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Whitepages Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Tremendous growth company with products people don't even know about and more visitors to the core website than ESPN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Whitepages full-time

    Pros

    Smart people with interesting products and a big big big growth plan. You code on day 1 and your impact is LARGE. They pay really well and are getting better about removing people who don't perform before they reap havoc. Unlimited vacation (well, that is a misnomer bc you can't really take more than 4 weeks without business impact), training budget (who has those anymore), a willingness to switch to new cool products (Scala) when the rest of the world is still moving to Ruby. options that I think may actually mean something vs some of my other startups, company trips to Vegas, Whistler, and Bend, a kegerator and a well stocked whisky wall, lunch with the CEO every other week and happy hour every other Friday. Too many things.

    Cons

    sometimes we have to do work twice or three times because the directions initially are not complete from the product team so the features change and the product slips. It's improving on one team with the arrival of the EVP of Product though and I'm betting we get this humming soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More positive feedback. Thanks for the engagement survey. Look at the disconnect between product, design and engineering and fix it with better product plans and not adding features to the sprints at the last minute. I want to do great work but lose motivation when the work I do today has to be redone tomorrow and better up front planning will stop that. The projects themselves are fun and i can't wait to see how far CallerID flies with it's new upgrade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome I was given alot of responsibility but also held accountable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whitepages

    Pros

    I love everything about it plus the employees I work with

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

  3.  

    Good company--not perfect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senion Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senion Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Whitepages full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Highly skilled, driven, passionate, and helpful people.

    Cons

    Leadership tends to fail on followthrough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable but question long term prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Whitepages full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment and colleagues, enjoyable place to work

    Cons

    Felt there was a general lack of strategic direction. Some management decisions were questionable and it seemed the company would put forth weak efforts in several directions to see what took. In the end, nothing was pursued intensively enough to succeed so it felt like we were always chasing the latest flavor of the month with no clear long term direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more decisive and commit to a strategy, and communicate our direction to employees. Lessen the politics also.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing place for interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Whitepages as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Of all the internships I have done, WhitePages was the best. The management is so friendly and accessible, they are small in size while taking on big tasks, and I even got to work on projects outside of my scope. Senior managers took time out of their day not only to ask me about how I am doing, but to teach me new things and help me. And the internship program is miraculously designed, with free food and free perks as well.

    Cons

    Honestly, none (for an intern).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being friendly and maintaining a strong internship program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Culture, Great People, Headed in the right direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Whitepages full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. They seem to promote from inside.
    Unlimited time-off.
    Kegerator in the office and plenty of snacks, stand-up desks. Happy hours and Friday Lunches.
    Good people who are easy to work with throughout the company.
    Excellent Benefits
    Flat Hierarchy

    Cons

    None so far. Seems like a good company with it's head screwed on straight. The only thing that could be improved is some delays in the hiring and interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, seems like a good plan, execute it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company getting even better

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

    I have been working at Whitepages full-time

    Pros

    This company has a lot going for it. Yes, it runs popular websites and mobile apps, and it has a profitable business model, but first and foremost, it is the people at this company who make it so great all the way from the fresh grads out of school to the leadership. The team is stacked with experience and intelligence, without the attitude. The culture is casual and open and the team is loosely organized. The official comp policy is officially at the top of market, but it seems to come out to about 80th-90th percentile. The senior management team cares a lot about employee feedback and hosts monthly meetings to share anonymous employee feedback. The transparency within the office kills a lot of the usual office politics.

    Cons

    No 401k matching. There are some very smart and hard charging people on the team, which can be humbling and intimidating. Unlimited vacation policy can be misleading because the work hours are long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep the hiring bar high! Don't lower it in your rush to expand the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Whitepages as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a nice work-life balance and a great office space to work in. I enjoy the adjustable height desks and casual games of magic the gathering every Thursday. The company is clearly working hard to keep people happy.

    Cons

    I have no complaints I can think of about working here.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting work, less drama than the leading brand...

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

    I have been working at Whitepages full-time

    Pros

    interesting work, good coworkers, excellent compensation

    Cons

    silo'd business units don't always coordinate well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity to Grow Your Skill Set

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

    I have been working at Whitepages full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    WhitePages has great perks (annual outings, free Friday lunches, etc) and provides a great atmosphere for those interested in data & search
    The people that work here are smart as a whip and if you prove yourself you can learn a lot

    Cons

    Business units are very disconnected from one another
    Senior management is hostile at times
    Our CFO isn't approachable and is too involved in areas that shouldn't concern him
    Our CEO lacks empathy and has unrealistic expectations
    The company lacks a cohesive strategy and changes directions every year
    If you are not a developer you'll have to create your own development and training path
    Management seems to hire and fire people in a haphazard manner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your roots! Stop trying to make the company's leadership structure look like other big tech companies. Listen to you're people and provide solutions rather than ignoring issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Whitepages Response

    Sep 5, 2014Talent Outreach Manager

    Thanks for providing your feedback. Your concerns have been acknowledged and are appreciated. We strongly encourage you to have an open and honest conversation with your manager regarding these ... More

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