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"Eye-opening. Not always in a good way."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Quirky full-time

Pros

Quirky's growth was occurring rapidly when I was there, and it continues to do so now. They are on the rise, especially now that they're partnering with GE. Ben and the C-level employees are masters of hype, so Quirky has a pretty awesome reputation in NYC. There's a lot of opportunity to do work outside of your daily duties in order to add some extra tidbits to your resume. I started at entry-level and in a short amount of time I was able to add a lot of skills to my repertoire and ultimately become a more well-rounded professional. The office is gorgeous. Beer fridge is always fully stocked.

Cons

Ben Kaufman is not an easy person to work for. When he's not acting like an insolent child and offending anyone in his path, he is extremely demanding—sometimes unrealistically so. He was not open to much logic, criticism, or input regarding the way he ran things. Often he would reject logical ideas without hearing them out. It seemed like he took joy out of firing people. Sometimes he and the other C-levels would publicly make fun of people they've fired and other former employees. It felt like they were a clique of bullies on the playground. Pretty unprofessional. Also, the entire start-up philosophy is taken to the extreme at Quirky. Projects are started on a whim (because Ben has a last minute idea) and then abandoned just as quickly. Everything seems to happen at the last possible minute. Nobody seemed to care about the products we were making—just the hype they produced. And forget about the community. Ben admitted on several occasions that "the community doesn't matter." It was really a bummer that most people consider Ben a boy genius, when in reality you never saw much of that at the office.

Advice to Management

Tell Ben to take a back seat, if he hasn't been forced to do so already. Implement a QA team to make sure the e-commerce aspect of the site is tight. Foster better communication between teams.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Freaking awesome!"

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

    I have been working at Quirky full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can literally do ANYTHING. Nothing is to outrageous to achieve. It's a super fast pace, and the people are amazing!

    Cons

    The West Side is cold in December. The culture is awesome, but it is truly unique and fast-paced and you have to really want to love what you do.


  2. "Fast paced and positive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone at Quirky is really approachable and happy to help across all projects at all levels
    - The office is gorgeous and has great snacks and amenities plus the benefits are really sick
    - People are quick to include you in projects you express interest in - on and off of your team
    - Quirky is building something incredible and everyone works hard to achieve that goal

    Cons

    - Walking to the West Side in the winter can be really cold!

    Advice to Management

    - Keep organizing from the bottom up

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