Spark Networks Reviews

Updated June 7, 2015
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  1. Best job I had so far.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Release Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Release Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spark Networks full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great work life balance, new tools, nice office , fun events, great benefits.
    Management is great and senior management have a good plan.

    Cons

    The traffic in West LA can be a bear. The good news is they offer lots of flexibility which more that makes up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. Focus on what we have been successful at and the stock price and the number of subscribers will increase.


  2. Great work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spark Networks full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Working with talented and friendly people.
    - Flexible working hours and condition.

    Cons

    - HR sometimes not really active, you will need to find HR by your own to deal with things when you are a new employee. And they are hard to find.
    - Meeting sometime lasted longer than estimated, and most of it is caused by miscommunication. Luckily, it's getting better.
    - Lots of old legacy from years ago need to clean up. It's didn't change because of business purpose. Fortunately, most developer are working on that and those old legacies should be all burned down by end of this year.

    Advice to Management

    Product Management need to get more sense of development. Otherwise, those tasks listed on the board won't really reflect the real development process and schedule.


  3. Software developer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spark Networks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work /life balance. Nice office with a terrific sunset view of the pacific.

    Cons

    It is too late to rip out the legacy stuff while the paying membership is already on the decline for this long; on top of what the whole business is just on the niche fragmented markets. All these free mobile dating apps are doing much better. It is very hard to rip out your legacy tech debt and grow your paying subscribers from this depressed level with these type of features.

    Advice to Management

    You can't run this company like this and call it agile. Result speaks for itself. People are so out of touch. It is now honestly too late. With our financials, really unsure if an acquisition is even possible.


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  5. Terrific place and lots of good people to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spark Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great product, good people, and a very diverse workgroup.

    Cons

    Politics here and there, though that's usually the case anywhere

    Advice to Management

    A lot of talented individuals make up the team, treat them well and keep up the good work


  6. Helpful (2)

    Afraid of risks and innovation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Spark Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its ok if you are just starting out as entry level, people do start out someplace and it may as well be here. getting experience anywhere is the key, than move on from spark for more money. so its a great stepping stone to something better paying and more professional.

    Cons

    Rigid back end framework and it dept that refuses to innovate. mobile experience is wack. good ideas are stalled or stolen by people with no talent. Work weekends on projects nobody cares about. no mentorship or employee development. projects managed by incompetant progect managers. micromanagement by unprofessional supervisors. talented non brown nosers eventually leave.

    Advice to Management

    For most, None because you cant fix stupid. for the rest, get out.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Old leadership cared but the new one does not

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

    I worked at Spark Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the employees there are pleasant.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    You get pigeonholed into one thing a lot, which stops you from growing professionally.
    The company's name isn't recognizable enough to make up for this lack of personal growth.
    With the new leadership looking to make the company attractive to potential buyers, things will get worse for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management should have better pulse of the work force.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Poor working conditions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spark Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative department and front end team is awesome

    Cons

    Everyone is always afraid to get laid off. They do lay offs quite frequently. Poor management. Especially the mobile project management, that lady is bonkers and is constantly asking upper mgmt to fire people so that it doesn't look like the failures are all her fault. Their mobile product is a joke. No incentives. Not friendly. They won't look you in the eye. No one says "hi" when you pass in the hallway. It's a real drudgery.

    QA manager throws his team under the bus to save his skin.

    Beware of this company. They are about to go under.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Place

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

    I have been working at Spark Networks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Management. Appreciative towards key employees.

    Cons

    Slow to fire bad employees. Managers should clean house so soon as someone proves unable.


  10. Helpful (2)

    One of the best companies I have ever worked for...bar none!!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Staff in Lehi, UT

    I have been working at Spark Networks full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's all about the family. The people who work here are amazing and brilliant. Some of the best minds in the industry. A company that cares about it's people. Nice perks too. You have input on shaping company goals and successes. These people get it! The Provo location is beautiful! I am proud to work here!

    Cons

    Not one single thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Strong company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spark Networks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    C level management really cares about the employees. Employees are very friendly and overall a really good enviroment

    Cons

    Lots of smaller pieces brought together can make things a bit unorganized at times



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