Getaround

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Getaround Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great transportation startup with a few road bumps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Getaround full-time

    Pros

    - Great company goals and mission to bring car sharing to the masses.
    - Company has clear short and long term objectives. Ideas, developments, and progress are very transparent.
    - Perfect environment for people who work well in teams but are also self starters.
    - Some rewarding remote work opportunities once you prove you are effective offsite.
    - Nice office environment with some nice perks and really great energetic team of employees.
    - Diverse culture with team outings and positive office activities like hack-a-thons and happy hours.
    - Not a "bro" party but knows how to party.
    - Some really fun cars available to drive!

    Cons

    - Young management who learns as they go, but lends to more collaboration rather than "god" style top down politics.
    - Raises and promotions are rare since the executives don't seem to have a set schedule of reviewing employees.
    - "No nesting" seating policy makes some employees feel like a lack of place in the office and lends to the idea of temporary existence.
    - Company went through some growing pains, but seems to have streamlined priorities now. Glad I weathered the storm!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Learn how to delegate and get out of the way of progress.
    - Develop better on-boarding and give employees a better sense of belonging.
    - Connect better with employees and make them feel like they aren't just tools to enact your vision/dream.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place I've worked!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I've been at a few startups. This is probably one of the best places I've worked.

    Amazing team with a great culture where people actually care about what they do. Everyone brings a work hard, play hard attitude and gets along very well. Very flat organization structure where all departments collaborate daily and you can really make an impact.

    There aren't a lot of politics and not much interoffice drama, although about a year ago there were a few difficult personalities that caused a lot of interoffice strife.

    The office environment is very open and everyone gets top-of-the-line hardware and a headset. It's really a great place to work and really rewarding--but practice your foosball if you plan on joining!

    Cons

    Early on the leadership were too soft on prima donna employees who were not top performers. It negatively affected team morale and should have been dealt with swiftly.

    Otherwise policies aren't always clear but that seems to have improved. It's a startup so you there's not a lot of handholding when you're new to the team. Because of the very collaborative work-style, the office environment can be noisy at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect the team and be decisive with people that are not a culture fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good intern start up experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Getaround as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    *Great co-workers who are smart and work great together
    *Great company vision
    *Great product and technology

    Cons

    *Little management experience
    *Disorganized
    *Communication between management is slow

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can't recommend.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Getaround full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great co-workers.
    - Company vision is one that's easy to get behind, making the world better.
    - Management team is good at raising venture funding, company will probably stick around a fair bit longer.

    Cons

    - Founders are dating, resulting in strange blurred lines between professional and personal.
    - CEO is not experienced in this area, very quick to dismiss ideas that don't make 'sense to him'.
    - Very reactionary. CEO or Marketing Founder would come up with an idea, whole company would shift resources behind it.
    - Political environment.
    - Compensation is not on par with other companies in Silicon Valley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Erratic management team, wonderful coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Getaround full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers who were smart, dedicated, and worked very hard. Most have gone on to much more well-known companies and better careers.

    I learned a lot about operations during my stint there (the job requires being well-rounded). The experience there definitely gave me a leg up since I learned to cope with long hours and vigorous albeit irrational demands.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized leadership team that were hyper-sensitive, reactionary, and micromanaged every project/process. Impromptu marketing campaigns (usually ideas from the female cofounder) trumped more thoroughly planned projects and constantly required the attention of almost the entire office. Engineering releases were few and in between when over half the company were engineers.

    Lots of red tape so even small decisions had to go through management which caused operating costs to be very expensive. Very poor financial planning and lots of money spent irresponsibly.

    Work-life balance was not respected (even for a startup) and there was lots of inter-office drama/politics for such a small company. The cofounders seemed to thrive in this state of mind.

    Raises were only handed out to software engineers or employees who were on the verge of leaving. Definitely not merit-based and most employees felt under-appreciated. The morale was incredibly low at the time I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share praise and give compensation where it is due. Respect your employees and their personal lives outside the work environment. Plan better and prioritize projects according to goals and not on a whim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heavily political company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Getaround full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting product. Interesting technology. Fun people.

    Cons

    No vision. Upper management has no management experience. No decisions were being made more than 2 weeks into the future. Poor planning in general. Overspending on unnecessary items, underinvesting on morale and employee benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good experience for interns

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

    I have been working at Getaround as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Give you lots of responsibilities and an opportunity to make a splash. Software engineering interns got a lot of assignments that were shipped and big parts of the website; marketing interns received a wide variety of things to do that immediately affected the success of the company.

    Cons

    Lots of down time; the provided food was sometimes not amazing; other than that, the cons are few

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more prompt in communicating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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