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Updated Sep 15, 2021

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4.5
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Wise CEO Kristo Käärmann
Kristo Käärmann
80 Ratings
Pros
  • "A lovely work environment with a nice working culture(in 55 reviews)

  • "Great people that you get to work with(in 30 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Autonomous teams means that often you need to "lobby" with other teams to get things done(in 35 reviews)

  • "there are many questionable team leads who might have great technical knowledge but really not mature enough or ready to tackle human issues(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Featured Review

      Invaluable development and experience at pace

      Mar 27, 2021 - People Team Member in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I always say TransferWise is like a new company every 6 months - we’re scaling so fast. That means new projects, challenges and development opportunities all the time. Despite the chaotic nature of this your learning will be continued and rapid and if you want to get stuck in it’s a great place to build your career and take steps up the ladder much faster than in a lot of companies. You’re trusted. If you can explain the rationale behind your vision, you can back it up with data and also reflect if you fail - TransferWise will trust and support you to build things how you see fit.

      Cons

      Growing at scale is tiring. Things need to be built from scratch. Many of the tools you’d have had at your finger tips in previous people team roles need building. You can’t tell people to help you or do what you want them to do, they have to buy in. Although all the above can be seen as pros - you know anything you build has to be meaningful and prove impact and you can shape it how you want - plus it will feel easy anywhere else.

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Hard work with brilliant people

      Sep 15, 2021 - UK Policy & Government Relations Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I have really enjoyed my time so far. Everyone is really helpful and friendly, and very intelligent - you're encouraged to press on and deliver your ideas, and learn from your failures. Good compensation package with stock options, lots of travel, and a swanky Shoreditch office. Lovely!

      Cons

      It's a rapidly growing company with a flat structure, which can make it hard to navigate your way through the business in the beginning (particularly if you come from a corporate, hierarchical structure like I did), but you get used to it!

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Autonomous teams can be good and bad

      Sep 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Autonomous teams means you can cut through a lot of red tape and get things done more quickly - Hybrid working policy means you can work from (almost) anywhere in the world for 90 days a year

      Cons

      - Autonomous nature means the leadership team doesn't always take accountability for things that aren't going so well - Product and Engineering teams are king over other teams

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fast-paced

      Jul 29, 2021 - People in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of opportunities to try new things

      Cons

      Lack of bonus / variable incentives

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Proper product centred business

      Aug 5, 2021 - Lead Technical Product Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Awesome product culture all the way from the CEO - Autonomy to make decisions, fast - Open, honest but direct feedback culture - Transparent and fair levels, pay and progression

      Cons

      - Lots to do (You need to find your own impact, FAST) - Sub par benefits (Good - pay, stock, health insurance, sabbatical; Poor - pension, death in service, critical illness)

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Fantastic place to work

      Jul 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A fun and welcoming work environment where employees are given support and autonomy to develop. Everyone very aligned and engaged on company's mission. Challenging and varied work.

      Cons

      Autonomy can be a downside - you need to be very proactive and good at cross-team working to make things happen.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Place to work!

      Jul 19, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Wise is a very stimulating and interesting environment to work in. The structure is unique but it works very well for the products that we build. The interview process was very positive and the recruiters communicated regularly with me throughout. There is a big focus on company culture and values which really shows. Definitely recommend!

      Cons

      None that I can think of

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Mission driven, for better or worse

      Jul 22, 2021 - Product Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incredibly smart, passionate people solving real problems. More team autonomy to make product decisions, which leads to a feeling of ownership.

      Cons

      You won't get far if you don't drink the kool aid. The Cult of Wise is a powerful organised religion, and theres unwritten rules around what parts of the organisation your allowed to provide feedback on (product development and newer employees) and what parts your not allowed to feedback on (processes, culture, and management). There's a value of customer>team>ego that gets twisted into an attack when you ask for something you've been promised that only benefits you because well, you're putting yourself before the mission, aren't you? It's cliquey, and while the claim is that less organisational hierarchy puts everybody on an equal playing field, that hierarchy exists but rather is borne from who [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] at the last company retreat. And speaking out about racist comments is met with "You're adults, sort if yourself" from HR. Lovely.

      4 people found this review helpful

      Wise Response

      People Team Lead

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I’m sad to read this was your experience working here. We absolutely do not encourage or tolerate racism or discrimination, of any kind, at Wise. I would appreciate you sharing more about this particular experience so we can address your concerns. If you’re up for a confidential chat, please email employerbrand@wise.com and the team will connect us. Thanks, Jihan.

    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jul 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You get the chance to solve real problems, for real people.

      Cons

      Nothing comes to mind for cons

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best Fintech

      Jul 6, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in London, England, England
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good salary, training, benefits etc are all good.

      Cons

      Like all companies Covid is making it harder to work remotely

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