Wikia Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Campaign to increase rating?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikia full-time for more than a 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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    Stable company with big opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Overall, a great place to work. Smart people, open source technology, big scale. Good opportunity to make an impact and work on something that millions of people will use. Great work/life balance. Decent perks. Almost everyone gets to travel to the Poland office, which is fun.

    Cons

    Can be slow-paced sometimes. Working with a big open source project can be great but it can also add a lot of overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate a little more to the individual teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Intriguing, but ultimately disappointing

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    Former Employee - Front End Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Front End Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Wikia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The culture at Wikia is very casual and it shows in their nice open office located in the heart of SOMA. The people are lovely and your working hours will be flexible so long as you get stuff done. There are opportunities to travel abroad at least once a year.

    Cons

    Wikia is built on top of the MediaWiki framework which is a complex and aging monolith. This causes everything to move at a snails pace and really seems to limit the flexibility of the product. As such, be prepared to spend a lot of time in maintenance and bug fixing mode. From a users perspective, the general website experience, which has been assembled in small parts over the years, can be buggy, unintuitive and inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your employees with some long term vision and resolve. There seems to be a really big disconnect between the senior management, employees and users in terms of expectation and product development. Don't settle for a mediocre revenue scheme; try to be more innovative and don't be afraid to push forward with some risky projects, possibly even an overhaul of the underlying frameworks and technologies used. This could really speed up product development and help bring Wikia's potential to fruition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good culture, low pressure, good managment (polish office)

    Cons

    Old codebase, bad decisions in the past that hunt us make your job really frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to developers more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Wikia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, fun people, fun activities, fun product. There's tons of information at your finger tips with all of the wikis.

    Cons

    Older technology, but they're working on that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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