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Updated 6 June, 2018
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  1. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    Strong engineering department, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher for engineers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mid-senior level potential employees should be *very* wary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Beautiful office in a great location
    - Some amazing, lovely and kind people
    - Some really intelligent and clever people + technology

    Cons

    - Lots of extremely young + talented employees means some great people but many are too junior/afraid to speak up
    - If you're mid-senior level of experience be extremely careful - majority of senior leadership is only concerned with looking good and keeping their departments protected
    - Senior managers will lie directly to your face and to others
    - KPIs aren't taken seriously by management but you will be held accountable to them
    - You can be thrown under the bus rather than have managers admit the direction or performance on a project is underperforming, to the point where people will lose their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to what your senior management are doing/saying about people. If otherwise high performing and kind people are continuously getting fired but you never get to speak to them or find out exactly why it's happening, or you're getting conflicting reports, dig into it. You're losing good, hardworking people and your reputation will suffer.

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is great
    - Smart people
    - Great culture
    - Interesting problems to solve
    - Actually transparent (internally)

    Cons

    - HR moves slowly
    - Upper management changes their vision/goals a lot (but they're working to fix it)
    - Hard to move around due to limited resources

    Advice to Management

    You have an awesome thing going on here at Wattpad so keep on doing what you're doing!


  4. "Inspirational Company"

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    Former Employee - People/Human Resources Team in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - People/Human Resources Team in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    . The people - Wattpad hires amazing people. A players learning from A players.
    . Purposeful mission
    . Great products
    . Amazing office - downtown
    . Culture is great

    Cons

    .Re-evaluating priorities and re-aligning key strategies is the nature of the beast as technology companies scale - Wattpad manages these shifts well - excellent all hands communication

    Advice to Management

    .Keep focusing on new products like Tap which is amazing


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great mentorship opportunities available
    - Chance to work with modern tech stack
    - Interesting problems to work on
    - Supportive working environment

    Cons

    - Office space may be getting a bit small for the growing company size


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Ineffective organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    - fridge full of snacks
    - nice office in a central location

    Cons

    - leadership team lacks focus and cohesion
    - waivering strategic direction for company as a whole
    - collaborative culture is a facade
    - opportunistic, self involved people
    - lacking innovation
    - reactionary rather than thoughtful decisions are made
    - alot of young, inexperienced people on staff
    - process does not exist

    Advice to Management

    Determine the vision and direction of the company and be sure to adhere to it confidently.


  7. "Fast moving company with lots of talent!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad (More than a year)

    Pros

    * not afraid to experiment with modern technologies
    * open and friendly engineering team
    * amazing benefits

    Cons

    * lots of organizational changes, expected in a fast moving company

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Software Developer Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing work environment with lots of social activities. Coops and interns are treated just like full time employees. Very cool office that is located in a very nice area of Toronto.

    Cons

    Can't think of any :)


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great place to learn. We aren't really a startup anymore so figuring out how to execute while growing is a challenge that is also a learning experience.
    - Very friendly environment!
    - The company has put a lot of emphasis in the past year on career growth and now there are well-defined "tracks" that you can grow your career.
    - Lots of experimentation to figure out what is best for the user. User Obsessed is one of our company values.
    - Transparency - leadership (from the CEO down) has been very open and transparent about revenue, growth and direction since Day 1

    Cons

    - Sometimes we don't move as fast as we possibly could. Part of the issue is with resources and hiring - we need to scale our teams faster.

    Advice to Management

    - Make hiring the #1 (or #1a) priority in the next 6 months. It is critical that all teams have the right staffing so that we can hit our growth and revenue goals.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Ineffective organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    Great office, great benefits and you'll meet some brilliant people.

    Cons

    Bloated leadership team that deep down doesn't trust each other, it's like watching real-life Game of Thrones. Org structure changes every couple of months to "fix" the lack of progress, only to make things worse. Company pays lip service to collaboration but people will talk behind each others backs. Heavy bureaucracy and sucking up across the board. Quarterly goals are a joke we keep making them and excusing them.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why there is distrust amongst the leadership team. Stop giving in to those that bark the loudest (individuals or teams), instead be fair in your assessment. Stop confusing assertiveness with capability. Stop excusing ourselves with goals we don't meet.


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