Red Ventures Reviews

Updated 20 May 2020

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Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias
Ric Elias
712 Ratings
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  • "Work / life balance exists only if you seek it and implement it(in 45 reviews)

  • "Location - It's in SC and commuting from Charlotte or anywhere someone actually wants to live is a huge pain in the rear(in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Enter at Your Own Caution"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Red Ventures full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good Campus - Good facilities

    Cons

    - Very short-term thinking and focus - No work-life balance. Work till you drop, and then we'll replace you.

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    Red Ventures2020-04-26
  2. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures

    "Best place I worked at so far"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Platform Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Ventures full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quick prefix: majority of negative reviews come from sales side. On the sales support side (tech, etc.), RV is an awesome company to work for in my opinion. I started at Red Ventures in 2018. Between then and now, it's changed several times and for the better. I really believe Ric cares about his employees and cares about the future of where Red Ventures is growing. Red Ventures is the perfect place to grow your career quickly, experiment, learn something new, and perhaps pivot to something else. - Competitive pay compared to market + untracked PTO - Awesome, easy going culture and very smart people who are willing to help - Cool campus. It's inspiring to come in to work everyday. - Cheap lunches - New equipment (widescreen monitors, new MacBook Pros) - Tech stack uses modern frameworks and tools - Change is frequent, you get to explore a wide range of different problems to solve - You will learn something new pretty much everyday Working at RV requires you to be a certain type of person: agile, ready for change, and ability to get things done. If you like slow and steady, rarely changing work, and don't like to be pushed to your limits, this is not the place for you. If you struggle with fast-paced work, this is not for you. If you don't personally enjoy learning every single day, this is not for you.

    Cons

    - Finding a good manager is crucial to your success, if you get stuck with a bad manager, you won't grow as fast. Your manager must be able to fight for you instead of just please his/her higher-ups. - On the above point, there is a handful of bad managers and I feel bad for the their subordinates. - Some engineers who get promoted shouldn't be promoted. - Work / life balance exists only if you seek it and implement it. Starting and leaving at constant times worked wonders for me. - I have seen people work 50+ hours week over week and essentially burn out. - Fast pace causes tech debt in the long run. - A big amount of tech debt, there is a lot of decade old spaghetti code that makes a ton of money. Often the engineers who originally wrote the code are no longer with the company so you have to do some reverse engineering to figure it out. - A lot of meetings which could have been emails/Slack messages. - Priority switching due to business / partner demands during the week increases overall scope of sprints.

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    Red Ventures2020-05-16
  3. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
    Helpful (1)

    "Tech heavy company that lacks sound leadership in some verticals"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tech invested with nice campus and on-site perks. Opportunities to change career (with training assuming you show potential) if desired. CEO seems to genuinely be invested in business, the people and the community - I'd say there's a strange obsession with him across the business though...

    Cons

    Not applicable across the company but the some data teams lack effective leadership that causes disoriented employees working towards inconsistent end goals. RV has acquired lots of businesses but lost a significant portion of the acquired talent resulting in some inefficient business practice and strategies. Back to the obsession of leadership (and general people in power), it's weird. Just stop.

    Red Ventures2020-05-20
  4. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures

    "It’s good"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Red Ventures full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pretty good place to work at

    Cons

    Sales sales and more sales

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    Red Ventures2020-05-06
  5. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures
    Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, Rewarding, and Fun"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Culture: Red Ventures goes to great lengths to foster and maintain a culture of fun and camaraderie. Employees are appreciated as individuals and the company about their emotional wellbeing, especially as they are pushed and challenged. Two examples are the company's annual weeklong Culture Fest (when work is paused for a reset and employee celebrations) and the way the company has navigated the coronavirus pandemic. The company has gone out of its way to accommodate employee's needs during the pandemic, and has declared company-wide impromptu Fridays off for emotional wellbeing. In a more regular, ongoing way, I also enjoy the regular company social events, both on-site and off (often with free beer and food). • Rewards for hard work: For those who consistently work hard to support their teammates and broader company objectives, the rewards are great. From new opportunities to promotions and raises, RV has a true meritocratic approach where those who demonstrate ability and effectiveness are continually challenged in new ways and given increased responsibility.

    Cons

    • Frequent significant change: While RV's flexibility and openness to big change is a strength in many ways, there can be times where change can seem (to many employees at least) arbitrary and perhaps misinformed. In many ways I think this kind of regular significant change is necessary and beneficial in the long-term, but is also not without challenges at a personal level among many rank-and-file employees, who might be left feeling insecure about where the change leaves them and what it means for their own career trajectory. • I believe the RV culture and environment allows for success by anyone in the organization, but also acknowledge it can be challenging for certain types of people. The culture can seem to reward more outgoing individuals who are drawn to the complex social dynamics challenges of the business. I do have a concern that this can leave equally talented but more introverted individuals with a less natural path for conventional success at the company.

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    Red Ventures2020-05-01
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Typical corporate"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, nice amenities, a lot of smart people and opportunities to build business from ground up

    Cons

    No long-term vision, leadership reactive to what their own superiors direct, disconnect between mgmt and day-to-day of associates running the operations, very poor career growth opportunities unless hired straight from undergrad. Corporate environment is overly competitive, encourages theft of others' ideas without giving due credit rather than cooperation/innovation. Throughout most levels of the company there's an overemphasis on people's presentations of ideas rather than ability to deliver on set goals and build quality products/experiences

    Red Ventures2020-05-14
  7. Red Ventures - Sales | Division of Red Ventures
    Helpful (1)

    "Look elsewhere"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Performance Coach in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Ventures full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    cool facility and subsidized food.

    Cons

    extremely stressful environment, attrition is REAL high, not a long term job.

    Red Ventures2020-05-13
  8. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures

    "It's great but plenty of room for improvement"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Overall it's a fun place to work and grow your career. - Coworkers are great people to work with and always willing to help out. - Campus, amenities, food options are great. - Flexible schedule with a decent amount of PTO. Plus you get the week off between Christmas and New Years. - A lot of resources to continue growth. Learning and Development is a big part of the culture. Free workshops and online courses to learn anything you want. - If you get placed on the right team you won't be worked to death (Con if you're on wrong team)

    Cons

    - Salary for engineers is a complete joke. They say they'll reevaluate pay ranges but it's still garbage if they do give you a bump. - No opportunity for bonuses or additional compensation. - If you're placed on a team with terrible business leadership, they'll have unrealistic expectations and want you to work well over 40 hours. Never give them free overtime! - Location - It's in SC and commuting from Charlotte or anywhere someone actually wants to live is a huge pain in the rear. - Too much micromanaging.

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    Red Ventures2020-04-29
  9. Red Ventures - Digital | Division of Red Ventures

    "A company that truly cares about its employees"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fort Mill, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Red Ventures very clearly cares about its employees and tries to make it somewhere you want to work. They highly prioritize Learning & Development and provide lots of opportunities to move around the company. The tech stack varies by team, but is pretty relevant overall. I get to write in a language that's fairly new and evolving quickly, which is pretty nice. Most of the time, teams are given the autonomy to make decisions on tech stack and tools used. During the pandemic, it became very clear how much Red Ventures cares about its employees by being very transparent about the state of the company and scheduling virtual events (like workouts and talent shows) to break up the days.

    Cons

    Red Ventures is growing very rapidly and experiencing the inevitable identity crisis. From a tech side, it seems as though certain mentalities change every few months and it can be challenging to keep up. Burnout is very real here, though a problem that RV is aware of and attempting to fix. It varies greatly between teams, some champion work-life balance where some celebrate heroics often.

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    Red Ventures2020-04-25
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Smoke and mirrors."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Ventures full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Upward momentum if you do what they say, make their ideas and opinions your own, and work the grunt shifts for a year.

    Cons

    Lack of unified vision in leadership. They talk the talk about culture and winning the right way, but they do not talk the talk. I never had the same comp plan two months in a row. If you make too much, they’ll look for reasons to let you go.

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    Red Ventures2020-04-15
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