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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Have Fun and Get Sh*t Done <-- Company Motto"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 500 Startups full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working here! The job is varied and interesting. There are tons of opportunities to learn new things and you have a lot of autonomy. Coworkers are smart, fun people with interesting business backgrounds. You meet a lot of interesting people through the connections you make.

    Colleagues want to help you. You have a lot of opportunities to grow professionally. The company culture IS how they say it is instead of being hypocritical like it can be at so many workplaces.

    Exceptional benefits, flexible time off. Reasonable work/life balance. Very egalitarian (i.e. not sexist/racist) work environment. Everyone's opinions are valued. Sexual harassment is taken very seriously.

    Cons

    I'm sure this varies a lot by department/location you work in, but in my department the management is pretty hands off, which is not bad if you know what you're doing (which I do), but if you're looking for someone to hold your hand and tell you exactly what you need to do and when and how, then this probably isn't the best fit. Personally I like it that way.

    Things are lax in a lot of ways (which again, I like) but if you need a lot of organization and rules, then this probably isn't the best fit. You can, however, create your own systems, which can be very rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, please keep maintaining the culture and "vibe!"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very Good, but short, people are very motivated and excited to try new things."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Space Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Space Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Incubator, good mentors, receptive to new and radical ideas.

    Cons

    No specific plan to get stuff done. Space isn't finished.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working out the kinks and it will be great!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Principal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 500 Startups as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool people, love what we are doing. Probably the coolest VC out there

    Cons

    Not sure, I'm part of the global team. Don't really feel the team

    Advice to Management

    Keep on rocking