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Updated September 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Free food with option to dine out at restaurants (in 12 reviews)

  • Location: Venice beach is a lively tourist location with good weather and quirky locals (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance tips heavily towards work (in 7 reviews)

  • Equity package has backloaded vesting schedule so you have to stay 4 years for full benefit (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Android Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Android Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, interesting tasks, collaborative colleges

    Cons

    No cons for me, everything's great


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs work"

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

    Pros

    Benefits, some intelligent people, fast paced environment

    Cons

    Senior management lack experience and it shows

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those with experience, set up the right checks and balances within the org

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Story Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Snap full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, creative atmosphere, food benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, employee moral is low and treatment isn't fair


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Engineers Marred by Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Venice, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Venice, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Small teams so lots of responsibility
    -Lots of smart and kind people
    -Competitive compensation (though stock vesting is backloaded to encourage 4 years)

    Cons

    -Culture is toxic and stressful. Think more Amazon than Facebook.
    -Employees are encouraged to work long hours to make up for lackluster code design, rather than improving the code.
    -More focused on ops and maintenance than long-term improvements to the product
    -Very top-down management, with most priorities coming from higher-up management than those closer to the product

    Advice to Management

    Focus on enabling engineers to be more productive, rather than trying to meet specific goals through long hours. Be willing to take a temporary hit in order to save time in the long run.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I love working at Snap!"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Venice, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Venice, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people! Everyone is so nice! Everyone has a voice. Constantly working on cool stuff. Everyones ideas are valid and listened to. Everyone is well-taken care of.

    Cons

    Fast paced, long work days

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Fun, Exciting Work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Venice, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Venice, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on fun, cutting edge products that will have millions of users. Great team with an attitude that anything is possible.

    Cons

    Young company, so structure and processes are still being worked out to operate efficiently.


  7. "I like working in Snap"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Snap full-time

    Pros

    Learning a lot and it's a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Not in North California.

    Advice to Management

    Do better in dealing with Wall Street analyst.

  8. "great place to work, stale in growth"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Venice is the best office place I can think of, really enjoy the work environment. people are smart

    Cons

    facing fierce competition from FB, nervous of company growth around the company

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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

    Pros

    The location is on the Venice Beach. The rent is low compared with the companies in the Silicon Valley.

    There are a few good software engineers and good managers from the Valley.

    Cons

    Some groups of managers and directors are biased towards their hires from their previous companies. The toxic culture and the horrible vesting schedule make it a bad place to grow your career.

    The HR department. There is no mechanism to transfer to a different group if you are working for a bullying boss (which is not rare at Snap).

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Location
    Great Food
    Nice People
    Awesome space for creativity

    Cons

    The company tends to be very secretive. Often times products are learned about by employees at the same time as the public. Not the worse thing, however would like more internal communication in the future.


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