Dishcrawl

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4 people found this helpful  

Bugs? What bugs? Our code doesn't have bugs. DON'T TOUCH THAT BUTTON!

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Current Employee - Founder & Chief Technology Officer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Founder & Chief Technology Officer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Dishcrawl full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

The problem with large companies as an engineer is that you rarely get a say in what areas of technology you want to explore or learn about. If the company has standardized on Java then you are pretty much hosed. The plus side about working at a smaller company is you get to explore and grow without a large amount of the bureaucracy you'd find at a much larger company.

Dishcrawl tends to adopt a solution first strategy. Python is mostly used but it doesn't mean we frown on PHP. Whatever gets the job done. As with a lot of startups there is a good deal of autonomy with a focus on the end result.

Cons

It is a lot of work. There is an infinite amount of things you can make and picking what direction to go is tough. Like with all code there are bugs and critical ones have to be fixed quickly (even if it is 9pm on a Sunday night).

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Positive Outlook
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26 Other Employee Reviews for Dishcrawl (View Most Recent)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Giant waste if time! Just take the idea and do it yourself!

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    Former Employee - Ambassador
    Former Employee - Ambassador

    I worked at Dishcrawl part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They teach you some marketing skills that will provide you some knowledge to take the concept and do it on your own! You'll make more money that way and you won't be someone's slave.

    Cons

    Don't let them fool you. All these 5 star reviews before mine are just a ploy for the company to make themselves look better. The current employees in the home office where probably required to "spin a positive light" to cover up the reality of the sinking ship that is Dishcrawl. They make you work like a dog and do not care one bit about the people outside the Fempire ran office. Now they require everyone to work on commission, what you should do is take the idea and do it yourself. You'll make more money that way and will get the same amount if support which is non from the office staff. They brainwash their employees into thinking they are doing amazing things and require you to really screw restaurants and partners in your community all in the name of making money for Dishcrawl. They don't care who they step on using Non-Profits names to promote events while screwing them out of money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to your employees. Pay better for the amount of work you exspect from your employees. And follow up with the promises you make!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    You are dispensable to them.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dishcrawl full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with food and having an "in" with great restaurants in your city. You will meet many influential individuals in your community, but keep them close! You'll need their help once your time with Dishcrawl is over.

    Cons

    Dishcrawl's headquarters basks in many advantages the remote employees don't have access to, the main advantage being a team to lean on and work with. As an ambassador of your city you: do it all. Promote your events (while you're planning them), schedule meetings with restaurants, media etc, print all of your own materials, host events, process payments, troubleshoot, placate unhappy customers and restaurant partners (it happens occasionally) all of this with little support from the San Jose team. It's a ton of work, and it can be fun, but it's mostly stressful. Don't expect to have a colleague-type relationship with them, they are far too busy to ask how you are or bother to get to know you beyond your face on a webcam. There's a big disconnect happening there.

    To elaborate on the office climate, the San Jose team enjoys lunches, parties, vacations and field trips while you sit back and look at the pictures of their fun on Facebook, or hear all about it from them while you chat online. The girls in the office enjoy nail painting parties and love bringing their pets to work most days (don't believe me? View the photos they chose to upload here on glassdoor). It's hardly an atmosphere conducive to getting serious work done and it makes you wonder how they can work in a petting zoo. The CEO has big ideas and big aspirations but lacks follow through while her demeanor consistently lacks professionalism and airs of contrived jubilation which has rubbed off on most of her surrounding team.

    If you're a member of the San Jose team, Dishcrawl is very good to you, evidentiary by reviews on this site. However, remote employees are made to feel pretty dispensable while the office rewards itself for your hard work. The company appears to be going through big changes, however. They no longer have full time employees, the layoffs came a week or so before Christmas (if that wasn't bad enough, layoffs came a few weeks after one employee relocated and transferred across country... how thoughtful!) I would be wary of their job listings if I were you. At least wait a few years to see if they can get their act together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a few courses in sensitivity training, because you guys need it. If you are employing individuals in far away cities and states and are only meeting with them via webcam and email, you need to work a lot harder to be sure to create a sense of loyalty and value to your ambassadors. Not only do they feel disconnected from you, but you are disconnected from them. Try being open with them about what's going on with your company. Keeping them in the dark doesn't create a sense of security and togetherness among your team-from-afar. Try to run your company like a business. Work should be fun, but it also needs to be structured and supportive of its employees (and restaurant partners for that matter) with a constant flow of communication with the people on the ground representing your brand: it's all necessary to be successful in your endeavors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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