WillowTree - A high functioning company that respects its employees. | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (3)

    "A high functioning company that respects its employees."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WillowTree full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Developers are given a tremendous amount of autonomy in deciding how they build what they build. The interview is process is tough because once you're hired, you're trusted with real work that matters. * The projects the company works on are varied and interesting. Hardware integration, games, emerging platforms - we touch it all. * The company is constantly improving on providing a good work-life balance for... its employees. WillowTree's huge growth has made this tricky at times, but the trend is positive and encouraging. * Amazing people. Big egos aren't part of the culture, and to a person, everyone has a good team-centered work ethic. * Benefits are good and getting better. Fair - and if you've been here long enough - generous leave plan, 401k, and compensation that's more or less unmatched in Charlottesville.

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    Cons

    * Space. The company is expanding, and we're in a part of Charlottesville where rent is high. Making sure everyone has enough of the type of space they want is a constant issue. * WillowTree has started employing project managers after a long period of having devs do all PM duties, but we don't have enough, and need more ASAP. (To be fair, recruiting is working hard on this front.) * The goal is to have developers... working on one project at a time, but as with all client services companies, that can't always be a reality. Context switching can be a problem.

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    Advice to Management

    * Keep working on making work/life balance as healthy and sustainable as it can possibly be. * Moving to having PMs was the right decision. Hire more!

    WillowTree2015-01-28
  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WillowTree

    Pros

    Flat management structure avoids red tape. Wonderful office spaces and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Open office plan isn't for everyone.

    WillowTree2019-12-01
  2. "Solid Agency"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Product Designer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WillowTree full-time

    Pros

    - I'm impressed by the leadership team. They communicate clearly. They're transparent. They give shoutouts to those who deserve it. They're willing to admit when they're wrong, and adapt accordingly. They're inspiring. And here's maybe what is most important to me: they are clear that everything they do has a business goal. Even if something they do is deeply human, they don't try and trick you into the dangerous... trap of thinking a company is a family. It's a team with a shared purpose — building products people love. - I'm impressed by the people. Folks here are nice human beings, but they also seem to care a lot about pushing themselves in their work. I like this, because my goal in working for a great company is not to make friends (that's what my personal life is for). I'm here to accomplish great things that I could't do on my own. I believe that's possible here. - I'm impressed with the workspace. Normally I qualify office accoutrements as the "sprinkles," but in many cases here it's the "ice cream." What I mean is that the office in Durham supports different work styles, and it's not just trying to be fancy. Open offices aren't great for me, but luckily there are many different places I can get my work done in the office. We have a library that is divine for an introvert who likes quiet, enjoys plants and plenty of sunlight, and appreciates quality interior design. The Charlottesville team has an incredible new office space in the works!

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    Cons

    - It may seem strange to say this, but I think WillowTree has TOO many learning opportunities. There are so many people here hungry to educate, that I often feel like I can't absorb it all. However, this is ultimately a great challenge, and I think they're actively working towards solving this problem. - In a similar vein, it might benefit the team for WillowTree to set the tone early on that saying "no" is OK.... Folks are so enthusiastic to jump in that sometimes I think they can bite off too much. - Tech in conference rooms could be more intuitive. I know this seems petty, but with remote calls with clients being so vital, A/V needs to be effortless.

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    Advice to Management

    Proceed and be bold.

    WillowTree2019-10-22

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