Wetpaint Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wetpaint part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, great team environment, the higher-ups seem to really care about the company culture and the product they are selling.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for upward mobility unless you get really lucky, as it's a small start-up. Lots of busy work piles on when some of the content gets repetitive.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great culture and team being suffocated by parent company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Wetpaint full-time

    Pros

    The people here are some of the best humans I've ever worked with, and the agile engineering processes focus on results without a lot of overhead. Creativity and autonomy are valued and invested in via quarterly 'hack days' and in allowing a large degree of latitude in how features/fixes are implemented. Core values are lived out in how we treat each other.

    Cons

    Since being acquired in late 2013, the investment in employees (training, equipment, facilities) has been slashed dramatically. Near zero raises since February 2013. The culture has turned from one of candor and curiosity to one of blame. Zero backfill of attrition in the Seattle office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say you will do. If you value the Seattle office in word, do so in deed: backfill positions, train employees, adjust compensation to reflect the red hot Seattle tech market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Churn and burn.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wetpaint full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some fantastic people work here. Talented, bright, hardworking. The job itself is fun and creative, and there are some nice perks: Good benefits, partially comped gym membership, free snacks.

    Cons

    The company doesn't respect its talent. They have lost so many people over the years because of the impossible demands they put on people's time. There's a culture where work/life balance isn't respected in certain departments. They act like it's a problem they want to address but nothing changes and they work people into exhaustion. Once those people leave, the don't replace them, putting more strain on the people who are already already there. It's remarkable how some of the managers have stayed in their positions, given their incompetence, which is often noticed by people who aren't in their departments. Also, their evaluation system is a joke. Employees often review someone they've never worked with directly so can only give the vaguest of assessments. Employees are told a rating of "4" is never, ever given, but a rating of "2" will land you on a "performance review" track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to address the hemorrhaging of talent. Try soliciting reviews of managers from the people who work under them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work and learn.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Wetpaint

    Pros

    - Solid technology, dev practices, and sprint pace.
    - Fun parties, free snacks, community involvment.
    - Close-knight, people often go running at lunch or hang out together after work.

    Cons

    - Small company with few resources means you are doing a lot more than your job description.
    - Long hours, late nights, but typical for industry
    - Direction changes can be frustrating. What you are working on today may very well be scrapped in 6 months.

    Recommends
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    best of the startups in seattle

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Wetpaint

    Pros

    - technical autonomy / latitude
    - little legacy code
    - no pager duties
    - smart, motivated peers
    - career development highly emphasized
    - lots of influence over the final product

    Cons

    Downsides are probably shared by all small startups
    - clear product definition not always available
    - wearing many hats can be tiring
    - lack of qa when releasing a prototype can sometimes drive you crazy ( but it does keeps things moving fast )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on your customers

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic experience despite some turbulent times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Wetpaint

    Pros

    A couple of the previous reviews are a little over the top. Did the company go through some layoffs during strategic changes? Yes. Many companies do. Layoffs always suck, but Wetpaint treated people with dignity and respect.

    Overall I found Wetpaint to be a fun and laid back environment that was also highly productive. There is tons of talent there at all levels. I look back on my time there very fondly. Wetpaint was a great place to work. By all accounts their newfound direction is very focused and getting good results. It's a big departure from where they started and those kind of changes don't come without some lumps.

    Cons

    The strategic shift was drawn out and difficult for many. Luckily, it's in the rear view mirror.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Wetpaint

    Pros

    Fun people to work with - Wetpaint was diligent about making sure new hires meshed well & were playful. Great downtown location.

    Cons

    Don't let the funding fool you. Wetpaint is cheap - don't expect much pay, benefits, equipment, tools, or data. Senior management waffles on decisions and doesn't care about its employees. Case in point: over $1 million in cash per employee sitting in bank, yet company decides to lay off 70% of its employees in the worst possible job market, despite promises that everyone's job is completely stable and the company could last for years on existing funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You waffled on strategy, layed-off some of your most talented people, and are in the process of screwing over your large customer base. Burn any more bridges and you're toast. Now is the time to patch things up and go back to your original visions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dead End Job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Wetpaint

    Pros

    somewhat laid back startup environment, nice downtown Seattle location, some decent benefits including subsidized transportation or the option for the flex pass, generally friendly/social atmosphere, some transparency in business goals

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the claims of $40 million in venture capital and high profile customers; this company has laid off more than half its staff this year after telling employees they won't be doing layoffs. Product dev had way too much emphasis on estimation of software development with total disregard to changing requirements. Belittling atmosphere towards any new ideas and a unique combination of technical incompetence + arrogance that translates to a bulky and over-engineered platform. Incompetent project managers created more work rather than resolving issues and there was a lot of pointing fingers when things went wrong. One of the worst things is the cronyism on part of management during conflict resolution or decision making. Zero career development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the big picture executives who don't contribute anything valuable to developing or monetizing the product. Hire some strong technical leadership. Learn the tradeoffs of time to market vs. long term cost

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Startup - the good and the bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Wetpaint

    Pros

    Fun dynamic and fast paced startup. Everyday is a challenge and you need to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get busy.

    Cons

    lack of expertise in core revenue areas, conflict /uncertainty about core mission can lead to confusion or lack of focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    align product and personnel more clearly. Drive differentation based on consumer and customer needs. Analyze product with an unbiased eye looking to improve based on market need

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