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Quirky Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Quirky is a fast-paced, energetic, and passionate place (in 7 reviews)

  • The office space itself is amazing, a really beautiful office (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge when you are drawn into the culture (in 16 reviews)

  • People would get let go very regularly and without notice (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Product Design Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment and smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Products didn't get much thought in them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bleeding cash.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Times/Poor Managment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Chelsea, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Chelsea, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very fun place to work. High paced, lots to learn, great mentors. Lots of benefits and great pay, not to mention 3 weeks mandatory vacation.

    Cons

    Poorly mismanaged, and eventual bankruptcy. Lack of vision and improvement on for existing line was majority of downfall.

    Advice to Management

    Limit products and sku's and do those few very well.


  3. "Company Culture and Community, 2nd to none"

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

    I worked at Quirky full-time

    Pros

    Everyone worked together cross functionally but beyond that, we were friends. There was a company culture here that is 2nd to none. However this company manifests itself in the future, there is no doubt that the culture should be the most important thing to rebuild.

    Cons

    overspend to maintain an image to the sacrifice of keeping the company alive. The need to maintain perception to the outside world was more critical than hunkering down and making tough product decisions to improve margins and profitability.


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  5. "No Regrets"

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

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

    Pros

    The great Quirky experiment is over... for now. We equipped ourselves with the best talent and seemingly unlimited resources, but couldn't overcome all the hurdles to rapid product development. We gave it everything!

    Cons

    Seemed like the strategy was to double-down bets in the face of uncertainty. While it created a crazy sense of unity and purpose, the growth was unsustainable and the strain on the business compounded.

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult to point at one thing that went wrong. Everything was always a little bit broken, but still floating.


  6. "Sales Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Braintree, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Braintree, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Has a very good working atmosphere

    Cons

    It pays ONLY by commission

    Advice to Management

    keep UP THE GOOD JOB


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quirky (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing office and some great perks. The employees were really talented and smart. It was enjoyable learning from and feeding off each other's ideas.

    Cons

    Turnover was extremely high. People would get let go very regularly and without notice. The company also changed direction and focus frequently which made it hard to keep everyone's plans and goals aligned

    Advice to Management

    Management needed to have more focus and pay more attention to becoming profitable. Profit was only a priority when board meetings were coming up.


  8. "Beautiful and flawed"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quirky (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a great environment, very fast paced, with much respect for employees and their ideas. Lots of independence and resources.

    Cons

    Lack of discipline, poor work life balance, lack of direction, and huge problems scaling up with bringing on more senior staff that just didn't get it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Community Support Representative"

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    Former Employee - Community Ambassador in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Community Ambassador in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing culture and colleagues
    Fun atmosphere
    Driven employees

    Cons

    Poor leadership skills
    No work/life balance
    WAY too high expectations of some employees

    Advice to Management

    If the company isn't dead yet, turn things around! Treat long time employees with respect and they will help keep you afloat.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "+ People, Culture, Mission, Office | - Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quirky is a fast-paced, energetic, and passionate place. The mission is incredible and potentially world-changing; to "make invention accessible", which is an exciting prospect to work towards everyday. The culture is young, fun, and sprited. There is no shortage of interesting personalities, which the HR team did a great job selecting. Office space is incredible.

    Cons

    People burn-out, it moves too fast at the expense of quality, and the business situation fluxes with instability. Leadership is not its strong suit, and there is little direction from department heads.

    Advice to Management

    Get some more seasoned pro's as heads of teams, start planning ahead, and slow down.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing people, but not perfect."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As noted, you'll work with some of the most amazing people you'll ever meet. People are inspiring and in turn my you feel inspired to work at Quirky. You have a lot of room to grow and have great opportunities to move into other roles. The office space itself is amazing, a really beautiful office.

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty leaves people scared and constant restructuring is difficult. Some of the senior management members are questionable as far as what they contribute to the company. Decisions are made too quickly without reflection of possible consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose focus of what is important. Employees still believe in our mission and want to continue, just need the leadership to reflect that as well.


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