Kickstarter - On the rebound | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (2)

    "On the rebound"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kickstarter full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - There are exciting changes in development on the product side, as well as the branding side. - Engineering teams here are collaborative, and pair programming is encouraged. Biweekly investment days are also great for balancing product work, and learning new technologies, or paying down technical debt. - The PBC culture for what it's worth, does help frame the work in a way that is meaningful and moral. Sometimes...

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    Cons

    - New essence team structure sometimes leads to redundant explorations / repeat work. Size of the company (around 140+ at the moment) makes coordination manageable, but it would be great to find ways to reduce this. - Parts of the codebase haven't been rewritten in years, and given the size of the team it's hard to support all parts of it. - There is uncertainty on what's next in the company's evolution, and that...

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    Advice to Management

    - Allow teams to be autonomous / and trust people's best judgment. Given a company this size, hire the best people and allow them to do their best work. - This year is potentially a turning point for Kickstarter, and it'll be interesting to see how the company evolves.

    Kickstarter2019-01-17

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Loved it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Kickstarter

    Pros

    Amazing place to work at, really fun, enjoyed all of my coworkers and the benefits were lovely

    Cons

    Disorganized, still has so much potential to grow but leadership might be hindering its success

    Kickstarter2018-09-29
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Very unique, mission-driven product company."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kickstarter full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    * Kickstarter wants to be around for a long time, so you're working on something meaningful that people actually use, rather than a fly-by-night product. * It has a PBC Charter (www.kickstarter.com/charter), employees can help pick company donations, and we often get to see various types of creative people in the office. * There's still a lot of potential to improve and grow Kickstarter, and any employee can help play...

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    Cons

    * 2017 was rough, with many changes (...but 2018 has gotten us back-on-track).

    Advice to Management

    * Encouraging efforts like Creators in Residence, creative prompts, in-office performances and demos, hackdays, The Creative Independent events/projects, etc. can help keep/grow the culture 'round here.

    Kickstarter2018-09-07

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