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Etsy Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 26 Apr 2019

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Etsy CEO Josh Silverman
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Hire fast and Fire fast"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Etsy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great compensation with generous RSUs. unlimited sick day and allow to work remote.

    Cons

    Hire fast and fire fast culture. Low work life balance. Good works are not recognized by managers. Managers treat employees disrespectful.

    Etsy2019-04-27
  2. "Great place to work where they put employees first"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Etsy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Awesome office environment & every body I worked with was incredibly smart & capable in their roles.

    Cons

    The cult of Etsy could become a little overwhelming in terms of the social office atmosphere.

    Etsy2019-04-05
  3. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, great benefits, fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Stagnant work and vision. Will be interesting to see what the future holds.

    Etsy2019-04-01
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Hired too many inexperienced software engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great and does not feel stressed compared to other companies

    Cons

    Hiring bar at Etsy used to be great but recently they've been hiring way too many inexperienced software engineers (mostly entry levels or bootcamp graduates). Often times, they do not have the foundations of Computer Science and do not seem to understand the development that we do here. They are willing to learn which is great but please hire more experienced software engineers so that people will actually be productive....

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    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced software engineers and less entry level/bootcamp grads.

    Etsy2019-04-24
  5. Helpful (19)

    "A company that seems warm to the touch, yet is cold and out of touch"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, generous RSU packages. Remote work. Amazing corporate culture and fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Hire & Fire company. I worked for Etsy for 1 year, 1 week and 1 day. My management changed and the new manager never liked me. I had a mostly ok review and then one day I found out I didn't work there any more.

    Advice to Management

    Give people opportunities to improve perceived deficiencies in their job performance instead of just ending their position.

    Etsy2018-11-25
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Etsy for less than a year

    Pros

    Super chill work environment Some of the most amazing people Always something new to learn Flew me out to NYC twice which was awesome

    Cons

    Parts of the codebase aren't super well maintained

    Etsy2018-10-06
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Enjoying Every Single Day"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    By far the best part of working here is the people that you see every day. Etsy has some of the kindest, smartest, and most diligent employees that I've had the opportunity to work with. I don't feel like I'm competing with my coworkers, but rather that we're working towards a common goal, and supporting each other along the way. There is a wide surface of technical challenges and products to work on, and everything...

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    Cons

    Some of the technology is a bit dated, and there's a (responsible and well-intentioned) conservatism about modernizing tools and infrastructure. We are making progress on this. The open-office layout is not good at all for concentration. There are a ton of distractions, ESPECIALLY slack. Some restructuring has caused gaps in coverage of legacy systems. This should be addressed. It's been pretty hard to get extra...

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    Advice to Management

    You're doing great. I really appreciate the frequent updates and insight into what's happening across the organization. I love that we are so user-focused in everything we do. I hope that we can preserve some of what made Etsy unique in the early days as we push to grow as an organization and business. I like the charm of the place, and your employees care a great deal about doing great work. You've got a lot going for...

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    Etsy2018-08-21
  8. Helpful (18)

    "I'm Lucky That I Can Say "I Love My Job""

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an engineer, I love Etsy's culture of curiosity. While industry standard best practices are of course important and are the standard for good reasons, it never hurts to explore and experiment with alternative approaches. Having experienced Etsy from an inside perspective for over a year now, I can definitely attest to the increased freedom, benefit and satisfaction from exercising the curiosity culture in my day-to-day...

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    Cons

    Purely as an engineer, there's just one relatively minor point. Having started as a small startup back in 2005, there are definitely remnants of a bygone era of "wild west coding" at Etsy. New code that gets churned out nowadays is honestly fine, but it's not entirely rare to come across a codebase that has a lot of legacy code in it still. With some of the shakeups in the past half a year (As of November '17), there've...

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    Advice to Management

    Honestly, great job. I was honestly skeptical about the company's future half a year ago. Now? I'm so stoked. I'm excited. This is what I wanted out of this stage of my career and I'm loving it. Let's kick some butt and make Etsy even more successful.

    Etsy2017-11-09
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Depends a lot on the team you're on"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Etsy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Etsy measures progress using good business metrics. Focus on GMS over revenue. Our sellers win when we win Working on an ambulance project was the most rewarding thing I've done at Etsy to date regardless of the circumstances Many solid career opportunities in the wake of all the departures

    Cons

    Retention is a major problem because retention is a major problem. People don't even respond to some of the goodbye emails anymore Dysfunctional "nobody's saying yes or no" decision-making is slowly coming back

    Advice to Management

    "We had 2 profitable quarters!" is clearly exciting to the executive team but not rank and file after the past 6 months. Our mission is still pretty cool even after the nonsense was cut away

    Etsy2017-12-11
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Why I love Etsy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Etsy for less than a year

    Pros

    Very positive remote culture Excellent benefits Stock bonuses for most employees Great onboarding

    Cons

    Very hard to get hired.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Etsy Human

    Etsy2017-11-13
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