Mission: We envision a world made better by travel and travel made richer by connection. Couchsurfers share their lives with the people they encounter, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect.
I worked at CouchSurfing full-time (Less than a year)
This is a great place to work on a difficult product problem and make a real impact. It's a small team and a small engineering team that moves very quickly. The huge user base let's the company quickly determine what works and what doesn't. Re-tooled technology allows for quick iteration. Super strong core idea that has been under served by the product for years yet continues to grow. Phenomenally awesome food.
If you don't like hard problems, this is not the place for you. Pressure to monetize has tended to get in the way of actually monetizing in a sensible way.
If you don't love squash and kale, you are going to eat a lot of pork.
Advice to Management
This can be a real business that continues to make the world a better place, striking the right balance will provide value to the community and to the business. Trying to make it into a unicorn is where others have failed.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at CouchSurfing in January 2017.
A complete waste of time. I screened with the recruiter and then was asked to interview with the CEO over the phone. The job description had changed several different times during the whole process, so it was no shock to me that my interview with the CEO was completely unstructured, unmotivated, and unfocused. I got the feeling as though he didn't know what questions to ask because he didn't know what role they were hiring for. So, in the end, it was a waste of my time and theirs.
Let us know if we're missing any workplace or industry recognition –