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Updated November 18, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate People & Wonderful Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meetup has a truly lovely work culture. The employees are not only smart and passionate about what they do, but they're extremely inclusive and supportive of one another. The management is respectful, the benefits are wonderful, and the work environment is modern and comfortable. The employees are held to high standards, but the work is gratifying.

    Cons

    Dogs are only allowed on one of the two floors. Sometimes people use the last of the coffee and they don't make more.


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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

    I worked at Meetup (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meetup is very mission-driven, and it attracts a lot of smart, motivated people who want to make a difference. The overall company culture is inclusive, collaborative, and approachable. People are open to discussion around improving product as well as improving processes and company culture.

    There's a lot of internal transparency around company metrics, finances, and what other product teams are working on.

    Work/life balance is great. Hours are fairly flexible, and remote work is a possibility depending on your team and situation. Good healthcare, 401K, and parental leave regardless of gender.

    Cons

    Meetup was founded in 2002, so there's a good amount of design & technical debt. There also isn't much documentation around why certain product decisions were made in the past. Recently Meetup has been dedicating a lot of resources to rectifying these issues, though, which will make them faster in the future.

    In terms of office environment: I love the open layout, but I wish there were more carpets, or dividers, or acoustical ceiling tiles—anything to reduce noise. I want to be able to have discussions at my desk without forcing my neighbors two aisles over to put on headphones, and vice versa.


  3. "Good people; poor direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office, great perks, casual and laid back. Most people at Meetup are really brilliant and interesting. There's room to move upwards in the company. At many points in my time at Meetup, I loved it and I felt like I had tons of room to grow.

    Cons

    Management Accountability: There seems to be no accountability for people in higher positions. Entry-level employees have incredibly strict expectations, but it seems like their managers can consistently fail to perform without any consequences. I've witnessed many good and ambitious employees get discouraged because their managers aren't a good fit.

    Company mission/values: There's a general "feel good" smugness that allows Meetup to convince itself that everything it does makes the world a better place. The mission is "MEME" -- A Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything. The result is a company that is so vague that it doesn't stand for anything at all.

    Advice to Management

    Be brave, take a stance on something. Be a company that leads instead of follows. Also, stop spending so much time discussing things like Slack and email etiquette in back rooms. It makes management seem ineffectual and bored.


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  5. "This Company Cares"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Meetup full-time

    Pros

    So many companies talk about caring, about doing good, but it's rare to find one that really does. From the CEO to the freshest engineer, this is a company of good people.

    Cons

    Still struggling to transition to a larger team. Needs more scaffolding and infrastructure.


  6. "Most fun you could probably have at any software engineering job"

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

    Pros

    Meetup is a mission driven organization and they have done a great job staying true to it. The office culture is great, overall low pressure, supportive environment, mostly flat management structure, beer fridge is always stocked. They take very good care of their employees. In the past they were not great about keeping up with technological trends but that has since become a focus and there are now a lot of opportunities to work on the cutting edge. If you like writing scala (backend) or react (frontend), this is definitely a good place to be.

    Cons

    None, it was a great experience

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing for developer empowerment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "great place to be a part of"

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

    I have been working at Meetup (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent people. excellent mission. excellent culture. excellent
    i feel like i own my work and can make a positive impact, both in the company and on society

    Cons

    not much to complain of... perhaps understaffed


  8. "Chill but challenging!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work at a company that provides people experiences, not things.
    Completely advertising free so we can focus completely on the user experience.
    Great company culture, everyone is extremely friendly and approachable.
    Unafraid to try new technologies and work processes.
    Our mission comes before our profits.
    Employees have great perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Although there are tons of great ideas, it's core product hasn't changed since the company's inception. One of our company's values is "be bold and change the company", but I feel that most management is too busy with hitting their goals.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it feels that upper management isolates themselves from the rest of the company. It'd be nice if upper management reached out for one on one's or small group discussions with employees. I believe that Meetup employees have tons of great ideas to improve our product and processes that could be heard.


  9. "Fun but challenging"

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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 Meetup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Meetup attracts smart, interesting, mission-driven people who are self-driven. There's a lot to do at this mid-size but growing company, so there are always opportunities to take on new challenges. Moves by senior management over the last 1-2 years have injected new life, and the company seems poised for bigger things.

    Cons

    A culture of accountability and results-driven work has been slow to take place in some sectors, and sometimes actions can be over-discussed, giving you that "too many cooks" feeling.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "My Meetup Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Meetup is a mission-driven company. While it is a for-profit entity, it is not profit driven. If you are aligned with the mission, you will really enjoy working at Meetup. If you are unfamiliar with Meetup, take a look at the mission at meetup.com/about. What's more, Meetup is breathtakingly transparent. On my first day, I joined a group of other new employees for lunch with our CEO. He spoke passionately about Meetup, but he also invited us to openly share our thoughts and perceptions about Meetup and its mission. Less than 1 month into my employment, I joined another group of new employees for lunch with our CFO. He spoke as openly and transparently as our CEO had.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a company with deeply engrained procedures and best practices, Meetup might not be a good fit for you. While the recruiting and on boarding processes were seamless, you'll likely find a genuine openness to new ideas and processes in your role at Meetup. In other words, if you want to be told what to do and how to do it, you may feel uncomfortable with the ambiguity that comes with flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Meetup is on the right track, and together, we'll find best practices and processes to lessen ambiguity, but we'll enjoy the journey while we get there.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect Size, Mission Driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Meetup full-time

    Pros

    Meetup wants to save the world, and I do too. We have enough resources to do important things, but we're small enough that individuals can truly make a difference.

    Meetup is just big enough that the business is stable and can offer some of the perks of that stability in terms of meaningful compensation and benefits. They don't have the free lunch spread that some startups offer but the health care (which includes Sherpaa), 401k, parental leave, PTO, sabbatical program! and general work/life balance are awesome.

    Significantly reduced competition and power struggle that you get in a huge corporate machine, but still offering opportunity for meaningful career growth, and without the long stressful hours that you might find at some less established startup.

    Finally, Meetup is still small enough that you know your coworkers and feel a bond with not only them but the mission of the company. When it comes down to it, I'm here because I believe that bringing people together is one of the most important things I could be using my time, effort and skills for, and nearly all of the smart people I work with here feel the same way.

    Cons

    The main downsides also relate to the size of the company (<150 people). The struggle between corporate goals and the soul of the mission is unavoidable. When hard decisions have to be made, it feels personal because everyone is so connected to eachother and the company. That being said I think the company has continually shown the ability to evaluate itself and adapt for the better.



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