SurveyMonkey
3.8 of 5 19 reviews
www.surveymonkey.com Palo Alto, CA 150 to 499 Employees

SurveyMonkey Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg

Dave Goldberg

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    Great Place to Be an Engineer

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsI love the culture in engineering/product. Everyone is very friendly and inclusive and they work really hard to get people from different teams to get to know each other. No one is condescending or arrogant, even the people who are extra smart and experienced. They push decision-making down as far as they can so that everyone feels like they have ownership over their projects. And there are lots of opportunities for career advancement or trying out new things. Also, the work-life balance is outstanding. You are expected to go home and enjoy your evening and weekends.

    ConsPretty much the only thing I can complain about is the twice a week lunches. The caterer is terrible.

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

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    Plenty of responsibility and opportunity to make an impact

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsNo shortage of important projects to take on

    ConsPalo Alto location means many employees commute, making them beholden to the Caltrain schedule and constraining post-work day mingling

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

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    High-energy organization

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIndustry leader in the online survey marketplace. High-energy environment.

    ConsOpen office plan can be noisy at times. Bring noise canceling headphones if you plan to work here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through with promises made.

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    Fun place to work with lots of challenging projects

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsLeading company in its space
    Great executive team
    Great culture
    Rapidly growing
    Lots of free food
    Unlimited PTO (yep really unlimited. Not even tracked)
    Generous commuting benefits

    ConsAn ambitious set of projects and a big merger= lots of work to be done
    All this growth makes it a challenge to keep everyone on the same page
    Subsequently number of meetings each week seems to be growing rapidly
    Despite lots of improvements, legacy architecture and codebase can create headaches

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've got a great foundation for success. The challenge now is to maintain the company culture and level of talent while growing rapidly.

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

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    Despite some frustrations, a fun team and it is rewarding to work on a product that makes a difference.

    (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- Fun and super smart group of people
    - Great location in downtown Palo Alto - commuting by train is super easy
    - Good perks, in line with most companies in the Valley. Also, responsive HR department - perks are updated according to feedback from the team
    - Engineering culture is great: engineering team gets to go to conferences, we host meetups, always considering the right technical decision
    - Customers love the product - large data problems to solve

    Cons- Legacy code to support - it's a long road until we're off .NET
    - The desks (rather than cubes) can cause distraction
    - SurveyMonkey is growing a lot - some culture issues arrising

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

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    Pretty good place to work but not as great as it used to be

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros* Compensation is pretty good
    * Office perks: Snacks, lunches, game room, kegerator
    * Work from Home day once a week
    * Flexible hours
    * Great commuting benefits
    * Team atmosphere is great

    Cons* Politics are now a big part of everything
    * Bar not very high in engineering anymore, there are people who are employed who shouldn't be
    * Focus is very much so on the business and getting to the IPO and not on building a great engineering platform / team

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to focusing on building a solid engineering organization as it has lost its way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best culture I have seen at a company without sacrificing professionalism

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe people. The food. The pay. The opportunities.

    The monkey has a very chill environment. The company has acquired three companies over the past couple years, the biggest of which was Wufoo. One of the things that made the Wufoo acquisition so seamless was that the teams get along so well.

    There is also a great snack bar at each office, and there is usually a well catered meal once a week with plenty of left overs that last a couple extra days, and a catered brunch/breakfast one morning a week.

    The company also has a very stable and impressive revenue while remaining relatively small (~100 people in 2011). This allows the company to offer very competitive salaries.

    Finally, the company is re-envisioning every product from the ground up to use modern web technologies with better interaction, so it is a perfect place to get a great experience using new technologies while also maintaining the product's scalability for use by millions of users. In addition, many completely new features are being added to the product, if you're more interested in breaking into new products.

    For those who are technical - SurveyMonkey operates on a .NET framework, but the architecture is migrating to Python and Pyramid. The Python engineers there are top notch, so it's a great place to work if you are interested in getting Python experience, especially in a web environment. There is also a TON of front end work to be done, especially javascript, and the front end team is also very talented and includes the creator of css-tricks.com (originally from Wufoo).

    ConsThey are still organizing a system for defining the job hierarchy and advancement. At this point, management is pretty horizontal there, which personally I love, but for those that like roles to be more concretely defined, it might not be your cup of tea

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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