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Mike Metzger
91 Ratings
Pros
  • "The work life balance is the biggest benefit at PayScale, at least for me(in 24 reviews)

  • "Great people, feel like I am doing the right thing by our clients as the product is AMAZING(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unlimited PTO is a recruiting tactic that doesn't necessarily apply to the sales team(in 6 reviews)

  • "As with any growing company, there are growing pains(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Great place to learn as a software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    * lots of talented and smart engineers to learn from * opportunities to work up and down the stack * hack days to explore new ideas * smart business model * since it's a compensation company, very clever about ways to compensate employees (week off July 4, pop-up shop at the office, free food, conferences). Very in tune with employee needs. * up to speed on cutting edge technology * willing to spend money on fancy...

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    Cons

    * search engine optimization is highly competitive and it's hard to outrank some of the big players (including Google itself providing users with salary info). Also, the Google search algorithm is a constantly moving target so it's hard to feel like you have any control over it. * as with most companies, some level of legacy code to deal with

    Advice to Management

    * continue to cultivate such a positive and pleasant culture * remain committed to diversity * continue to find ways to lower reliance on search engine optimization

    PayScale2018-06-15

    PayScale Response

    July 12, 2018Chief Engineering Officer

    Wow…thank you for sharing this! Our leadership teams works hard with our people team to make very deliberate choices about investments in compensation, benefits, training, culture, performance management, work environment and overall employee experience. Choosing one thing necessarily ...

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  2. "Customer Success - My home away from home"

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    Current Employee - Customer Success in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Always striving to improve and become greater for our customers (aka if you get bored easily there is no way you could get bored here) - Great coworkers (mostly). Everyone really cares about each other and our customers. It is pretty great. - Our people team is just amazing. Erika especially makes everyone feel so welcomed and loved. - My team is amazing. I can lean on them when I need to. <3

    Cons

    - Sometimes people need to just breathe. If something doesn't go perfectly it isn't the end of the world. We need to get better at being flexible for unpredictable situations. This is CS it is the name of the game.

    PayScale2019-02-08
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Extreme Lack of Diversity"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Employee experience, Benefits, PTO, Happy hours

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, Pay, Favoritism, Fratty-feel

    Advice to Management

    I realize sales is its own beast, but compared to other organizations I've work in, PayScale's sales department is extremely homogeneous. I don't believe there is one female of color that works in the sales department here. The company is also very incestuous. I realize that referral culture is big in tech, but when you have half of a floor who are friends from college, it's pretty tacky. I know EX has been working...

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    PayScale2019-03-26

    PayScale Response

    March 29, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    I appreciate your feedback. PayScale is very committed to diversity in our hiring practices. We strive to find a wide range of candidate backgrounds and perspectives. It is important to me personally to enrich and broaden the team to be well rounded in all aspects. As I think ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Three years in and my eyes haven't wandered far"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I'd like to preface that this review is speaking from my experience in the engineering organization, which I believe is one of the more valued teams at PayScale. While that's great for me, I believe more can be put into other teams that might be lacking that attention. Let's get on to the pros: - Competitive benefits There are many great benefits listed publicly but there are many that aren't very tangible. I,...

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    Cons

    - Lack of diversity This has been spoken of in a few reviews, and I believe it holds true. While the internal diversity and inclusion group is doing great work in pushing towards a more diverse workforce, I believe it will take a long time to get there. When I look around during engineering team meetings I'm fairly distraught at the lack of POC in the room. We are making movement towards fixing this, it will just...

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    PayScale2019-03-28

    PayScale Response

    April 15, 2019Chief Engineering Officer

    Thanks for your feedback and I’m glad you enjoy working at PayScale! I also strongly believe that diversity and inclusion (D&I) is fundamental. First, it is morally and ethically the right thing to do. Second, we are solving problems that no-one else has ever solved. By having ...

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  5. "Pretty Good"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Growth and Promotion within. Well positioned in the Market. Coworkers you would hang out with after hours. Flexible and open to new ideas. Reasonable Hours.

    Cons

    Growing Pains. Always more to do than bandwidth. Product Development can be rocky.

    PayScale2019-03-06
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive, SMB in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - PayScale walks the walk with compensation and benefits - Commission structure is motivating and fair - Super positive environment where wins are celebrated frequently - Huge potential for career growth - Lot's of resources available (sales software, hardware, sales coaches) - Great training and onboarding process - Hard work is appreciated and rewarded - Independence week - Awesome coworkers - Lot's of nice-to-have...

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    Cons

    - Work from home options could be more flexible (seems to be discouraged) - Departments could be more integrated - Unlimited PTO thing is a bit of a gimmick. Expectations can vary wildly depending on manager. I would prefer a clear number of PTO days per year.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with any efforts to cross pollinate between departments in terms of discussion and understanding.

    PayScale2019-01-04
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Frustrating experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PayScale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Nice coworkers - Balanced work hours - Company-paid health insurance

    Cons

    - Pay shaming (ironically) - Questionable data accuracy - Petty and juvenile internal politics - Superficial Kool-Aid culture lifted from "hip tech companies" - Stagnant products with engineering that lags behind industry best practices - Inexperienced middle management entrenched in "this is how we've always done it" — they micromanage, constantly change expectations and requirements, and have virtually no communication...

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    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and be transparent with employees. Stay on the offensive rather than the defensive when it comes to the competition. Don't push random perks in hopes of retaining people — culture can't be forced.

    PayScale2019-01-17

    PayScale Response

    February 6, 2019Chief Engineering Officer

    I’m sorry that your experience at PayScale didn’t meet your expectations…I truly am. Fortunately, most employees don’t share your views on our culture, benefits, products and company. We leverage OfficeVibe to survey our employees anonymously and benchmark ourselves against other ...

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  8. "Good SaaS sales job"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PayScale full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Access to the latest enablement tech - Friendly culture - Clean, robust Salesforce

    Cons

    - Unlimited vacation policy but discourage vacations - Clique

    Advice to Management

    - Train managers - Pay non- sales & eng jobs more money

    PayScale2018-11-28
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PayScale full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture, awesome additional benefits, room to grow, good managers depending on team

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted if you don't fully drink the cool-aid and become friends with the clique. Base salary is low to the market - they preach it is all about total cash.

    PayScale2018-11-09
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayScale full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Career progression for Sales is clear and attainable Leadership across all departments is exceptional, but Sales leadership and the CEO stand out. The generous time off policy allows for freedom to take care of family responsibilities or emergencies. Base pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Not a huge Fido Friday guy Data is phenomenal, but the tools could use improvement

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and improving!

    PayScale2018-10-02
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