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Fast paced workplace full of nice over achievers working really hard.

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Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

- Everyone pursues excellence.
- Everyone is masterful at their work.
- Everyone is very intelligent and many are over achievers.
- Numerous employees have founded companies previously. (Not just Jack!)
- Everyone is committed to the success of the company.
- Work is highly collaborative.
- We felt a collective swell of pride at the Starbucks deal.
- Everyone believes we're changing payments for the better.
- The work environment is an open, noise filled space. You can find a promo video on squareup.com.
- Communications are transparent across all teams. Meeting notes are available to everyone.
- The work itself is challenging, fast paced, and frequently changing.
- Leadership clearly communicates company goals and performance.
- Underperformers are let go.
- Confidential information is treated very seriously.
- The hiring bar is high and many, many candidates are interviewed and rejected.
- Teams joke around a lot, laugh a lot, and party together regularly.
- Employee retention is very high. Few people leave.
- Most people are upbeat and positive.

Cons

- Most employees work intensely for more than 10 hours a day.
- 50 to 70 hours a week is normal.
- Early stage employees tend to work very, very hard.
- There's a culture of workaholism and significant peer pressure to work until "it's done".
- Praise for an individual's good work is usually brief. The focus is on the team's success as a whole.
- There's hero worship of Square's founders.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start encouraging people to rest. Your best people, especially your early employees, are repeatedly burned out. Make sure they take a proper break!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Campus Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Campus Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Square part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, work your own hours, be social, no constraints, fun

    Cons

    Difficult to 'sell' to people sometimes, even though your actually not selling the product, but a lot of people are hesitant to try it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have such a large turnover rate and kick students out of the internship after one semester

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 20 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Support in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Square

    Pros

    Square has a solid business model and due to all the over inflated PR and backing from pseudo celebrities it will do well financially. Square has a great product and could be a revolutionary and disruptive payment solution if navigated and built with the correct vision. Support is unique and offers great opportunities for project work if you are willing to first be a complacent subordinate that blindly follow orders and is willing to be emotionally and mentally abused by constant berating comments.

    Cons

    -No opportunity to offer independent ideas if they are not approved by management.
    -Long hours with poor compensation
    -Constantly reminded of "how lucky" you are to work for the company and threatened to be replaced
    -Culture of fear
    -No opportunities for growth
    -Office politics and favoritism is the norm
    -CEO was pushed out of Twitter because he did not know how to run a company and he still does -not...
    -CEO currently asserts his 100% commitment to Square, yet still divides his time between Twitter -and Square
    -No outlet to voice concerns
    -Culture of fear
    -Lack of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should reflect on themselves and see beyond their titles to make informed decisions and help the team to grow. Management also should undergo a 360 review and take constructive criticism instead of firing away anyone who dares to question them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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