Meetup
3.4 of 5 8 reviews
www.meetup.com New York, NY 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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3.4 8 reviews

                             

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Scott Heiferman

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Meetup gives you all the tools as an Organizer to create , maintain and grow your network.

    Event Organizer (Current Employee)
    Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsEveryone or let's say the majority of people know the name, conversational piece. You meet some really great people.

    ConsMembers do not RSVP, weather or not they are coming to an event. Seems as though your chasing people at times .

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a notice to inactive members to participate more, give an ultimatum.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLong work hours, terrible management and direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun atmosphere, hard work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsDevelopers, 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMeetup 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No clear vision, high school atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, pretty good benefits

    Consno clear vision, crappy salary

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Invigorating, challenging, fun.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAt 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.

    ConsSometimes 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 Senior ManagementI'll tell you at the next survey!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany 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.

    ConsLike 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 Senior ManagementJust 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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