Many people would think that Moz are a thriving business, with a bright future ahead. This kind of opinion couldn’t be any further from the truth…
A shiny apple on the outside, inside Moz, there are more than a few problems and they seemingly can’t stop the rot.
Interestingly enough the rot is to the tune of a $5,700,000 loss in 2013 –
A staggering $17,258,865.00 on personnel, compared to 2011 in which their spend on personnel was $4,763,895.00 (which is weird, as their spend has nearly quadrupled but their employee size has barely doubled) this represents a huge change. Especially when their just isn’t an ROI. They have also “invested” quite a bit into recruitment as well as private contractors.
In total, the Moz spend on Employees/People is 75% of the entire spend. Easy enough for anyone outside the company to know where to cutback. That kind of employee hiring as compared to having 0 ROI is just, plain reckless.
5% of their total spend ($1,345,982) went out on “office expenses” –
WHO THE FUCK SPENDS 5% OF THEIR SPEND ON DOUGHNUTS AND COFFEE?! – http://t.co/dfvlcGW9lZ Moz spending is just ridiculous..
— Charles Floate (@Charles_SEO) August 5, 2014
Now, you might think that “office expenses” covers rent of the building.. Which for a over 200 staffed company, is going to be quite expensive. Yes, it is expensive, and no.. That doesn’t include rent –
So Moz, are you seriously spending $1.7 Million on some desks, chairs, doughnuts and coffee?! Or shall we look for something that should cost quite a bit? Well, we found what that cost is:
Yup, according to this review and thanks to Jared –
— Jared McKiernan (@jaredmckiernan) August 5, 2014
It seems that Moz buys the employees alcohol, a LOT – “some weeks the company provided alcohol nearly EVERY DAY” – I’ve heard of having a good time, but jeez…
That’s just scratching the surface with the issues flagged in this employer review, though.. And we’ve managed to get an insider within Moz to tell us even more (that’s coming up later)
Apparently, Moz is supposed to be a hub of culture and a “home” for all the digital consultants to rejoice in “content marketing” – Which here at BH.C, we refute.
It turns out, that actually.. They have no idea how to run a technology company, their rampant bullying and sexual harassment, as well as a “cult-like atmosphere” around the Founder – Who has a cardboard cut out of himself in the lobby of the company, now that’s ok to welcome people with a friendly hello or something.. but having a giant, smiling Rand in your lobby in no-context what so ever, is.well..erm.a bit.. odd.
Now most of what I’ve just said could be classed as massive speculation. So, we decided to outreach (We thought Moz would love that) to someone who works at Moz, off the record, via an email that isn’t on the Moz servers. We’ll only be exactly quoting what was said in that email –
The Moz Insider Leaks –
I will be purely putting into this post exact and direct quotes from the email.
I haven’t been working at Moz for that long, as compared to a lot of the other staff. I’ve seen a real divide between the marketing team (included is the editorial/blogging guys, mainly) and little, to no praise for the guys behind all the software that the company actually makes revenue from. It’s gotten to the point, that a lot of the development team is in an on-going downward spiral, of serious moral issues. Who wouldn’t be if they never got any praise, even with amazing work being put out?
Ok, this seems to be an issue that a lot of people face – Appreciativeness. It’s nothing too big, and happens a lot over companies. Though it is unfair, especially as the companies revenue is based off their tools.
The real thing for me, and the reason why I’m probably going to be leaving soon.. Is that the higher-up staff have 0 idea on how to run a technology company – They spend fortunes on things that are unnecessary, because they simply don’t know much about technology. Probably why they undervalue the work of the development staff so much. I don’t think anyone wants to be at the helm of a sinking ship.
This is something that can seriously affect any company – CEOs and Higher up the chain staff not having a clue about the company they run and something that has killed off many a good business.
Partying is just too much – I get that having fun and blowing off steam is good for you, but when it affects our day to day lives and stops any work from being done it is quite saddening. I love my job and I love my work, I’ve never really been a big fan of drinking and the fact that I’ve out and out seen drug use in a work environment is absurd beyond comprehension.
Ok, so where the fuck is management at this point?! It seems that no one is around to monitor their staff and whoever has access to the company card is going mental.
I love the concept of TAGFEE and I think (from the little time I’ve spent with him) that Rand seems like a pretty genuine guy. The problem is, they just don’t seem to have any understanding for criticism and seem to think the word of Rand is the word of God.. Everything, especially from a Marketer transitioning into a technology company should be taken with a pinch of salt and advice is normally taken well. Google’s 25% free-time initiative has allowed criticism and advice to let the business flourish.
I’m sorry, but from all the things I’ve read from Rand and Moz.. The only “business” that comes close to them is the Church of Scientology – And Moz love sending out those lawyer letters, as well.
Moz isn’t the happy go lucky company their Twitter feed seems to provoke. The company is suffering from massive losses, it’s being hindered back by reckless higher-ups and has rampant bullying, harassment and the formations of a cult, going on.
Buck ya ideas up Moz, before you become a distant memory in the continuing game of Dying Startups.