CubeCheck selected as a finalist for the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

May 22nd, 2011 Scott Griffis No comments

Aliso Viejo – May 22 – Platinum Ridge announced today it has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region.

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Red Herring 100

The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across North America. The nominees are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.

This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the actual track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

“This year was very rewarding,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “The global economic situation has abated and there are many great companies producing really innovative and amazing products. We had a very difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. Platinum Ridge shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring North America. We know that the 2011 crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to make an impact.”

Finalists for the 2011 edition of the Red Herring 100 North America award are selected based upon their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the telecommunications, security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, biotech, mobile and other industries completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

The Finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring North America Forum in Hollywood, California, June 13-15, 2011. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony the evening of June 15 at the event.

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Joe Robinson shares with us how to be more satisfied at work and play

December 21st, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments

Joe Robinson is a man who spends his life teaching others how to live.  As a world traveler, hiker, and salsa dancer he knows how to make the most out of life.  He has also accomplished a great deal in his work life.  Joe is the founder of the company Work to Live, that leads workshops training employees to manage stress and find balance in life.  He is the author of Don’t Miss Your Life: Find More Joy and Fulfillment Now, a book detailing how to live life to the fullest before it passes you by.  He is also the author of Work to Live, a guide to overcoming burnout and overload.  His advice has been featured on several networks including CNN, and NBC and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine among others.

In a recent article for Huffington Post, Joe explains how to succeed at both work and play so that you don’t become a “life dropout”.  He shares with us more secrets of a balanced and fulfilled life and how to get the most of your free time.

Q.   What is work-life balance?

A.  Balance means the important things in your life—health, relationships, family—aren’t being neglected by one-track focus on the task side of life. Work-life balance is a daily practice. You have to keep working at having enough time to recharge, connect with others, have fun, and get some exercise. That all upgrades your vitality and life satisfaction, which upgrades your work performance.

Q.  How do stressed and overworked employees affect a business?

A.  American businesses squander more than $344 billion on job-stress related costs every year, from health costs, to absenteeism, to new recruiting and training for burned-out people who have left. More than 40% of turnover in companies is due to job stress. Beyond the financial considerations, though, stress is contagious. It’s called pass-along strain, and it can quickly infect others. Stress constricts the brain to emotional, irrational thinking, which is costly for the employee and the company. Stress shreds attention and engagement.

Q.  Is there anything a person can do once they have become burned out?

A.  Burnout occurs when you have used up all your physical, emotional, and mental resources. There’s nothing left to help you cope. Burnout is the last stage of chronic stress, and it’s difficult to shake. Changing schedules, reducing the workload, taking a vacation, and getting help from a professional can all help build your resources back up. Just this morning, I was coaching an individual who had gone as far as he could go. He thought there was something wrong with him, because he didn’t have the juice anymore. The problem was too much overload and not saying “no” enough. Setting boundaries is a big part of keeping burnout at bay. Vacations have been show to fix burnout by regathering crashed emotional resources, like a sense of social support and mastery. But it takes two weeks for that process to occur.

Q.  What are the biggest sources of job stress and dissatisfaction at work?

A.  There are many stressors out there—overload, conflicts with colleagues, workaholic bosses, unrealistic deadlines, time urgency when there’s no need to rush. But the thing that’s important to know is that none of those things cause your stress. It’s your reaction to the stressor that causes the stress, the story you tell yourself about the stress. So the key to controlling stress is learning how to catch yourself when a negative event goes off—and not go with the irrational wave of emotion. Dispute the stress. Take a deep breath and breathe in a different story with each breath–”I’m not going to react,” “I don’t like it, but it’s not life or death,” “I can deal with this.”

Q.   What can companies do to make workplaces better?   Does it mean companies should be more fun or should employees have more fun on their own time?

A.  They can follow what the science says is a more effective way to work. There are all kinds of researchers out there who have found task practices that are much more efficient and healthy than the reflexive way we work. We’re on retaliatory mode all day—reacting to email, reacting to what this person says. We wind up acting before we think. That plays directly to the automatic stress response. In my programs I teach something called sustainable performance, in which we have regular periods of recharging and refueling, where we set boundaries on an unbounded 24/7 world, and where we think before act and aren’t run by time urgency. Brains need a reset every 90 minutes, the research shows. MRI scans of fatigued brains look exactly like ones that are sound asleep. Companies need to encourage more autonomy support, allowing employees to participate in how they do their jobs. That builds satisfaction. Have more fun too. Studies show that playfulness on the job increases performance and innovation.

A.  What steps can employees take to ensure they aren’t consumed by work?

Q.  People have to get off spectating mode and participate in their life. Too many folks today are staring at screens all day. The research shows that we are at our happiest when we are participating in engaging leisure experiences. Carve out a time for a hobby or try out something that could become a passion. This is the best way to buffer the stress of the job, meet great new friends and discover something that can change your life. I have a new book out for which I went out and paddled dragon boats, did salsa dancing, played badminton—jumped into all sorts of passions with folks living optimal lives. These people are living full even in these hard times, even if they don’t have the money. We can’t wait for everything to be solved until we can live our lives. Studies show that you satisfy your core needs outside the job in activities that allow you have autonomy, competence and connection with others.

Q.   How will telecommuting affect work-life balance?  Is there anything that home-based workers should look out for and change to make sure they keep balanced?

A.  Home-based workers need to set stop times, when the work is done and the life begins. Set boundaries. People working from home actually work more hours than the folks at the office. Part of that is guilt, part of it is default. Find other things to do than work, and your work will benefit from your brain’s recharge.

Q.  Is there an optimal amount of hours to work per week or does it vary based on the job and the person?

Studies show that productivity dives after eight hours in a day. There are several studies that show that chronic 11 and 12 hour days can triple the risk of heart disease.

Q.  Why are work hours in America getting longer?

A.  There have been structural changes, like leaner staffing, but technology is a big part of it. We have to control the e-leash, checking manually four times a day, instead of being interrupted 96 times a day (if you have your email on autopilot every 5 minutes of an 8-hour day), The more control of it you have, the more attention, more time for life, and less stress. We have an unbounded work day now, and that has to change.

Q.   Why are recreational activities such as dancing, vacation, and traveling so important?

A.  This is the missing piece of life satisfaction. Active recreational experiences give our brains the novelty and challenge we need. We learn new skills, try new experiences, and live life in the moment, which is when we are at our happiest. Optimal experiences happen in this world off the clock when your skills match a challenge. What you’re thinking and doing is the same. That’s liberation from worries about what’s going to happen tomorrow or what we messed up yesterday. Experiences like vacations have been shown to make people happier than material things. You can’t compare your experience with anyone else’s, so it doesn’t lose its value. You also increase your social connection through activities like dancing, volleyball or travel. Everyone is on an equal footing, having a good time. It doesn’t matter what anyone does for a living. When that happens, that means you’re living.

Q.   What projects are you currently working on and what do you like to do to keep things balanced?

A.  My new book, “Don’t Miss Your Life,” just came out, so I’m doing talks and lectures about the power of participant experiences and how we can upgrade our lives. I have a new program called Optimal Life, which helps people balance their work and transform their life so they are living it to the fullest. My favorite project at the moment is a samba band that I am producing with my samba dance teacher. We’re having a lot of fun with traditional Rio Carnival style band with lots of drums and dancers. Samba is my passion. It puts me squarely in the life zone. No other worries. I also like to get out and hike, and I’m a travel fanatic, particularly adventure travel. Also a jazz fan. I have many interests. If you have interests, you’re guaranteed to find life interesting.

To learn more about Joe check out his website here. He is currently holding a contest for a free vacation to Brazil.
You can also learn more about his latest book here.

Alexandra Levit tells us the secrets of getting a job in a slow economy, how to successfully make a career change, and the new things we will see in the workplace during the next ten years

December 7th, 2010 Scott Griffis 1 comment

Alexandra Levit is THE go to person when you need to assess the pulse of the current work industry.  She is well known in the business world for her intelligent analysis on a number of business related topics.  Alexandra is a frequent advisor to upper management and top executives at fortune 500 companies looking to better integrate the newest generation of workers and how to resolve intergenerational issues in the workplace.  Her career advice is syndicated in the Wall Street Journal and has appeared in nearly all media major outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, and Fox News.

Alexandra makes it her job to get you the job you want and make sure you succeed in your career.  She regularly speaks to the millennial generation, the twenty-something age group, on important issues they need to master in order to be successful at job hunting and building their career.   She is the bestselling author of several books including They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World, How’d You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs-and How to Get Them, Success for Hire: Simple Strategies to Find and Keep Outstanding Employees, #MILLENNIALtweet: Bite-Sized Ideas for Managing the Millennials, and New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career ; a guide for successful career change.  Her next book is on the top myths of business success and will be released in 2011.

She took time out of her busy schedule as a mother, spokesperson, advisor, and author to give us a few secrets on job searching, marketing yourself, and advancing your career.


Interview with Alexandra Levit


Q. You’ve done a great job creating your own brand and getting companies to desire your skills.  How have you done that and what can others do to market themselves successfully to employers?   How can they continue to do this during the interview process without becoming overbearing?
A. It’s a gradual process of deciding on the unique combination of skills and experiences that make you competitive, and tweaking it over time as your career evolves.  Job seekers can do this by taking the time to think about what the company in question is looking for, and how the results they’ve achieved in previous positions (paid or otherwise) will help the company get where it’s trying to go.

Q. What’s the biggest change we will see in the business world in the next 10 years?
A. The biggest change is that the individual career will be continuously evolving.  Twenty-first century employees are not content to view a job as a paycheck.  On the eve of economic recovery, more than half of employees say they’re planning a career change in order to pursue more meaningful work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the average young American will have about 9 jobs between the ages of 18 and 32, and between 5.3 million and 8.4 million people ages 44 to 70 already are involved in “second act” careers.

Q. Should someone attempt a career change during a slow economy?  What can a person do to help with the transition?
A. Yes, they should.  The key is to ease into a new career one foot at a time. Perhaps this means earning a paycheck at your current job while doing a part-time internship in your new field or taking an adult education class or workshop on the weekend. The only way to find out if you’re passionate about something is to try it – ideally with as little risk as you can manage.

Q. What do you tell someone who has no business network and no experience and is trying to find a job?  How do these people make themselves stand out and get their foot in the door?
A. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. This classic Catch 22 may have you spending months trying to convince someone to take a chance and hire them.  Fortunately, by producing an irresistible resume, you can emphasize the experience you do have.  Employers like numbers and statistics – hard facts that show how a candidate was directly responsible for making a company more profitable.  Now when you’re new to a field, you probably haven’t had the opportunity to own projects in organizations you’ve worked for or interned with. However, the chances are excellent that you’ve had some measurable impact along the way. Before sending out your resume, consider how you can position mundane tidbits of experience to become the very items that peak a potential employer’s interest.

Q. What can employees do to successfully make the jump from worker bee to manager?
A. Talk to managers or senior mentors about how they made the transition.  Review job descriptions at the managerial level to assess the skills and experiences you are missing, and then actively set goals with your boss to master them.

Q. Will Millennials change the workplace for the better, or will it continue to be business as usual?

A. Due to demographic shifts, Millennials will become leaders at a younger age, and they will bring their efficiency, innovation, multi-tasking ability, and impatience with bureaucracy with them.  Their emphasis on social responsibility and global collaboration will definitely result in some promising workplace developments.

Q. What advice would you give someone who has been unemployed for over a year?  How do they get their career back on track during slow economic times?
A. Revisit your approach.  The old way of applying to 100 open positions on online job boards doesn’t work anymore.  Go on and identify individuals who are currently working at organizations you’re interested in.  Ask politely for a 20-30 minute informational interview in which you can learn more about their career path and how they got to where they are.  Then, be sure to follow up and think about how you can help your new contact in return.  Build intimate, one-on-one relationships a little at a time, and you may find that you are considered top of mind when someone in your network comes across a viable job opportunity.

Q. How can someone talk to their manager about modern office practices to help with work-life balance such as flextime?
A. In making an argument for flextime or telecommuting, prepare a written proposal that puts the company first and addresses, upfront, the issues you know your boss will be concerned about.  For example, if you want to work from home one day per week, tell your boss that you plan to get more work done in less time due to the minimization of distractions and not having to commute.  Explain how your home office will be set up and assure your manager that you will have a clean, quiet, child-free and supply-enabled work environment in which to complete your duties.  Ask for a trial of the new arrangement, and prove the cost-savings by working much more efficiently on that home day than you do during your in-office days.  Once you have the green light, make sure that you are always accessible via e-mail/PDA and cell phone during the business day, and report project status often so it’s easy for your boss to keep tabs on you.

Q. What skills are most prized in today’s job market?
A. Anything transferable – meaning the skill is relevant across a wide variety of fields.  Things like project management, client relations, sales, computer programming, and financial management.  The ability to communicate effectively and solve core business problems are also invaluable.

Q. What one piece of advice would you give to workers to be more successful at their jobs?

A. Understand that perception is reality and that creating and sustaining an effective professional persona – or the mature, professional and competent face you project to the work world – is more important than anything else you can do on the job.

Q. What are you working on now?  What is your next project?

A. I am the host of the new, free 90 minute online course, JobSTART 101 (, which provides the real-world knowledge and training college students and recent graduates need to be successful in the work world.

Learn more about corporate adviser and speaker Alexandra Levit here.

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Interview with Nigel Marsh – Best Selling Author and CEO *With hilarious and insightful video*

November 28th, 2010 Scott Griffis 1 comment

I’ve always been a fan of the TED speeches but when I came across Nigel Marsh’s speech on work/life balance it really struck a chord.  Nigel’s video is both funny and insightful and I knew immediately that I needed to interview him and get more of his excellent perspective on getting the most out of work and life.  After talking with him I was happy to find he is a fantastic guy and very mindful of the problems of the modern business world.  He has also led a very interesting life.

Nigel has done everything from stand-up comedian to CEO at Young and Rubicam in Australia and has been a distinguished leader of several of the world’s best known companies.  He is the author of several books including the bestselling Fat,Forty,Fired: One Man’s Frank,Funny,and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life.  That’s not all.  Nigel is a founder of the global environmental initiative Earth Hour and is a highly sought-after speaker giving many incredible speeches including the highly lauded TEDx Sydney speech shown below.

In his Ted 2010 speech he talks about four interesting observations he has made on work/life balance.  First check out his speech and then read his interview with us below:

Interview with Nigel Marsh

Q. What is work-life balance?  How can you tell if your life is balanced and what metric do you use?  How often should you be doing what you want to do versus what you need to do to survive?  What timeframe should we use to measure this?

A. I don’t like the phrase ‘work-life balance’ as it tends to be misleading. However it’s the one we’ve got so we’re stuck with it. For me having balance means you’re engaged in all the various areas (physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual) that make up a rounded human life not just one or two of them. It’s not always realistic to do this on a daily basis but I find an honest appraisal once a month quickly reveals if I’m out of balance and need to take action.

Q. You’ve spent the past several years trying to achieve more life balance and be a better person.   What areas still give you trouble?  How do you achieve this in your day to day life with all that you need to accomplish?

A. I find it constantly challenging. There’s a Buddhist phrase that springs to mind “Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment? – chop wood, carry water”. Like with every other area of life it takes constant effort not to fall back into old bad habits.

Q. What is the most surprising thing you have learned in the past few years focusing on life balance and speaking to others on this topic?

A. How many people struggle with this issue. When I had my mid-life crisis I thought I was alone. Since the books’ success I’ve had literally thousands of email and letters from men and women telling me they feel exactly the same way and are craving a more balanced and meaningful life.

Q. How would you go about living your advice as a leader of a company?  How do you promote these things in a company and what changes do you actually see in a company after promoting them?

A. People pick up on the example you set. They take their clues from what you do, not what you say. If they see you genuinely valuing your own family time and life outside work they feel more comfortable in doing the same. I have found if you treat people with respect in 99% of cases they will repay you with appropriate behaviour. In my first CEO role I gave everyone 2 ‘Donna Days’ a year. (A donna is the Aussie word for a duvet/ bedcover). These were days where if when they woke up they couldn’t be bothered coming to work they simply called their boss and said I’m taking a donna day. It was enormously appreciated and not once was it abused. Treating people as human souls with lives beyond the workplace, as opposed to mere economic units of production, results in a more meaningfully engaged workforce.

Q. What makes you personally successful in business?  How were you able to become a corporate leader and turn companies into success stories?

A. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing partners. I don’t believe in great individuals I believe in great groups.

Q. Is it a problem to work long hours if you enjoy what you are doing?

A. Not at all. If you decide that’s how you want to live your life that’s fine.  Obviously you have to check these long hours aren’t putting an unfair burden on other partners and family members. Also that you aren’t going to end up like so many of the people who write to me saying they had a successful career but are living an old age full of regret.

Q. You’ve said: “Certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day to day basis with a young family.”  If someone is in one of these careers and is unhappy about it, what can they do?   How do they find time to be engaged with family and life and still make enough money to live?

A. If you are in one of those roles and you want to be engaged with your family on a day to day basis then the honest answer is you are in the wrong job! There’s nothing wrong with putting in regular 14 hour days to get to the top of the corporate tree but it is slightly unrealistic to imagine this is going to result in a happy families scenario.

It’s about choices and priorities. Maybe you lower your career goals. Maybe you take a year off to reconnect with your loved ones. Maybe you lower your ‘family goals’ and decide for this critical time in your career you are happy for your partner to bring up the kids whilst you concentrate on your career. I don’t believe there is any one correct answer. I do feel however that people should put serious thought into the issue so they don’t unwittingly slide into a lifestyle they bitterly regret later. Decide not slide is my motto.

Q. One of the things you mentioned is that everyone should decide what they want in life and make a conscious decision to work toward that.  Can companies help with this?  For example should companies allow their employees to decide individually how many hours per month they would like to work and then pay them accordingly?  Is it possible to open up a field that generally requires long hours to employees who would rather split the workload and pay with another person?

A. Companies can help but not all companies want to. It’s clear some companies don’t really care for their staff whilst others do. Obviously I’m a fan of the latter group! It’s worth being flexible with work practices and trying any option that might help. However it’s important to always remember the proper real world context. Companies exist to make a sustainable profit not to enhance your home life. There are two sides to the equation and both need to be respected. An unprofitable company that goes out of business doesn’t help anyone in the long term.

Q. Let’s discuss people who cannot afford to take time off and must work as many hours as they are offered to make money to live.  Is work life balance only for the rich in this point in history?  Can that ever change?  Can a factory worker or a migrant farm worker take stock of their life and decide they want to spend more time with their family and do so?  Can they make good choices that would improve their work-lives?

A. I’m one of life’s optimists and like to think that every situation, however bleak, can be improved. I believe small changes can have huge consequences. But having said that I think it is fundamentally dishonest to promise short cuts and easy answers in every situation. Life is hard and unfair. In some situations the issue of work-life balance is, rightly, the last thing on a families mind as they are desperately struggling to survive.

Q. If you could tell a person just one thing that would help them be successful in all areas of life, what would it be?

A. Never to forget the importance of other people. Contrary to the media’s obsession with heros and celebrities – in this life you can’t do it alone.

Q. What are you working on now?  What is your next project?

A. I’ve just published my second book ‘Overworked and Underlaid’ and am now writing my third.

Q. Do you plan to ever return to full time work in a traditional role at a company?

A. Its more than likely given I’ve got four young kids and writing pays so poorly. However no plans just yet.


Find out more about Nigel by checking out his website here.

Happy Bosses Day!

October 14th, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments

This weekend is national bosses day in the U.S.  It is a good time to remember all the bosses who work hard to make their department a good place to work and respect the work-life balance of their employees throughout the year.  I hope you work with a boss who makes your department a better place to be.  If not, let’s change that by reviewing the working conditions of your company.  We would also love to hear any stories about bosses, be they good bosses or bad bosses.  How have your bosses affected your work and life?

I also want to take this opportunity to announce that all early reviewers will be given pioneer status and have free privileged access to the site forever.  If you review your company now you will automatically be placed on the pioneer status list for future merit.  We appreciate your reviews and your effort to make workplaces better.

Please invite others to review their company as well.  Signing up is free and you are helping to change the workplace.


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CubeCheck listed as a Killer Startup

September 29th, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments was listed on today as a Killer Startup.    Here is an excerpt:

“That is why a site like CubeCheck is so interesting. Here, people who work at any company can tell the world what it’s like to be employed there. Of course, they do so in an anonymous way.”

Please check out the article.  Thanks KillerStartups.

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Finding the best companies to work for – add you company now

September 7th, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments

CubeCheck is beginning to collect data on employers to create a list of the best places to work.    Companies who excel in specific areas will be added to our list of top companies and recognized for their achievements.  Among the awards to be given are best managers, most engaged employees, best benefits, best equipped employees, and highest satisfaction both for specific job titles and overall for the company.  We would like to give your company the opportunity to be reviewed in our upcoming awards.  Winners will be mentioned in our press release and receive award logos that can be placed on websites, newsletters or in job announcements.

Our awards are driven primarily through employee reports so in order to be eligible employees will need to review your company.  This can be done by sending them the link to and asking them to give their honest review of the company.  Companies with the highest percentage of employees completing the review will also be eligible for an additional award, regardless of the results of the survey.

The cumulative data received from employees will be available to your company to focus improvement or congratulate your teams on areas well done.  Privacy of the individual employee however is maintained as a top priority.  Reviewers will have the option to hide specific information that may cause them to be identifiable.  Any information hidden by the employee will not be released; however it will still be counted in aggregated results.

We also have company spokesperson accounts that allow your company to reply to reviews to address any misleading or incorrect data.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.  Good luck in the competition!

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Happy Labor Day

September 4th, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments

This weekend is Labor Day weekend in the U.S. and Canada.    It is  generally used to take time off work and spend it with friends and family as we take a break from our jobs.

Unfortunately due to the high unemployment rate currently seen in the U.S. many employees feel they are being taken advantage of by their companies.  Bosses know jobs are tough to get right now and often use that as leverage to get employees to work for less money or longer hours.  If your company is using the economy as an excuse to bully employees we want to know about it.  Please review your company and let us know of the working conditions, overtime, and salary cuts that you have seen in your departments.  If you company is one of the good ones and has treated employees fairly during this time and continued to hire people at top wages then we want to hear about those workplaces as well.

Let’s use this Labor day as it was intended; to reflect on work-life balance and ways to find the companies that are treating their employees best.

Thanks and hope you have a great weekend,


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CubeCheck Reviewed by Business News Site

September 3rd, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments interviewed us this week for an article on their business and financial site.
“‘We are trying to achieve a better workplace and a better life for everyone in the workforce,’ Griffis explains. ‘Happy employees make better companies. That is good for everyone involved. I want to give people a tool to look inside companies and report what is really going on inside.’”

Check out the interview here:
CubeCheck: The Yelp for Employers

Thanks for the interview Mainstreet!

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The most spectacular way to quit your job

August 26th, 2010 Scott Griffis No comments

The Internet has been abuzz lately about various people getting fed up with their jobs and deciding to make a grand exit. We saw Steven Slater slide down the emergency exit of a plan when quitting his JetBlue job. Then we saw the dry erase woman writing about her boss’s Farmville addiction and e-mailing it to the entire office. Of course it turned out to be a hoax played by actress Elyse Porterfield. This gave us numerous copy cats and others dreaming about how they would love to quit their job.

It seems we have many unhappy employees in our midst. Maybe this has to do with managers taking advantage of the lack of jobs in the slow economy or maybe there have always been plenty of bad jobs. Whatever the case we hope you take the time to use and research your next company before jumping in. It may save you a lot of stress and get you in a place that is just perfect for your career instead of a place that makes you want to jump out of a plane.

I’m glad to see growing as a place for people to find reviews, ratings, salaries, management styles, benefits, and working conditions of companies around the world. It is my hope that many lives are improved because of it. Keep spreading the word and here’s to your next job. May it be the one you love.


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