Plum District
1.9 of 5 40 reviews
www.plumdistrict.com San Francisco, CA 16 to 50 Employees

Plum District Reviews

Updated Mar 04, 2014
Plum District – US – “Plum District Lobby”

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1.9 40 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

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Susan Kim

(5 ratings)

21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Drive but No Respect

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District as a contractor

ProsManagement was unresponsive and difficult to deal with
Slow to settle accounts
Disorganized with poor communication skills
Unreasonable expectations and requests

ConsThe company as a whole has a lot of drive and a will to succeed. Employees are hard working and dedicated to the cause.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow respect to the people who work with and for you

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mom's Against Mom's

District Consultant (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District as a contractor

ProsHad a wonderful Regional Manager who put together a great team for our district, was enthusiastic and positive. Very fun to work with.

ConsAlmost all districts were closed down without notice, all were fired. Was supposed to be a company of Mom's about Mom's and my wonderful regional was blocked out of the system as we were having our Monday morning meeting the day after Mother's Day!! Seriously

Advice to Senior ManagementBe truthful and treat others as you would like to be treated.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inconsistent direction from management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFree lunch a few times a week and a fully stocked kitchen made working long hours bearable.

ConsThe management team was disorganized and seemed to have no idea how to interact with entry level employees without being condescending. The direction from management was also super inconsistent (i.e. one person assigning a task and another person mandating that you abandon that task and claiming that they've spoken with the task assigner only to hear from the original assigner that the task should have been completed days ago...bizarre I know.)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sinking ship.

District Consultant (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District as a contractor

ProsAbility to work from home, met some good people

ConsEverything that people have said here is true - the turnover is insane. New supervisors every month or so, and constant "restructuring." Finally, in January, all of the part time consultants were told in a conference call that there was no more need for them after the month was over. They were restructuring and going for a full time sales force of four. For the entire country. Since then, lots of turnover in upper management, DCs not getting paid out on deals they closed before they left. I would be shocked if PD was around by the summer. This ship is sinking, fast.

Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through on what you tell people. Remember that the moms who are out there working so hard are what made Plum District different from all the other deal sites. Now you are just like them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pretty on the outside but hideously ugly on the inside..

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District full-time for less than a year

ProsBay area start up backed by KP sounds cool to your friends and on a resume. Decent health benefits. Free snacks and beverages. Overall, the talent at the company was exceptional (minus senior management but they were for the most part in over their heads) and I was fortunate to meet some fantastic, wickedly entertaining people. Generous vacation time but you would probably be fired upon your return as the company was always "moving in another direction." Generally, that direction was down. This company managed to truly find some of the best and brightest in cities across the US dedicated to building something that turned out to be a poo sandwich. Lots of good looking people. Even the Board commented on the overall attractiveness of the company. Sadly, it wasn't a magazine shoot so it was a moot point. You will never look at the word "deal" in the same way again.

ConsTired idea. Everything you read on here is completely accurate, and if anything, people are being kind. Not a sales organization. The turnover was laughable. It wasn't necessary to get to know people's names as they probably weren't going to be around for the next conference call. Feedback was constantly solicited but no one was interested in addressing obvious issues or listening.

Advice to Senior ManagementSeriously, this is an antiquated concept that is contracting versus growing. I hope someone has figured that much out at the company, but you never know.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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What a horrible experience.

Regional Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District full-time for less than a year

ProsI'm struggling with anything positive about this company. I guess it would be the co-workers that I came in contact with. That is about it.

Cons* What kind of company knows they are firing all of their Regional Managers, flies them out for a 'meeting', sucks all of the information out of these hard working professionals under the pretense of training- knowing they are going fire them later that week?
*They hired people knowing they would fire them (within the month of hiring them) in order to make themselves look profitable.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou've ruined peoples careers. I know many think this type of stuff happens in all companies, but no- this is not your typical downsizing excuse- this is a poster child for an unethical 'corporation'.
Beware of this company and Megan Gardner.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I will never get the past year of my life back

District Consultant (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District part-time for more than a year

ProsOnly the description of the position... we were supposed to be working WITH LOCAL business owners. Quickly, that changed and only those Consultants with national offers with big companies were praised and (financially) rewarded.

ConsWaste of time
Compensation plan was lowered again and again
No training
Constant turn-over of Managers.... I had five in less than a year.
Treat business owners terribly... I was EMBARRASSED to be associated with Plum District. I would NEVER treat partners poorly.

Advice to Senior ManagementClose down.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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What a let down!

Upper Management (Former Employee)

I worked at Plum District full-time for more than a year

ProsForced to self teach and therefore learned a lot.

ConsMost everything about company was a "con."

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have had the best of the best work for you. It is sad that you took advantage of them!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible Experience

Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

I worked at Plum District full-time for less than a year

ProsWork from home
Made connections with female sales pro's in other parts if the country

ConsCEO, Megan is mean and belittles sales people and managers in front of others, used to get the entire team on a call and give sales reviews to individual managers.
Expect you to work 24-7 for very little pay
E-mails were sent to Managers at all hours of the night, would wake up with a full in-box of e-mails received from 1AM - 4AM
Have to use your own lap-top and office equipment
If you are not located in San Fran don't expect to get promoted or taken seriously
Fired all management expect a few chosen ones only to rehire a few months later
Poor business plan
Sales goals are not clear and defined
Often ask Managers to step down into unpaid part-time sales people
Unrealistic Expectations in an uncertain industry

Advice to Senior ManagementDeal with Megan
Set clear goals for employees
Stop Firing at will

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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This is not a good group of people

District Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Plum District part-time for less than a year

ProsThe only good thing about this company is the other employees. The connections that are made in your local communities with the businesses that you will partner with.

ConsAn ever changing (and not for the better) compensation package. Division Directors that are so money hungry and have been drinking the Kool Aid for so long that they don't realize or just don't care how they treat their sales people and all of their recently fired regional managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop abusing moms and get rid of your "for moms by moms" tag line as it is not a true testament of how you treat people. Do everyone a favor and file bankruptcy now so as to save more of your hard working employees the embarrassment of being let go suddenly and without just cause.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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