Kobie Marketing Reviews

Updated Dec 7, 2020

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3.1
53%
Recommend to a Friend
69%
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Kobie Marketing CEO Bram Hechtkopf
Bram Hechtkopf
67 Ratings
Pros
  • "Really great people who bond over the outrageous culture(in 11 reviews)

  • "The amenities that I had not experienced from Kobie are massages every other week(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some disconnection between departments and some transitional "growing pains"(in 9 reviews)

  • "We had to do a virtual training because no one at the location I am in knew anything about the campaign that we were going to be taking calls for(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Customer service specialist"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, Good schedule & camaraderie

    Cons

    None, good, fun, work environment.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "The best gift that I have on a daily basis! My own hidden gem!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Decision Scientist in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Decent above average pay. - Culture: Absolute delight with office culture and work flexibility. You can switch off at 5 pm and you will still get pay raise and promotion. Foosball, Table Tennis, Fruit Thursdays, Diversity Fridays, Massages, WFH, early release Fridays, and PTOs can be for the hour needed. New hires are assigned a non-department member as an advocate/buddy with weekly lunches or coffees. This invariably grows your internal network of friends and well-wishers beyond you team. Regular meet and greet called Kobie Connections where you get to meet long tenured colleagues and executives, and learn how their career progressed and initiatives that they took to achieve that. Free parking overlooking the Bay. Home baked cookies from colleagues and VPs. Throughout the day you can hear frequent laughter! - Professional Development: Lectures on leadership and professional development for all by the executive leadership team. Counts towards PDU. Lynda subscription. - Transparency: Almost monthly Town Hall meetings addressing company health, business outlook and areas for optimization. Black and white answers from the President Marti Beller and CEO Bram Hechtkopf even for anonymous questions and concerns raised during virtual Town Hall meetings. The President usually follows up by dropping by randomly at work space and ask for personal feedback. All Corporate level meetings are followed by an internal anonymous survey. Monthly State of the Union spotlight on a client account. Ideas are openly shared and acknowledged. Daily meetings with immediate manager, monthly with Director/VP. It is very hard to miss, to get to know where you stand and where the company is, in real-time basis. - Talent: Leaders including Executives are hands on. Can hold deep conversations on technical as well as management strategies. You get to see their big picture perspective allowing you to prioritize your focus to attention to detail. Has a healthy mix of generalists and specialists. Team members are confident and readily share know how. - Management: Micromanagement is consciously avoided. Managers build and protect you. Hierarchy works to your favor. You are also expected to provide constructive feedback on your manager. Weekly meetings with immediate manager and skip-level with executives. Since everyone knows what everyone else is doing, there are no assumptions. Clarity of what you do, what was done, and what is expected. - Technology: SAS Viya, Python/R, PowerBI, SSRS, and the usual BI/DW tech that you may find in a technology, consulting and services company. - Weekly Open Door: On dedicated days of a week, you can book an appointment with your pick of executives; President, CEO, etc. Think on the lines of asking for career guidance, management strategies, airing grievances, persistent growth blockers, etc. Provides a level playing field, irrespective of title or assumed influence.

    Cons

    - Growth pains: The company is growing at a break neck speed. And that has altered the existing equilibrium of departmental silos and bubbles of exceptional talent. Management responded by integrating naturally adjacent teams and driving cross departmental cohesion. Challenge would be in maintaining the current over-communication drive that is helping greatly! - Work load: String of new project wins exceed their hiring speed. Since the emphasis is on cultural fit they deliberate. Hopefully we get more soon…the good ones!

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  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "I LOVE being a Kobian!!!!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Saint Pete, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I felt compelled to write a review on my employer Kobie Marketing. In my previous searches for employment I would research companies and read the reviews from their previous employees and the current employees. I found that not too many current employees share their experiences with the company they work for. I also came to realize that some of the bad reviews may come from an employee who may have been disgruntled. I’m writing this review to highlight some of the many reasons I love being a Kobian. I started my journey at Kobie Marketing a short period before Covid-19 disrupted the way we normally interact. My employer jumped into immediate action in sending us home before anyone else in our building. They worked quickly and even had the call center completely remote something I found to be an excellent task. Prior to Covid I worked from our corporate office downtown St. Petersburg. I absolutely love the office. I can truly say that our CEO Bram Hechtkopf and President Marti Beller considers all associates when making their decisions and have a true open door policy. Kobie has a Diversity & Inclusion group which is doing its part to ensure all Kobians are comfortable at work and collaborating with each other. The amenities that I had not experienced from Kobie are massages every other week. A break room to unwind with an electric guitar, fuse ball, table tennis, and industrial popcorn machines on each floor. My first week there my employer had ergonomic doctors come and gauge each employee’s posture to ensure we were comfortable and the items the doctors recommended my employer immediately provided. The salary, incentives and everything in between are some of my favorite parts of being a Kobian.

    Cons

    I know it's always good to leave feedback in this area but I can only say so far so good!

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "The best job I've ever had!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contact Center Agent 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. It is very family like. No one breathing down your neck as long as you do your job well.

    Cons

    The bonuses could be better.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was a good company 4 years ago

    Cons

    Not enough coverage and no instruction

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great atmosphere"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Non Specific 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, the company has worked hard to improve what was a depleting culture. Still room for growth, but I've heard it's improved even more since I left.

    Cons

    Departments don't always work well together, can be frustrating when your job requires collaboration of different teams.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Pete, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This was a horrible place to work

    Cons

    Absolutely toxic environment. Owners have no clue.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "trash"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Pete, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    none at this present time

    Cons

    the call center is terrible and a scam.

  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Don't Waste Your Time"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Java Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    central downtown location, paycheck. Fruit

    Cons

    workplace infighting poor work/life balance terrible/no coding standards client management and executives were reactive rather than proactive non-competitive pay and benefits rampant sexual harassment terrible communication between teams poor/non-existent documentation no employee loyalty (laid off a few dozen employees at the start of the pandemic) inconsistent software product between teams and clients promotes incompetent employees while leaving the talented ones behind reporting is practically non-existent

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  10. "One of the best"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time

    Pros

    This was one of the most positively impactful companies that I ever worked for. The team was nearly perfect.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload got the best of us.

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