Meetup Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fun atmosphere, hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meetup full-time

    Pros

    Lots of tangible perks like food, drinks, massages, parties and a pleasant work environment. High energy and challenging. Good communication with managers and team members. Vibrant team learning tradition with employee-lead meetings and guest speakers.

    Some of the nicest people I've ever met work(ed) at Meetup.

    Cons

    Developers, Community Team and other departments remain rather separate. At times, it seems big ideas come out of nowhere. Priorities can shift unexpectedly. Still runs like a startup 10 years later. Opportunities and compensation vary greatly depending on your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the surveys and reviews. Take time to explain big ideas and deadlines to the company. Allow teams to take a little more time to roll out big projects if they are not ready to launch. Listen to the Community Team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you like to feel like you're still in college

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

    I worked at Meetup

    Pros

    It's a very casual environment with music, good food, lots of chit-chat, and even cute dogs running a around the office. It feels like you're just hanging out.

    Cons

    It feels like you're just hanging out. There are cliques, the departments rarely communicate with each other, and it seems like only half the employees are actually working. There's very little opportunity for advancement and the salaries are not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the departments so they actually talk to each other, instead of being sectioned off. Also, make it clear from the point at which you hire someone that there's little room for advancement; I wouldn't have taken the job knowing that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Meetup was mixed. Some great employees but poor management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meetup full-time

    Pros

    Startup culture, casual, many friendly people. Great mission.

    Cons

    Long work hours, terrible management and direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meetup had great, intelligent employees and perks, but took its employees opinions for granted and was a bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Meetup

    Pros

    The people - they were fun, smart, cooperative, and understanding.
    The perks - lots of great activities/events, snacks, breakfasts, etc.
    Security - you could stay working here forever because it's comfortable and easy.

    Cons

    The company has issues with management not recognizing the unhappiness of its employees. There seems to be favoritism amongst those in higher positions as well. Growth opportunities tend to be scarce and limited to those favored and/or certain teams. There is high turnover. Salaries and raises (which are very low) are not commiserate with experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the feelings and opinions of the employees. Note the turnover and don't think it's insignificant in the long run.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company culture, great place to work - if you're a developer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meetup

    Pros

    Meetup has an excellent culture; everyone on the team is extremely friendly, and dedicated to the product and the mission. Benefits are right on par for a company that targets staff in their 20s and 30s: free beer/soda/bottled tea, 401k matching, 3 month sabbatical program for long-term employees, 3 weeks vacation per year plus summer Fridays and personal holidays. Very much an organization full of people who enjoy each others' company, and working collaboratively. Atmosphere is fairly laid-back; nobody ever raises their voice.

    Management is good at recognizing individuals' strengths and giving people opportunities to shine. Because of the leadership structure, there's little room for career advancement, but this is made up for by many opportunities for personal professional development.

    Cons

    Very little consideration is given to the preferences and opinions of teams other than development. Senior management walks an awkward line by presenting an outward "mentor not manager" attitude while making clumsy, invasive, heavy-handed decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management does not always seem to have a realistic take on the success of the product, or the problems experienced by the users.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No clear vision, high school atmosphere

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

    I have been working at Meetup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, pretty good benefits

    Cons

    no clear vision, crappy salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Invigorating, challenging, fun.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Meetup

    Pros

    At Meetup, you can really bring your whole self to work. There are opportunities to grow and learn if you work hard to obtain them. Meetup also provides some really wonderful benefits (not just great insurance, but also other perks like parties, drinks, phone reimbursement, etc) that show they really value their employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is tough to go with the flow when you're working on a project and the direction suddenly changes or what you were doing is no longer relevant or valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll tell you at the next survey!

    Recommends
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  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great if you are just out of a dorm, bad for a serious, long-term commitment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meetup

    Pros

    Many employees are of esteemed education and background (Ivy league, senior experience.) There don't seem to be any employees in the company who will say "I can't do that."

    Free fruit, soda, beer after hours. Easy to use your time off. Potential to occasionally work from home. Interesting visiting speakers. No dress code. Company has a "do good" attitude and a generally positive image in the tech world. Great resume filler.

    Support/business development staff leadership is very positive, support pay is better than industry average.

    Cons

    Like any startup, there are barely any benefits beyond the necessities. No 401k matching, no apparent prospect for college credit reimbursement, no gym subsidies. Only 2 weeks vacation for non-management employees. Fewer holidays, no half-day before holidays.

    Hard to work without getting interrupted by the slew of daily, weekly, and monthly meetings. Very long hours (except support staff, who are on specific schedules.) From a tech perspective, very little preparation for disaster (no formal project planning, code is checked in right until launch, staging is done last minute, few QA resources = plenty of bugs).

    Politics prevent development staff from being truly agile. Do some Googling and you will see the supposedly decentralized tech management structure. Because of this lack of hierarchy, there is also little room for professional advancement within the company.

    Very little personal praise, plenty of scorn, high turnover, low morale on tech team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just like communism seemed like a good idea until the few at the top had absolute power, the lack of team management at Meetup leads to political bottlenecking at an organization level. Company leadership has contradictory strategic views which plays out in staff instruction. Tech management is vocal about not really wanting to be "management", and it shows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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