Wildfire Interactive Reviews

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Wildfire Interactive Founder & CEO Victoria Ransom
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I am allowed to work for myself as much as I want but it always feels like I am a part of something bigger (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people with a serious drive (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Pressure to "work"--aka be in the office--for long hours (in 9 reviews)

  • I think that WF is just experiencing some growing pains (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place, some growing pains

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Client Services in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people here are really fun and really drive. The atmosphere is great. It's a super exciting time right now.

    Cons

    There are definitely some growing pains. A solid amount of management problems (in terms of who they are and how inexperienced they are).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Great startup with lots of energy and a tremendous learning environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive

    Pros

    - Employees (and especially senior management) are some of the brightest, humblest, and hungriest people I've ever met. That's a rare combination to find and it's awesome when your senior leadership team exudes all 3 qualities.
    - All the process of a larger corporation (in the good sense that things don't get out of control), but the bureaucracy of a startup.
    - Senior management/HR follows through on their promises. We were told we'd have a 401k plan, new benefits and other things within a certain quarter and they were all delivered.

    Cons

    - Sometimes feels like a frathouse (loud, beer leftover in common areas, beer pong tables). The Sales side of the office tends to skew younger in age, so this is understandable.
    - Not too clear on communicating one's career advancement. Not sure if there are regular reviews for employees.
    - Working on the weekends/working late in the office isn't mandatory, but those that do it are perceived to be the "harder workers."
    - The company is geographically, in the middle of nowhere. Going out to lunch is nonexistent and your nearby eating options consist of the cafeteria which is like a college dorm mess hall. The good news is that it forces you to bring your own food, thereby saving money.

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  3.  

    Great Culture & Great Opportunity - Bad Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive

    Pros

    There is a lot of potential to grow with the company.
    You are given freedom to run your book of business as you see fit.
    Management is very open to information sharing; all employees know where the company stands.
    Exposure to different departments - communication between Engineering, Ops, Biz Dev, Sales is regular.

    Cons

    The new healthcare insurance plans need improvement, they ignore covering Employees+Spouses but provide coverage for Employee+Families, this increases my out of pocket healthcare expenses significantly. The recent change in sales compensation plans was designed to restructure the company for growth so we could add more engineers and account service people, but I'd say some of that savings needs to go into improved benefits.

    When you start in a sales roll, there is a lot to learn and you have to be agile because things can change quickly. It's still a start-up scrappy culture so you have to be able to adapt to changes and take initiative.
    The account fallout system is designed to make sure employees who start today vs. a couple years ago have the same opportunity for success, however it's frustrating for new sales employees to see how there are no top tier brands to call on anymore (set expectation during interview better).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating and promoting smart people. Improve benefits to include Employee+Spouse coverage.

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  5.  

    Really Awesome People!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive

    Pros

    The people are hands down the coolest, smartest people I've ever worked with. I really like the way that Wildfire treats its employees - we all work a lot but have fun too! I like the career progression opportunities at WF as well.

    Cons

    I think that WF is just experiencing some growing pains. I think they're currently sorting out a lot of processes like the outdated vacation day policy and once they do it will be awesome!

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great company becoming even better with the acquisition.
    -Free food and transportation to/from San Francisco is great.
    -Awesome people.
    -Co-founders are awesome.
    -Career development opportunities.

    Cons

    -Leadership has been an ongoing issue. It's definitely gotten better but giving out one management review doesn't cut it. People are transferring off of the Client Services team because management is lacking. Some managers on the team are fantastic but top leadership is inexperienced. We got rid of one poor manager and now we have someone who has gotten increasingly cocky and disconnected with the team. We need someone who can guide us on how to succeed and meet goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please remember that Wildfire/Google should be a flat organization. Be responsive to your team and stop acting like you are better than everyone else. Keep listening!

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    So thankful for this company!

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

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Great growth opportunity and transparency

    Cons

    not as well known in the marketplace but that is changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Growing, Acquired by Google, Great Culture

    Cons

    Misalignment of resources. Junior Sales people

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    amazing company with solid leadership going through some growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Victoria Ransom is a world-class CEO. Has a vision, communicates it effectively, chooses good subordinates.
    * Lots of opportunities for personal growth
    * Great industry to be in. It's exciting to be part of a growing company.
    * Management is responsive and you can see them doing their best to get ahead of problems.

    Cons

    *managers tend to be on the younger side. they have potential, but right now we need more experienced people
    *culture dilution. we had a work hard/ party hard culture which is slowly tilting towards 'party hard' as we bring in a lot of fresh grads
    * less benefits than the norm for companies in SV

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A special company - but still room for improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive

    Pros

    -Being a part of something truly groundbreaking. The company is making waves in the market, both with clients and people who want to work here
    -Some really talented people work here but they can still laugh at themselves/don't take themselves too seriously
    -Free snacks
    -Chance to really make a visible impact on the business
    -Autonomy in your daily work
    -Free snacks.

    Cons

    -Pretty long hours, even by industry standards. But the guys here make it a good place to be. Expect this to hopefully improve once the UK office grows and we move out of start up mode.
    -Management sometimes inaccessible but again, still in start up mode and management under lots of pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though things are crazy and there's lots of pressure, never forget to show respect to the team regardless of how busy you are.

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome people, but with some growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wildfire Interactive

    Pros

    The people are young, exciting, and eager to do well. Social Media promotions is growing fast and wildfire continues to new and innovative products. Wildfire hires great people and promotes from within.

    Cons

    Now that Wildfire has grown from 7 employees in March 2010 to over 100 in April 2011 it is starting to experience some growing pains. Employees are getting promoted from within at every level (which is awesome!), but that process isn't as smooth as everyone would like. There's more transparency than you hear about at other companies, but the process isn't perfect and toes do get stepped on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The person who is the most productive as an individual contributor may not be the best fit to manage people in that same role. The best developers are not always the best engineering managers, and the top sales people are not always the best sales managers.

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