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WeWork Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "No uniform/grooming requirements, summer camp, summit, free beer, community involvement" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Relaxed work environment with the opportunity to work from home" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is no work/life balance here" (in 36 reviews)

  • "Long hours, rapid growth means the organization is ever evolving" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (59)

    "Incredible ride and opportunity to have an impact on the world"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission.
    Inspiring leadership.
    Socially conscious organization.
    Lots of incredible challenges to solve.
    You're working on a product that you use, and talk to customers every single day.
    Collaborative culture.

    Cons

    This is a crazy startup, so you need to be comfortable with change and rapid iteration.
    Benefits could be better.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tri-state Hospitality & Events Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tri-state Hospitality & Events Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A real sense of community, constant progression, great benefits, amazing perks, inspiring work atmosphere

    Cons

    Work/Life balance, nothing, really ,else, that, is, a, con

  3. Helpful (333)

    "A La La Land Like No Other"

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

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

    Pros

    VERY cool HQ--beer, fruit water, and other treats on tap, free breakfast, amazing decor, lots of events and cool trendy vendors who bring free stuff--if you like to humblebrag via Insta, you'll love this place.

    Some cool people --celebrities come in and out, your colleagues are generally very attractive folks, there's a sense of excitement and true commitment to the work (borderline evangelism) depending on who you work with and what you do.

    Name recognition and valuation -- company is a rising star and it's worth having on your resume.

    A cool mission on the surface--bringing community together, helping people do what they love (making work a passion rather than a chore) through connection.

    Cons

    This place is like drinking from one continuous Kool-Aid jug. VERY cult-y and cliquey. You are either in or you're out, and if you're out, rather than cut you loose right away, they gaslight you. It's actually kind of shocking how many people I've seen be treated so poorly here, and perhaps no coincidence that they were folks of color.

    Kind of hard to find the down to earth people I did find. I enjoyed the Community teams and Security/Ops/Real Estate people I met, probably because they were constantly "hustling," but the HR team (the PEOPLE team, for goodness sake) and a lot of other "prominent" faces were consistently rude, with an overinflated sense of self and zero idea of how the WeWork "values" translate into behaviors/contributions from a prospective employee POV.

    You have to have been there since the start, or be prepared to ingratiate yourself, to get any traction in your professional development or career path. I was always shocked how badly my manager wanted to be liked, and how much they were willing to do to be liked, to get any kind of clout and/or promotion just bc they hadn't started out at WeWork as a community team member. Never mind that they were super qualified for their job.

    Pay varies depending on who you are; some people earn market value...some people very very much don't, and there doesn't seem to be any consistency that determines which is which.

    TGIM. Thank God it's Monday. Mandatory Monday meetings. Sometimes they circulate tequila shots. Is that a plus? Not sure.

    Summer Camp. Adult Summer Camp. With EDM, people in salmon colored shorts, and lots of loud rowdy entitled folks. If that's anything but a con for you, you probably belong here and godspeed.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, whatever you can do to create more authenticity in people, in the feel of the company, do it. Create meaning and purpose for everyone--help them see how what they do actually matters. And maybe actually institute meaningful performance management measures.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Pretty on the outside"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great mission statement
    -Lots of events
    -Community oriented
    -Beautiful Offices
    -Breakfast daily and occasional dinners

    Cons

    WeWork has a problem with letting great employees walk out the door in favor of hiring cheaper labor or replacing them with upper management's friends. There's very little investment in careers vs jobs, and there's no real oversight for departments so directors can get away with treating people like crap and overworking them.

    And if you're a woman you will still get paid less than your male peers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people who are investing in WeWork. Try tuning in to how your teams really feel. Pay attention and reward those who are doing their jobs.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "They don’t know what they are doing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge company. Great name on your CV...

    Cons

    They don’t know how to utilize the people they have and just hire all the time. Limited promotion opportunities, lots of internal politics and big messy, unstructured roadmap.
    People hate the place but stay for the money until they have something better.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring just for the sake of hiring, see what talent you already have.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Fast paced and lots of opportunity. Growth is becoming unhinged and organization is a mess"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pipeline of projects is huge. Opportunity to move very quickly into senior roles and manage more people. Salaries slightly above industry average.

    Cons

    Recent quality of hires has been very low. Many inexperienced people coming from low tier companies or unrelated industries. No 401k match or retirement benefits. Stock options no longer offered to new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring the right people as opposed to filling roles 'right now'. Mid level managers are often very inexperienced tenured folks who don't have the requisite skills or experience to manage people yet. Need to improve benefits to remain competitive in this market.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Needs to pay attention to details"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool people,
    fun environment
    lots of room for growth
    learn alot

    Cons

    too cultish
    underpaid
    overworked
    very bad work life balance
    leadership has lost sight of the day to day important things and has their head in the clouds

    Advice to Management

    you've lost sight of what you started. give every project more attention and stop cutting corners. A smaller number of things done well is better than many things done only barely passable.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "okay"

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

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

    Pros

    Free beer and lots of free food.

    Cons

    No work life balance, you will end up sleeping there.


  9. "Great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture and a good place to learn

    Cons

    No cons as such only a slight need of clarity in assignments

    Advice to Management

    Doing a fantastic job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Community Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and cohesive teams, great personal growth opportunities, networking with members within community, fun culture

    Cons

    Long work days within community, pay is below market value (at the moment), buildings could be staffed better