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Updated May 27, 2014

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3.2 8 reviews

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    Good place to work and learn.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Churn and burn.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNot 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.

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    3 people found this helpful  

    best of the startups in seattle

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsDownsides 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 Senior Managementfocus on your customers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic experience despite some turbulent times

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsA 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsDon'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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Dead End Job

    (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prossomewhat 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

    ConsDon'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 Senior ManagementGet 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Startup - the good and the bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementalign 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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