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3 people found this helpful

Future not looking good for this company.

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at CouchSurfing part-time (less than a year)

Pros

- Great food
- Friendly people
- Didn't feel like you were a slave to the man
- Chill, open vibe

Cons

All of the pros were remnants of the previous regime. Capital ruined this place.

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Transparency rules all.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Learned a lot in a short amount of time

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

    I worked at CouchSurfing as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were passionate, intelligent and committed to solving challenging problems that affect millions of people's everyday lives.

    Cons

    There was a difficult period in the team's integrity when the new CEO, Tony Espinoza, came on board and adopted a higher set of standards and expectations of everyone. Some of the veteran employees didn't adapt to the cultural shift and there were some bitter endings.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    A Short Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 CouchSurfing full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great Perks
    -Inspiring Office Environment
    -Good Food
    -Great Balance Between Work and Play
    -Flat Structure
    -Skilled Fantastic People Working There
    -Tony the CEO is a very Cool Guy!

    It was fantastic to work at Couchsurfing. However, my whole team got laid off due to change of focus. Couchsurfing in itself is a very cool concept that I believe is making a significant change in this world!

    Cons

    -Lack of Direction
    -Recent Change from the Original Founders to a new CEO created Massive Layoffs and I think they lost trust and momentum.
    -Uncertain Future
    -Reliant on Investors to operate at current capacity
    -Lost the passion that shined from the Original Crew

    The new management was not honest with the employees. And it seemed that the managements solution to problems was always to hire or fire, rather than effectively directing and managing the current staff. In my short time there, I saw people come and go on a weekly basis.

    They also favored a particular culture or skill sets rather than embracing different types of employees, which the original Couchsurfing was all about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck! You need it...

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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