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WillowTree Reviews

Updated February 7, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is more than just the hours" (in 14 reviews)

  • "There is a lot of thought put into ways the work environment can be made better for team members" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Depending on your projects, work/life balance can get erratic for a bit" (in 13 reviews)

  • "We've got some growing pains with having to be in a few different office spaces, but there is an awesome fix on the horizon" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Best tech company you can imagine"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented, caring, fun people
    Employees are valued and respected
    Work-life balance is respected
    Interesting work; interesting clients
    Growth opportunities are abundant
    Curiosity and continual learning highly promoted (1 class per year, plus ongoing innovation opportunities)
    Core values encourage a high level of collaboration, trust, and respect
    Fast growth but deliberate strategies to keep the culture

    Cons

    Growth is hard and it's easy for communication to break down. A flat organization is nice but people can get left out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing
    Consider different organization structures


  2. "The Best Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The best leadership I have ever seen, They are dynamic, democratic and truly care about employee's development. Very inclusive and transparent on promotion and salaries. You got to rotate between clients and projects therefore, learn new things and switch focus without changing company. Very good way to gain experience. Fast growing company thus a lot of opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    Almost none. The only conservation is the location of office in Durham. The leadership has put in a lot of money in the new office, but it seems they are very persist to have an office in downtown Durham instead of other locations with better safety situation. But other than that, there is no better place to work .

  3. "It is better than "Cats""

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a supportive and colaborative work environment

    Cons

    Team changes (within company) are frequent.


  4. "Thoughts so far..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparency is demonstrated well here - from open conversations to an open office layout to interviewing.

    Process Improvement. No one is ready to settle. Everyone pitches in or takes initiative to make both day-to-day and long-term improvements happen. We are not afraid of change.

    Employee work/life balance. Tobias (CEO, WillowTree) and Bezos (CEO, Amazon) both preach a common message that there is no such thing as work/life balance. If you love your job and your life and have a company that supports you, they ultimately blend so well together. We definitely experience flexibility from "work from home (as needed)" to flexible hours.

    Growth. Think about what company has emphasized Recruiting/Branding over Sales/Biz Dev. This is rare! Caring about the people you hire will result in employees that excel in their role. Both Charlottesville and Durham are moving into much larger, and newer offices!

    Personal Growth. We get Lunch and Learn every Wednesday where internal or external speakers will teach the company on a topic or project they're working on. This is followed by Innovation Hour where employees can drop everything they're working on and focus on Learning and Developing THEMSELVES. Furthermore you get a stipend annually to attend a conference, get a certification, etc to increase your skillset. Getting paid to make yourself better...amazing!

    Project Teams & Inclusion. Employees sit in an open environment where their project teams and each project team is local to it's office (not spread out between offices). This drives communication and allows for employees to meet more than just employees in their domain of expertise. There are plenty of "groups" outside of the project teams that you can join for Diversity, Board Games, DIY, Meetup, etc...

    Core Values. First company I've ever worked with that actually walks the talk and puts Core Values above anything else.

    Cons

    ***Not a con but a focus point. As we grow, keep our roots and maintain a mindset of empowering employees! Keep improving, keep growing, keep impressing clients.

    ***Salaries are low. BUT I know this is being improved. I know benefits are phenomenal along with a company that has an impressive culture and mindset of flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Have the "hard to have" conversations with employees. Be personal, fair, and intentional with them. Set purposeful goals to accomplish and don't let anyone feel stuck in their role.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Truly a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA Test Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Software QA Test Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You constantly read about companies ‘caring about their employees’, Willowtree walks that talk.
    The human aspect of Willowtree is what makes it so amazing. You come into work knowing you’re working with amazingly smart people and also some of the nicest.

    Cons

    Cons are some of the growing pains of expansion and rapid growth which is being accessed and handled properly by the management team.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you all for making Willowtree such a great place to work.


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WillowTree full-time

    Pros

    People are always willing to help out and listen to your ideas. Everyone is nice, helpful, smart, and they trust you to make good decisions. Leadership is open and willing to listen to how you think WillowTree can be a better place to work.

    The employee resource groups are a really great support system. I'm able to be out at work and I'm really grateful to work here.

    Cons

    I think the process for allocation needs to be refined, but I think that we're taking steps to improve it.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn and grow - full of smart and nice people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is so nice and supportive -- and smart. You're given a lot of autonomy and are allowed to do as you please. Also, cool client projects, and an exciting future for the company!

    Cons

    Too many snacks in the workplace, easy to gain weight. Just kidding, I love WillowTree.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Focus on the people, and the rest will come.

  8. "Could not be happier to have joined WillowTree"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - transparent and experienced leadership
    - teams of highly-engaged, talented individuals who care about their craft
    - a growing portfolio of big clients who trust us to do innovative things
    - significant year-over-year growth that brings big new opportunities for everyone

    Cons

    not a con, but a challenge - managing the evolution of the company culture as it grows. There is a clear focus from the executive team on never losing sight of that and during my short time here, things have only gotten better.


  9. "Best place to work in the United States"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Backend in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Backend in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free breakfast once/wk
    - Free lunch twice/wk
    - Lunch once/wk is supplemented with a presentation "lunch and learn"
    - The other lunch is at a restaurant of your choice with your team
    - Board game club (with dinner included for free)
    - T-shirts, t-shirts, t-shirts (swag in general)
    - Relaxed company attire and culture
    - Project based teams
    - Located in Charlottesville, VA (not a city)
    - As many peer/supervisor one-on-ones as you want
    - Monthly education budget
    - Library of really good books
    - 401K/HSA + 50% company match
    - Stock options
    - Standing/sitting desks + monitors + macbooks
    - Work when you want, where you want, as long as its conducive to your team
    - We hate "meetings"
    - We are brain surgeons, not doctors, not waiters
    - I'm constantly learning
    - Company happy hours every Friday (yes, free alcohol)
    - We have beer on tap, wine and sometimes hard liquor
    - ERGs
    - Recruiting rocks
    - Company all hands biweekly
    - Referral bonuses
    - Transparent about pretty much everything

    Cons

    - Compensation is average to start (not sure about promotions/retention yet, but I know retention is ridiculously high so I'm staying optimistic)

    Advice to Management

    - Keep doing what you're doing!


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WillowTree full-time

    Pros

    -Transparency from the exec team
    -Extremely collaborative environment
    -Plethora of knowledge that everyone is willing to share
    -Celebrations of the positives, all the time
    -Constant encouragement to try new things
    -Core Values are not just something that were written and posted on the company's page. This is engrained in everyone's day-to-day activities

    Cons

    -Growing pains: Cville team is spread over a few different locations, but all within walking distance. This will be addressed soon with the new space

    Advice to Management

    Keep being real with everyone. It makes us want to stay.