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Updated Jul 06, 2014

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2.9 28 reviews

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Mike Hilts

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Relaxed Culture, Long Hours, Little Advancement, Great Pay.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Oakville, ON

    ProsCompensation at Yesmail is great. Great bonus program. Vacation time is great. (Minimum 3 weeks)

    Great corporate culture, fun teams to work with.

    ConsEmployees are expected to work very long hours. Don't be suprised if you are working until 9-10pm and on weekends.

    Senior management seems to be pretty distant from Satelite offices, rare visits from managers.

    Being a subsidary of a larger company (InfoGroup) often means getting things done is slow, equipment requests, expense pay outs etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe closer with your satelite offices. Take notice, Yesmail exists outside of the walls of the Portland office.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Web Production Developer

    Web Production Developer (Former Employee) Portland, OR (US)

    ProsYesmail have a friendly and nice people to work with!

    ConsThere is not much of career growth in there!
    There is no stability and no job security

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Vice President (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    Prosawesome leadership, growing company, endless opportunities

    Consthere is nothing negative to say about this company

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the great work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, terrible management - it's not worth it

    Email Manager (Former Employee) Portland, OR (US)

    ProsGood people willing to work hard

    Cons- Bait and switch - interviewed for one job, offered lower level job and was told I'd grow into the one I interviewed for and it never happened. I found out later that they have a reputation for doing this.
    - Accounts are understaffed - not even to skeleton levels - and nobody from account directors on up don't care.
    - Email Managers are expected to work until the job is done - even if that means 14-18 hours a day with no support from management and trying to find someone from web production who is willing to work late. The company only knows about work/life balance for senior managers and no one else.
    - Management expects work to be shared with overseas teams where English isn't the first language and this causes more problems than it solves. When change finally comes, it is usually the exact opposite of what was asked for.
    - Teams are often spread out, including managers, which makes completing work challenging due to different time zones.
    - Employees are only trained to do their job and trying to gain other account-related knowledge is exceedingly difficult.
    - Direct managers are apathetic at best and do nothing to support staff when issues are brought to their attention. Chain of command is unclear. Account managers have some responsibility, account directors have others and email managers are managed by someone else entirely. It's confusing to know who to go to with problems because managers don't necessarily know the account being worked on.
    - Senior management has no experience in the positions, people and processes that they're managing.
    - Salary increases don't happen unless you threaten to quit and annual reviews are a joke.
    - Expect to pay a lot for terrible benefits - I'd say skip it and shop the healthcare marketplace - you'll most likely find something better and less expensive.

    Advice to Senior Management- Stop hiring people from outside of the company - promote from within! These are the people that understand how the work gets done and would streamline process much better and make Yesmail a better place to work.
    - Invest in your employees and treat them better by offering better benefits at the very least.
    - Stop pulling the bait and switch with job offers - your company is known for this in many circles.
    - Stop forcing terrible programs to be used that don't connect to other aspects of the company. Too many different types of technology are being used to piece together the whole picture when there's better software out there that could replace several old pieces.
    - Provide proper staffing levels for accounts and stop expecting people to work themselves to death. Provide them better salaries and performance-based raises. You have good people working there that strongly dislike their work environment.
    - Create a work culture - there is no culture there - people just come in, work and go home. Any happy hours that happened were created individually. Not even a holiday party while I was there, but other offices had 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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    Good and Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFor the most part it's very flexible and decent work/life balance. And with a few exceptions, most of the people I work with are good people - not all, but most. The absolute only reason I stay is the flexibility.

    ConsLimited growth opportunities. Horrible benefits. No yearly reviews - which means no raises. Some people seem checked out and just going through the motions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet on board with normal corporate standards. I have never worked for a company who's CEO states in Town Hall meetings (on more than one occasion) that "We don't do reviews". If you think it's time for a raise, you have to beg your manager. That is ridiculous. If you want to keep people and reduce turnover - give us incentive to want to stay. Regular reviews. Standard pay increases. Decent 401k. This is a job, not a career.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany great co-workers. Possible opportunities if you get lucky.

    ConsNew Executive Team seems to be focused on saving money by replacing innovative teams with low cost skeleton teams. Any tech culture has now been replaced by old school time sheet mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate your plan to stay vital in the industry with your staff.

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    A hectic, unorganized approach to doing business with no real mindset for long term thinking.

    IT Manager (Former Employee) Portland, OR (US)

    ProsSome really good people to work with that really want to see the company succeed and are willing to put in the time to see it happen.

    ConsSenior management appears to not have a clue and make decisions that negatively affect day to day work life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your heads out of your rear ends and listen to your line level managers and employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people - management needs to take care of the workers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood people, and technology - email industry is consolidating, you must have expertise in several areas. Data and big data technology could help their position.

    Conswillingness to change, look at new technology and marketing methods. Leverage the good resources you have (the people). Yesmail has had several re-org's in the past but i'm not sure if just changing management is the answer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a paycheck.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocation (for Portland employees).
    Coworkers are generally good to work.
    Ability to work with a handful of notable clients.
    Casual-dress work environment.
    If you stay 3 years, you'll be senior and have a remote chance of promotion.

    ConsExecutive leadership lacks clear direction.
    Annual Reviews only upon request and not guaranteed.
    No bonuses for the past 4 years.
    Good employees are continually leaving.
    Low pay - don't go in expecting to advance or get a compensation increase later.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees or at least make them feel like they're given anything but a paycheck. Provide incentives and a reason to feel good about working here. Actions speak louder than words. REALISTICALLY decide what you want to be as a company and position yourself accordingly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where bad programmers go to die.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsFlexible hours, multiple company offices (NY, SF, PDX, London, etc). They'll overpay you. A lot.

    ConsDo you thrive in using legacy versions of obsolete software? Do you like being lied to during your interview? If so, you'll love working for Yesmail!

    This is a place where best-practices are only something you hear about from your other programmer friends. This is a place where people laugh at you when they find out you've worked here and then they say "Wow, I hadn't heard that name in a long time. Didn't realize they were still around".

    The projects worked on here are trivial at best. Their entire CSE team should be replaced by college interns; however, it would only benefit the interns as how to not develop software. Projects (if they can be called that) were never documented, scoped, and the requirements (never gathered) were only ever obtained after weeks of e-mail and phone-tag. Once you finally get a hold of what you need to do, it's already late and all the onus is on you.

    On several occasions, managers would interview potential candidates (and be impressed) however only offer a lower position.

    The only benefit is that they'll probably overpay you. But you'll need it to pay for the hilariously priced health insurance.

    If you literally can not find a job anywhere else dust off that old JSP 1.0 book, read the intro chapter and you'll be good to go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace your entire technology department. It's not 2001 anymore.

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

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