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Updated Jan 22, 2022

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  • "Flat hierachy, friendly work environment(in 71 reviews)

  • "TransferWise actually cares about its employees(in 68 reviews)

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  • "Autonomous teams/complex structure can make things tricky to navigate(in 43 reviews)

  • "TransferWise is constantly changing and evolving to get better and you need to be constantly on high alert(in 42 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Great for people who loves ownership

      May 30, 2021 - Engineering Lead in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The engineering teams at Wise are empowered to make all sort of decision, they are always on the driver seat when it comes to product development and the roadmap. If you care about a cause/pain-point or whatsoever nobody can stop you from owning it and solving it (this is true even for non-engineering functions). Teams and people are very nice to work with and are respectful which makes collaborating a breeze. I think it's one of the best places for the people who want to own their career as you've complete autonomy over it.

      Cons

      Autonomy comes with responsibilities, you might initially find it hard to see the lines between the ownership of different functions, essentially a side-effect of autonomous teams, but with enough time/practice it's not that hard to get hold of.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company

      Jan 22, 2022 - Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing mission, Good people, Amazing offices

      Cons

      Hard work Autonomous teams Hard to onboard

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good people, good environment

      Jan 15, 2022 - Software Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fast moving company Proactive people good opportunities for traveling to other offices dedicated to the mission of money without borders very flexible environment based on trust

      Cons

      Flip side of fast moving is that it can sometimes feel a bit hectic.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      I am not sure...

      Nov 16, 2021 - Recruiter in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      +I can't emphasise this enough but the majority of people here are really a pleasure to work with. +Pretty interesting culture with great sense of humour and human-like approach from most leaders. + No micromanagement, lots of project work and space to be creative. + Most people are genuinely passionate about the mission of the company. + Focus on improving diversity. + Salary reviews came in timely considering the market situation (although, only because they lost quite a few people in the last few months)

      Cons

      - Not great operationally and no enablement available for us to do our job easier. We still operate with systems and processes that have been used when Wise was a smaller company = meaning you will spend 10x the time to do a task that shouldn't take more than a few clicks/seconds time; Beware: Spreadsheets everywhere, anytime, for everything... Admin could take 60%-70% of your workload. - Not very open to changes. Running processes the way they did years ago because it made sense then... - The autonomous culture could be a double-edged sword. It actually feels more of an excuse around the chaos that exists. It probably worked perfectly when the company was smaller but it's insensible to continue running a scaling business with the same techniques/resources that have been used years ago; - Could do much better with incentives and benefits;

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      8 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good fit if you're seeking work experience

      Oct 19, 2021 - Product Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Nice people - Good work life balance - Big brand within European FinTech to have on your CV - Exposed to a lot so you could learn about the industry in a short time

      Cons

      - Compensation and perks are very low - Some teams deal with a A LOT of micro-management from leadership - Little room for career development - Frugal culture goes a bit too far, often pushed into bad decisions to save trivial costs.

      8 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Strong culture & leadership

      Oct 6, 2021 - Senior Analyst in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Wise is the first company where I've experienced analytics being a strong integral part of the company. In addition there is a strong vision of where we are trying to get to with the product. Every single person I've met at Wise has been smart, interesting and curious to learn. It is a super friendly and motivating environment to work in.

      Cons

      Autonomous teams are the best, but when starting out it will take some time to get to know all the teams and how to get your ideas moving.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Leans on "autonomous culture" instead of doing any real management training

      Sep 28, 2021 - Product Marketing Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Interesting product space with lots of challenges and opportunities for strategic thinking - Smart and motivated people

      Cons

      - Management constantly touts "autonomy" as a key value but in reality, they don't want to help reports succeed or be involved in their work. There isn't any management training, so managers are left to their own devices on how they want to judge your work without actually offering any support. - Since going public, a lot more scrutiny on proving impact, to the point where it's become common for several team members to get PIPS or worse, be let go without any opportunity to act on feedback. If you're not ready to grind, this isn't the right place for you. - Hard to get promoted without really fighting for it

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      11 people found this review helpful

      Wise Response

      Hello, thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate you highlighting your experience with management. Lead training and support is something our People Development team is constantly working on and improving — we'll definitely take your thoughts into account. Navigating autonomous teams can definitely be tricky, and we're always doing our best to get it right. Hopefully you were able to speak to your former lead before you left Wise, but if not, we'd be happy to have a confidential conversation with you — just email us et employerbrand@wise.com. Best wishes, Karolina

    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company, some bad eggs!

      Sep 24, 2021 - Analyst in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love the values and transparency. Overall, great company to work for. Lots of very intelligent people with the same goal. Room to grow and learn.

      Cons

      A few power happy managers that ruin it. They like to believe they don't have 'managers' and structure is flat but the few power happy managers ruin it. Especially with the silo approach to departments. Great business transparency, regular updates and accountability.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Hard work with brilliant people

      Sep 15, 2021 - UK Policy & Government Relations Manager in London, 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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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company, even better people

      Sep 29, 2021 - Recruiter in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Transparent career development Great team Constant recognition for your work Open communication across the team Able to implement your ideas from day 1

      Cons

      Things can move very quickly in any start up environment and this isn't different. If your a quick learner and adaptable this place is an awesome place to learn and develop

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