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Wattpad Reviews

Updated 25 December 2018
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  1. "Amazing company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great mission, flexible hours, interesting work

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Junior and Inexperienced leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    Cool product, great peers and nice downtown location closer to union station

    Cons

    Product group is very toxic and no room for diversity of thoughts and gender. The leadership is inexperienced. My way or high way mentality permeates in the product group, and if you do not stoke egos, be prepared to be laid off because of “budgets”. Exaggerating results to look good is very common. Hire more experienced product leaders. The company’s way of innovation to copy the competition is unoriginal. Dire need of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced product managers. Fix the toxic culture and lack of diversity in the product group.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Management is very transparent
    -Amazing culture
    -Flexible hours
    -Will learn a LOT

    Cons

    -Lots of structural /organizational changes? (not really a con)


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    "Great People & Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    - Talented, friendly people
    - A lot of room for growth
    - Great mission
    - Benefits/Perks
    - Flexibility in hours

    Cons

    - Too many meetings without outcomes
    - Needed clearer direction (at the time)

    Advice to Management

    Culture and colleagues were terrific! Loved the perks, growth opportunities, and flexibility. Only real con was needing clearer direction and accountability for KPIs and goals (which I hear has been rectified).

    Wattpad Response

    13 Nov 2018 – HR Coordinator

    Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback! We value your input and appreciate the kind words.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Get paid in cash"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - some really wonderful and friendly people working there
    - user community that cares about the products and supports each other

    Cons

    - very junior leadership team and loads of infighting and interdepartmental strife
    - unclear roles and expectations
    - low accountability for hitting (or failing to hit) key metrics
    - general lack of transparency around how decisions get made
    - dishonesty around options/equity

    Advice to Management

    - set realistic goals that matter to the business.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Mid-senior level potential employees should be *very* wary"

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

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Beautiful office in a great location
    - Some amazing, lovely and kind people
    - Some really intelligent and clever people + technology

    Cons

    - Lots of extremely young + talented employees means some great people but many are too junior/afraid to speak up
    - If you're mid-senior level of experience be extremely careful - majority of senior leadership is only concerned with looking good and keeping their departments protected
    - Senior managers will lie directly to your face and to others
    - KPIs aren't taken seriously by management but you will be held accountable to them
    - You can be thrown under the bus rather than have managers admit the direction or performance on a project is underperforming, to the point where people will lose their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to what your senior management are doing/saying about people. If otherwise high performing and kind people are continuously getting fired but you never get to speak to them or find out exactly why it's happening, or you're getting conflicting reports, dig into it. You're losing good, hardworking people and your reputation will suffer.


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    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is great
    - Smart people
    - Great culture
    - Interesting problems to solve
    - Actually transparent (internally)

    Cons

    - HR moves slowly
    - Upper management changes their vision/goals a lot (but they're working to fix it)
    - Hard to move around due to limited resources

    Advice to Management

    You have an awesome thing going on here at Wattpad so keep on doing what you're doing!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding Toronto Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great culture
    - interesting problems to solve
    - champions innovation
    - inclusive culture
    - trust and autonomy
    - flexible hours
    - highly collaborative
    - meaningful mission
    - great office and location

    Cons

    - difficult to advance career within company
    - compensation could be better


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    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    Strong engineering department, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher for engineers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inspirational Company"

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    Former Employee - People/Human Resources Team in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - People/Human Resources Team in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    . The people - Wattpad hires amazing people. A players learning from A players.
    . Purposeful mission
    . Great products
    . Amazing office - downtown
    . Culture is great

    Cons

    .Re-evaluating priorities and re-aligning key strategies is the nature of the beast as technology companies scale - Wattpad manages these shifts well - excellent all hands communication

    Advice to Management

    .Keep focusing on new products like Tap which is amazing