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Construction Estimator

Blu Homes Vallejo, CA

Job Opening: Construction Estimator Blu Homes, a leading clean-tech company, is seeking qualified applicants for a Construction Estimator… Blu Homes

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Drafter / Engineering Help (copy 2)

Blu Homes Vallejo, CA

Job Opening: Drafter ReVit & Auto/CAD Blu Homes, a leading clean-tech company, is seeking qualified applicants for a Drafter - Revit & Auto/CAD… Blu Homes

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    Buyer beware: snake oil salesmen, middling & meddling leadership with ambivalent vision, neglected employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vallejo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA (US)

    I worked at Blu Homes full-time


    Blu is full of good, honest, hardworking, intelligent, often enjoyable people...


    ...who are undervalued, dismissed, mistreated, and generally not taken care of, but helplessly run about trying to save face in the hopes that, one day, everything will come together (if they don't get laid off first), and they will be able to move on up from their dimly lit, PCB-adjacent, slum of a sweatsh--*ahem*--office, to some shiny penthouse far above the riff-raff of the San Pablo Bay. Oh, and did I mention you might get laid off? Yeah, job security is not their strong-suit (because people are expendable, right?) fact, an employee's job itself might be to make him/herself irrelevant. (Note: I, fortunately, was able to get out before that ever happened to me, but it did happen to countless numbers of my friends and colleagues across all levels and all departments). On top of that, job descriptions might change once every quarter, as upper management fiddles with new departmental leadership and new processes on a never-ending basis. Sure, constant change ("evolution", as one might spin) is inevitable in a start-up, but change in this case seems arbitrary, lacking in clarity and vision, and often out-of-touch with the multi-disciplinary wealth of knowledge, experience, and perspective, slowly decaying behind desks. If Blu were Bronson Alcott High School, the sales team would most definitely be Cher and company...they pretty much run the place. The one saving grace might be the marketing team, unfortunately they're a glorified spin machine full of pathological optimists who masquerade as experts of things they know absolutely nothing about (this goes for the sales team as well).

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    Stop spending so much time isolating yourselves in seemingly never-ending meetings that go nowhere. Ambivalence is not a virtue -- decide what this company wants to be and how it wants to operate, and dedicate yourselves to it fully. Listen to your employees -- you are abusing their talents and making them disillusioned. Display loyalty. Replace your HR staff and hire people who are sincere about professional development and the quality of the working environment. Cultivate creativity and innovation -- this company has the potential to benefit from the ongoing tech renaissance, but the products just aren't there. This means trusting fully in your staff, and releasing sales and marketing from the stranglehold it seems to have on product design and development, and the rest of the project delivery chain. Maura is not an engineer, she is not a designer -- she is skilled at marketing, but skilled product innovator she is not. Develop relationships with other tech companies working on the cutting edge of products for the home...who knows, instead of simply making houses, maybe these partnerships can inspire Blu to become an innovative platform for new ways of thinking about and interacting with the home (I mean, if that is the vision...this may be ambitious).

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