Spartan Race Reviews

Updated Aug 2, 2020

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2.9
36%
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Spartan Race Co-Founder & CEO Joe De Sena (no image)
Joe De Sena
36 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sponsorship Sales"

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

    I worked at Spartan Race full-time

    Pros

    - If you like obstacle course racing and that culture, this is the place for you. - Awesome office location right near the Financial District and Seaport District of Boston - Get the opportunity to travel to some cool places, meet cool people, and work within sports and athletics industry. - Ability to work remotely when needed - Hardwork and successes are recognized and there were solid wages and benefits offered

    Cons

    - Every job is stressful, but there are a lot of changes daily and weekly that can pile on added stress - Transparency could have been better between departments - If you don't like or understand the OCR lifestyle and mentality, it can be annoying and hard to relate internally sometimes

  2. "Room to Grow"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Race full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Amazing vision and charismatic founder - Movement from initial hires to more professional ones - Work on US team to have an impact

    Cons

    - Needs a senior HR function and an org structure that gives room for promotions. - Somewhat of a boys' club - Many junior hires -- few middle management - Workflows not very efficient to getting things done. Often projects get stuck.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Spartan does not care about their employees"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Race full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Travel reimbursement -Good health care, dental, 401k, etc

    Cons

    -Managers are incompetent (don't know how to manage a team) -Under payed -Under valued -Terrible communication between HQ (Boston) and the boots on the ground -1099 contractors forced to work longer hours (illegal) -Doesn't want to spend money for improvement -When problems arise, easy/practical solutions are ignored -Per diem/ day is enough to get you a bite of a bagel and maybe sip of coffee The expectations this company has on their employees does not pay enough for the long hours and whether it's rain, snow or shine, the event will go on.

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  4. "Fun workplace"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Spartan Race full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun and fast paced work place. Constantly changing so there is a ton of new initiatives to take part in.

    Cons

    Training and pay could be better, sometimes management doesn’t have a realistic goal to pass down.

  5. Helpful (9)

    "Severe disconnect between leadership and rest of organization"

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

    I worked at Spartan Race full-time

    Pros

    - By having to wear many hats, you are going to learn a lot more than you would at a more traditional company - If there is another role in the company you would like to transition to, certainly possible to make a reality

    Cons

    - Senior leadership does not have priorities set and creates chaos for the sake of chaos - Employees are not valued for their successes and are only reminded "it can always be worse" - Employees regularly undermined by consultants - Salary far below market level - "Everything is a priority" is the standard

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "True to their mission"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Race full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Spartan Race really is looking to transform the lives of millions of people and the events and products they offer help to do just that. Most employees stand behind the product and each other. Some of the most hardworking people I have met. Fun people in and outside of work.

    Cons

    Leadership members run their own agenda and at times overstep each other, causing confusion amongst the teams. At times there are unrealistic expectations with the resources available and not much support from management. Chaotic at times, but keeps you on your toes -- you'll never be bored.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic & Stressful, but Fun & Rewarding (much like an actual race)"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spartan Race full-time

    Pros

    The employees are a great group of people. Tough to say a negative word about any of them. The office environment is a bit non-traditional, but once you get used to it, it's a largely enjoyable atmosphere. The industry is exciting and still developing, and it is a great feeling to know that the work you do has a tremendous impact on the growing community and on the sport as a whole.

    Cons

    As with any job, there is a lot of unpredictability, but at Spartan, that's ramped up a little extra. Objectives and priorities can shift very suddenly, and that can obviously be frustrating. It's an established company but is still developing in a lot of ways, so "best business practices" haven't been established across the board yet. But to their credit, they're trying.

  8. "Marketing"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator 

    I worked at Spartan Race full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity great people fun environment lots of free races. Great content and looks cool on resume

    Cons

    don't have anything bad to say i've loved the 3 years i had been here and continue to do it all

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  9. Helpful (15)

    "Another company mistreating women"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spartan Race full-time

    Pros

    I like it here and that Spartan is growing very fast, so that does mean there's a lot to do and you can grow. There's not red tape or protocol and if you are a go-getter it could be good for your career. The brand is really cool. The community is what makes this place special. Sad that the company is very different from the values that it talks about to racers.

    Cons

    There's a serious bias towards the male leadership. It's super chummy and unless you're one of them and a man, there is a ceiling. I have heard someone in leadership mention and make comments about a female worker's race and dating life, using slurs. It's pretty typical for jokes or comments to be made about an employee's personal life and for that to turn into some nasty locker room chat. The company is not being guided clearly. It's jumping from one fire drill to another. No one is steering the ship and we always joke that it's a sinking ship. Which feels not that far from the truth.

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  10. "Spartan Race USA"

    5.0
     

    I worked at Spartan Race

    Pros

    Tasks, team spirit, remuneration, purpose

    Cons

    Too much shifting Too much doublon employment

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