We said goodbye to annual performance reviews and hello to a continuous feedback culture. Read more about how WeddingWire made this change on Reflektive's blog. #LifeatWeddingWire
This week, THE WEDDING SINGER is turning 20 and to celebrate, WeddingWire collected survey data about all things wedding music.
Check out this "Parade" article for dance floor and first dance confessions, top must-play hits, biggest buzzkills and even a curated Spotify playlist of your favorites, now and then!
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 worked at WeddingWire full-time (More than 3 years)
Incredibly quick opportunities for advancement for high pay, very challenging yet rewarding. Always receive credit when its due, fantastic work life balance with great perks and company culture. Fantastic people who become your family inside and outside of the office.
Unstable at times with a lot of change always going on, which can actually be a good thing at points since it does often open up positions. Kind of difficult to go into management at times as well, since positions open up in waves that are hard to anticipate, but sometimes not for long stretches. Maintains a start up feel which is good in some ways, but also maintains a feeling that anything can change at any time. Really just depends on what your looking for to determine whether or not any of this is bad, but upper management is fair in setting expectations that they can't give you guarantees for something that isn't set in stone.
Advice to Management
Keep doing a good job, but try a little harder in motivating high performers in ways that makes it feel like they are being challenged, not pressured when they are in slumps as opposed to letting it ride out and reacting accordingly.
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at WeddingWire (Chevy Chase, MD) in April 2013.
Talked to HR Department first. Very nice people and work hard to get to know you and your experience! Once they do that, they have you talk to a team lead or manager in the department you are seeking to work in for an interview. I had 3 phone interviews because I was originally looking to do PR/Marketing internship, but was switched to lead gen.
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being