Work4 – Paris
L'équipe se développe rapidement et compte aujourd'hui environ 40 collaborateurs avec un bureau à San Francisco et un bureau à Paris, et nous… iquesta.com
I worked at Work4 Labs full-time (Less than a year)
Some real talent there; caring people having a good time. The French talent pipeline is a nice little market advantage, and means smart, hungry grads are incoming regularly. Enterprise recruitment via social is indeed a growth area.
Product is not sticky enough to fight off larger, more powerful competitors (in other words, "social recruiting" turns out to be too niche for a population, HR, that is more comfortable with large, existing solutions that can just "add social.") Paper-thin upper management is unreliable, as is funding, and a few random mid-level folks with seniority end up with most of the power. One day W4's hiring and adding a few tools; the next they're laying off people -- or whole departments -- and back to talk about "staying lean." The root problem is that the CEO / board / investors don't know what direction they're going from one moment to the next, and a number of times it came out on us workers... A lot of that is on the CEO, who seems not to know what the real shot-callers are thinking. And while his presence is spotty (which trips up the entire org below him) there's literally no one else at that level to share decision-making, which was even true before several rounds of layoffs claimed most of their US workforce.
Advice to Management
There's no plan to ever be big/important enough to go public. I'm told the CEO was within about $10-12M of desired sale price for the company, but was holding out for his number. My advice: he should take it.