Hip culture but a lot of knowledge silos across teams
Product Manager (Former Employee), Santa Monica, CA – June 9, 2014
Pros: casual, hip culture. great office. free food.
Cons: lack of succession planning; too many middle managers
CSOD tries to keep a 'youthful' and hip culture. People who work there are generally smart, cool, visionary and dependable but the company is facing some growing pains having grown so much and so quickly both in terms of product/clients and staff. As a result, there's a lot of initiatives but a lack of follow through amongst the executives. There isn't – more... a succession planning process at this company and your success is really tied to who your manager is. Also due to the quick growth internally, there are A LOT of middle managers that contribute to an overly politicized working culture, thus detracting abilities for career progression/visibility as well as transparent communication.
With that said, I did enjoy my time here for the most part as I got to work with a lot of really smart colleagues and work across global and cross functional teams to deliver some exciting, relevant products. The culture here demands a resourceful, self-starting individual who is very comfortable with ambiguity. I would also suggest that a strong performer is one who is able and comfortable in self-marketing/promoting themselves continually and effectively. – less
Commission Clerk (Current Employee), Santa Monica, CA – May 20, 2013
Pros: free lunches, relaxed start time, relaxed atmosphere
Cons: understaffed, very little work life balance
There is always something to do and a deadline to meet. Lunch time is mostly at the desk. I can't say that I've learned a lot. I am learning the new commission system and how their plans work. My co-workers are very nice people. They do a lot of happy hours and seem to enjoy each others company. The hardest part of the job is the work/life balance. – more... I spend a lot of time at work and can't always plan a vacation or appointments due to the workload. I enjoy staying busy and I really enjoy my co-workers. – less
Talent Management Consultant, Coach & Trainer (Former Employee), California – October 24, 2012
Pros: good culture, smart fun people
Cons: really bad communication skills
This is a good place to work with good people. The organization had an amazing culture as it started to grow the leadership in the company began to have really bad communicaiton issues. Many of these issues will be worked out as the company hires more expireanced managers currently they are promoting from with in people with limmited to no leadership – more... skills. – less