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WeWork Reviews

Updated 20 February 2019
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Pros
  • "No uniform/grooming requirements, summer camp, summit, free beer, community involvement" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Relaxed work environment with the opportunity to work from home" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is no work/life balance here" (in 36 reviews)

  • "Long hours, rapid growth means the organization is ever evolving" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (31)

    "Incredible ride and opportunity to have an impact on the world"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission.
    Inspiring leadership.
    Socially conscious organization.
    Lots of incredible challenges to solve.
    You're working on a product that you use, and talk to customers every single day.
    Collaborative culture.

    Cons

    This is a crazy startup, so you need to be comfortable with change and rapid iteration.
    Benefits could be better.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Good as a member very bad as employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good marketing parties, brand is good and well developed, design of spaces is good, focus on member experience is good

    Cons

    Very long hours, no work life balance, expected to lift and move furniture and equipment, management very young and lack life experience, management has prejudice to people over 30, shares are used to get you to join ~ shares not given to you until after 1 year, shares are spread out over 5 years, you dont keep shares if your fired, firings are usually done after project completions, firings are done sneakily and without warning, firings are conducted very regularly, company always looking to reduce costs and overheads, be prepared to fly long haul in economy, expect to share a hotel room with another employee you have never met, senior management is a clicky millenials, company pretends to be a startup, your treated very much as an employee, employees live in fear of being sacked

    Advice to Management

    How to start here?

  3. Helpful (291)

    "A La La Land Like No Other"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HQ - Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - HQ - Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    VERY cool HQ--beer, fruit water, and other treats on tap, free breakfast, amazing decor, lots of events and cool trendy vendors who bring free stuff--if you like to humblebrag via Insta, you'll love this place.

    Some cool people --celebrities come in and out, your colleagues are generally very attractive folks, there's a sense of excitement and true commitment to the work (borderline evangelism) depending on who you work with and what you do.

    Name recognition and valuation -- company is a rising star and it's worth having on your resume.

    A cool mission on the surface--bringing community together, helping people do what they love (making work a passion rather than a chore) through connection.

    Cons

    This place is like drinking from one continuous Kool-Aid jug. VERY cult-y and cliquey. You are either in or you're out, and if you're out, rather than cut you loose right away, they gaslight you. It's actually kind of shocking how many people I've seen be treated so poorly here, and perhaps no coincidence that they were folks of color.

    Kind of hard to find the down to earth people I did find. I enjoyed the Community teams and Security/Ops/Real Estate people I met, probably because they were constantly "hustling," but the HR team (the PEOPLE team, for goodness sake) and a lot of other "prominent" faces were consistently rude, with an overinflated sense of self and zero idea of how the WeWork "values" translate into behaviors/contributions from a prospective employee POV.

    You have to have been there since the start, or be prepared to ingratiate yourself, to get any traction in your professional development or career path. I was always shocked how badly my manager wanted to be liked, and how much they were willing to do to be liked, to get any kind of clout and/or promotion just bc they hadn't started out at WeWork as a community team member. Never mind that they were super qualified for their job.

    Pay varies depending on who you are; some people earn market value...some people very very much don't, and there doesn't seem to be any consistency that determines which is which.

    TGIM. Thank God it's Monday. Mandatory Monday meetings. Sometimes they circulate tequila shots. Is that a plus? Not sure.

    Summer Camp. Adult Summer Camp. With EDM, people in salmon colored shorts, and lots of loud rowdy entitled folks. If that's anything but a con for you, you probably belong here and godspeed.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, whatever you can do to create more authenticity in people, in the feel of the company, do it. Create meaning and purpose for everyone--help them see how what they do actually matters. And maybe actually institute meaningful performance management measures.


  4. "Nothing quite like it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely fast paced with tremendous opportunity for growth and outsized impact

    Cons

    Must be laser focused as there are a million things going on!


  5. "George"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cleaner in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Cleaner in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Would rather work in 1 of best company.

    Cons

    I really no have any one

    Advice to Management

    Good performance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Community is my family"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NMD in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - NMD in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - organised for a 'start-up '
    - clear onboarding strategy
    - Community and vibe in the office
    - Incentivized to be healthy, motivated and passionate
    - check their values - I can confirm they perform on each value

    Cons

    - there are a few growing pains which are very very normal


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great team, collaborative environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere and amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to management

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. "Challenging Environment. You stay for your team."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Director
    Current Employee - Community Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Community team members are the lifeblood of the company. You will develop close friendships with your peers and many members. Lunch and dinners sometimes provided. Events are wide-ranging, musical performances at HQ events.

    Cons

    Long hours, underpaid, corporate jargon, confusing and opposing priorities, poor bonus structures, and out-of-touch executives.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced professionals, revamp the executive team for more diversity, HIRE MORE PEOPLE IN COMMUNITY so that the quality and consistency of the product is delivered to members. Put your money where your mantra is - people will stay if they have their value shown to them in monetary form. People stay where they aren't pushed to the edge. People stay where they are developed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The best company to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Operations & Talent Analytics Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Recruiting Operations & Talent Analytics Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best community, the best place to be yourself and do what you love

    Cons

    Nothing, everything is perfect at WeWork

    Advice to Management

    Hire people in leadership positions with more experience


  10. Helpful (11)

    "vp, Operations"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WeWork full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1)The company culture - mission focused, values driven 2)High growth - the organization is experiencing explosive growth 3)Impact - Because the company is in high growth mode, you can really make an impact on the business 4)Beautiful spaces - the company does an awesome job creating inspiring workspaces.

    Cons

    1)No meat policy 2)Need to develop scalable systems and processes 3)Allow teams to hire in time to meet growth goals