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  1. Hilfreich (23)

    „1/3 of company laid off..mismanagement!”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Negativ Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS gearbeitet (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    New York office:
    - positive, fun place to work
    - good benefits
    - employees are great people
    - HR team
    - access to promotional offers for students

    (Overall, I did enjoy my time with the company)

    Kontras

    - Layoffs:
    The New York office grew from ~20 employees to ~70 employees within a year, then 24 employees were laid off in October 2018 (along with many in the UK, a total of about 100 employees). Many of those laid-off were quite new to the company, as many people were being hired throughout the summer.

    The senior management team had been updating the employees with the new strategy throughout the summer/early fall; it seemed that UNiDAYS would be growing more in the states. Then in October, there was a company-wide video meeting, where we were informed that 1/3 of the company would be laid off. Definitely came as a surprise to most.

    Managers then met with HR and senior management to be informed which employees would be let go that day. The rest of the employees had to continue their day, waiting to receive a google calendar notification to meet with HR and their manager. Did they really expect people to work until they found out if they were being laid off that day? Employees were left waiting for ~1-3 hours to find out.

    (Sidenote- a review on September 6th revealed that mass redundancies would be occurring..why were people being hired throughout August then?)

    Was disappointed to not hear from any employees from my team in the UK, including my boss, after the layoff (layoffs were not performance based). Disconnected from gmail/slack immediately, so no time for anyone to reach out if they wanted to anyway.

    - The company doesn't actually know enough about Gen Z...they don't even know how to market to them because their data is a mess.

    - CEO is nice but doesn't have any experience.. so he doesn't know what he's doing.

    - UNiDAYS has potential to be something great, but there isn't much value in its current offerings

    Rat an das Management

    A new, experienced management team/CEO will help the company move forward.


  2. Hilfreich (12)

    „UNiDAYS is going places - I love it here!”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Nottingham, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Nottingham, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS

    Pros

    I have previously written a review on here that I would like to add to/replace…

    Firstly I’d like to address the most recent review on here from someone who left the business in March last year - how someone can review a company they haven’t been at for over 18 months is odd to me... So many positive things have happened since then, the most recent being the hiring of a fantastic CPO who along with the SMT has been addressing many of the issues outlined on glassdoor; such as options and career development.

    I also wholeheartedly disagree about this being a bad place for graduates (or anyone else), where else in Nottingham or the UK for that matter can you work with the biggest brands in the world (Apple, ASOS, Spotify etc.) globally?! Your ideas are always heard, and you have so many opportunities to make a difference and develop in your career.

    As for ‘inappropriate relationships’, that’s just an easy dig to make. Every company I’ve worked at has had internal relationships, the people that find this uncomfortable choose/claim to feel that way when in actual fact it’s not an issue - all relationships are dealt with professionally and unless you’re informed are hardly noticeable. To add to that, to say the people in these relationships/relatives/friends etc. are promoted or favoured is laughable, they most likely have a harder time, especially dealing with these offensive reviews and being constantly scrutinised. Additionally, saying UNiDAYS is run like a corner shop is plain racist - something that should never be tolerated!

    It is commonly written on here that the people are great, which I agree with - I have had the pleasure of working with so many amazing people and managers, however I think the people writing these reviews need to consider the negative effect it is having on not only their colleagues, but their own CV’s (who wants to hire someone that came from the big bad UNiDAYS?!). Questioning junior promotions and commenting on the hiring of ‘attractive females’ is honestly the most offensive and backward thing I’ve ever heard, did you ever consider people might be developing because they’re good at their job? You can’t have it both ways, in some reviews people moan because ‘there’s no progression’ and in the same breath complain when junior staff are given opportunities and put it down to ‘relationships, connections and being attractive’. People making these comments are the problem, females can be young, attractive (I hate that word) AND smart... it’s not one or the other - why not encourage your colleagues rather than put them down? Looks shouldn’t even be commented on in the workplace anyway, what does attractive even mean?!

    I know it seems like a lot of people are leaving but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, if you’re not right for the business or the business isn’t right for you - then it’s best these people move on (and UNiDAYS wish them all the best!) It’s counter productive to come on here and slate a company that is trying to grow and develop, constructive criticism is always accepted - bullying however shouldn’t be. I myself am happy the business is encouraging these types of people to leave, making it a happier place for the rest of us.

    It’s also unfair to say all positive comments on here are fake, how can you know that, you can’t speak on behalf of other people’s experience, nor can you fail to understand why some posts are required to be deleted in line with glass door's policy.

    Advice to people wanting to apply here: I love it here, and I can’t see why you wouldn’t either. If you work hard, love what you do and want to be on this amazing journey, don’t let negative and bitter posts put you off, I’m confident enough to say… decide for yourself. We’re not perfect, but that’s a good thing, perfect is boring anyway!

    And to those ‘ganging up’ and writing all the negative reviews under the sun, I’d love to see you shift your energy into being positive, being kind to others and helping to drive this business to where we’d all love to see it go. You comment as though it’s a walk in the park running a global business, I know for sure it’s not a task I’m up to so I have great respect for the team that got us to where we are today.

    Kontras

    All comments are detailed above

    Rat an das Management

    Continue to listen to constructive feedback and rise above the bullying on here. Thank you for always doing your best to listen and improve whilst communicating strategies on a regular basis. With you all the way, and happy to work for such a great company!

    Antwort von UNiDAYS

    8. Okt 2018 – Chief People Officer

    Thank you for taking time to share this perspective. Your passion for our company is obvious and absolutely appreciated. You’ve painted an accurate picture of life at UNiDAYS, and I know others... Mehr

  3. Hilfreich (6)

    „Take the negative reviews with a pinch of salt. P.S. UNiDAYS is a great place to work.”

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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS

    Pros

    A Japanese proverb states "Fall down seven times, get up eight."

    No company is perfect. Mistakes are what makes us grow stronger as people. This also applies to companies. Start-up companies in particular. With UNiDAYS, it’s the people who make the company and no wonder that it has gone from zero to something (something quite impressive) in a short period of time. And do you know why I think that that has happened? It’s probably because of the negative reviews. That and hard work, a solid strategy that embodies trial and error, and a hell of a lot of trust behind an idea that’s not exactly new under the sun, but an idea that has the power to break the status quo when it comes to student discounts.

    But I digress. My point is that I absolutely love working at UNiDAYS. My department, my managers and my colleagues are awesome, I wouldn’t ask for better colleagues. I’m not going to sugar coat it, if you want to get somewhere you have to work hard and you have to make compromises, just like if you worked for any other big company. Except that you will find that working for companies that grow too quick, companies that focus on success and power over addressing their people’s issues, those companies deserve the type of reviews that will make you think twice about applying there. But UNiDAYS still maintains the mentality of a start-up whilst growing at an exponential rate, standing strong behind its mission and giving that oomph to student discounts. And I’ll tell you a little secret, management drives the company forward, the employees drive the company forward, the reviews, good or bad, drive the company forward.

    At the end of day, if a company is not right for you, or you are not right for the company, then it’s better to part ways with said company and find a place that works well for you. I, for one, can say that UNiDAYS is right for me, and I think that I’m right for UNiDAYS. Finally, it’s really easy to get caught up in awful online reviews, but then again, it’s really easy to get caught up in an amazing non-fiction piece of literature. But these are just my thoughts, up to you if you want to believe me.

    Kontras

    No cons at this time.

    Rat an das Management

    Keep listening to the bad reviews, keep kicking doing an awesome job!

    Antwort von UNiDAYS

    8. Okt 2018 – Chief People Officer

    Thank you for sharing this perspective. I agree, the people here are outstanding. And, you are spot on- we all have a role to play in driving the company forward. Glad you believe UNIDAYS is right... Mehr


  4. Hilfreich (34)

    „WARNING: Lies & Layoffs”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Negative Prognose
    Negativ Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS gearbeitet (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    The people in the New York office were some of the kindest and most caring people I have ever worked with. They quickly became my friends and I know that we will stay in touch for years to come.

    The HR team in the New York office is fantastic, they do a great job of engaging and uniting the office with different events and activities.

    Kontras

    I implore you to take these reviews seriously because they are 100% accurate. UNiDAYS isn’t a company, it’s not a startup. In New York, it’s a room full of IKEA furniture and people trying to figure out how to make an already unstable UK business model work in the US. The company is run by a man who speaks as if he’s memorized every line from a Startups for Dummies book, every other phrase is “disrupting this”, “moving the needle”, “bespoke content”—he talks a lot, but doesn’t actually say anything. He just sounds like another misguided individual who thinks they’re creating something grand when it’s really rudimentary; and he still doesn’t know how to make it work 7 years after starting the “company”. UNiDAYS claims to be “Gen Z Experts” yet they Google and cite third party research. For people who claim to be experts, you wouldn’t expect so much desk research. They’ve been in business in the US for a few years and are still trying to figure out what kind of company they are and what their business model is. The term “Student Affinity Network” is arbitrary, it literally means nothing. No one can articulate what UNiDAYS actually is, which is why the business is performing so poorly. UNiDAYS cares more about Glassdoor reviews and outward perception of the company than anything else, people are constantly talking about the latest reviews (they’re always negative) and discussing who might’ve written them, even having company and departmental wide meetings about Glassdoor reviews! This just goes to show you that they’re worried about the wrong things, management should be focused on why they can’t effectively run the business; maybe if the business was successful people wouldn’t be miserable?

    Project Zebra/Z DAY: On September 6 a Glassdoor review was posted about something called Project Zebra. The reviewer basically described Project Zebra as a way the Senior Management Team was planning to reduce “mass redundancy” AKA implement layoffs. Josh, the CEO, came to New York and addressed Project Zebra and in a very nonchalant & reassuring tone told us that it was just a way the company was taking a more regionalized management approach. HE LIED TO US. Project Zebra was only about layoffs and was being planned for months. For those who started after a Project Zebra timesheet was rolled out for a week in New York (where basically everyone had to log their time for their job tasks for a week) it seemed like Project Zebra wasn’t anything to worry about. What kind of CEO blatantly lies? Just don’t address the issue instead of faking transparency for the sake of your own ego. So about a month later everyone was called into a morning meeting where we were told 1/3 of the 70 person New York office would be laid off that day due to “mass redundancy” (sound familiar?) One by one we were called into meetings with HR where we were told if our positions were terminated or not. 24 people were laid off. People who had started only weeks before the layoffs were let go, someone who started the same week as the layoffs was let go, they only worked at UNiDAYS for 3 days.

    People quit their jobs, left their families, and relocated for their position at UNIDAYS just to be laid off after working for only a few days, weeks or months. What kind of company hires people knowing MONTHS IN ADVANCE that layoffs are pending? What kind of CEO stands in front of a whole office and blatantly lies about rumored layoffs? Are you willing to work for a company with a morally bankrupt management team and a naive/misguided business model? UNiDAYS isn’t worth the risk, save yourself a waste of time and don’t even apply.

    Rat an das Management

    Quit and replace yourselves with people who know how to lead or just sell the company to the highest bidder.


  5. Hilfreich (27)

    „Toxic culture, Nepotism and lies”

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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS gearbeitet

    Pros

    Great people globally, but that's it

    Kontras

    1/3 of the workforce have been made redundant globally, the senior managers knew about the redundancies months before through project that ran before in September, and the CPO was hired to put this in motion.

    It's ironic that no senior managers are being made redundant or the CEO's girlfriend hasn't been chosen to be made redundant, even though there is no need for her role, all she seems to do is get shout outs for cleaning the kitchen. There's clear nepotism at hand by the CEO who hides behind screens and others to do his dirty work. His mum who also works for the company, as a contractor, called Celebrations and is a board member to make decisions. Several people in the Finance team have left mysteriously.

    The CPO has been hired along with her training company and is funding a big salary and her training company. The redundancies are being blamed because of the mass hiring that took place earlier this year, but really it's because of the bad decisions the CEO continues to make.

    It's true, if you have a conversation with the CEO he'll quote some business book he's recently read and I've heard if you're really lucky he might even give you one!

    The HR team are unprofessional, gossip and bullying people into leaving. And the inexperienced PMO team deliver nothing but failed stagnant projects.

    The company itself fails to act as a global business, with conflicting views coming from the top. Senior managers don't have the courage to stand up to the CEO and follow him around blindly, including the chief of staff who communicates nothing for stakeholders.

    They claim to be Gen Z experts, with 30-40 year olds making the decisions and no interest in bringing in actual students that are Gen Z's.

    Overall stay away from this place in all regions.

    Rat an das Management

    There is no point in giving any because as you can see from the several past reviews things are still the same here. Put your egos to the side and sell this company up. Stop with this "I'm here to listen" farce and address these issues head on internally


  6. Hilfreich (37)

    „Don't do it”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Nottingham, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Nottingham, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS gearbeitet (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    -Nice offices

    -If you work in Tech you'll probably be alright. I found that team tended to operate in their own bubble and are fairly well insulated from the rest of the politics and general nonsense that goes on in the company.

    Kontras

    I think it really is the worst place I've ever worked. Their PR machine is excellent; the fancy offices and "start-up mentality" draw you in. Behind the gloss however, you'll discover a culture of fear with ignorance and poor management around every corner. Inexperienced, arrogant leadership with zero desire to learn from their mistakes (or even admit they may have made a mistake in the first place).

    This place filled me with anxiety and stress. I was frequently subject to unrealistic demands from management to the point where I was absolutely dreading going into work each day towards the end.

    The CEO is arguably the worst culprit for it. At one point I was casually called into his office for a "quick catch-up". I quickly realised I'd been ambushed as it turned into him shouting at me and being told I wasn't doing my job properly. A job he has no experience in doing. I worked in HR; the CEO's CV consists of a stint as an estate agent followed by founder of UNiDAYS. Go figure.

    Comments of nepotism are all true. The company's marketed as a "family business" as though this is a good thing. What this translates to is family members being promoted to jobs they probably shouldn't be in, without interview. Once, a relative of the CEO said it was good that we'd appointed a HR rep in the London office so they could "keep an eye on everyone and make sure they were working". I was speechless.

    I'm sure not all of the positive reviews on here are fake, but some of them are clearly senior management rallying the troops to boost the company score. The "featured review" in particular is a joke. Only senior management could get that angry and confrontational in what's supposed to be a positive review.

    Don't do it. Their PR machine and branding is excellent, but it's a facade. This company is a stain on my CV and I took close to nothing from working there.

    Rat an das Management

    I tried to give you advice while I was there and you didn't listen to me. I'm done with you people.


  7. Hilfreich (33)

    „At least 100 people being laid off”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS

    Pros

    - The people that are not in the executive management are great.
    - Regular company “cook-offs” (food making contests)
    - Summer Fridays
    - Can occasionally work from home
    - Access to the promotional offers for students

    Kontras

    This is an updated review that I previously titled “Nice people, but not much beyond that.” I wanted to do an update as it’s been announced that at least 100 of the 270 current employees are going to be let go. People have steadily been disappearing from the various offices, but a huge chunk are about to be looking for jobs. I tried to include links to articles, but Glassdoor won’t allow it - a simple google search will confirm - go to “News” section.

    Here’s my original review below:
    Typically I’d suggest taking these reviews with a grain of salt, but in this case, the average is at or below 2.5 for a reason.
    - Lack of trust and autonomy
    - Won’t help you grow professionally; many internally have a feeling of regression.
    - Lack of real leadership. CRO and Head of Partnerships resigned within days of each other during summer 2018.
    - Questionable morals. Watched the company “poach” a high level executive to help lead the NY office (he brought someone from his old company with him) and then the day before both of their start dates they pulled his offer and he couldn’t go back to his old company since he’d informed them weeks before that he was moving on.
    - Company doesn’t take feedback seriously. Say they do and have regular surveys regarding this, but the same responses are given each time and nothing changes. You can see this even in the responses here on Glassdoor from UNiDAYS where they all generally say the same thing.
    - Everything, and I mean everything, has to be approved out of the UK no matter your location.
    - No transparency on actual company direction
    - So-so benefits, but improving
    - No equity
    - No 401k matching
    - Cramped workplace
    - Lots of conduct that would typically get people fired by HR at most other companies.
    - If you’re client or prospect facing, you’ll regularly lie about the size of the student network the company has. We will tell brands the network size is almost double the real number, and the engagement level is extremely low. Most students don’t even realize what they’ve signed up for or what UNiDAYS is and just signup for a one off offer (think buy one get one restaurant offers).
    Overall the company is geared towards college and high school students, and quite honestly, it operates internally as though an 18 year old is winging it as they go. The company is a family business for the CEO, so nothing realistically is going to change until the company gets a board or acquired and they begin to realize that the senior management team, including CEO, needs to be replaced with leaders that know how to take the company to the next level rather than just promoting whoever’s been there the longest into leadership spots.
    If you’re going for a Sales/New Business position be aware that even though there is an Outreach/SDR team of about 10, they produce less than 10 calls a week and when they reach that, it’s considered a huge milestone, If you’re joining the Account Management team/Partnership Director team be aware that it’s more of a project management or customer success position. For those joining the marketing team, think of it more as the way you might have approached being a brand ambassador position when you were younger in school.

    Rat an das Management

    Stop lying to your employees and get in a real executive and management team. Get a board of advisors that can come in and restructure the executive and senior management teams to get people that know how to properly lead.

  8. Hilfreich (7)

    „A different perspective.”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Marketing in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Marketing in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    Small enough of a company to make a difference. Lost of friendly and smart people who have been brought into the business over the last year. It's quite sad to see all the negative reviews for a place I love coming to every day. Is it perfect? No, of course not. But where is? We have lots of autonomy and freedoms not easily achieved other places. Also, what no one fails to mention is we just arguably hired the world's BEST CPO. She (yes! a SHE) is our very own Sheryl Sandberg: calm, transparent, empathetic, a true listener, sincere, and honest. She is an amazing addition to the senior management team. Most importantly, the company is listening and reacting. A lot of what is called out here is on its way to being null and void. I've never worked at a company where there are so many forums to give feedback. All startups have growing pains when they scale, and I think that's the crux of what's happening here.

    Kontras

    Well, look at the reviews here. You'll see two schools of thinking. The ones who love and are excited about where the company is going, and those who are overtly negative and/or pessimistic. Everyone is entitled to an opinon, but I personally draw the line at attacking folks in public forums.

    Ultimately, there are those who welcome and embrace change, and those who fear or reject it. I think perhaps we have a bit more of the latter, but truly seem to be making strides there as of late. And that is just as exciting as what we can accomplish as a business.

    Rat an das Management

    GIANT (and I mean massive) thank you and kudos for hiring the CPO. Keep listening to us and be open to change. Encourage your teams and direct reports to embrace it. We are on the right track as long as we follow though on what's been presented.

    Antwort von UNiDAYS

    17. Sep 2018 – Chief People Officer

    Thank you for sharing this perspective. I appreciate how you see the progress we are making, and understand the reality of the growing pains we are facing head on. It’s fantastic to see teams all... Mehr


  9. Hilfreich (42)

    „Bad management can take good staff and destory it”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Nottingham, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Nottingham, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS gearbeitet (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    I will try to provide a view which I feel accurately reflects the experience I had at the company, and its potential. I can only speak from my time at the business and my experience. I have been honest as my intention is not to get this review removed like I have seen many other one star reviews being axed for some reason or another, but to help others make informed decisions about working here.

    Pros

    The office in Nottingham is a fantastic city centre location with good working hours in the department which I was in. My line manager was enjoyable to work for as were most of the people I worked with closely (day to day interactions). My line manager offered flexible working hours and trusted me with a good chunk of work.

    Kontras

    In my experience the business lacks good decisive management from the top. It is important to recognise the hard work and effort that has gone into starting, and growing, this business and it is understandable that there is a level of attachment from the higher management. However, in my opinion, in order for the business and its staff to benefit from the growth being experienced, and enjoy its potential, there needs to be a rapid shift in management. The business has done well to get to its current point however to go further requires a step back and employment of experienced senior management. There has been some attempt at this through employing a chief of people but I felt the problem ran much deeper than that.

    I would also have to agree with many comments on here that there is somewhat of an authoritarian approach from management which leads to fear, and results in poor decision making for the wider business as staff would like to keep their jobs rather than voice their opinion only to be shot down. This is evident from the past 6 months of high levels of senior staff turn over.

    The business felt unwilling to change with its growth to adopt a serious control environment. This is essential for a business that wants to grow and develop, and be a serious player - eventually start-ups need to grow up to make progress.

    I would honestly have to say that there are very few people employed at higher levels who I respected and thought should be in their current roles and have that level of seniority. In fact I would say the ones I interacted with mostly lack credentials and would be unlikely to survive in other companies at their current levels for more than a probation period: under qualified and will run the company into the ground with ill-considered and poorly executed, unrealistic plans. For example, the idea of heavy investment is perfectly acceptable if there have been well considered plans and considered appraisals but the ethos of “it’s a tech firm so it’ll be fine” doesn’t stack up and I felt that huge cracks were starting to appear.

    Rat an das Management

    There are several reasons I left but I will leave what I consider to be the main ones on here.

    Firstly, being from a fairly strong financial background I could see a struggling company with poor management and I had strong concerns about the stability of its future. I would have voiced this opinion however the aforementioned management style meant I felt uncomfortable doing so and would have been disregarded anyway.

    Secondly, there is, for me, significant lack of ability to progress and learn useful transferable skills for where my ambitions lie for my career in the medium to long term. This is coupled with the fact that there were few people in management who are able to support or would like to support your growth and development. On several occasions I tried to organise mentoring with other departments/managers only to have emails ignored or a “yes that’d be great” and nothing resulting from it. It’s completely devoid of any support structure in a way I’ve never experienced.

    If you are ambitious, enjoy a well controlled, pragmatic and supportive business which will help you grow and develop your career I would strongly advise against joining this business.

    If you want a poorly managed dictatorship which is unwilling to learn then look no further.

    Antwort von UNiDAYS

    19. Nov 2018 – Chief People Officer

    Thank you for taking time to share this perspective. I wish you the best with your future career pursuits.


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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei UNiDAYS gearbeitet

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people who work at UNiDAYS, which really is the best thing about the company. You also get student discount on the brands.

    Kontras

    It really is a boys club, I wouldn’t recommend unidays to any females. Meetings in strip clubs, half hearted efforts to start a ‘women in leadership’ programme, where there was only one meeting that the CEO attended and actually asked “do you not just think women aren’t as driven as men” and ridiculous inequality in pay. The CEO appears to be hiring more women at the moment in senior positions however these women will never been treated equal to their male counterparts.

    All the comments on here around it being like a dictatorship, are also fair. People have given up trying to make decisions based on their experience or knowledge, ultimately you have to do what you think the CEO wants you to do. It always amused me that staff would read the same business books as the CEO to be able to actually have a conversation with him, as he generally just regurgitates whatever business bumph he’s recently swallowed. It’s like he has business quote of the day toilet paper. Next business venture for UNiDAYS?

    Development and training here is pretty much nonexistent albeit some of the C level staff are good to their team members and will put you on a training course. As mentioned there is a massive disparity between gender pay, which is really unfortunate for women because the pay isn’t great for men either.

    I really would have a good think before taking a job here. If you do take a job, could you let me know what a ‘Student Affinty Network’ actually is please? I’ve been trying to figure that out for a while now...

    Rat an das Management

    You did not get to where you are without your team, please stop being so arrogant and thinking you’re some sort of lone wolf business mastermind.

    The person/people doing the positive reviews on here, it’s quite painfully obvious that they are from management trying to disprove other people’s reviews. Top tip - don’t mention the other reviews on glassdoor, it makes it clear that it’s part of some sort of glassdoor strategy. If they were sincere and not a rebuttal, people would just say how great the place is.

    Finally, stop objectifying women and treating them as inferiors. You’ll regret it when they take over the world, because you seem to have upset and ill-treated quite a lot of them.