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Whitepages Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
35 Reviews
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35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company that is working on new products that will likely make the company take off in gang-buster style!

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Nice office, lots of communication with leaders including a bi-weekly ask Alex lunch. Working on products with small teams guarantee a large amount of impact from Day 1, something I value much more than being a number among 10,000 employees at big companies where we would own smaller pieces vs large projects.

    Cons

    Product planning pipeline is not always clear or well documented so sometimes work is redone a few times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been burned on options before so I don't consider options to be part of my "salary". They are the gravy and I get to help drive their price up by doing an exemplary job in what i produce so I can impact the company positively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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 an 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
  3. 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 an 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
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  5. 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 an 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
  6. 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
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • 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 an 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person 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

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    So far so good

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture that mixes ambitious goals with a realistic supportive workplace. Great team and a sense of mission. It's a small enough company that I have gotten to be involved in other areas of the business than what I was initially hired for. I like variety and this has been a key to my enjoyment.

    Cons

    Company is still implementing systems and structures. As an organization it fights the possibility of being staid and bureacratic...so we are still trying to find that balance between clear structure and yet remain loose and creative enough to really generate great services and profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company culture

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Focus on employee well being and happiness. Flexibility.

    Cons

    Unclear direction for growth. Vacillation on goals and vision for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gather data about alternative approaches by doing more small projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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