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HelloWorld Reviews

Updated 30 December 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexibility and great work/life balance that's needed in today's workplace" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great people, great company to work for overall" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some team members are overworked and (I'm assuming) underpaid" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Project managers are constantly asking for SE's to try to squeeze in extra work" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Amazing culture, amazing people, amazing growth"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Southfield, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Southfield, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    HelloWorld was an amazing place to work. It was my first proper engineering job, and it was an incredible experience.

    A developer's first program in any language typically prints HelloWorld, and I honestly can't think of a better place to have started my engineering career proper, than here.

    Onboarding was smooth, within a month I felt like I had known everyone on the team for a bit. The work was fun, and challenging, and the open floor plan made everyone appear very approachable. The best part is people were actually very approachable, and I still maintain contact with quite a few of them.

    I especially liked the communication between my manager and our team as it helped set expectations for software delivery. Sure we had some crunch deadlines, but it was nothing we didn't discuss as a team and agree too.

    This open and transparent communication made it easy to ramp up and contribute quickly. When I think back on it, I gained responsibility with time, but it never once felt undue or burdensome; it all happened rather naturally.

    By far the biggest pro, the people and culture. Honestly. Everyone was just really cool. Being a marketing company, I happened to like to go by the creative team quite a bit as it's really nice to see the stuff they make. As a plus, they happen to really like talking about their work and it makes for a great listen IMO.

    There's also a pretty nice game room to unwind in if you need a breather, and jigsaw puzzles if you want them.

    Cons

    None for me, but it did feel like developers lived in a different world than producers at times with regards to pressure and needing to deliver. I'd chalk it up to my manager being able to set and communicate reasonable expectations and delivery dates however.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the culture, by far the biggest thing I miss. Just great, great people.


  2. "Work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    PTO, WFH, Summer Fridays a plus!

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities. Long work hours

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great, very loyal and happy. good flexible hours and good PTO/holidays. the company is solid and the business is plenty. lots of good work.

    Cons

    management is a mess in some areas. there is little communication between some of the team leaders. promotions felt random and were most of the time empty promises. raises were almost non-existent except for select people and not even cost of living increases were done this past year. multiple promises and delays of a bonus that never happened. also people work too hard and burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Engineers, promote those that deserve the promotion and give them the opportunity to prove themselves. going over 5 years without a promotion is detrimental to an employees state of mind and just doesn't show respect for them, specially after multiple empty promises of said promotion.

    all that being said, I loved this company, and would come back if there was an opportunity to do so.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A great experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HelloWorld full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    HelloWorld has a friendly culture, nice offices, and flexible work environment. The work is, for the most part, interesting.

    I feel like they make a real effort to motivate through positivity.

    I also like the size of the company - it's small enough so that you can always find the right person to talk to on an issue, but big enough that the scale of work is complex, enjoyable, and challenging.

    Cons

    Recent acquisition by Merkle may lead to uncertainty, especially in administrative areas.

    Advice to Management

    I really like the way this company works. I can't really think of any specific advice.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, great culture and coworkers

    Cons

    A lot of changes to senior leadership, uncertainty following sale of business


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Southfield, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Southfield, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    A lot of clients to work with - makes the work different for each client
    Good culture in the beginning (see Cons why only in beginning)
    Location was ok
    Agency Agile changed how work was done, for the better (and great teamwork)

    Cons

    No raises in the last few years, and sometimes just 1%
    No advancement, unless managerial (No technical career path). There was at one point an initiative to create different career paths, but then the person who leaded this left, it just disappeared.
    Since sale of business, future uncertain
    In beginning, good culture. But since sale of business, things changed
    When you get assigned to one client, work gets a bit boring.

    Advice to Management

    Give better raises
    Create different career paths. Not everyone is a good manager, but they are great leading technically


  7. "Great Work Environment! Needs More Focus on Core Values"

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Southfield, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Southfield, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There's great work-life balance. You can take as many PTO days as you need and work from home when need be. The employees are pretty friendly (for the most part) and you work with larger clients like Kraft or Starbucks! Another thing I liked about working at Hello World was the agile methodologies they used when building their projects. While there were sometimes miscommunications, implementing agile in our daily work routine allowed us to build our projects efficiently and stay on the same page as a team.

    Cons

    There is no onboarding when you start off depending on your role. In my experience, I had no work to do my first 3 months. I also did not get much recognition for the work I did do there. After I was given real tasks, I worked over-time almost every day, completing tasks always on time or before then, and my work was never really accounted for. One of the greatest things about working at Hello World is the fact that you can work with larger clients, like Starbucks. Ironically, they don't always use the most modern and useful technologies. While working there, I realized that the work you do at Hello World is generally "Hello World specific" so the knowledge you gain wont always be applicable elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to take the feedback from the employees more seriously. A number of people have complained about similar things that were never solved. Another thing would be to pay closer attention to the employees, there's a whole lot of undercover unprofessionalism.

  8. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HelloWorld full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture is amazing
    Flexibility and great work/life balance that's needed in today's workplace
    The workforce is diverse on all levels
    Pay is fair
    Interesting and cutting-edge work

    Cons

    Southfield location is not the greatest


  9. "Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture and team environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to really move the ship, management not accessible.


  10. "An OK place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HelloWorld full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay was competitive as were their benefits.

    Cons

    There are almost no C-level people there anymore since they were purchased. The middle management is not great. There was almost no advancement in certain departments.