WillowTree - A high functioning company that respects its employees. | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "Work life balance is more than just the hours" (in 11 reviews)

  • "There is a lot of thought put into ways the work environment can be made better for team members" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Depending on your projects, work/life balance can get erratic for a bit" (in 12 reviews)

  • "This isn't just an "end of the project" crunch time; it's a "this entire project is a crunch time" crunch time" (in 5 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (3)

"A high functioning company that respects its employees."

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

I have been working at WillowTree full-time (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.

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.

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!

WillowTree Response

Jan 29, 2015 – VP of HR & Recruiting

Awesome feedback.

New spaces on the way should alleviate that problem. PM hires are top priority!

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (3)

    "WillowTree: bright people, interesting projects, and a great atmosphere."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks: Company Macbook, Weekly Lunches, Happy Hour on Fridays. Tons of snacks and coffee in the kitchens.

    There's company matching on the 401k, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance. The only hours you're required to be in the office are from 10-4.

    Charlottesville in general is a great place to live and work, the fact that WillowTree is on the downtown mall is just awesome. I'm a five minute walk about from probably over 30 places to eat lunch, and twice the number of shops and stores. Tons of book stores stores too if you're into that sort of thing.

    The people who work here are really talented and know what they are doing. There's always different projects to work on every few weeks, most of them from big name companies.

    Cons

    The official amount of hours available for PTO is a little lacking; however, they're pretty lenient on working from home if you're sick, kids are snowed in, etc.

    Definitely getting a tad crowded as we expand.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great experiences, Great People, Great Products"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent and hard working co-workers. Broad scope of projects allows one to never become bored or too comfortable.

    Cons

    Open office structure can sometimes cause distractions. However, the addition downstairs will be open in a few weeks and it will have personal conference booths for when the distractions become too much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring intelligent, awesome, and hard-working people!

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