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Updated Jan 8, 2021

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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
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Jan 8, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good senior interaction and good work life balance

      Cons

      almost none but faced paced

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    2. 5.0
      Former Intern

      very good

      Dec 23, 2020 - Research Intern in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Learning environment, work life balance, company growth, salary is very good

      Cons

      Do not have any. Everything is good.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Best place to work - great values, great team, thoughtful leadership, innovative, fun, fulfilling.

      Jun 16, 2020 - Public Relations in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture is amazing -they focus on being kind, smart and creative and really mean it. Innovation is in abundance. They want to make a positive impact on the world and it's super authentic. Rare to find... And the business is doing really well so it's the real deal. Great work/life balance.

      Cons

      Honestly, none. It's the best place I've ever worked. Never been happier.

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Prepare for long hours and surprises

      Aug 17, 2019 - QA Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Best compensation package in the LA area. When it comes to engineering, no one pays better - Free benefits (as in for you and your family) and I'm not talking just HMO - OK meals, but hey, they are free - Best vesting schedule with no cliff ... for newer employees - Creative and smart engineers - Hard working team

      Cons

      - As mentioned in the title, prepare to put in long hours. If you are not working overtime, you are probably not in engineering or you are a legacy employee just waiting to fully vest - Communication between teams (and even within teams) needs improvement - Sink or swim mentality - Not a great place for work/life balance (unless you are single or family comes second to you) - Competition is high. People seem to try to hard to vie for attention. - When stuff breaks, there are no good processes in place. As a result, people usually work in reactionary mode. - Coffee sucks - Not enough bathrooms (in my building anyway)

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

      Pretty good

      Jan 7, 2020 - Consulting Hardware Engineer in Venice, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Flexible movement between teams - High ratio of users to developers, means you're not just a cog in the wheel - Good equity - Good culture, people keep it professional even when they're angry

      Cons

      - Product pushes can require working a bunch of weekends. Sometimes the work-life balance suffers a bit. Although, I'm told it's gotten better since I left. - Lots of anxiety around the fickle share price and the future of Snapchat with respect to Instagram. But, I'm also told this is much better these days

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Company

      Oct 28, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free Food, Great Benefits, Good Work Life Balance, Fun Parties, Fun Office Culture

      Cons

      A lot of uncertainty with the future of the company and job stability

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing compensation/perks, if you can put up with corporate bureaucracy

      May 30, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Competitive pay, comfortable offices, free coffee bar, 3 free meals/day, great medical insurance (OneMedical/Heal app, great support for new/expecting mothers, mental health services, etc.), good work-life balance, amazing parties

      Cons

      Typical corporate bureaucracy/politics, unclear direction from management, little to no growth opportunities, easy to feel under-valued/under-utilized, lack of transparency, lots of lay-offs, expensive cost of living

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      I enjoyed my time there but it was time to move on

      Jan 4, 2019 - Senior Trust & Safety Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great health benefits, 401k, RSUs - Great co-workers (Santa Monica location) - Great environment

      Cons

      - Low pay (they tend to pay customer support agents lower than industry standard) - No work/life balance; a ton of OT. You are expected to do the work of 5 people - I ended up transferring to new location, but did not get a pay increase due to the cost of living in that area being 25% higher than Santa Monica - San Francisco office (very unfriendly office - I felt like I was an outsider and was ignored by others there) - I was unfairly passed up on a promotion because we didn't have enough people and I wasn't able to work on "special projects" and was stuck in customer support queues.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Be very very careful

      Nov 7, 2016 - Engineer in Venice, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Stock and compensation. Free food. Benefits aren't bad for a start up. Being in Venice beach is nice.

      Cons

      Work life balance is hands down the worst I have ever experienced in my entire career. I have overheard management indicating that it's okay to ride employees very hard because "nobody in their right mind would leave the equity on the table." Very toxic culture. Expect 60+ hours a week and the majority of weekend and company holidays to be mandatory. Even if you are doing 60 hours a week, expect to get dirty looks because of the Amazon-on-steroids workaholic culture that is imposed from the top down. I cannot stress enough how bad the work life balance is. If you are considering an offer, you should consider it a trade for 4 years of feeling horrible. Management is incredibly inexperienced, out of touch, and has no grasp on reality. Decisions at the top level are completely arbitrary and leadership regularly ignores the advice of their subordinates. Management will send out mails after a mandatory weekend telling employees how it was "so cool" and "felt like a startup again." You will absolutely have your skills squandered and ideas suppressed. As the company nears IPO, people are focused on empire building and keeping high quality talent suppressed. This leads to a ton of C-list talent being hired, which is very frustrating. It's very typical for only a narrow segment of your skills to be utilized and attempting to change that will incur a heavy penalty.

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

      Fun overall -

      Jun 4, 2018 - Engineering in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      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
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