. It is a casual dress however it's not a club. They look for reasons to nitpick even tho employees work extremely hard to make work flow efficiently. The parent company internet brands is awful. They pay us way below market standard for the work we do. We work extremely hard and get barely anything in terms of pay.

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    Officite2017-05-19
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great employees, horrible corporate ownership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The team in the Officite office is, for the most part, great. Everyone is relatively friendly and knowledgeable in their respective fields. When there are no upcoming deadlines it is a laid back and semi-fun environment.

    Cons

    The problems come from the parent company, Internet Brands. They have little regard for the overall goals of Officite and drive the company in a different, detrimental, direction. They do not care about employee happiness in any aspect, ranging from removing small perks like free soda from the office to larger issues like ignoring requests for salary reviews. They have driven away the long-standing internal development team in order to outsource the work to developers in Eastern Europe.

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    Officite2015-04-10
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Churn and Burn Starter Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Willing to take a chance on recent graduates, amazing group of employees that are always willing to help you when problems arise, excellent client-facing experience.

    Cons

    Positions at this company pay well below the market average for similar positions while piling on more work and responsibilities. Promotion path is non-existent, and even though sales numbers are rapidly increasing there is no effort to hire new employees. This results in an uneven workload providing customers lower-quality work for the same fees. Nothing can be approved at the local level, everything must be approved by Internet Brands, resulting in large delays for hiring replacements. Recently all of the original upper management have either resigned or were fired from the company, eliminating most of the values that the company was formed with.

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    Officite2014-07-13
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Do not work at Officite"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Officite full-time

    Pros

    There is a great rapport within the company, specifically with the non-management types. The atmosphere is friendly and fun. There is an end of month free food Friday, along with supplied snacks and soda and other beverages.

    Cons

    The founder / CEO of Officite and the Vice President of Sales have both left / resigned their positions, no doubt due to Internet Brands (new owners) micromanagement and visions of profits. I am convinced that Glen (CEO) was ousted by Internet Brands as his vision of the company and that of Internet Brands differed.

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    Officite2014-04-17

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