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Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rocket Internet (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot´s of autonomy and freedom to work

    Cons

    Not much guidance nor mentorship. Great company though.

    Rocket Internet Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – HR Director

    Thanks for posting your review on Glassdoor! We also think that Rocket enables entrepreneurship and encourages independent thinking; providing the perfect environment within which employees can learn ... More


  2. "Great learning, make sure you're taking away as much as theyre taking from you"

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

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time

    Pros

    You work with some of the best, brightest and most driven people out there
    If you're lucky, you get incredible responsibility and often autonomy
    If you like speed & working hard, it's a perfect fit

    Cons

    Culture can definitely be cut- throat, it depends on who you work with/for but always be careful
    They will grind you and your equity is most likely worth little if anything,so be wary and look at it as a learning expereince

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people for long term

    Rocket Internet Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – HR Director

    Thanks for taking the time to review your time with us, it’s great to hear that you enjoyed the responsibility of the role. We encourage people to take ownership of their work so that they can really ... More


  3. "great experience poor work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch skills and know how

    Cons

    work your ...ss off really

    Advice to Management

    work smarter not harder

    Rocket Internet Response

    Oct 10, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Director

    Thank you for sharing your experience on Glassdoor. Our skills and know-how are something that we're really proud of here at Rocket. Work-life balance is a very important topic for us. Our approach ... More


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocket Internet part-time

    Pros

    Great diversity, opportunities, and quality of people

    Cons

    Unstable, cut throat, competitive, low compensation

    Rocket Internet Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share a review. We are a leading tech company in Europe, manage multiple business models and that obviously offers great opportunities to our people. Cool to hear ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great dynamic work environment. Interesting colleagues

    Cons

    Work-life balance is pretty bad

    Rocket Internet Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – HR Director

    Thank you for sharing your past experience. Please reach out to our HR team to provide more feedback on the work life balance. Our approach is to work together with the managers to make sure that ... More


  7. "Co-founder"

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

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time

    Pros

    Great chance to start something from scratch with a solid financial backing.

    Cons

    Unrealistic KPIs; senior management is detached; hire fast fire fast - no structured personal development

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on employees' professional development

    Rocket Internet Response

    Jun 15, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Director

    Thanks for sharing your experience. We are known for being true builders here and that's the first thing people learn - just like you did. We believe that in your role as co-founder you were making ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Analyts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great launchpad for international career.

    Cons

    Requires significant travel in high-risk areas of the world.

    Rocket Internet Response

    May 23, 2016

    Happy to read that your time at Rocket Internet was helpful. Do you want to share any further ideas? Then just reach out to the HR teams!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Young and friendly environment from co-workers.

    Cons

    Almost every position, even if it says something different has to do with sales. They hire people, get a benefit from them and after 3-6 months, they fire them, without exception. I worked at the branch in Mexico City and this happened all the time in all of Rocket's different branches (Linio, Hello Food, Dafiti, Lamudi).

    They expect you to work 12 hours a day and the salary is really low. They promise you will grow within the company, which is true. One of my co-workers was promoted from a sales executive to a manager, which required more work and pressure, but his salary remained the same.

    If you work here, expect to be fired really fast. 30 people I knew that worked with me were fired after 3 to 6 months of working there.

    It was very common for bosses to fire their employees because of personal reasons.

    Advice to Management

    You should be aware that a lot of people travel from another state to work there, which involves committing to a lease in a 1 year contract. If you fire them after 3-6 months, that creates a big problem for them.

    My boss was really inefficient. He didn't even speak english. How can people like that be hired?

    Rocket Internet Response

    Jun 1, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. What you describe sounds not good. We need to get to know more about your experience - please reach out to our HR team immediately.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Not for the faint of heart"

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    Former Employee - CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
    Former Employee - CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smartest pool of people I have worked with.
    - You can run a company very early in your career (CEOs are usually just fresh from MBA)
    - Opportunity to have a high impact in your company
    - If you are lucky, you have a chance of earning big bucks if your company is sold
    - You will learn faster at rocket than you would if your were working for a top consulting firm
    - You will be judged by what you deliver and not on how good you are with firm politics

    Cons

    - Be prepared to work 100 hours a week
    - Be prepared to work on a very high pressure environment
    - Be prepared to wake up and go to sleep thinking about your work
    - Be prepared to not being able to meet impossible goals

    Advice to Management

    Management should care more about creating great companies and less about making a lot of money.


  11. "Extremely tough ride"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocket Internet full-time

    Pros

    Lots to learn , as this was a start up company.
    Managers and higher officials listen to you and your thoughts
    Managing Director sit next to the employee cubicle.

    Cons

    Plenty to be frank. System is not highly transparent or structured. Job security is absolute zero. Hire and fire method. Although Regional MD is highly concerned for you, Business goals are highly concentrated on short term goals rather long term. passing by everyday was an achievement.

    Advice to Management

    Please be emplyoee-centric too and not just profit oriented.



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