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TransferWise CEO Kristo Käärman
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Great place to learn to build a product. Great place to work if you want to open your startup in the future. - Very flexible in terms of holidays, working remotely (from home or in trips anywhere around the globe)

    Cons

    - Apart from a few engineers, most are quite poor. Lots and lots of tech debt which is hard to pay up due to lack of concern for quality. - Low salary. Pays quite below the market

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more present in guiding the direction of teams

    TransferWise2018-05-28
  2. Helpful (9)

    "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. Helpful (9)

    "Nice work environment but issues with scaling it"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to grow and learn, especially if you are rather early in your career, as you are not really stuck in a role and specific tasks but can easily spend some time on anything which is useful for the company. Teams are mostly small, cross functional (except for some aspect like infra) and independent in how they operate. On top of teams being independent people are rather free about where/when/how...

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    Cons

    Weak leadership of the company and management overall. Leads have mostly ended up there based on time in the company rather than leading skills. Lack of coordination and alignment between the independent teams which reinforce a work in silos and creates confusion around the big picture. It is time to acknowledge that TransferWise is not a startup anymore even if it has managed to keep a lot of nice stuff from that...

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    TransferWise2018-11-24
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Excellent product, colleagues and culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Product is really good and with a clear value to customers. People is very honest. Great colleagues. Opportunity to have an impact in whatever you want, it's up to you to decide where your responsibilities end. Most of the projects are challenging and fun. You and your team will prioritise and decide what to do each quarter. Very team oriented, lot of amazing people.

    Cons

    - Salaries for Software Engineers are bellow average for a Fintech; value added by the engineering work deserves a better compensation. - Not for you if you just want somebody to tell you what to do/build

    TransferWise2018-02-18
  5. "Software Engineering intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransferWise for more than a year

    Pros

    TransferWise has an amazing company culture, which can be sensed on a daily basis as well as during the company's annual Summer days. The teams at TransferWise have a lot of autonomy, which means that you really get to have an impact on the product and mold it even as an intern

    Cons

    I was placed in a team without a specific mentor. A mentor would have been very helpful at least during the first month in order to make my introduction to the codebase smoother.

    Advice to Management

    A more structured internship program with specific mentors and feedback loops would make the internship experience a bit more valuable.

    TransferWise2016-10-20
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Reinventing Banking"

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

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

    Pros

    The best of working at TransferWise is the amazing people who I work every day, we choose smart and nice people that can help us build the best team to beat the traditional Banking industry

    Cons

    Work is really hard but salary is average

    TransferWise2015-10-07
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Get things done together"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Real customer focus, a lot to learn from your colleagues. Awesome drive in people, great community... And so much more! Travelling, getting to know people, flexible and supporting environment.

    Cons

    ehm... Well the coffee machine breaks sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep it the way it is

    TransferWise2015-06-18
  8. "It's a great company and you will be among a company of supportive/friendly people"

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

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

    Pros

    - Diverse group of people - SummerDays - Lots of travel opportunity - Openness and transparency in culture

    Cons

    - Working with people in diff. timezones - Too much travel at times :)

    Advice to Management

    - You guys are doing an amazing job, just continue to make sure each regional office also has one or two people who are good at gauging the satisfaction and happiness levels of people

    TransferWise2019-05-13
  9. "Challenging work and amazing culture"

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

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

    Pros

    You can pick up and own the tasks that you think are most important. Cutting edge technology

    Cons

    None that I encountered yet

    TransferWise2019-04-11
  10. "Good place to work for 1 or 2 years."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TransferWise full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    TransferWise has really cool working culture. The people here are nice, willing to help you out. Each and everyone takes initiative and their responsibility seriously: 1. No blaming: Whenever you make a mistake, accept it, fix it then tell everyone your lesson. No one is gonna blame you for that. 2. Absolutely no politics: You dont exactly have a boss, more like a mentor/guide/leader and normally they act like your...

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    Cons

    1. Compensation is only acceptable 2. Learning curve stales after the first year, not much else to do, work becomes chores 3. The company is growing too fast, new comers and people keeps moving between department makes it hard to have a stable team. 4. People have to define their own career path since the company is not so clear on this.

    Advice to Management

    1. Catch up with market compensation. 2. Give clear career path.

    TransferWise2019-04-15
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