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WeddingWire offers a unique employee experience! We have an amazing team led by some of the industry's leaders. Training and development is very important to us. We provide continuous education related to specific roles and other educational opportunities for the broader team through guest speakers, leadership development programs and crash courses. And, our culture is award-winning!
While planning his own wedding in 2005, Tim (CEO) became aware of the remarkable inefficiency in today's wedding market. With engaged couples continually struggling to find the vendor that best suits their needs and vendors constantly searching for new ways to expand their businesses online, Tim and his 3 friends (Jeff Yeh - CTO, Lee Wang - COO, and Sonny Ganguly - CMO) set out to solve this persistent disconnect and provide both parties with simple, yet productive, channels to interact.
At WeddingWire, we help engaged couples find the best vendors for their special day; we also help employees find the best place to foster their careers. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, we take pride in giving opportunities to seasoned professionals and recent graduates alike.
Proud of our Workplace Awards
It's an honor just to be nominated! But, we are really proud to be recognized by numerous organizations for our unique company culture and leadership. We are particularly proud of receiving a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for LGBT Equality to Washingtonian's Great Places to Work.
WeddingWire is led by an experienced team of entrepreneurs, savvy technologists, and marketers. The management's background includes (i) founding members of Blackboard Inc (NASDAQ: BBBB), a successful startup employing over 800 people with a market capitalization of over 1.2 Billion, (ii) technology talent that has implemented systems for Intel, Fannie Mae, and AT&T, (iii) sales and marketing veterans who have managed global sales forces and national consumer brands, and (iv) industry expertise from either being married or working in the wedding industry directly.
Timothy founded WeddingWire with the vision of infusing technology into the wedding and event industry. In less than five years, WeddingWire has become the largest online marketplace connecting local merchants with engaged couples. For over 100,000 local merchants, WeddingWire provides a marketing platform to reach prospective clients, to manage multi-media assets, and to network with other merchants. For engaged couples, WeddingWire provides vendor recommendations, local business reviews, personal website creation, and a suite of online planning tools.
Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's product and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.
Timothy holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University
Lee is responsible for overseeing revenue generation and driving the sales strategies and strategic partnerships of WeddingWire. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Lee held the post of Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Parature Inc, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company in the customer support and service market where he managed a team of over 20 employees, growing revenues by 250% during his 2 year tenure. Prior to joining Parature, Lee co-founded CourseInfo LLC, which merged to form Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) in 1998. While at Blackboard, Lee served as the Regional Director of Sales for the Asia Pacific and Latin America market and was responsible for $20MM in new market sales.
Lee holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Operations Research/Finance from Cornell University.
Jeff leads the design and implementation of WeddingWire's technology platform. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Jeff was involved in developing new analytical finance platforms that managed Fannie Mae's $150+ billion mortgage and securities portfolio. Jeff was also part of the initial rollout of the AT&T Wireless mLife Project to over 20 million subscribers, as well as part of the core technology team that developed MicroStrategy's personal alerting network called Strategy.com.
Jeff holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. degree from The George Washington University.
Sonny leads WeddingWire's marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million. During his tenure, his brands' reached record volume, revenue, and profitability levels. Sonny has structured partnerships with companies such as NBC, MTV, Condé Nast (Modern Bride and Brides magazines), Mattel, Universal, Dole, Reynolds, Costco, and Safeway.
Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and attended Harvard Business School for his M.B.A. where he served as President of the Marketing Club.
Michael Beach is the Chief Financial Officer of WeddingWire, Inc., the leading global marketplace in the weddings and events category. Beach previously held the position of COO and CFO at Digital Signal Corporation where he spent the last four years leading the finance and operations function. Prior to Digital Signal Corporation, Beach was the CFO of an industry leading public company, Blackboard, Inc. During his time at Blackboard, he helped the company grow their revenues to a run rate of $400 million with a market capitalization of approximately $1.5 billion.
Additionally, he is an advisor at City Light Capital. Beach has a Bachelor's in accounting from James Madison University and was previously a senior manager at Ernst & Young.
At WeddingWire, our Core Values keep us focused. Our guiding light. The team is encouraged to be creative and seek opportunities to share their ideas or try a new approach.
Work Smart: Just because something has been historically done one way doesn’t mean it’s the best way. We encourage you to strive for efficiency, work to improve processes, and don’t accept “that’s just how we’ve done it before” as an answer!
Be Curious: Be creative. Be innovative. Think outside the box. Our favorite sentences start with, “What if…”, “How about…” “Let’s try…”!
Be Bold: As a company, we like to think we are bold in all that we do, from our culture to our products. We encourage our employees to never be afraid to stand out!
Fail Fast: We can’t be perfect every time, and not every initiative will play out the way it was intended. Rather than dwelling on failures, we embrace them, learn from them, and have no time to waste before moving on to the next big thing!
Delight Customers: A customer may mean an outside vendor or an engaged couple. It could be a co-worker or someone from a different team or department. We want all employees to make it a personal goal to make meaningful connections with each person that they interact with.
The WeddingWire culture is what makes us who we are. Our culture is as unique as each of the individuals who fill our halls. We are curious and bold, we work smart, fail fast and delight customers. We love technology, weddings, all couples and ping pong. We work hard and we play hard.
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I have been working at WeddingWire full-time (More than 3 years)
WW is truly a great place to work. There are many reasons why, which I'll explain, but the two takeaways are 1) this an organization that genuinely cares about its people, and it shows on a daily basis. For example, one day recently, one of the VPS randomly offered to buy me breakfast from the cafe without any rhyme or reason. 2) My coworkers are, overall, enjoyable people to work with. They are generally very friendly, hard-working, and down to earth. Like many, I've made friends since working here:
-Flexibility. As long as you're doing your job, you can work from home and take as much time as you need for paid time off.
-Culture. When I tell friends and family the events that WW does, they're pretty amazed. Casual dress, Taco Tuesday, catered breakfast every day, open bars, top notch Halloween and Holiday Parties, catered lunch at the end of the month, and on and on. For me, even having an office Kurig with a dozen flavors is not insignificant when you up the cost of coffee everyday.
-Customer Success. It's encouraging working for an organization that also cares about its customers. I don't know of any other company that calls and emails its customers to ask how they are doing with their account, and most of WW's vendors appreciate that. People often think that our team listens to vendors yell at them all day, but that's not the case. Most of our interactions with vendors are either positive or neutral, and I think it shows by the daily stream of vendor love that is shared throughout the organization. It should also be said that Customer Success gets perks that are available to Sales even though it does't carry sales quota - monthly bonuses, sales trips, dinners, and meals on the company tab. The Director and VP of Customer Success are both highly competent and always seem to have the team's best interests in mind.
-Executive Team/Senior Management. They know me and many others at WW by name. They appear to be in touch with the rest of the organization, and most recently, the top and HR are showing that they are clearly listening to their employees' main concerns, which is heartening and a contrast to other businesses who are completely indifferent.
There aren't many negatives, but no organization is perfect, especially one that has scaled to WW's size over a short period of time.
-Career Growth. There are some legitimate concerns here, but with some very big caveats. The other reviews who make critiques about career growth fail to add important context. First, some of those who I've spoken with first hand who felt there weren't enough career opportunities for them 1) weren't top performers on our team or 2) hadn't been at WeddingWire long enough to be able to lay the ground work for a career path. The reality is that building a career is a long term process that doesn't happen overnight. By and large, hard work and talent is awarded with opportunities for promotion.
-Junior Managers. While there are some excellent more junior managers on the third floor, there are also those whose skill set and judgment I think there is good reason to question.
-Lastly, call me an apologist for WeddingWire all that you'd like, but some of criticisms I've seen or read reek of entitlement. For example, complaints about the free catered breakfast or lunch or a review that lamented that their team trip to a tropical island was "downgraded" to a major metropolitan city with great nightlife - give me a break. The reality is that - across the board, not just at WW -millennials aren't sticking around many companies for very long (hence, the high turnover criticism). Long story short: there is little loyalty but a big sense of entitlement. I say that as a millennial myself.
Advice to Management
For someone who has thoroughly enjoyed working at WeddingWire, I don't have much to add. It's been pretty apparent from when I first started working here, WW was being run by a highly talented group of people who had a clear and compelling vision of where they wanted to take the organization. That is still true today. Like I mentioned above, some of the concerns about career growth are legitimate, and I can see that through the employee engagement survey results it's something you're aware of (thank you for listening). The most important area for improvement is this: for those employees who have hit their goals and contributed meaningfully year after year, and have sown talent, loyalty, and dedication, there should be as many opportunities as possible to grow within WW.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at WeddingWire (Chevy Chase, MD) in November 2017.
Phone Interview for entry level sales position. Roughly 30 mins long. Submitted online application & resume, heard back about 4-5 days later to schedule phone interview. After phone interview, heard back from her 2 days after that.