Chegg Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Saddled with a dying textbook business, but breaking free

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * The company has a good long-term strategy around transitioning the business to higher-margin digital services.
    * The people are great, and it's a fun company.
    * Free lunch! :)

    Cons

    * The textbook business occupies far too much of the company's resources, but this is changing with the Ingram deal!
    * Lots of re-org'ing, which can be disruptive.
    * Tend to get into lots of side-projects without clear goals.

    Advice to Management

    Go all-in on the digital strategy. Get away from textbooks and any projects that don't directly contribute to significant user engagement and revenue.

  2. Great Intern Experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team structure, open community. They really want you to get something out of your internship. The people I worked with were amazing.

    Cons

    They are going through some growing pains, but are working it out. The intern program is super structured, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how self driven you are.

  3. A nice place to stay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Chegg full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is nice knowing that the company is trying to help others.
    Depending on managers you can usually get a lot of free time to play games in the office, working out at the gym, or go for short walks to help clear your mind.
    Choice of lunch every day + snacks

    Cons

    Moving away from old systems is slow.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and less surprises is always nice.

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  5. Good company with friendly people

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly, compensation is good, free lunches and it is possible to take long vacations. The office contains a pool table and a gym.

    Cons

    Being typecast in a role is quite common (and a lot of employees there know it), so it is difficult to expand career wise.

  6. Passionate people and a great mission and value!

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and amazing group of people. Everyone is passionate and really cares about the mission of Chegg which makes it easier to be at work. They really value interns especially since we are they're target market. We get to work on actual projects and across teams. I have learnt so much throughout my time here and I really love the culture of this company. As an intern we got to do a lot of things this summer - intern events in the city to meeting all the executives in the company to Chegg chats (got to hear from MC Hammar, Jeff Weiner and more to come..). People in the company work hard and strive to be amongst the best when to comes to students and education.
    The CEO of the company is like no other. He is always talking to people around the office especially the interns to find out how to make the product better and reach the goal he has set. He has a lot of insights into the industry and is always ready to talk.

    Cons

    It's hard to say! But, sometimes I wish things would move a bit faster.

  7. Good side-job writing solutions

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    Former Contractor - Solutions Author in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Solutions Author in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good pay per solution (I got about $5 per basic algebra solution)
    - Work on your own time
    - Most of my solutions were accepted without problem

    Cons

    - Some mis-communications with manager
    - Payment is once per month
    - If your solutions don't clear Quality Assurance by a certain date (note: Chegg was good about reviewing them quickly), you won't get paid for them until the next month's cycle (it's understandable why they do this, but you don't really know how much you're going to get paid the next month)

  8. Awesome office, extremely experienced management and ability to be very independent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - the executive staff at Chegg are extremely experienced professionals.
    - Chegg is working on very interesting projects to make students' lives better
    - convenient location and awesome lunches / stocked kitchen

    Cons

    - sometimes there is a lot going on in the office
    - a/c very rarely fluctuates near the break room

  9. Great workplace with some hiccups.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Chegg

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work atmosphere is really laid back.
    -Everyone has a smile on their face and most are friendly.
    -There is always something to do.
    -Proper motivation from upper management.
    -A great break room/kitchen area.
    -Always something new to do.

    Cons

    -The quiet way they fire/lay off people. People just disappear with no word on why they were let go. HR fires people through a telephone call most of the time instead of management. There are no written warnings of possibly being let go.
    -Favoritism is shown among employees and management.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Startup with a ton of potential.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Chegg

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ability to communicate with management, the organization is flat in many of the right ways. Chegg recently has brought on name brand executives (a plus) yet you can still have your voice heard by anyone, which helps employees get the resources they need.
    Excellent use of a wide range of technologies within engineering.
    Inter-department collaboration is increasing.
    The food.
    New office location is far better than the old office.

    Cons

    Interviewing procedures have improved but still rough around the edges.
    Innovation is great for growing companies, but if too many ideas get the green light, you end up redoing/scrapping things later on. You can still move forward as a company while putting the brakes on a few more things.
    Churn tends to happen post rush. Find ways to reinvigorate the staff.

    Advice to Management

    QA performs wonderfully, but is under resourced.
    Release schedules are overly ambitious, scale things back.

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