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"A different world — now in turbo mode"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

You get stuff done. A LOT of stuff.
Extremely results-oriented; what matters is what you accomplish.
Politics is at an absolute minimum, or maybe even zero.
Incredibly low-drama team.
Eyes are all on the ball…everybody's aligned towards a common goal — of building an amazing Couchsurfing.
People get fired. It's weird to say this as a "pro", but every company ends up hiring people who don't really fit. In the long run, it's far better for them to end up leaving than to have dead wood all over the place.
Everybody who's there absolutely, genuinely believes in Couchsurfing. It's more than just a job. It's about what Couchsurfing is and what that can bring to people around the world, not about making money.

Cons

People absolutely get fired. Not arbitrarily; it's uniformly either for lack of skills or because the way they work is ineffective for the organization, but it definitely happens. (See this under "pro", above, too.)
The culture has changed absolutely enormously over the past few years. It's gone from a community that was amazing to be a part of for personal connections and for the sheer fun (travel around the world, with your friends, having fun!) to a company that's amazing to be a part of because it gets stuff done — and there are still lots of amazing people there.
That transition was extremely painful to some, and some took it deeply, deeply personally. But it's an inevitable fact in the transition from a travel-around-the-world commune that happened to also run a website to a high-speed startup mentality.

Other Employee Reviews for CouchSurfing

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunity to Make a Real Impact"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CouchSurfing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work on a difficult product problem and make a real impact. It's a small team and a small engineering team that moves very quickly. The huge user base let's the company quickly determine what works and what doesn't. Re-tooled technology allows for quick iteration. Super strong core idea that has been under served by the product for years yet continues to grow. Phenomenally awesome food.

    Cons

    If you don't like hard problems, this is not the place for you. Pressure to monetize has tended to get in the way of actually monetizing in a sensible way.
    If you don't love squash and kale, you are going to eat a lot of pork.

    Advice to Management

    This can be a real business that continues to make the world a better place, striking the right balance will provide value to the community and to the business. Trying to make it into a unicorn is where others have failed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "great vision but is it sustainable?"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CouchSurfing (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a wonderful idealistic vision for making the world better by bringing people from different cultures together through travel.

    Cons

    As far as I know, the company hasn't settled on a plan for generating enough revenue to reach breakeven and keep the company in business long-term.

    Advice to Management

    Settle on a plan for generating enough revenue to reach breakeven and try to achieve breakeven as soon as possible if you haven't already.

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