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Kobie Marketing Reviews

Updated 19 Jun 2019

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Kobie Marketing CEO Bram Hechtkopf
Bram Hechtkopf
57 Ratings
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  • "Some disconnection between departments and some transitional "growing pains"(in 9 reviews)

  • "We have managers to manage managers and no one seems to manage anything(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Kobie overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work life balance I've ever had, and work from home options, casual dress with jeans, friendly staff and enjoy who I work with. Kobie has fun events with happy hours, holiday party, activities, training and development if you make it a priority, good culture. There has been a new president in 2019 and she is making positive improvements! I'm not going to list pros and cons of specific jobs because all roles... are different. Ask that yourself if you are interviewing, make sure you like the responsibilities listed, and if you are here then have open communication with your manager on things you like or don't or want. Kobie is willing to work with you (but it can be a challenge) if you do a good job, show interest and initiative - push, put in the extra mile, are a positive person.

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    Cons

    Lack of communication from cross-departments. Poor recruiting. Do not rely on a bonus.

    Kobie Marketing2019-06-19
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Kobie Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities for self-starters looking to move-up in the company.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities, and a sense of career growth.

    Kobie Marketing2019-05-29
  3. Helpful (12)

    "Stuck in the Past"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want a job with flexible work/life balance this is your place Efforts are made to make day to day work life nice like free food/etc. The office is nice with good views and downtown location Really great people who bond over the outrageous culture Some teams operate really well

    Cons

    Not a "Client first" mentality which causes it to be hard to produce anything truly remarkable for a client Dismissive of new ideas/thoughts/strategies Traditional, unengaged CEO, who you will hear and see but he won't take on tough matters or get into the thick of it with anyone below "leadership" CEO will only truly listen to certain people but he will sit and amuse you Hard to have a long-term career here... without someone to protect you from "Leadership." Truly a chess match on who to align/associate yourself with in any given situation and this tends to matter MUCH more than the work produced If you are young in your career, you will not find coaching easily, the ones that try really hard to coach you have other motives

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    Advice to Management

    You could have something great with Kobie and great people are still there and continue to walk through your doors but certain leadership who actually state to other co-workers, "They have the CEO's ear" or that "they can convince him", are the cancer that consistently kills culture and innovation. Tenure has it benefits, no doubt, but this "leadership" style is the reason why so many amazing people have left and... why Kobie keeps falling in its industry status. Some people within the company have amazing ideas and passion but they are consistently dismissed by leadership or someone from the outside is hired as "smarter" than them. My personal favorite, used by almost everyone in leadership, is when you have an idea and present it, you just get talked AT for a hour as if they are enlightening you but really they are completely off topic, they mentioned their resume WAY too many times, and in the end you are so confused and frustrated that you would rather just give up than ask a question and elongate the torture. So in the end they think they accomplished something when in reality they killed passion and innovation by not listening and dismissing it. Companies will continue to surpass Kobie as the people they "trust" most keep Kobie in the dark ages. Look at everyone as potential leaders and not just the ones that TALK, I mean just talk, about it.

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    Kobie Marketing2019-05-18
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Unlimited Potential!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People care about each other Leaders continuously working on culture New technology moving the business forward You get to work on programs that you interact with every day in your day to day life Competitive pay and benefits Lots of different areas to grow into from a career perspective - Tech, Client Services, Consulting, Creative, Marketing, HR, Finance, Analytics

    Cons

    Tons of growth created temporary growing pains which are getting better every day!

    Kobie Marketing2019-03-31
  5. Helpful (14)

    "Zero growth opportunities, unprofessional environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, unlimited vacation if you make it that far

    Cons

    Almost everything. For a company that specializes in loyalty, they aren't very loyal. Suggestions & leads passed onto management were either ignored or passed off as her own. Typical salesman type of leadership: over promise, under deliver. It is clear senior management and owner only cares about bottom line, if sales are lacking or their bonuses are on the line, the solution is a lay off. No cohesiveness... between departments, it almost felt like a competition. Probably the most unprofessional environment I have ever been a part of.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be "cool" and focus on providing value to both clients and employees

    Kobie Marketing2019-05-01
  6. Helpful (3)

    "A company really working to become better"

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager 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

    Kobie is constantly looking to do better than it did before as a company, and as a group of individuals. Senior leadership is willing to listen, learn, try new things, and adapt to change. This is a company that cares about its people, and wants to do right by them. Kobie is maturing as well, both in process, and with its people. It doesn't hide from the issues it faces, rather, it tackles them head on, and, with... the input of its people, tries to deal with them the best it can. When mistakes are made, they are evaluated, and learned from (most times). The biggest thing is, the company cares about its people. Perhaps there are some that don't feel that way, but I have seen and experienced the opposite. The growth process is a result of it, and it's tangible.

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    Cons

    While Kobie keeps working on improving, there are things that get done without enough forethought or follow-through. It's a result of a lack of process. There are also areas where communication needs to be better around the company, which I am sure contributes to some of the negative feelings people may have at times. There can be a "silo'd" feel among the teams who work on different projects, though that has been... breaking down a little at a time. Overall, one of Kobie's biggest flaws that I have seen, is a lack of process and team ownership that results in a failure to complete initiatives. When the single individual who champions or owns something, gets moved, shifted, or leaves, the initiative gets lost along with them, and it's unfortunate. I believe a stronger process, communication, and team/company ownership of initiatives, can greatly help with that.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the ball moving forward. Keep positive attitudes. Keep communicating daily with your teams and other teams. Present challenges as opportunities, rather than blockers.

    Kobie Marketing2019-03-08
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of latitude to work independent Great Culture Nice work-life balance

    Cons

    Overcoming some communication silos, but that's pretty standard everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    The company has undergone a strategic realignment over the past year. Senior management has done a good job laying our the vision and where the company is today on that plan. Stay the course! I'm very excited about the future here.

    Kobie Marketing2019-02-18
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Growing company supported by great leadership"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobie Marketing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Kobie truly invests in it's employees who are eager to learn and grow. - Kobie has invested in leaders who believe in the work culture that sets the company apart from other competitors in the loyalty space. Leaders who believe in the future of the company, the staff and the market. Leaders who are passionate about the Kobie DNA and what we as Kobians do. Leader who have a open door policy, listen, challenge... and support employees. - Very well balanced work and personal life. - Trustworthy, creative, brilliant CEO, CSO and CHRO. - An environment to be challenged to develop individually, grow professionally and define your own career. - A great new hire in our President, Marti Beller

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    Cons

    - Although the financial compensation may be lower than competitors, there are other benefits that Kobie provides to make up for the financial difference. For example, unlimited vacation days, good balance of work and professional life and the ability to work remote based on your position.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to and invest in the passionate, ambitious, motivated employees.

    Kobie Marketing2019-02-18
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Getting better all the time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kobie provides a high energy atmosphere that promotes teamwork. The new leadership have great backgrounds and have brought a level of maturity to the company that I believe will fuel growth. HR is extremely creative in sponsoring fun events that make networking throughout the company easy and rewarding.

    Cons

    There are still challenges but there has been steady improvements every day.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on course. The changes are beginning to take root. Do not waiver from the strategy and trust the new leaders to do what they have done throughout their careers.

    Kobie Marketing2019-02-13
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's been a wonderful start for the past few months and I love the teams that I interact with on a daily basis. It's a small company with a great atmosphere and room for growth if you put the work in.

    Cons

    As anywhere else in the corporate world, there are a few whiners who have landed here. If they actually worked instead of complain, they may actually create a change instead of wallowing in complaining for no reason all day. This company is actually a hidden gem. What's funny is ex employees who have probably given a negative score on this site or the very ones who attempt to keep coming back. Ironic.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to survey results which it seems you do based on the last townhall

    Kobie Marketing2019-02-07
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