Rocket Internet Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Smart people, fast paced, a lot of responsibility and visibility (in 10 reviews)

  • you are going to learn a lot, a lot of opportunity, very informal (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect long working hours and multi-tasking (in 7 reviews)

  • High turnover rate, experience professionals are leaving or being fired (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great company where to challenge yourself

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Rocket Internet as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have lots of responsability

    Cons

    You work a lot and sometimes with really small teams

  2. Simple, easy interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocket Internet full-time

    Pros

    Very personal one-on-one skype interview
    Ask a lot of what if questions, whats the response if we do xyz

    Cons

    Not good at getting back to you

  3. Helpful (3)

    Fast&Furious...

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    Former Employee - Country Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Former Employee - Country Chief Executive Officer and Founder

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As Country-CEO for a Rocket Internet local portfolio company, I have had the best entrepreneurial training and experience of my life. The pace is super-fast, with incredibly long hours and a big load of pressure (a good pressure): I had to hire 20+ people in <1 month, build operations from scratch, and take on incredible responsibilities in very little time. The amount of trust Rocket Internet gives you is really empowering. It's probably one of the best "safe" arenas where you can have a true entrepreneurial training with limited risk (you have a competitive salary).
    Colleagues and management are smart and driven. Culture is a "no bollocks" one, which I appreciated, but may be intimidating to others.

    Cons

    The company can be brutal. If metrics don't live up to expectations, or fund raising (done centrally) does not go as expected, they are as quick at closing down operations as they are at spearheading them. Obviously, that's exactly what the start up risk is, but, given that your equity stake is nowhere near what you would have if you were a real founder, you end up sharing a lot of the downsides, but your upside is limited. Make sure you know what you sign up for, but overall I would do it again, if not for the incredible training received.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, but start doing some innovation also. Copying biz models worked out well until now, but US VCs are getting better at growing in international markets, so competition will heat up.

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  5. Well, its Rocket

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    Former Employee - Vice President Business Development
    Former Employee - Vice President Business Development

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    tons of opportunity to advance, fast paced environment, get to work on the forefront of e-com (geographically)

    Cons

    male-dominated and ego-driven environment, unorganized management, experience is luck of the draw with your assignment

  6. Great learning experience, tough skin required

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    Former Employee - Global Venture Development Manager
    Former Employee - Global Venture Development Manager

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of independence is given to individuals
    For those coming from a consulting/investment banking background it is a great way to learn about how the 'real' world works and how to manage people

    Cons

    Relatively unstable
    Confusing organisational structure, unclear who manages what once outside the local opco

    Advice to Management

    Retain employees better

  7. Helpful (1)

    Work hard with smart people, but beware of cutthroat lifestyle

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * Work with some of the smartest people out there. Rocket-Internet poaches some of the top talent from US and European Business Schools. Good place to learn from others.
    * Learn a lot on the job. It's start-up culture with a bit more stability.
    * Little bureaucracy. Every employee has a chance to work on whatever needs to be done. If you're passionate about some aspect of the work and see ways to improve it, you're encouraged to!

    Cons

    * Long work hours
    * Potential to be cut off at any time because of a failed venture

  8. Helpful (3)

    Wonderful colleagues but company is plagued with problems

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Rocket Internet as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues who are mostly former management consultants. The workplace is casual.

    Cons

    The HQ provides conflicting goals - metrics change all the time. This changing priority problem is probably due to investors' pressure. Work here will also consume you. No work/life balance to speak of, unless you want to be shown the door in three months. The company also fired a lot of employees as its preferred cost cutting measure. I interned there for three months and was asked to sign a full-time contract at the end of my internship, but I decided to leave because the work environment was too stressful and the company was too ruthless with its employees.

  9. Rocket Internet Employee Review

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Rocket Internet as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Geographically diverse staff
    -Autonomy
    -Open to ideas
    -Relaxed work environment

    Cons

    -No transparancy ('in club' vs. everyone else)
    -High Turn
    -Poor communication
    -Key business decisions are not thoroughly thought through

    Advice to Management

    Communication, vision, team building and follow-through need to be the priority for this environment. They hire smart people who have diverse and established backgrounds that are usually under the age of 30. This can be good and bad. Although they hire interesting people, they don't look for leaders or team developers, often resulting in a small cohort of people who think they can make the best decisions. The same cohort makes decisions and does not place value in clearly communicating decisions with the team.

  10. Business Development manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Entrepreneurship and freedom in the workplace

    Cons

    No flexibility in business model development

  11. Perfect place for exp sharing

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    Former Employee - Developer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Developer in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really a lot of professionals and in general people around from globe. A lot of different tasks and projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes tempo, as well task amount is really high. So if you working here, you should be ready that this is not holiday-company, where you work in relaxed manner - the load is really high.

    Advice to Management

    Well in general management is quite ok, this is mainly because there is a couple of layers of management. A lot depends on team lead/chief officer.

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