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DogVacay Reviews

Updated June 10, 2018
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  1. "Great Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DogVacay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work environment, dogs, free lunches and benefits

    Cons

    dedicated manager wasn't always avilable

    Advice to Management

    nothing at this moment


  2. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DogVacay part-time

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and environment to learn and grow

    Cons

    Challenging industry, pressure from VC's

  3. "full time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DogVacay full-time

    Pros

    amazing people; great company perks; great location

    Cons

    sometimes chaotic and upper management is not transparent


  4. "Fun company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DogVacay full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great startup to work for - everyone was young, motivated and passionate about the mission.

    Cons

    Departments were not well organized


  5. "DogVacay Host"

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    Current Employee - Host in Ladera Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Host in Ladera Ranch, CA

    Pros

    Work from home. Excellent company support.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DogVacay full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of snacks and food.
    Free food twice a week

    Cons

    Too many dogs
    The smell can get to you


  7. "Host"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good support, flexible, easy to use app

    Cons

    no cons if you understand how to use it

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing, growing company with tons of room for growth!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Dogs in the office!
    -Free healthcare
    -Free snacks & lunches
    -Amazing people
    -Great mission

    Cons

    -A bit crowded
    -Different processes in different departments (we've been told this is a WIP)
    -Senior leadership doesn't always seem like they're on the same page


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great Place to work - Could do with more upward feedback though"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DogVacay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This Company is still young, so there is huge room to grow with it and learn new skills. As a company that's just leaving behind being a "start-up" a lot of functions are manual or "hacked" just so that the product does what it needs to do. f you're ok with doing many different functions or having to figure out new ways of doing things on the fly, it's great. Also, SO MANY OFFICE DOGS!

    Cons

    The company is currently going through a frenzied state of constant focus on growth, especially by the senior leadership, that they will often ignore/ postpone improvements and suggestions which don't lead to immediate benefit.If you want to fix a not client facing part of the platform or business your needs seem to be second priority. This can be frustrating as the SLT then gives the responsibility for manual processes to those lower on the totem pole instead of internally improving the product.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower level employees more, not just senior leadership. It doesn't send the best signals when all the heads of product are in internal meetings a majority of the time and not listening to those who actually have to work with the product all day.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Analytics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DogVacay full-time

    Pros

    The team is by far the best I've ever had. I adore the people in the Analytics and Engineering department, and the whole company is rad. I've heard a lot of companies talk a big game about culture and being collegial, but it usually falls flat in the offing. The people here are simply terrific - bright, kind, humble, fun, determined and encouraging team players.

    We get to do some interesting problem solving and the mission of the company is great. You're encouraged to push your thought process. A lot of focus on 'kaizen' and making every aspect of the business better. There's a lot of opportunity for ownership, but it also means that you have to be ready to bring your A game. If that's not your jam, then DogVacay may not be a great fit.

    Very little red tape. If you see an opportunity for improvement, you can make it happen pretty fast.

    I feel as though I am actively encouraged to have a proper work-life balance here. The expectation is that we'll get stuff done and working on a weekend is frowned upon. People work hard, for sure, and if there is a big project underway you may work a longer day, but that is the exception. Seeing it in practice is seeing people be more productive during the time they spend at work.

    I smile every day on my way to work and at work. The team is what makes the company so great.

    Cons

    Some growing pains typical of any start-up (e.g. in-company communications); this seems to have improved a lot.

    Could use a better vacation policy, maybe? Honestly, it's a start-up and I sort of think the benefits and perks we get are kind of bananas great, but who wouldn't want a better vacation policy?

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on results and on the culture. Keep our guests', hosts' and dogs' happiness at the center of decision making.


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