Wayfair

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OK for first job out of college... but probably not for long

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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

Pros

Willing to hire recent grads and train them in positions, people you work with are pretty friendly, fun pod outings, probably will b good to have Wayfair on your resume

Cons

They pay us like we're peasants. Paying rent in Boston, paying for food, and paying student loans on their entry-level salaries is extremely stressful. Teams don't always talk to one another, sometimes things seem isolated. We work in an "open-concept" office but it's still not the norm to get up and go to someone else's desk to talk with them. Everyone emails back and forth even if the person they need to talk to is in the next row over. Glued to your computer all day. My butt hurts. And eyeballs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Raise pay to at least be comparable with similar companies. (Except engineers, they seem to get paid enough).

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start, but don't stay for too long.

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

    Pros

    Wayfair is a young retail company with hopes to conquer the world of home goods retail. As a result, employees are mostly young, hip folk who have graduated from college within the past couple of years. It's quite easy to make friends at work, and if you need to gather a group of work buddies to drink with after work, Wayfair offers a good environment for that sort of thing.

    The company also sponsors official monthly drinking events for every department (enough to buy everyone a beer at one bar).

    The working environment is pretty slack and laid-back. As long as you are getting your done, most managers won't care that you are browsing Reddit or checking up on Facebook on company time. Furthermore, unlike many other companies, Wayfair doesn't employ a website filter to keep employees from browsing the web at work. It's a standard 40 hours a week, and you rarely see people working past that.

    The kitchens are stocked with free coffee, tea, and snacks (which you will get bored of after a few weeks). It's a nice fringe benefit.

    There is also a healthy amount of paid time off. Most new hires get 16 days in their first year (which is pro-rated based on when you are hired) and it can go up from there. There are also six paid holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.).

    The company is also very willing to hire people with little to no working experience, and train them in the roles that they are hired for.

    Cons

    The first big con of Wayfair is the pitiful salaries they offer most entry level hires. Most entry level jobs at Wayfair pay several thousand dollars less per year than comparable roles at other companies. As a result, you often see people leaving on a regular basis. For example, in my department (of around 50 people) I've seen five people leave voluntarily and get replaced by new hires within the past couple of months I've been here. Some people leave very quietly, and you often don't realize it until you see a new face in the pod.

    The benefits, while okay, are not great. The 401K match is pretty generous compared to other companies. The employee health insurance plan is pretty pitiful, and heavy on co-pays.

    Internal tools break down on a regular basis, inhibiting work from getting done and forcing managers to postpone projects so that teams can just get through their day to day work. The system is over ten years old, written using the old ASP (which Microsoft doesn't even support anymore). They are trying to rewrite everything in PHP, but that has been a slow and arduous process. Instead of developing new software to support new processes, engineers spend most of their time fixing creaky old code so that everyone can just get through their day to day work without having the tools die on them.

    Furthermore, given that most of the company's software development is relegated to maintaining old code, most departments have to grapple with a lot of manual data entry when new processes are introduced without the software backend to support them.

    Communication between different departments of the company is also another major problem, to the point where most departments don't know what other departments are responsible for. This can create friction, and given that the company is constantly awash with new hires that aren't well drilled enough on what their roles and responsibilities are, this creates a constant web of confusion and never-ending chains of emails.

    While there are many opportunities for people to move laterally across the company, mid-level opportunities are pretty rare, and most people don't get past "senior associate" in terms of rank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new technology so that engineers and everyone can focus on implementing new processes to support the company's growth. Also, pay everyone a little more so that you are not constantly grappling with having to bring in new people and train them all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    May grow in company, salary isn't worth it.

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

    Pros

    Only pro is Employee Culture

    Cons

    Salary isn't worth the long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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