Compare Square vs Stripe BETA

See how working at Square vs. Stripe compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at Square vs. Stripe. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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Square

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Stripe

Employee Ratings

  • Square scored higher in 2 areas: Work-life balance and % Recommend to a friend.
  • Stripe scored higher in 6 areas: Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval and Positive Business Outlook.
  • Both tied in 1 area: Overall Rating.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.0
(based on 538 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.0
(based on 115 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.7
Career Opportunities
4.0
Stripe employees rated their Career Opportunities 0.3 higher than Square employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Compensation & Benefits
4.5
Stripe employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 0.5 higher than Square employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
4.0
Square employees rated their Work-life balance 0.6 higher than Stripe employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
3.4
Senior Management
Senior Management
3.7
Senior Management
3.9
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.0
Culture & Values
4.1
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
Square Ceo Jack Dorsey
84%
84%Jack Dorsey
CEO Approval
Stripe Ceo Patrick Collison
93%
93%Patrick Collison
Stripe employees rated their CEO Approval 9% higher than Square employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
81%
Square employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 3% higher than Stripe employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
78%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
72%
Positive Business Outlook
81%
Stripe employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 9% higher than Square employees rated theirs.

Salaries

Square has 11 more total submitted salaries than Stripe.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Software Engineer5 Salaries
CA$124,055/yr
Account Executive2 Salaries
CA$70,556/yr
Systems Engineer1 Salaries
CA$97,110/yr
Salaries for similar jobs
Stripper1 Salaries
CA$176,926/yr

What Employees Say

  • "Work life balance" was the most mentioned Pro at Square.
  • "Good benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at Stripe.
  • Square had 25 more reviews than Stripe that mentioned "Growing pains" as a Con.
  • Square had 2 more reviews than Stripe that mentioned "Work life balance" as a Con.
Pros
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 52 reviews)
"Great benefits"(in 30 reviews)
Pros
"Good benefits"(in 6 reviews)
"Lots of autonomy"(in 5 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Growing pains"(in 29 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 20 reviews)
Cons
"Work life balance"(in 18 reviews)
"Growing pains"(in 4 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Talent

I have been working at Square full-time for less than a year

Pros

- Great leadership and management - WFH option - helping small to medium sized businesses - growth opportunity - no egos

Cons

- Work life balance during busy seasons - Office is a wework space so there are limitations at times

Former Employee - Operations Specialist

I worked at Stripe full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

* Stripe hires great people and you will love your co-workers * Benefits are great, even with pay and stock options not being what they used to be. Especially good for parents or expectant parents.... * Great food in their really swanky office(s) * Flexibility for working from home regularly * Lots of self-taught learning opportunities, you'll definitely take on new skill sets

Cons

* No recourse for outright toxic management, to say nothing about mediocre or bad management * No feedback culture, very low scores on employee surveys each year. Umbrella reminders for employees to... give each other feedback regularly but no enforcement for management to provide feedback to their reports. * Job expectations are extremely vague and seem to be left that way on purpose * Appear to be doing broad layoffs in preparation for IPO and likely to be able to hire in lower-pay employees, so make sure compensation seems worth it if you are given an offer * Removed unlimited vacation * Expectation that you self-teach skills not listed in your hiring responsibilities in order to "level up," minimal to no training offerings in those areas. Exceptions for technical/programming skills - skills like project management etc. are expected to be self-taught with absolutely zero guidance. * Basically no upward mobility, though parallel mobility is accessible to some. * Work/Life balance is only achievable if you are okay with mediocre performance reviews and the consequences thereof. Unspoken requirement to run yourself ragged if you want to get good performance reviews, though also apparently no actual way/route to ever meet standards for highest "levels" of performance. Top performers seem to burn out and need to take medical leave after a couple of years, for which they're often penalized, yet never meet highest performance levels according to performance reviews.

Advice to Management

Provide an anonymous/safe way to report toxic management and follow up on reports. Even without personal experience, reports of toxic management came from multiple teams about multiple managers, with... the certainty they would never be removed.

Job Postings

Square has 538 more recently posted open jobs than Stripe.