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Wikia Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to be!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Community Development in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I absolutely love working at Wikia. Strong leadership, strong CEO vision, fun culture, diverse people...it's great. Benefits and salary are solid, and the company has a real family feel to it, even though the company is growing by leaps and bounds. Great opportunities to learn, grow and advance. I trust my manager, and definitely respect senior leadership as well. Wikia has a huge community of active users and the company is very community-centric. Respectful, fun colleagues and very friendly people. Great place for someone looking to move up the ladder and learn more about different aspects of tech life. Dog friendly! Love the Wikia dogs!

    Cons

    Due to multiple locations and offices throughout the world, it can sometimes be a challenge to get a response to something right away, but this isn't the fault of the company; just part of being a global company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep encouraging open communication and trust. Would like to see the internal library of leadership books expanded and would like to see more discussion about those or do reading club?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, good leadership.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time

    Pros

    If you are thoughtful and present your data-driven arguments well, you can get things done rather quickly. The CEO and the rest of the execs are incredibly approachable and with it.

    Cons

    Tough to keep the culture in tact when you grow 100% in a few years but we've done a good job moving from startup to fun, agile, but real company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intra office travel is great... Keep it up and maybe increase it for select positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Company to work for in The Valley

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hands down, Wikia is THE best company to work for in "the valley." Management is experienced and focused, there's a fantastic office vibe, and, of course, the product is great.

    The senior team is one of the most organized and balanced that I have ever worked with (and I am very picky). There's a lot of forethought and planning that goes into goal setting -- and, best of all, senior management actually sticks to those goals and sees them through (something I very much respect and appreciate). There's a lot of work that goes into planning, but it's well worth it.

    Folks under the senior level are equally impressive and experienced -- a lot of care goes into interviewing and recruiting, and this is reflected in the staff at all levels.

    Strong community focus is always present and Wikia's community is a happy and healthy one.

    Cons

    There are no cons to be mentioned. It's simply a great company to work for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company culture, explosive growth, top notch leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The San Francisco headquarters is a fun, vibrant environment where smiles abound and the kegs are always tapped. The employees are a fun crew, well educated with extensive experience in their respective fields. The company is growing, so there is much room for career advancement.

    Cons

    This is a dog friendly office. Sometimes dogs bark. That can be annoying. Also, there are people who leave their dirty dishes in the sink instead of washing them or putting them in one of the two empty dishwashers. Gross.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing all the right things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stable company with big opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Overall, a great place to work. Smart people, open source technology, big scale. Good opportunity to make an impact and work on something that millions of people will use. Great work/life balance. Decent perks. Almost everyone gets to travel to the Poland office, which is fun.

    Cons

    Can be slow-paced sometimes. Working with a big open source project can be great but it can also add a lot of overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate a little more to the individual teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, fun people, fun activities, fun product. There's tons of information at your finger tips with all of the wikis.

    Cons

    Older technology, but they're working on that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A fun and enriching place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Collaborative atmosphere
    * Lots of flexibility
    * Plenty of interesting areas to work on, particularly around scalability
    * Opportunity to collaborate on MediaWiki, the platform that powers Wikipedia (there are definite avenues to get your changes into core MediaWiki, which means they would be live on Wikipedia)
    * Fantastic SF office, recently expanded, with great location across from South Park in SoMa
    * Easy commuting from Caltrain, BART; reasonable private parking nearby
    * Friendly environment
    * Wikia's code is open-source, so you're getting paid to work on an open-source project
    * The company is growing rapidly, meaning there's a lot of opportunity to take on new roles and responsibilities

    Cons

    * Commuting can be a pain any time there is a Giants game
    * MediaWiki's coding conventions are fairly old-school as far as coding style and architecture goes.
    * There is significant technical debt in certain parts of the product, but not much time presently allotted to work on addressing that
    * The backend is mostly Perl scripts, so those used to "younger" scripting languages may have a hard time getting acculturated
    * The company is growing rapidly, which means that growing pains can arise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to emphasize not only product quality but code quality as well. Investing time into refactoring and testing would be time well spent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Perfect place for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wikia has a beautiful office with excellent support staff keeping things well maintained. The location is nice, right in between bart/muni and caltrain. The product is open source and has millions of enthusiastic users.

    Cons

    Every job has it's downsides, but the good far outweighs the bad for me here. One challenge at Wikia is maintaining a very large product with a ton of features that sometimes aren't as well maintained as they would be if there were less features.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's nice to have democratic processes but often things are too democratic and decisions just need to be made. This company can err on the side of democracy over getting things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Best employee I've worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - great, startup-like atmosphere
    - challenging tasks
    - developers have a lot of independence and power to make decissions

    Cons

    - a lot of projects are done in PHP, which is not the state of the art
    - late working hours in European offices (HQ are in San Francisco)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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