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Best employee I've worked for

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
Recommends
Positive Outlook

I have been working at Wikia full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- great, startup-like atmosphere - challenging tasks - developers have a lot of independence and power to make decissions

Cons

- a lot of projects are done in PHP, which is not the state of the art - late working hours in European offices (HQ are in San Francisco)

Other Employee Reviews for Wikia

  1. Lots of positive change in 2015!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A strong CEO with a vision of where to take the company. Good environment, leadership AND getting better! Lots of new energy to re-factor and modernize the UX and platform. Great people in nearly every department. Dead wood and caustic personalities are finally going away! Management is open about the problems and has repeatedly engaged the employees to understand and improve and is open to criticism. I've never seen a CEO who was more willing to hear criticism or is willing and accessible to talk to anyone in the company. Few death marches! You're not going to have to sacrifice your life to "save the world" through a "ride sharing" app.

    Cons

    People are claiming the positive reviews on GlassDoor are fake or a PR effort by HR. No place is perfect. Most reviewers who are happy filter out the bad and most who are unhappy filter out the good. It's human nature. Even good companies have problems. Most aren't willing to hear or do anything about them but the management team at Wikia is. The truth: Growing pains. Communication problems with a globally distributed organization that's nearly doubled in size in the last year. Hampered by old tech and small thinking in some of the middle management levels. People in roles that grew faster than they have. Management by the last "Management Self-Help" book read by a junior manager is frustrating. The company has been trying to make some big organizational and technical changes and there have been mistakes that hurt morale. A junior Engineering team that can't estimate and developers who think they're "Engineers", an Ops team that takes forever to get anything done because they're still using their own hardware and they want every test or proof of concept to be "production ready", Designers who want the improbable, Product Managers who don't know enough about their product space and what's going to move the company forward, a Business Development team... Ok, I don't know what they do, a Marketing team that's incapable of independent thought, a Sales team that can't close a deal without giving away the kitchen sink and a Community team that runs around screaming the sky is falling because 0.0001% of the 15 year olds contributing to the Five Nights at Freddie's community are unhappy and the business is going to collapse because of it. Almost every one of these issues is actively being worked on. I've been in a bunch of startups and this is still one of the most fun places I've worked, with some of the least stupidity in "pivot of the month" executive management.

    Advice to Management

    - Change and growth are hard. - People don't like change and change is a NECESSITY. - People think they want something right up until they get it. -Listen, take action, evaluate, adjust, repeat. -Don't tolerate brilliant a-holes, ESPECIALLY when it's you.


  2. Helpful (3)

    I worked at Wikia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun start-up with a lot of social activities Great for wiki and mediawiki lovers

    Cons

    Collaboration and communication between departments slowed down as the company grew larger. Getting new products to market slowed down, frustrating unless you come from an enterprise style company where things are even slower. Many management positions were filled from outside Wikia, demoralizing for hard-working ambitious staff and takes a toll on what used to be the company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Overall a good job is done by management. Gender equality could improve in some of the departments. "Hire slow, fire fast" attitude would help this business, also applicable for management positions.


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