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TransferWise CEO Kristo Käärman
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83 Ratings
  1. "A great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and working environment, incredibly smart people to work with and learn from. Support to develop and grow, numerous opportunities to take initiative. Very strong mission that is more just buzzwords.

    Cons

    Due to how fast the company is growing, there are issues with lack of available free (permanent) desks and meeting rooms. Cross-team efforts are not so easy to coordinate as all teams are autonomous.

    TransferWise2019-04-02
  2. Helpful (10)

    "More of a cult than a company. Overrated."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    TL;DR This is still a good company to work for, but don't just go with the hype or believe these reviews. They are a reflection of what TransferWise does best: indoctrination. If you have a similar offer from somewhere else you should definitely consider it. Other upsides: - Freedom - People can have a say (comes with a price) - It's a quite transparent company everyone is always been told what's going on -...

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    Cons

    Hyper growth is challenging. When you have a company with over a thousand people too much freedom can lead to chaos. Also, the fact that autonomy is one of the core values of the company has turned teams quite selfish about their own goals. Cross team collaboration is almost impossible. It's so hard that ends up discouraging people from seeking to fix or do any task that involves other teams. It's like living in...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced people. When you get this big you need more than youth.

    TransferWise2019-03-21
  3. "Fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Global Events Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransferWise full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are absolutely wonderful. There are so many smart and creative people together. I am inspired by them and what they do every day. If you are open to learning there are so many things to learn. You just need to see where you can help and do it. I enjoy choosing my own new challenges and working in an open and honest environment. I love it that even though I have been here for 5 years the company still feels...

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    Cons

    While I enjoy autonomous teams and working this way, it is not for everyone. I would suggest thinking about this when applying for a job and trying to find out if this environment is one where you can thrive. There is a lot of information to learn and it may not be as straightforward as a new joiner may expect. We are definitely getting better at it and have made massive steps forward.

    TransferWise2019-03-18
  4. "An exciting and rewarding place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Mission-driven culture with all of us wanting to make a difference - Autonomy to add value across the business - Strong wellbeing focus - Creative office spaces

    Cons

    - It's such a shift from other more conventional working environments that the initial weeks can be tough, but there's plenty of support provided and we all go through it so hang in there and enjoy the ride! Besides, who wants to be conventional? :)

    TransferWise2019-03-12
  5. "Great company culture"

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    Former Employee - PR Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of very interesting projects to work on! There are a lot of opportunities to socialise with the rest of the team, including the founders. A lot of perks such as free lunch, business travel opportunities, training among others.

    Cons

    I can't think of any, I had a great experience!

    TransferWise2019-02-15
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Over-hyped"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransferWise full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    They are riding high on past success. They've been lucky that competitors have had a few problems...

    Cons

    Most leads are leads based on length of time in company rather than any leadership ability. Inconsistency of ability across teams - people are kept/ promoted if they agree with the leadership team. Some of the leadership team are really incompetent so they prefer people around them who are just as incompetent... Micro-management by leadership (esp CEO) or in worst cases complete by-passing of teams ....while still claiming...

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    TransferWise2019-03-14
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Company Culture - fun at work. Mission driven company The sense that TransferWise is revolutionising a big, broken industry. Ability to travel.

    Cons

    The lack of structure isn't for everyone. Takes some getting used to.

    TransferWise2019-02-06
  8. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at TransferWise full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, people and benefits

    Cons

    - - - - -

    TransferWise2019-02-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Work however you like & work on whatever you like"

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    Current Employee - Full Stack Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I think our culture is pretty unique in the sense that I can choose to work from home whenever I want and naturally we have problems but from what I’ve seen people air those problems out and we are pretty good at addressing them head on. I also like that I can push whatever projects I want & generally people don’t even question me on it - not that questions are a bad thing. Fairly generous travel policy to compensate...

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    Cons

    Base salaries are below market for engineers - but I’ve heard the People team are looking to address this. Career development is a black box - again I heard that the People team are looking to address this aswell.

    Advice to Management

    Please don’t listen to complaints from people about not being active as management. The hands-off approach is better for the long-term and forces compromises between teams.

    TransferWise2019-02-02
  10. "Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    * Horizontal Hierarchy * Innovative * Top 10 Startup in London

    Cons

    * A bit territorial * No remote flexibility at all

    TransferWise2019-02-14
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