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Helpful (3)

Extremely transparent. Dynamic working culture.

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Wayfair full-time (less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The working atmosphere is is good. Colleagues are willing to help.
Flat management hierarchy. Manager are supportive.

Cons

There are still some old technology in use (but quickly being replaced by new technology)

Advice to Management

More technology learning sessions

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    So boring, I quit

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Wayfair full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I met some cool people there. I liked the book club. The HR department was top notch.

    Cons

    Nearly all tasks are isolated short tasks. Working at Wayfair is to software engineering what working in a factory is to architecture. Think about that.

    The company's highest level likes to think of Wayfair as a "meritocracy", but anyone that understands hierarchy and power knows that meritocracies cannot exist. Power, no matter how it is acquired, begets power and thus all meritocracies instantly degenerate into power based hierarchies, where merit no longer plays a role. Wayfair is no different.

    The software code-base is a mess. Things are badly organized because the top guy worked that way when it is was a tiny company and he doesn't seem to comprehend that what works for him does not work for everyone, even programmers that are better than he is.

    Anyway, I soon came to realize that sleeping at my desk was the most likely future before me, so I quit.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all of your managers and hire professionals.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Modern Day Sweatshop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Wayfair full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    snacks, event tickets, cool co-workers, centrally located, good entry-level position.

    Cons

    mindless repetitive work, poor mid-level managers who are not promoted on merit but on subjective management protocol, i.e. they like you or they don't- has nothing to do with your work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with some objective goals in order to allow people to advance. "flying by the seat of your pants" is no way to manage a company.

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