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Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "Fast-paced, tons of potential for personal growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Claims in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - there are many opportunities for advancement
    - the work is fast paced and challenging
    - management is responsive and attentive to employees' needs

    Cons

    - there can be in-fighting, as the teams are very small and personalities clash
    - cross-team coordination can suffer at times

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of the long-term vision!

    Getaround Response

    Apr 12, 2017 – Head of People

    Thanks for the feedback! Please let our People Team know how we can continue to improve or email me directly at pavle@getaround.com.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Exciting times as Getaround smooths out kinks and speeds up expansion."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Getaround full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The company's vision is noble and easy to get behind.

    - The people are eclectic with varied backgrounds and interests. Everyone is smart and passionate, but no one takes themselves too seriously.

    - The growth potential is huge, though some kinks need to be worked out before the hockey stick graph.

    - The pace is frenetic. Lots of things are still being figured out so expect lots of small course corrections, and maybe a few big ones. This is par for the course when you are creating a brand new business model and it can be very exciting.

    - The amount of work and scope of responsibilities can be challenging. But if you enjoy the challenge, this environment will do wonders for your personal growth.

    - The culture is work hard, play hard. A lot of fun will be had.

    - Foosball level of play is high.

    Cons

    - Work/life balance can be demanding. Though this is partially appeased by the flexible work hours and work-from-home options.

    - Teams sometimes feel at odds with other teams. This is often due to breakdowns in cross team communications. This was improving though not completely fixed while I was at the company.

    - Perks are just okay.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Best Team Ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive team members.
    Empowerment. The company is small and everyone can make a difference.
    Every day presents new challenges

    Cons

    This is a very demanding (and rewarding) job

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I love the leadership here.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting and Energizing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We're at a very exciting time right now in the company and there is a lot going on. Everyone is pulling for the same goal which really makes one feel like part of a team. I haven't been here long but I feel like I'm making a difference both internally for my team and externally with our mission of getting cars off the road. it's hard work but ultimately feels very rewarding.

    Cons

    A full weekend off without some kind of work interruption is unheard of but that's what you would expect in a start up.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great mission, great culture."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Community in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Getaround full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The company's vision is clear and very tangible.
    - Great company culture. Hiring based on culture fit is important across the board and the team is very close knit
    - Great office perks and benefits (lots of dogs, all the time)
    - CEO is brilliant, personable and a great driver for the company

    Cons

    - Typical growing pains of a small company growing quickly
    - Team is small and lean - workload can feel overwhelming at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Nothing's perfect and the company is growing really well. Hiring has improved a lot and the team has a great feel right now.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A place to grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims/Safety Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Claims/Safety Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Getaround full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I started at Getaround, I was fresh out of college with no experience in tech or the working world. I had always been passionate about cars (I thumbed through AutoTrader often), but I didn't know yet how much value I would get (and continue to receive) when I started working here. Getaround became, for me, a place where I would go on to get a real, valuable education. It is a fast paced, creative, and inspiring environment. I have been constantly challenged and asked to attack new issues that are vital to the company.

    As I matured in my role, I have been able to advance in my career. In the time I've spent at Getaround, I have gone from a intern handling odds and ends to a Claims/Safety Manager handling major cases, drafting important policy/process, and have had the opportunities to grow my skills as a manager and leader. I am not a stand alone example of this either.

    Transportation is a true pillar of the modern society. Getaround is solving that problem. It's motivating to know the actions you are taking everyday are going to really disrupt the world as we know it. This is a vision that is shared by the whole team especially in leadership.

    The leadership team at Getaround is very invested in the vision of the company. No job is too small to get this idea across the finish line. When our support team needed help for several months, every single member of the founding team was on the front lines taking support calls at night and over the weekends.

    On weekends and late at night, you can always find a member of the leadership team online or at the office working on this or that initiative. Though Getaround has been around for 5 years, the pace, dedication and ferocity of a start up trying to really have an impact on the world has not left any part of the leadership team which has translated to the rest of the organization as a whole.

    Getaround for me is a family. Like all families, there are times of strife, stress, and hardship; however, there is no one else you'd rather face those adversities with. The people are dedicated and deliberate, eager to change the way the world uses cars.

    Cons

    Like all start ups, there is room for growth.

    Cross team coordination is still being perfected, and it can be frustrating at times. Leadership has started to combat this by identifying key hires in important areas of the organization to increase the level of communication across teams.

    Perfect can become the enemy of good. At times, I feel like the perfect solution may be out of scope, and a practical solution may exist that isn't as involved and may be a better path forward. There can be slowing in process when this occurs which can cause frustration; however, the end result is often longer lasting, stronger, and worth the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow.

    Over the four years I've spent at Getaround, I feel I have had the opportunity to see management change and grow both professionally and personally. Whether this was the way they interacted with employees or conducted their own initiatives, the common theme has been growth. Like any person who is being honest and real, there are peaks and valleys, new challenges and the ones you've seen before. I would urge the leadership team to continue to embrace challenge, and continue their paths of growth as Getaround continues.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I relocated across the country for Getaround to join the Engineering team. It has been exciting for last 3 years."

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

    I have been working at Getaround full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - amazing business model that really works. This is not a start-up "hoping" to make or sell something. It has real revenue and customers and is growing quickly
    - everyone at Getaround believes in the vision of car sharing everywhere
    - company spends a lot of time on company culture.
    - a real open door policy.....the CEO is the most approachable person in the company
    - almost everyone takes advantage of the work-from-home option
    - company communication is well executed with many avenues to share information and a regular company All-Hands every two weeks
    - engineering is pretty interesting and challenging as it touches many different stacks and technologies including mobile, infrastructure and hardware
    - a fun group of people with very few egos

    Cons

    - never quite got used to the "No Nesting" policy but with flexible schedules, it makes more sense
    - no office manager means that some tasks go unfilled or managers are forced to do more admin work
    - meetings sometimes dont start on time which is inefficient

    Advice to Management

    - focus on the bigger picture and leave the details to staff
    - need to start thinking like a growth company rather than scrappy start-up

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Best place I've worked!"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been at a few startups. This is probably one of the best places I've worked.

    Amazing team with a great culture where people actually care about what they do. Everyone brings a work hard, play hard attitude and gets along very well. Very flat organization structure where all departments collaborate daily and you can really make an impact.

    There aren't a lot of politics and not much interoffice drama, although about a year ago there were a few difficult personalities that caused a lot of interoffice strife.

    The office environment is very open and everyone gets top-of-the-line hardware and a headset. It's really a great place to work and really rewarding--but practice your foosball if you plan on joining!

    Cons

    Early on the leadership were too soft on prima donna employees who were not top performers. It negatively affected team morale and should have been dealt with swiftly.

    Otherwise policies aren't always clear but that seems to have improved. It's a startup so you there's not a lot of handholding when you're new to the team. Because of the very collaborative work-style, the office environment can be noisy at times.

    Advice to Management

    Protect the team and be decisive with people that are not a culture fit.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Heavily political company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Getaround full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting product. Interesting technology. Fun people.

    Cons

    No vision. Upper management has no management experience. No decisions were being made more than 2 weeks into the future. Poor planning in general. Overspending on unnecessary items, underinvesting on morale and employee benefits.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed bag."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart, hard-working people; constantly-improving technology. Great mission.

    Cons

    Relatively inexperienced management team that tends toward micro-management. Long, demanding hours are nearly always the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Build your executive team by delegating more decisions -- and place more trust in the people you hire. Focus more on your customers (vs. just your technology).


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