by Keith Reid-Cleveland
November 5, 2019

Prodege is in the business of giving back.

For consumers, this means taking part in popular rewards programs — Swagbucks, MyPoints, ShopAtHome and most recently, InboxDollars — to earn cash and gift cards while taking part in activities that they would already be doing anyway. Prodege employees get all of the above, plus some great perks you can only find in the office. 

Whether it be for a work anniversary or birthday, Prodege employees are awarded gift cards, reward points and an opportunity to share a meal with the CEO and president to mark the occasion — that’s in addition to quarterly perks like a $50 stipend for each employee to donate to whichever charity they see fit.

We talked to some of the team members at Prodege to learn more about how they embrace — and benefit from — the company’s generosity. 

 

Prodege office

Prodege office

Prodege office

 

FOUNDED: 2005

EMPLOYEES: 262 total, 146 local

WHAT THEY DO: Prodege offers global marketing and market research solutions that helps brands and agencies boost engagement with an audience of millions, who use Prodege’s reward platforms to earn rewards — like cash and gift cards — for the everyday things they do online. 

WHERE THEY DO IT: Headquarters in Los Angeles, with operations in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, London and Minnesota.

FARE THEE WELLNESS: In the spirit of wellness, Prodege provides employees with access to a wellness room and in-office events to relieve stress, such as chair massages, yoga and meditation. If bike pedals or a treadmill at your desk is more your pace, Prodege is more than happy to accommodate.

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Whenever a Prodege employee has an anniversary, they are invited to have breakfast or lunch with the CEO or president. Milestone anniversaries are also recognized quarterly in front of the entire company. 

 

Prodege team

Prodege portrait

 

Nicole Schumann, Sr. Director, Promotions

Meet the brain behind many of Prodege’s most successful engagement strategies. Nicole is the first person many of Prodege’s 10+ million social media followers engage with through weekly contests and live streams as well as at public events. 

 

You joined Prodege eight years ago. Can you speak to some of the growth you’ve seen in that time? How is the company different now than it was then?

One of the reasons that I still love coming into work every day is that, at the heart of it all, Prodege is still a company that embodies the core values that it had eight years ago. We want to create rewarding moments for our members day in and day out and that is something we still take to heart. 

However, in order to make that mission statement still applicable today, we’ve taken the time to know our members, see how they engage with the site and innovate to ensure we’re making the site the best online rewards site out there. 

 

Given your role, you’re often the first person customers come into contact with at Prodege. How do you ensure that you embody Prodege’s personality, values and philosophy in these interactions? 

One of my favorite roles at the company has been engaging with our members through a weekly Facebook Live segment with my co-host, Hal Lublin. We get to highlight deals that we have running on our site, taste test popular subscription boxes and talk to our members about various promotions. We’ve even had the opportunity to highlight members’ achievements and create donation drives for our members who have encountered tough times.
 

One of the reasons that I still love coming into work every day is that, at the heart of it all, Prodege is still a company that embodies the core values that it had eight years ago.”


All-hands meetings can easily become routine, with a couple of people talking to a whole room for an hour. But we hear that Prodege’s all-hands meetings are more unique and interactive. Could you explain how?

Our all-hands meetings are something I look forward to every quarter. I love that different employees throughout the company get a chance to speak to everyone and discuss the projects their team has been working on. I also really enjoy that we highlight employees’ tenure at the company and reward that with gift cards and cash — and a bobblehead for those that have been here for 10 years. 

But the thing I love most about our all-hands meetings is that after each one the company gives $50 to each employee to donate to a charity of their choice. Because of Prodege, I have been able to donate over $1,500 to a charity that is near and dear to my heart, the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

Prodege team

Prodege employee

 

Amedea Tassinari, Sr. Visual Designer

Amedea is responsible for establishing the overall look for Prodege’s corporate and business designs. If you’ve ever seen any Prodege materials out in the real — or digital — world, they probably went across her desk first. 

 

You were a freelancer prior to joining Prodege almost two years ago. Why the switch?

Before working at Prodege, you could definitely categorize me as a serial freelancer. Companies with work-life balance for designers are hard to come by, so I opted to freelance to maintain flexibility. I’m very passionate about my work, but it’s also important to me to pursue creative passions, explore the world and spend quality time with friends and family. Prodege offers the work-life balance that I need to thrive, and, in return, I am a better designer and employee for it. I learn new and applicable skills from my passion projects, I derive inspiration from my travels, and at work, I dive 100 percent in! 
 

Prodege offers the work-life balance that I need to thrive, and, in return, I am a better designer and employee for it.


In what ways have you grown while working at Prodege that you likely wouldn’t have if you were somewhere else?

I have grown so much in my career while working at Prodege. I didn’t have as much hands-on UX/UI experience when I started — my specialty was in design for branding and marketing. When I told my manager at the time that I wanted to gain more experience in this area, she assigned me a UX/UI project to work on. Now, I’ve got countless UX/UI projects under my belt, I’ve mastered four to five design/prototyping/animation applications that I didn’t know how to use before I started, and UX/UI is now around 50 percent of my everyday tasks. 

 

We’ve been told you’re someone who colleagues naturally gravitate to and want to work with. How do you ensure that you’re encouraging collaboration with other people in the office?

As a designer, it’s easy to get stuck behind your screens all day, but I try to break that barrier by engaging others in spontaneous brainstorming and in-person feedback sessions. So many challenges can be solved by tapping into the experiences and perspectives that others bring to the whiteboard. There’s a lot of smart and talented people here, so collaborating is fluid and productive. And when we get the chance to bring all our brains together, I try to keep it fun and open — sometimes a silly joke can inspire a good idea.

 

Prodege team

Prodege employee

 

Avery Morton, Manager, E-Commerce Applications

Avery manages Prodege’s e-commerce applications in addition to driving the product roadmap and serving as the voice of the consumer. In the future, he wants to help his team continue to innovate further on what they’ve done so far and improve the overall user experience. 

 

What excites you the most about Prodege’s products? What makes them unique?

I love shopping,  especially online shopping. There’s something I find exciting about hunting through the internet to find that special treasure. When using Prodege, once I find what I’ve been looking for, the browser extensions can automatically apply the best available coupons to my order and get me cash back! It’s what dreams are made of. 
 

Prodege is a melting pot of different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.


How have you seen Prodege embrace diversity and inclusion to make sure that a variety of perspectives and experiences are being taken into account?

Prodege is a melting pot of different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. Because of our unique mix, ways of understanding issues and creative problem-solving, I find my colleagues to be inclusive and open to new viewpoints. 

 

Prodege’s core philosophy is to create rewarding moments for customers. How have you seen these impact office culture? Which are some of your favorites?

In-office perks are awesome. It’s a nice way to say thank you to colleagues who go above and beyond what is required. The best part about perks are the redeeming options: You can convert your perks rewards into gift cards, tickets to sporting events and much more. 

The group activities are very engaging and allow you to experience another side of your colleagues. It’s a great way to build camaraderie and become comfortable with the people on your team and meet other people who work for the company. 

 

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