WeddingWire is one of the fastest growing wedding and event companies in the country. They say that "necessity is the mother of all invention" which is exactly why WeddingWire was created: to create efficiency and transparency in the wedding and event planning space.
While planning his own wedding in 2005, Tim (CEO) became aware of the remarkable inefficiency in today's wedding market. With engaged couples continually struggling to find the vendor that best suits their needs and vendors constantly searching for new ways to expand their businesses online, Tim and his 3 friends (Jeff Yeh - CTO, Lee Wang - COO, and Sonny Ganguly - CMO) set out to solve this persistent disconnect and provide both parties with simple, yet productive, channels to interact.
WeddingWire was created with the vision of infusing technology into the wedding and event industry. In less than five years, WeddingWire has become the largest online marketplace marrying supply and demand by connecting local merchants with engaged couples.
For engaged couples, WeddingWire is the category leader in local business reviews (think "Yelp of Weddings"), offering the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 recently reviewed wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. WeddingWire is about helping brides and groom execute efficiently and effectively on their weddings.
For wedding vendors, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one comprehensive, self-service platform to reach prospective clients on web and mobile, schedule online appointments, manage multi-media assets, improve search visibility, manage social media and network with other local merchants. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear 5 out of the top 6 wedding sites in the country, including WeddingWire.com, Project Wedding, Martha Stewart Weddings (NYSE: MSO), Brides.com (a Conde Nast property), and Weddingbee. Over 100,000 merchants have adopted the WeddingWire platform and continue to leverage the feature set to help grow their business online.
Building off their success in the weddings platform, WeddingWire has recently expanded into adjacent event verticals with the launch of EventWire.com, MitzvahWire.com, PromWire.com, and more. With this expansion, WeddingWire continues to develop its local technology platform and looks to bring existing merchants additional offerings in 2012 and beyond.
So, you need a new job.
Well, WeddingWire is hiring!
Our employees build and create technology that improves the way the event industry works.
Come do this work with us - you will love it.
2012 Inc. 500 Company: We were honored to be named to the Inc. 500 in 2012, giving us the distinction of being one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation.
Strong Entrepreneural Spirit: We were founded by seasoned entrepreneurs who believe that WeddingWire's success is a result of the passionate and talented people who work here.
Food + Fun: Work hard and play hard is a motto that we take seriously around here. Regularly scheduled catered meals, including breakfast in the mornings, along with onsite and offsite events keep things interesting. Casual dress and flexible schedules are also a vital part of our corporate culture
Job Training/Career Development Opportunities: Regularly scheduled company meetings not only mean that we get to team together in one room, we also learn about different aspects of the business and how other members of the team tackle tricky tasks. If more formal training is what you need, we have a program for that too - it is called Crash Courses! You can participate in this peer-training program for Mind, Body and Soul as a student or teacher.
Traditional Benefits: Health, Dental and 401(k); yeah, we have those.
Flexible Leave Policy: We offer a flexible leave policy that doesn't limit employees to a bank of time for vacations. As long as you are getting your job done, take the time off to refresh and enjoy life.
The Extras: We pay every employee who works out of our Chevy Chase office $50 per month to help with commuting costs. We also offer a Parking FSA and SmartBenefits through WMATA to help offset commuting costs even more.
The Best Place to Work: Well, modesty prevents us from saying it but we do hear it all the time from our employees and they don’t lie.
WeddingWire is led by an experienced team of entrepreneurs, savvy technologists, and marketers. The management's background includes (i) founding members of Blackboard Inc (NASDAQ: BBBB), a successful startup employing over 800 people with a market capitalization of over 1.2 Billion, (ii) technology talent that has implemented systems for Intel, Fannie Mae, and AT&T, (iii) sales and marketing veterans who have managed global sales forces and national consumer brands, and (iv) industry expertise from either being married or working in the wedding industry directly.
Chief Executive Officer
Timothy founded WeddingWire with the vision of infusing technology into the wedding and event industry. In less than five years, WeddingWire has become the largest online marketplace connecting local merchants with engaged couples. For over 100,000 local merchants, WeddingWire provides a marketing platform to reach prospective clients, to manage multi-media assets, and to network with other merchants. For engaged couples, WeddingWire provides vendor recommendations, local business reviews, personal website creation, and a suite of online planning tools.
Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's product and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.
Timothy holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University
Chief Operating Officer
Lee is responsible for overseeing revenue generation and driving the sales strategies and strategic partnerships of WeddingWire. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Lee held the post of Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Parature Inc, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company in the customer support and service market where he managed a team of over 20 employees, growing revenues by 250% during his 2 year tenure. Prior to joining Parature, Lee co-founded CourseInfo LLC, which merged to form Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) in 1998. While at Blackboard, Lee served as the Regional Director of Sales for the Asia Pacific and Latin America market and was responsible for $20MM in new market sales.
Lee holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Operations Research/Finance from Cornell University.
Chief Technology Officer
Jeff leads the design and implementation of WeddingWire's technology platform. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Jeff was involved in developing new analytical finance platforms that managed Fannie Mae's $150+ billion mortgage and securities portfolio. Jeff was also part of the initial rollout of the AT&T Wireless mLife Project to over 20 million subscribers, as well as part of the core technology team that developed MicroStrategy's personal alerting network called Strategy.com.
Jeff holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. degree from The George Washington University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sonny leads WeddingWire's marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million. During his tenure, his brands' reached record volume, revenue, and profitability levels. Sonny has structured partnerships with companies such as NBC, MTV, Condé Nast (Modern Bride and Brides magazines), Mattel, Universal, Dole, Reynolds, Costco, and Safeway.
Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and attended Harvard Business School for his M.B.A. where he served as President of the Marketing Club.
Andrew Olek is responsible for WeddingWire's legal affairs. Prior to Joining WeddingWire, Andy was the principal assistant to the General Counsel of Merkle Inc., where he helped the legal team significantly expand its capabilities. Before this, he served as a Senior Counsel at Blackboard Inc., helping the company grow from $136 to $377 Million in annual revenues. Before holding these in-house positions, Andy was an attorney in the Corporate and Intellectual Property departments of the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLC. Previously, Andy served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of the Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from the University of Maryland University College, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a registered patent attorney.
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at WeddingWire full-time (less than a year)Pros
It's a fairly young company that filled with people who are fairly competitive and energetic. People are passionate about the products they create and they have a general ambition to really get things done here. Overall, the people that join WeddingWire are good natured and fun (and they enjoy having fun in a unapologetic, excessive way). Management has created an amazing atmosphere to really create an environment that people would like to come to work.
While the benefits may not match that of a fortune 500 company, it is fairly unique in its own way (250 treat-yo-self bucks every year for instance).
The best way I can describe WeddingWire is like this. When I used to work at a large company, Friday after 4 PM, there would be no one in the office, at WeddingWire, there's a party going on and everyone is relaxing with a drink after a long week.Cons
I'm not a fan of the location because it's far away from the highway, but other than that, nothing.Advice to ManagementAdvice
I understand that we're growing, and that's going to mean that we're going to be heading towards more overhead and more middle-management, let's hold that off as long as we can.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
The process took a week – interviewed at WeddingWire.Interview Details
I had a very pleasant call with HR, who then set up an in-person interview. When I got there, I was given a tour of the office and then was sat in an empty conference room where I waited for the first set of interviewers to come in (design leadership). They asked me a series of questions related to visual design, not much on the UX end. After that interview was over, I was interviewed by a QA analyst and project manager. The project manager helped me understand their process—the PMs do all the wireframing, flow definition and user research and then hand everything off to the UX team (which I thought was odd). I was then interviewed by a member of the engineering team, and then by the CTO, whose questions felt more like a quiz than an actual interview (asked me if i was familiar with a long list of apps, then what their function is, and how they earn revenue, for example). I received an offer within two days, which I turned down.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- Draw a 3D cube, then draw a bug in any corner. Now circle the furthest corner from the bug. Knowing that the bug can't fly, draw the shortest path between the bug and the furthest corner. How would you test the path? Answer Question
The UX designers are not treated as UX designers—it's much more focused on visual design and light interaction design work in a distinctly waterfall process.Declined Offer
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