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Glassdoor has a work life balance rating of 4.3.

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What is working from home like at Glassdoor?

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17 July 2020

Pros

Transparency is taken to another level here. There's lots of room for career growth, and all the managers that I've worked with are always trying to help you grow. Since covid, Glassdoor was one of the first companies to mandate a work from home, and has been super supportive about flexibility and everyone's situation.

Cons

The team structure is constantly changing (which can be a good thing as well), so don't get used to your team, as it will probably change within the next year.

Since covid, Glassdoor was one of the first companies to mandate a work from home, and has been super supportive about flexibility and everyone's situation.

17 July 2020

Reviewed by: Lead Front End Engineer in San Francisco, CA (Current Employee)

16 July 2020

Pros

I absolutely love my team at Glassdoor, everyone has a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and is ready to jump in and get it done. I love the work I get to do, interesting projects, and no micro management from my leader. Sr. Leadership has been showing their commitment to employees, diversity, inclusion, and equity more and more over the last 6 months. We were one of the first to begin working from home and they are investing in these programs heavily. I love the vast majority of my co-workers. There are always a few entitled people, but those folks are few at Glassdoor.

Cons

With our layoffs back in May, work from home, and the pandemic, it's been hard to keep company culture and connectivity high. I'm sure most companies are struggling with that. The feedback chain can go round and round, which can make it difficult to make a decisions. We've had quite a bit of transition at the Sr. Leadership level over the last 6-8 months and major changes in company strategy. While, I feel confident we will come out of it, the amount of change has been challenging for many.

With our layoffs back in May, work from home, and the pandemic, it's been hard to keep company culture and connectivity high.

16 July 2020

Reviewed by: Director in Mill Valley, CA (Current Employee)

2 April 2020

Pros

I joined this organization a little less than a year ago and was impressed right off the bat. They are very dedicated to their people and take feedback very seriously. Working within a growth role, it's nerve-racking to know if targets and quotas are attainable. I can now tell you. #1. Yes, it is realistic #2. Glassdoor actually adjusts targets if forecasting is off. I have never been in an organization that is proactive in this way or cares so much about doing right by clients. However, it is the last few months that have really defined the kind of company Glassdoor is. Starting in early January, the coronavirus was on the radar of our leadership team. Quite frankly, they were messaging about it before anyone knew much about it or cared. Leadership also made the decision to have us work from home and cancel travel weeks before other companies. They worked non-stop to provide us the resources and supplies we need. The messaging around this was that taking care of us and our families was a top priority. They have been flexible with everyone to figure out how we navigate this time professionally and personally.

Cons

I think there are challenges within any organization. I think the way the quota was structured was somewhat inconsistent last year. However, leadership took that feedback and modified the process for the coming fiscal year.

Leadership also made the decision to have us work from home and cancel travel weeks before other companies.

2 April 2020

Reviewed by: Enterprise Account Manager in Chicago, IL (Current Employee)

22 July 2020

Pros

The people at Glassdoor have always been the reason I've stayed so long. I have been on a few great teams at Glassdoor and each one has been filled with encouraging, smart, and supportive people. Great benefits, unlimited PTO, new computers and IT has been incredibly accommodating by providing anything needed to make the transition to WFH as smooth as possible. I am excited to hear the new focus will be around Salary Transparency, for a company that is built around transparency this has not always been the case. After I shared my salary with a member of my team, my manager asked me not to do this in the future. I am glad GD is starting to practice what we preach by embracing salary transparency.

Cons

Over the last 6 months, there has been a ton of uncertainty, with the massive layoffs and the future partnership with indeed it feels as if we have just molded to whatever indeed needs. We have switched our strategy three times in the last year and it is hard to understand what our goal as a company is long term. I am not confident that there will be a need for the Glassdoor GTM teams once we officially start partnering with Indeed and anticipate layoffs. Only time will tell.

Great benefits, unlimited PTO, new computers and IT has been incredibly accommodating by providing anything needed to make the transition to WFH as smooth as possible.

22 July 2020

Reviewed by: Anonymous (Current Employee)

30 October 2019

Pros

-I have been at Glassdoor for close to 5 years, and have seen a lot of growth and changes. -Taken together, Glassdoor is the best place I have ever worked. The culture is friendly but very smart, without huge egos getting in the way of our mission. My team is like a family to me, and overall the culture is empathetic, collaborative, and positive. -As a startup, people at Glassdoor were attracted by our mission to help people find a job and company that they love. Although we have grown dramatically during my time here, our CEO has been a north star for our culture, preserving it despite turnover, setbacks, growth, and successes. -Overall, the acquisition of the company by Recruit Holdings was a net positive for employees. Many long-time employees were handsomely rewarded by their cashed out stock options. It was honorable of the company to continue to pay out options after the acquisition, and showed the CEO's respect for employees. -Little has changed in the company since the acquisition. There have been no layoffs, no major operational changes, and even a few efficiencies on the engineering side from better coordination with our sister companies. -There were substantial pay raises for most employees after the acquisition, which brought up pay to SF Bay Area market rates. My comp today is even or above most competitors for similar roles. -We have preserved our great benefits package despite our growth and maturity as an employer. We still offer unlimited vacation, free lunch (in Mill Valley at least) and pretty terrific health coverage. -People with families are encouraged to take time off, and work flexibly to make sure their home responsibilities are covered. People work hard, but there is not a "spend 10 hours at your desk" culture here -- people work from home, take meetings via Zoom, communicate via Slack, and get the same amount of work done while also creating space for home life. -The company HQ is moving to SF in Fall 2020 (finally) which will dramatically improve commutes for many employees and will help us with recruiting SF talent as well. Marin is beautiful, but there is a reason no other major tech players have offices here -- there is no commercial real estate, no one can afford to live in Marin except execs, there are fires + flooding + power outages in Marin regularly, and you are on an island far away from SF making casual networking impossible. It's time for Glassdoor to put on its big-boy pants and finally move into the city like a real company -- that's finally happening now.

Cons

-My impression of our Product and Engineering orgs after 5 years here is that they are fairly conservative and slow-moving. We are behind the curve technically in many areas, and our roadmaps move really slowly. I don't know what the solution is, but lack of innovation on product and engineering are a serious long-term problem we face. -We are a tiny player in our competitive space, and that's not changing much over time. That lack of rapid upward momentum in terms of our business is very different than in the early years here, and it's sometimes hard to stay motivated without big growth prospects in the future. My team is growing really slowly (if at all) and feels like treading water sometimes. -I think we are moving too slowly in moving our HQ into San Francisco. For too long our physical location has been unduly influenced (in my opinion) by where our executive team has chosen to buy homes. Most employees are in SF or East Bay, not Marin, and there is a huge disconnect between the personal interests of execs who would like a short commute and the majority of the talent base who bears the cost of long commutes, lack of quality public transit, and unaffordable real estate for us to be in Marin. If we want to be a real company, we need to act like one and move to where the talent is -- not where our exec team wants to have a pleasant lifestyle (and can afford to live). -Our data infrastructure is not great. This is a hard problem to solve, at least with current leadership on the relevant teams. But other tech companies have figured this out, and we could do better. Data is too slow, not well documented, not widely accessible, and hard for product managers and business decision makers to get access to.

Advice to Management

-As a small company, we should be pushing our teams to move faster and be more nimble, particularly in Product and Engineering. We have to re-light the fire of innovation, breakthrough ideas, and fast-moving product releases to regain our competitive edge in our space. Too much emphasis today is being paid on our employee culture (which is already great) and soft management skills. What we need is a hard-headed infusion of innovation and a boost in our appetite for taking risks and overturning old ways of doing things that aren't delivering results. -As we transition to a new CEO, please keep in mind that the behavior of the CEO is a model that everyone else in leadership will emulate. The CEO is a beacon that guides our culture. Please be a mindful caretaker of Glassdoor's very special culture during this period of transition, and show us the way toward a bigger and brighter future as a company.

people work from home, take meetings via Zoom, communicate via Slack, and get the same amount of work done while also creating space for home life.

30 October 2019

Reviewed by: Senior Director in Mill Valley, CA (Current Employee)

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