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Great place to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great work-life balance, fun people, fun activities, fun product. There's tons of information at your finger tips with all of the wikis.

Cons

Older technology, but they're working on that.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Pretty Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've been at Wikia for over a year, and over all its one of the better places I've worked. The culture is friendly, and most people work 40-45 hours a week. The engineering organization has been slowly growing in the US, and growing very quickly in Poland.

    Its rare to find a place that is this enjoyable to work, that is one of the top 40 sites on the internet.

    - Wikia has one of the best work life balances of any place I've ever worked.
    - Good group of engineers.
    - Some Sr. Management hires have been stellar.
    - Great location, and beautiful offices.

    Cons

    While the above points are good, every place has its drawbacks.

    - Poor hardware setups for engineering, with a (mid range mac w/ a 3 year old monitor)
    - Lacks product vision
    - Poor career growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a longer term product focus, and make bold choices regarding the product.

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    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A fun and enriching place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Collaborative atmosphere
    * Lots of flexibility
    * Plenty of interesting areas to work on, particularly around scalability
    * Opportunity to collaborate on MediaWiki, the platform that powers Wikipedia (there are definite avenues to get your changes into core MediaWiki, which means they would be live on Wikipedia)
    * Fantastic SF office, recently expanded, with great location across from South Park in SoMa
    * Easy commuting from Caltrain, BART; reasonable private parking nearby
    * Friendly environment
    * Wikia's code is open-source, so you're getting paid to work on an open-source project
    * The company is growing rapidly, meaning there's a lot of opportunity to take on new roles and responsibilities

    Cons

    * Commuting can be a pain any time there is a Giants game
    * MediaWiki's coding conventions are fairly old-school as far as coding style and architecture goes.
    * There is significant technical debt in certain parts of the product, but not much time presently allotted to work on addressing that
    * The backend is mostly Perl scripts, so those used to "younger" scripting languages may have a hard time getting acculturated
    * The company is growing rapidly, which means that growing pains can arise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to emphasize not only product quality but code quality as well. Investing time into refactoring and testing would be time well spent.

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    Positive Outlook
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