Crowdflower Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly, smart people developing a new industry

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

    I have been working at Crowdflower full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not afraid to give substantial raises as skills increase to retain key talent
    Relatively good work-life balance for a startup
    Smart and interesting colleagues
    Management is very open-minded about how to make the office and company great
    Excellent 401k

    Cons

    No particular complaints. Its a quickly evolving company and you have to be ready for that as with any startup.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truly exciting time for CrowdFlower

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

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

    Pros

    -Vision and company direction that is changing the crowdsourcing industry for the better
    -Extremely intelligent and innovative teams
    -Great product that is constantly improving
    -Top-notch client roster
    -Not afraid to fire underperforming employees
    -Fun company culture
    -Fantastic location in the heart of the Mission

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -Some inexperience at management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent with messaging/company goals to employees, keep improving the product, retain great talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Everyone at Crowdflower is motivated, hard-working and driven by the company's vision.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crowdflower full-time

    Pros

    - Smart co-workers
    - Fast company growth = new opportunities
    - Very friendly co-workers who will collaborate on new projects

    Cons

    While there are downsides to working anywhere, this will vary for each individual because there are so many factors that go into making a good company culture fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag!

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

    I worked at Crowdflower full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting product offering and market opportunity, some very high quality team members, company seems to succeed in spite of itself, laid-back startup culture and attitude

    Cons

    Erratic and arbitrary management style, inexperienced managers, very little organizational or professional development, some very low quality team members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define some values, stop recycling the same roadmap and goals, try to use best practices to retain talent, beware the growing frat culture, revisit your understanding of professionalism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I love working for CrowdFlower

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Crowdflower full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Insanely bright team
    - Great culture where management cares about what's best for you the individual
    - Good pay
    - Rapidly growing space that's still in it's infancy as far as potential
    - Solid benefits
    - Unlimited snacks and drinks
    - Team Lunch, dinner, breakfast served a few days a week
    - Fun space and location
    - Really challenging

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Few unmotivated employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting from within and doing your best to retain the amazing talent you already have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It a OK startup to work for

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

    I worked at Crowdflower full-time

    Pros

    comparable salary, good benefits, young team enviroment

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Unstable
    Easily hiring/firing
    Too many changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting new sector - Crowdsourcing! Huge space.

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

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

    Pros

    Close team collaboration. Innovative. Considerate.

    Cons

    Business model challenging. Profitability needs work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking for the killer app

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting Crowdsourcing Startup

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    • 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 Crowdflower full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location in the Mission, a block from Bart. Friendly team of super smart folks developing highly innovative technology. Great employee benefits, flexible hours and a great kitchen. We operate in an open, collaborative environment, use all the latest tools and technologies (very Apple centric with devices), and do quite a bit socially together after hours as well.

    Cons

    Everything's changing all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Turmoil

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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 Crowdflower full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative people with a passion for what they are doing.
    Breakfast food and unhealthy snacks abound.
    Beverages galore.
    Big office with lots of space.

    Cons

    Too many people who don't work hard or do the bare minimum.
    No structure or chance for career development.
    An events person earns more than most of the employees.
    Sales process consistently lies to clients.
    Employees told embellish results to maintain clients.
    24 hour job, always something needed to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great Place for Small Changes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crowdsource Worker  in  Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Crowdsource Worker in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I have been working at Crowdflower part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent support staffed by people who are always helpful and encouraging, promptly responding to complaints and questions. Tasks are described clearly with plenty of examples, sometimes bordering on the excessive and repetitive which in hindsight is actually good for reviewing one's own work. Working interface is flawless, generally fast to load and submit, with useful tools like bookmarklets and browser extensions.

    Cons

    Leveling system makes it hard for novices to advance: few tasks are accessible when you are just starting. I got lucky by coming in when there were real easy tasks at level zero, and managed to jump through upper levels in a couple of weeks, but then I saw dry spells where all of the tasks are for levels 1 and up which would easily discourage newcomers to continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless the clients insist, make all tasks open to any and remunerate only on the correctly done tasks. Many of the tasks, e.g. receipt transciption, can be done by anyone with sufficient attention. Higher level tasks that probably require judgement should be reserved for workers who had gone through extensive training or experience - presumably with higher pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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