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  • "Free food and snacks whenever you need it(in 43 reviews)

  • "Good work environment with good support system(in 18 reviews)

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  • "Sometimes the work-life balance suffers a bit(in 19 reviews)

  • "The company will not be successful long-term with Evan Spiegel at the helm(in 12 reviews)

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    Why does MBB pay Data scientists who do ML so poorly? The average DS comp is 250-350K with a few years of experience but MBB only pay 150K maybe. Top tier tech companies like Airbnb, Snap, Netflix would pay 450-550K with 4-5YOE and a MS degree. Why do MBB not pay top compensation for Data Science/ML? Seems like consulting in general doesn’t even pay 25% for these skills which are rare to find yet they’re getting paid 🥜 only 150K-200K max at MBB at the consultant level.How do they retain talent?

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Such an exciting time to be working for Snap

      May 11, 2020 - Account Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get a ton of independence, many people are smart and driven, and there is a lot of growth happening so it's an exciting time to be working here. Also it helps that Evan is quite an inspiring leader and has been leading the company through COVID well so far.

      Cons

      When it comes to ad-tech, it definitely still has a lot of catching up to do relative to the other big players. Product challenges can be tough to work through. There is still some skepticism in the market over advertising on Snap but this is improving bit by bit.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing company of thoughtful and kind humans

      Apr 16, 2020 - Workplace Service Manager in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I can not express enough how thoughtful and caring everyone at this company is. I have worked many places where this very basic human right was not possible. If culture is important to you this is the place to be at. During this COVID-19 pandemic they have been amazing team members and this all trickles down because of leadership. Keep up the good work Evan and team.

      Cons

      There are no cons I can report at this time

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      CEO relies on instincts & intimidation, not data or strategy

      Feb 27, 2019 - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      For the first few years, it was an exciting place to work. Lots of smart, innovative employees. Compensation comparable to other social media startups. Good perks. Chaotic and disorganized, but that meant any individual had opportunities to step up and get noticed.

      Cons

      The company will not be successful long-term with Evan Spiegel at the helm. He is cartoonish. He has a framed photo of Steve Jobs in his office and he fancies himself a design genius. The app's clunky design was an obstacle to user growth with adults and foreign markets. He stole the idea for the app from his frat house friend and relied on his family's money and legal experience to get the company up and running. He hires talented people and then ignores their input. He gets fixated on shiny new ideas and does not like to test his assumptions. He prefers to take big swings rather than iterate and measure KPIs. The redesign and Spectacles were his two biggest swings and both were failures. He does not have a near-term strategy and he is annoyed when employees ask for that kind of direction. He hoped that Spectacles would make Snap a leader in augmented reality, but the product does not work well — it was comically painful to watch other Snap employees struggle just to do the most basic things with Specs, like get HD snaps onto their phones. The revolving door among senior leadership is a consequence of Evan's ineptitude. When you get up close to him, it's obvious the emperor has no clothes. He also falls for shmoozers and flattery and yes-men and punishes dissent. The entire company is rolling their eyes behind his back all the time. People put up with it when the stock price was high, but the moment it tumbled, there was a leadership exodus. We all would have stayed if we felt it was a place where good ideas could get implemented, but it's a place where delusion and bullying are rewarded.

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      39 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not enough technical people at the top

      Oct 22, 2018 - Information Technology Specialist in Venice, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The idea of Venice and Santa Monica are cool. Los Angeles is a pretty cool place to visit.

      Cons

      Not enough technical people at the top. Lack of quality discovery for extremely important public facing projects. Lack of direct management on tasks capable of not being completed. Was told "because Evan said so" often.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fun overall -

      Jun 4, 2018 - Engineering in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - large level of ownership provided to each engineer, ability to make a difference and launch features - some reviews talk about work-life balance issues, however I see that balance is up to the employee...they can really go for it and deliver a lot...then get recognized and promoted a lot based on performance, or they can take a more balanced approach and still do well. It is not a place to rest. - product roadmap has been impressive since I arrived, and keeps getting more compelling. - the people are incredible. everyone is very smart and has great ideas. Overall teams are great at delivering. - Ideas are encouraged and can come from anywhere in the company. Does it make sense to do every idea? (no) . Do you have to work and learn how to sell your vision of the idea. (yes). - Company and senior management appear to take lessons to heart from feedback (employee & product decisions & customers/users) and make the best decisions for the users/company/employees.

      Cons

      - yes there is some privacy...but this is largely to prevent competitors from learning and scooping our products. - quite a bit of stock volatility since it is a young company, still working to profitability - company can continue to get more transparency internally. This has changed a lot this year, now bi-weekly senior management Q&A's, Evan regularly speaks to all of Snapchat on an at least monthly basis.

      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Titanic

      Apr 21, 2018 - Product/Eng Stuff in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incompetent hires and/ or lazy low IQ / oldies from goog/msft/amzn managers mean tons to take on and drive - truly unique how much you can learn due to incompetent coworkers They used to pay a ton to get people to relocate The SoCal weather

      Cons

      Where do we begin? Management - Evan is an immature average designer who got very lucky. This bred a culture of hiring more like him. Design which reports to him holds a lot of power. I've never seen engineering treated so poorly as it is here Work culture - some really lazy rest n vest type people hired. Old rejects from Google/AMZN/MSFT fill the ranks. Or people from no name startups. Politics - thats all thats done,all day everyday. turf wars. fighting for things that they couldnt execute on even if they won Competition - IG is killing snap. Nothing more to say Low quality staff - who would relocate to LA? either the best who are paid outrageously (and have already left cuz they are actually good) or the worst...who have stayed back

      20 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Upper management is terrible

      Mar 8, 2018 - Software Engineer in Venice, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - all the individual engineers are talented - your lower level managers are pretty awesome people - there's interesting work - hiring bar and diversity seem to be good shape - amenities and perks are pretty nice - good work life balance

      Cons

      - upper management is just stinking awful. You'll never hear from Evan except through maybe five emails in the course of a year. - They're constantly "restructuring" and shifting teams around for no reason making it seem like there's some weird politics going around. I was involuntarily moved under five teams in a year each with a different director - Some big big BIG decisions seem to be knee-jerk responses. Very little stuff are data-driven - No transparency. I got all of my developments on the business side of Snap via TechCrunch like everyone else. - Honestly not sure where the future of the company will go. Poor morale when I left - Venice homeless people hate you

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      21 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Heartless and Clueless Leadership

      Apr 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Perks & Benefits - Nice Office Space - Free Food & Stocked Break Areas - Nice Parties

      Cons

      - No Room for growth unless you were are apart of the click - Management hires friends from previous jobs - Especially Facebook friends - No regard for the work and initiatives placed for the organization - Management has no clue how to lead - Your ideas are overlooked - Racist Leadership - If you're not White or Asian or Male - No need to apply - CEO cares more about adding to his Billions at the expensive of the employees and Shareholders. - Investing in this company is like burning cash - Layoff's and Position Elimination was done abrutly and rudely. An Email was sent for a meeting to bring your personal belongings. 1 Hour Later lives and families changed with no remorse while Evan allocated 638 million in Bonus money to himself.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I Really Wanted To Like It Here

      Nov 30, 2017 - Engineer in Venice, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Competitive compensation packages (but once you’re in you’ll understand why) - Great HQ location

      Cons

      - Lack of transparency on strategy and vision - You don’t have to be Facebook or Amazon, but you have to have some sort of competitive advantage. Separating social and media aren’t going to cut it. There are a bunch of apps that already do that. This is a huge gap for a company that’s supposed to be worth billions. I have yet to see anything that suggests that there’s any type of long term strategic planning. I could barely get teams to show me a roadmap for the quarter and it was needed for my job! As a result Snap: - Can’t keep top talent - Top talent wants to know what they’re working towards. That doesn’t happen here. You’re expected to work in a vacuum and pretend to see the bigger picture- except...there isn’t one. It’s all in Evan’s head. Priorities shift literally everyday and are based on nothing more than gut feelings. - Slow moving: Any reviewers that say Snap is fast-paced are disillusioned or lack experience. Meetings are for show, constantly pushed out, cancelled, and/or never re-scheduled. There’s very little autonomy and projects are micromanaged. There are no performance reviews, so goals (if they are even articulated) are constantly refreshed or pushed out quarter over quarter. - Morale is low and the existing culture perpetuates this: Some long-timers aren’t receptive to meeting new people as the company grows and bringing them into the fold. It’s a “fend for yourself” environment where survival of the ruthless reigns. Some people are just mean/rude. - Internal Communication: Nope. There is none. Have a suggestion for a new product/feature? Or maybe an anecdot to share that will help boost engagement? You’re out of luck finding a forum to share it in. The only feedback is in the form of app feedback and even that is a black box to the person who reports. Basically, Snap is a place where you try to look as busy possible and impress Evan/your leadership, without actually doing anything that’s moving the “camera company” forward in a meaningful way. It’s been very disappointing working here. Much like the app (Snapchat), the company (Snap Inc.), leaves a lot to be desired. I was hoping for world-class and just haven’t seen it yet. There’s a bunch of people rooting for Snap Inc., so it will be up to some bold souls (or Evan singlehandledly—which is more likely) to get to anything resembling success.

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      38 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Getting there

      Apr 22, 2017 - Software Engineer in Venice, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Opportunity to make a large impact for feature development or performance improvement Opportunity to work with smart/entrepreneur people Good/Free food/drinks and reasonable allowance to eat from local restaurants as well Strong intern program Strong salary,stock,refreshment program Strong product review/eng process for releases Vision: Evan Spiegel/Design team is awesome for product vision and discussing new ideas Strong engineering leadership Work/Life balance is fine. You don't have to work on weekends. It is similar to other large tech companies. Innovative and ambitious culture

      Cons

      Don't have an established campus Office space sucks compare to Google/Microsoft Not much established for review/performance system Too much new grads (but this is changing recently) Leveling system for engineers does not seem right Each new stock vesting schedule same as initial hiring stock Favoritism for closeness to Evan or Directors/VPs etc Not enough conference rooms

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      14 people found this review helpful
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