Disqus Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Amazing people & culture!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Disqus full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Humble, smart and easy going people
    - Benefits are great: free healthy lunch every day, health & dental insurance, unlimited time off
    - Work-life balance

    Cons

    - Compensation, promotions and raises


  2. Great culture great product for comments ads units not so much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disqus full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and the culture is fun and interesting. Great company if you are not in the ad sales side.

    Cons

    The ad products simply are not good quality. The company had no idea what was needed in order for sellers to succeed with blue chip advertisers. They should have invested more time in the products before they went to market. The ideas were great in theory but how can that translate into success metrics for advertisers ?

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building great ad products for advertisers instead of having sales people try to sell poor performing ad units.


  3. Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment, free lunch and beer. Unlimited vacation, Mac products.

    Cons

    Young leadership that wasn't fully invested in all aspects of the business. Tough space to do business operating in the shadows of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Comments are interesting, but the general perception is that commenters are wierd so there was an aversion to being near comments. Ad quality remains very poor.

    Advice to Management

    You must be willing to communicate and listen to people across the organization.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Start Up

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Disqus full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Mid-size team (~60) and growing, awesome work culture, company takes care of their employees, flexible time off and WFH policy

    Cons

    Team is split between NYC and SF so sometimes it's hard to be separated from one another but upper management is great about facilitating the best working relationship possible and is aware of the difficulty this distance can bring.


  6. Helpful (1)

    One of the best companies I've ever worked for

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

    I have been working at Disqus full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Catered lunches, dog friendly, great culture, career growth opportunities, flexible vacation, great health benefits, and always willing to try something new.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  7. Helpful (1)

    An enabling environment that will do well for individuals with passion and drive.

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

    I have been working at Disqus full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The environment is fast paced and interesting. You work on hard problems at massive scale. When you ship code a billion people will see it that week.

    Most employees have a good work-life balance. This includes a lot of socializing with coworkers in the form of game nights, concerts, and trips to Tahoe.

    Cons

    Disqus is still a startup, so if you aren't scrappy and self motivated you won't succeed here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Disqus becomes is a better place to work every month.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Getting a bit long in the tooth to have so many very early (not for grownups) startup characteristics.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Disqus

    Pros

    Everyone is talented (read: smart) and energetic, including the non-technical team members. As with most startups this size, there are virtually no politics. There are even virtually no technical "religions" espoused by the founders, being mostly a meritocracy.

    Cons

    Perhaps not entirely inappropriately, it's amateur hour. For someone with experience, it can be frustrating to see basic mistakes being made, like premature optimization concurrent with delaying investment in infrastructure until there's a "fire drill" every week. The facilities, lacking hot water, air conditioning, or ADA compliance, as well as administration and benefits, reflect a similar leanness of competence. The technical work is boring for all but the most junior engineers, as evidenced by a high turnover rate of the early non-founder technical employees.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate the less important decisions and duties. Don't take VCs' technical advice, but, rather, use their connections to other companies with experience to get that input. Focus. Communicate the big events, like financing to employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Amazing work environment!

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

    I worked at Disqus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture! Very friendly company and everyone is friends with each other outside of work. The office is cool, couches are comfy, and the food is delicious.

    Cons

    Some teams are a bit disorganized and it can be difficult to get joint tasks done.



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