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Square Overview

San Francisco, CA (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
2009
Company - Public (SQ)
Computer Hardware & Software
£1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year
Competitors

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We believe everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy. So we’re building tools that make commerce easier and more accessible to all.

Central to our purpose is that talent of all backgrounds be able to join and thrive on our ... Read more

Mission: Make commerce easy.

Purpose: Economic Empowerment.

Square Reviews

  • "Not to be dramatic, but Square has radically improved my life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people. Lovely people to work with who are incredibly helpful. You often hear rhetoric at other companies like "we're /disrupting/ and changing the world", but at Square, you'll find that people are more humble about the mission of economic empowerment and people have full lives outside of Square.
    - Product ownership is huge here. I feel like I get to weigh in on decisions for product, and innovate on our products with new ideas.
    - Engineering excellence. I worked at startups before this, where engineering was haphazard and unfocused. Here you learn how to build incredibly performant, secure products that integrate with a global payments stack
    - Career ladder is well defined for software engineers. Clear paths for I.C.s vs management roles and my EM's have all been very receptive to my career goals.
    - Perks are amazing. Free lunch and breakfast everyday (I wish we still had free dinner) and lots of other freebies that are icing on the cake when picking a job.
    - It's in the best location in S.F., in mid-market. Incredibly close to Hayes Valley, the Mission, Alamo Square, etc.

    Cons

    - Tension between having an ecosystem of products that are all working towards their own goals, while needing to collaborate with other teams where roadmaps were not aligned between teams
    - Company feels less transparent as we get bigger
    - Honestly, I wish we still had the free dinner perk. It made it really easy to not have to cook on a weeknight if I was working late. Buuuut it was overall really great that they cancelled dinner service because I have a better work-life balance leaving work earlier instead of working later to get dinner.

    Advice to Management

    I love management here. Jack has set this company up successfully where he is not a bottleneck for decision making, and the core leadership team is good at setting direction for the company.

    Advice:
    I think wherever possible, the leadership team should follow Jack's example and not make themselves bottlenecks either and keep pushing decision making back down to the product teams.

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Square Photos

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Square photo of: In St Louis, we have Kounter Kulture onsite for employee lunches!
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Square Interviews

Experience

Experience
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Getting an Interview

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    Office Manager Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Square.

    Interview

    Most of the communication was by phone and email. The process was transparent. Everyone I spoke to was very friendly. They all made a stressful process manageable. However, scheduling the times for each interview stage was tricky as each interviewer was located in a different time zone. Overall a positive experience

    Interview Questions

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Square Awards & Accolades

  • Financial Woman of the Year, The Financial Women of San Francisco, 2014
  • Top 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads, Fatherly.com, 2017
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