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Work4 Labs Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great team moving in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Work4 Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The product is cool and interesting, the team is great. I made great friends and I have really enjoyed working with smart, hard working people. Now is a great time to join Work4. They have made the right decisions to focus on customers and make employees happy. The CEO is solid, the executive team has changed a bit since last year which has been good overall: they are great managers, eager to move the needle, to mentor you and let you have an impact. We're moving in the right direction and it feels good. If you're ready to work hard, learn a lot and join a great and dynamic team, this is a great fit.

    Cons

    Be ready to work hard, there is always lots to do.
    It's a small team so if you expect to manage a team of people, it might not be what you're looking for career-wise.
    Also, working in the HR industry is challenging because it's not easy to prove the ROI of your solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making the right choices for employees and customers. We're going in the right direction!

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

    Grab a Life Jacket!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Work4 Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn why working for a startup can be a bad idea and what to look out for to avoid these type of companies in your future job search.

    Cons

    Terrible management. The CEO cant be 100% to blame as he is young and lacks experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with and idea and go without. Constant change is generally not the best way to achieve your goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Work4 Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to contribute and wear many hats. Colleagues were fun to be around and we would often go out together around town after work

    Cons

    Micromanagement comes from the CEO down. Management does not keep promises and can be stingy as far as tools needed for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees to do their jobs and have integrity

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

    30 days in, no complaints at all!

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    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Work4 Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is my 3rd startup and by far the most unique. Unique that the HQ is in France and the CEO has moved to SF to open this office and be closer to silicon valley. So there is a major French influence in all areas. Other great 'pro's': location, great culture (havent seen any of the mentioned negavtivity - likely those are from former regime), leadership is accessible and great product/vision.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced anything to speak of yet. We do share our floor with two other smaller companies so finding available conference rooms sometimes is a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! I especially appreciate the open communication and access. I've had a great experience so far and really like that even at our size, culture and employee satisfaction is a priority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Things must have definitely changed for the better.

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Work4 Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work4 has been a blast since I joined up in February. Fun people, cool products, fun startup office environment, amazing location etc. The Franco/American mix is really really cool and pretty unique to Work4 in San Francisco.

    Whether it's product, ops, marketing, sales - everyone seems to get along really well. They do a great job interviewing and making sure that everyone works well together which is really nice. I've worked in previous companies where this hasn't been the case which is really refreshing.

    Maybe they teach this stuff at Harvard - who knows.

    Cons

    Honestly, I was a little worried about starting here after reading the glassdoor reviews but haven't really seen much of this myself. I'm thinking maybe things were pretty bad a year or so ago but there's some new blood in management in almost every aspect of the organization over the last year months and it's been a lot of fun. Maybe work/life balance if I had to be super picky but it hasn't been a requirement I've done this to myself!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Some of these recent initiatives have been great for the employees. Any company that makes employee satisfaction a company wide priority is something I'm happy to be a part of. From what I can tell, they've done a great job of weeding out their prior issues because for me It's been a great time here since day 1.

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

    amazing startup spirit - but startups aren't for everyone!

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Work4 Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's disappointing to read some of the other reviews here, but also misleading. True, the company has had a lot of interns in the past - like any company with a presence in France. Universities there require 6 month internships as part of a degree, so the French co-founders actively participate in the top universities and support students with internships in both our Paris and SF offices. Many have made amazing contributions - as with our full-time employees, interns can take on as much responsibility as they want, getting access to people, information, operational insight about companies, etc that would never be possible in a huge company.

    That being said, if you've never worked in a startup before (and/or this is your first "real world" job), it can be overwhelming. Yes, we work hard, but we play hard too. And yes, because internships are for 6 month periods according to the university curriculum, there's turnover.

    Personally, I love the team, company culture, and most of all the startup spirit. If you want to be part of a team and have immediate and significant impact, and part of a tech company that will disrupt an industry and be really successful, this is the place!

    Cons

    Communication between teams can be confusing or disorganized, but this is improving. Less flashy/wasteful than some startups in terms of posh office furniture or luxe perks (unlimited PTO, free food - yes, but in-office massages for engineers, 10k for your dream computer etc - not so much).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with junior people on other teams, don't just rely on a department's manager to report employee feedback to the exec team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Work4 Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for tech guys. The CTO is by far the best boss I've ever had : knowledgeable, good technically, always knows what everyone is working on. And at the same time really human, understanding when you encounter unforeseen difficulties.

    Very flexible work hours and WFH policies as long as you do your fair share of work.

    Really nice environment to work in more generally, especially if you're young : almost everyone is in their twenties, made a lot of friends.

    Cons

    Be sure to discuss early on with your boss what her/his personal time-off policy is, because the company policy of 'unlimited PTO' is quite weird and ill-defined otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of this 'unlimited PTO' policy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turn and Burn at it's best (worst)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Work4 Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some cool technology with a genuine sales opportunity, and lots of new products coming out all the time.

    Cons

    The new products they launch are never ready to sell, some products get sold and then discontinued.
    Management has, historically, been among the absolute most insane micromanagers ever. Regardless of your size of role, prepare to be grilled by C-Level executives on a regular basis.
    The space may not be defensible, new competitors often come in with equivalent or superior products for less money, if not free.
    Not fun, super uncomfortable place to be every day, turnover is approaching 100% for the sales team since 2012.
    Sales team was too big for interest level from prospective customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing the right thing shrinking sales and focusing more on marketing. Senior management needs to relax or hire a development team that builds products that work well enough and launch fast enough to justify the false sense of urgency placed on sales. Sometimes you can't change the people, so you have to change out the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    laser focussed team that works hard and is dominating the social recruiting space

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Work4 Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    unique mix of experienced professionals and brillant up and coming talent, lightning speed innovation and execution, solid management team

    Cons

    extreme pressure to perform in effort to maintain and grow its leadership position, not enough time to celebrate (always on to the next milestone)

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with a Fantastic Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Work4 Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing, innovative product with the perfect timing and marketing opportunity.
    CEO that works hard and is able to make LOTS of great things happen quickly.
    Great culture for someone who wants to "Think Big" and "Own It".
    Hardworking, dedicated, committed leadership.
    Fun environment and a true team spirit that is responsible for how far the company has already come.

    Cons

    High expectations and the level of hard work required might not be for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring for a great fit - the startup world is not for everyone, but there are many people thriving in the Work4 environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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