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Helpful (2)

Strong Technology Focused Company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

I have been working at Wayfair full-time (more than a year)

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

Pros

With both co-founders having backgrounds in engineering, there is a strong engineering focus that permeates through the company. While there are certainly occasions where you just need to get things done and out the door, you do get the opportunity to go back and make sure things are build logically and scalably for the future. There is also a strong culture that encourages group outings or get togethers with coworkers. There is also a good work life balance, plus as long as your manager is ok with it (most are), you can work from home whenever you need to.

Cons

It's an open environment, no cubes, no offices. This does make everyone feel equal with each other, but if you want to have a private phone conversation for any reason, it can be a little annoying.

Advice to Management

There's not always a lot of transparency on what projects are coming up, and what the priorities really are. I realize that if no news can be good news, but a bit more clear leadership would be nice.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Decent starter job out of college, but not a company to build a career at...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Wayfair full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - High achievers can get more responsibility and opportunities earlier in their career than they would at other companies
    - Work hard, play hard culture
    - Decent benefits package

    Cons

    - LOW PAY
    - Poorly trained, inexperienced managers
    - Little to no career path for employees
    - No designated sick days and only 5 federal holidays per year
    - 'Crony-ism' through all levels of management

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees and treat them with respect - not as disposable assets to get for the lowest price. Employees who are happy and want to work for you will be much more productive and willing to invest back in the company. Bringing in more experienced managers from outside the company can go a long way, since the quality of experience that employees have at Wayfair seems to depend on the manager as well as the department. Employees are encouraged to share their ideas and present new arguments in theory, but many managers (disproportionately those who have worked mostly at Wayfair and at all levels) see this in practice as being "un-collaborative" or "not a team player". If the culture that you're trying to build is a meritocracy and organic growth and change, these kinds of perceptions seem extremely detrimental. Compensation should also be more in line with what other companies are offering if you want to attract and keep talent - free snacks and the occasional party do not pay the rent or help employees invest in their financial security and education.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Good, fun work with great people, below average pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Wayfair full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Good, fun and interesting work
    - Great people, everyone is very helpful and friendly
    - Fun, young culture which is great for people out of school
    - Good, competitive benefits (free snacks, good medical/dental/401k, etc.)

    Cons

    - Way below average pay, some people get huge raises and others don't without any real reasoning
    - Sometimes workload can be large, depending on time of year and team

    Advice to Management

    Pay your engineers more, or your turnover in engineering is going to become worse than it already is. We hear a lot about how much we're growing year over year, but we don't see it reflected in our salaries. Your employees will start to feel very unappreciated.

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