I worked at Meetup (More than a year)
Meetup is very mission-driven, and it attracts a lot of smart, motivated people who want to make a difference. The overall company culture is inclusive, collaborative, and approachable. People are open to discussion around improving product as well as improving processes and company culture.
There's a lot of internal transparency around company metrics, finances, and what other product teams are working on.
Work/life balance is great. Hours are fairly flexible, and remote work is a possibility depending on your team and situation. Good healthcare, 401K, and parental leave regardless of gender.
Meetup was founded in 2002, so there's a good amount of design & technical debt. There also isn't much documentation around why certain product decisions were made in the past. Recently Meetup has been dedicating a lot of resources to rectifying these issues, though, which will make them faster in the future.
In terms of office environment: I love the open layout, but I wish there were more carpets, or dividers, or acoustical ceiling tiles—anything to reduce noise. I want to be able to have discussions at my desk without forcing my neighbors two aisles over to put on headphones, and vice versa.
I applied online. I interviewed at Meetup in June 2017.
Absolutely terrible experience. I was told they are going through some changes in the company and are trying to restructure their team but they are super disorganized. I talked to one of their recruiters on the phone, was told to that I was going to get a follow up interview the same week...it never happened. I emailed two of their recruiters in the next week and got no response.
I was emailed a month later by the same recruiter wanting to schedule another phone call. He told me to call him at a specified time...I called and got no response. Very unprofessional.
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