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Sittercity Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best job I have ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sittercity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great work/life balance, and a real opportunity to grow by working on new and interesting things. Agile shop that practices TDD and has a real commitment to writing solid, supportable software. Also working towards being a true polyglot shop, which is exactly what I want. Clear technology plans for the future and some real, demonstrable progress on improving our tech stack in recent months. I am excited about the future as far as technology goes.

    Compensation is great, free lunch every Wednesday, and a great culture in the office. I wasn't around during what most of the previous reviews have mentioned...all I see now is a development process that works and generally happy product owners. Wonder if the reason it is better now is because all of these negative, angry people are gone...

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from upper management. We hear a lot of talk about how things will go without really seeing those steps. Feels like we back into decisions instead of having a firm direction. Sometimes those decisions are good! But it would be nice to have firm, decisive leadership.

    We've also inherited a relatively rough tech stack. It's stable but it needs a lot of love. From what I hear things are a lot better nowadays then two years ago but we have a lot of work to do. I personally like that challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly believe the grand rhetoric then invest big in the company. We need a bigger staff and we need to take some risks. We hear every few weeks about these great big plans that we are going to pursue but nothing ever really takes shape. Push! You have a great team that is ready to go along for the ride.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sittercity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None - None - None - None, unless if you do not want to get any work done, then it's perfect.

    Cons

    Poor leadership - where all supervision is focused on hiding non performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together, hire real professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back place not a lot of work done

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sittercity

    Pros

    Team lunches, free healthy snacks, exercise classes, company outings, and random work happy hours.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible. They never meet deadlines. Took forever to launch the product. Wasted so much money on outside developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fun environment, but there is no incentive to do hard work. Light a fire under employees, and have some rules. You need to hire people that know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Directionless

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

    I worked at Sittercity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work at home fridays, nice people. If you don't like to work too hard or be accountable, this is for you.

    Cons

    No direction or growth potential for the company. It is not profitable and there is no plan in place to get there. CEO is more of a snake oil salesman rather than a leader or visionary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CEO and his family and friends he's filled the company with, and run a lean but profitable company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sittercity has poor senior management and is inefficient at bringing new products to market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sittercity

    Pros

    They attempt to have a fun culture.

    Cons

    Very unorganized company; no formal performance review process, too many office politics, terrible/unqualified upper management, and lack of innovation and resources to bring new products and ideas to the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    awesome atmosphere, great co-workers, recommended to anyone looking for a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Sittercity

    Pros

    team luncheons, competitive pay, pto, work life balance, and able to work remote

    Cons

    people have some job titles that don't really mean anything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be ok, getting worse every day

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sittercity full-time

    Pros

    -Work at home Fridays
    -Free healthy snacks
    -Free yoga and/or pilates

    Cons

    -Upper Management
    -HR
    -About 20 people with "Director" or "Senior Vice President" title in a company of only 50-60 total employees
    -Employees, especially in the technology department, dropping like flies
    -No goals given to employees, and very little room for career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Established firm with startup feel

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

    I have been working at Sittercity full-time

    Pros

    - Technology team are built around proven skills and experience
    - Strong product team who know what they want
    - A strong knowledge of how to use search engines and online marketing to boost sales
    - Innovative
    - Great work life balance
    - IT'S FUN WORKING HERE

    Cons

    - I apparently have to write a con, so here it is: because Sittercity shares the building with Google, the elevators some time take a long time while Google staff move between floors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sittercity

    Pros

    People are friendly and will help you learn . Company lunch every wed. Work from home Friday. Nice view from office.

    Cons

    People don't talk to each other much . Not very close co workers unlike other small agency. But it could be good if you like to work in a quiet place.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy way to find babysitting & nanny jobs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sittercity

    Pros

    Connects you with families that can fit your needs as a sitter/nanny

    Cons

    Its online, so sometimes you don't get as much information as you might want at first glance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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