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Wikia Reviews

Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
18 Reviews
3.8
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Did a PR Firm Write Most of the Reviews?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wikia is definitely a decent place to work, but no place is perfect as some of the reviews seem to suggest about Wikia. However, I definitely would recommend working there. The CEO has a strong vision for the company and includes the entire company in quarterly meetings that brings the world offices together. It's not a long-term place to work for most positions but it's a great starting place or stepping stone. My experience with departments from community to product to sales to accounting were very positive. Free food, keg, company parties and flexibility make is competitive with other internet companies from an environment standpoint. Dog friendly office is a plus.

    Cons

    Not every person in every department treats everyone with respect. Some sales people and most of marketing just aren't nice.. They seem to hold themselves on a pedestal that isn't deserved.The dislike between top executives spills out to the entire office and it's incredibly unprofessional to witness it. The CEO needs to get that in check. HR cannot be trusted. Gossipy environment needs to be brought under control because it makes a mostly positive work experience negative. A lot of employee turnover recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the bad situation with department heads. Work to keep good talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Untrustworthy management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wikia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Basic "start-up" perks that draw a lot of the younger and less experienced, but passionate and driven crowd.

    Kegs, pool parties, snack closet, dog-friendly office, people who like to go out and have a good time together.

    If you have less experience you probably have a decent shot at getting a job here anyways.

    The Community Development, Community Support, and Sales organizations are well managed and fun to work with.

    If you're into pop culture or gaming, this is a good company for you.

    Nerdy in an awesome way.

    Cons

    Bottom line: Wikia ends up being a demoralizing and dispiriting place to work day in/day out.

    Avoid Marketing, Product, Design and Engineering.

    Complete lack of trust between teams leads to a lot of blame, finger pointing, and clique culture.

    Projects are unreasonably scoped, resourced, and time boxed which leads to constant sense of failure and stress for prod dev teams.

    Senior Management is visibly unable to work well together. This causes major issues that trickle down and create an unpleasant work environment.

    Management is the embodiment of "do as I say, not as I do." One example: management harps incessantly that teams must make data driven decisions and then blatantly disregards that data when it doesn't support their preferred approach.

    A lot of talented people don't stick around. People leave quickly over a short time span, lowering overall company moral. This happens every few months.

    Unprofessional atmosphere, gossip, people storming out of meetings, etc.

    Pays below market, annual reviews are late and shoddy.

    *Management has campaigned in the past for current employees to write positive Glassdoor reviews. Take note of that when you read reviews here.*

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to be!

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    Current Employee - Community Development in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Community Development in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I absolutely love working at Wikia. Strong leadership, strong CEO vision, fun culture, diverse people...it's great. Benefits and salary are solid, and the company has a real family feel to it, even though the company is growing by leaps and bounds. Great opportunities to learn, grow and advance. I trust my manager, and definitely respect senior leadership as well. Wikia has a huge community of active users and the company is very community-centric. Respectful, fun colleagues and very friendly people. Great place for someone looking to move up the ladder and learn more about different aspects of tech life. Dog friendly! Love the Wikia dogs!

    Cons

    Due to multiple locations and offices throughout the world, it can sometimes be a challenge to get a response to something right away, but this isn't the fault of the company; just part of being a global company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep encouraging open communication and trust. Would like to see the internal library of leadership books expanded and would like to see more discussion about those or do reading club?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very cliquey, bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the nicest colleagues and a great location. They were also not too strict on hours which was nice

    Cons

    Senior management is very cliquey, and when one of them doesn't like you, they make it their mission to talk badly about you to your manager. They don't care about personal growth and never make an effort to see how their employees are doing in their current position. Stingy with raises and make you do multiple job while paying you the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, good leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time

    Pros

    If you are thoughtful and present your data-driven arguments well, you can get things done rather quickly. The CEO and the rest of the execs are incredibly approachable and with it.

    Cons

    Tough to keep the culture in tact when you grow 100% in a few years but we've done a good job moving from startup to fun, agile, but real company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intra office travel is great... Keep it up and maybe increase it for select positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great. Sadly, took a nose dive.

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    Current Employee - Community in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Community in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice, fun, creative types as individuals.
    The users and content are really interesting to work with.
    Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    People feel beaten down and abused by top-down style of the upper management.

    Unclear focus. Feels like following random and disorganized projects that don't lead to better brand awareness, revenue or users but more like personal pet projects of the marketing people or CEO.

    Lots of gossip, HR breaches of trust, politicking, cliques. Didn't used to be that way.

    Good people have all left or are interviewing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging. Speak respectfully. Everyone has a role to play that is important, understand that. You didn't build this company by yourself. A yearly party doesn't absolve this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Campaign to increase rating?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's an ok place to work. Nothing to make a career of. But pretty decent. Cool people. Crappy tech.

    Cons

    The campaign to boost ratings here is sad and defensive. Own the stuff that ain't grt and make it better instead of sugar coating. Ppl aren't stupid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the Glassdoor white washing. It's grody.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Company to work for in The Valley

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hands down, Wikia is THE best company to work for in "the valley." Management is experienced and focused, there's a fantastic office vibe, and, of course, the product is great.

    The senior team is one of the most organized and balanced that I have ever worked with (and I am very picky). There's a lot of forethought and planning that goes into goal setting -- and, best of all, senior management actually sticks to those goals and sees them through (something I very much respect and appreciate). There's a lot of work that goes into planning, but it's well worth it.

    Folks under the senior level are equally impressive and experienced -- a lot of care goes into interviewing and recruiting, and this is reflected in the staff at all levels.

    Strong community focus is always present and Wikia's community is a happy and healthy one.

    Cons

    There are no cons to be mentioned. It's simply a great company to work for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Horribly managed, no consideration for client base

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Wikia as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible, fun environment
    - Working with modern technology & tools
    - Good to get a foot in the field

    Cons

    - Managers are chickens running around with their head cut off, doing as they please
    - No regard given for users that make Wikia what it is, resulting in much animosity between Wikia & wiki contributors
    - Often got late payments and never received last few paycheques, never got a response when I repeatedly asked what was going on with my pay
    - Low hourly wage
    - Slim chance at getting raise / promotion
    - Staff often leave to work somewhere else after a year or two
    - More focus on ads and ad placement than actual development
    - Focusing too much on making wikis a social media thing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company culture, explosive growth, top notch leadership.

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The San Francisco headquarters is a fun, vibrant environment where smiles abound and the kegs are always tapped. The employees are a fun crew, well educated with extensive experience in their respective fields. The company is growing, so there is much room for career advancement.

    Cons

    This is a dog friendly office. Sometimes dogs bark. That can be annoying. Also, there are people who leave their dirty dishes in the sink instead of washing them or putting them in one of the two empty dishwashers. Gross.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing all the right things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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