“I got hired by Facebook and the office of my city was actually in a WeWork space. We had an entire corner of the floor and were able to work in a completely independent space. I've absolutely loved that the office was in the space for a few reasons.
First off the WeWork location in my city is so centrally located, there are literally dozens of bus-routes that come close to it and you can easily hop on local transit to get anywhere you need to be. The offices are also very modern and clean, with high ceilings, clean color design, and a great layout that has a kitchen, seating area, and independent work areas.
WeWork also hosts events constantly throughout the week so if you're looking for talks from influential people in any industry, and you get a discount if your company is in the WeWork space (often this discount just means it's free).
Overall I really like that the environment is filled with other companies and startups that are driven to succeed. There's this atmosphere of hard-work that is hard to find anywhere. Even on days off I come into WeWork so I can surround myself with hard working people and work on my side projects.”
“It's a pretty easy interview process to get through that's honestly very standard. What they're mostly looking for is people who will put in the work and follow their culture. It starts of with a simple phone screen with a recruiter, then if you pass you'll be brought into your local co-working space for an interview with the manager that will be mostly behavioral type questions that will test your dedication to the company.”
“To move up in WeWork you first have to put in the work and get the results, attend every meeting, and take on new roles. But more importantly you have to know and be friends with the right people and get within the core groups. I constantly witnessed management promote their favorites who were a mix of being non-threatening and political.”
“Perks of WeWork are really impressive and almost a reason to work for the company itself. First off there's beer on tap. We also got a full kitchen stocked with fresh food and snacks. Best part about the perks is that you can work and get into any WeWork space for free across the world. On top of the perks the company also has really good health insurance, PTO policies, and 401k matching.”
“The WeWork environment is very engaging, fun, and driven, but also mixed with intense negativity depending on the team that you're working on. The really strong culture of dedication to the company mission and values is what builds this intense atmosphere of hard-work, which has it's benefits of being a productive company that's making real waves in the industry, but can become all consuming and cult like.
The positive parts of the environment are the people and the company events. It's really a young culture, I would say the majority of people are under 30, and it's filled with creative entrepreneurs who are really trying to make a difference in the world. Surrounding yourself with these type of people makes you constantly wanting to succeed and work harder, and I find this to be a very positive thing.
The negative part of the environment is that it can really become all-consuming. Every week we have mandatory meetings at night that mean if you're looking to plan something after work, now you're already restricted to 3 days a week. Combine that with the really high amount of work that the company puts on you and the fact that you have to get the work done, most nights of the week are spent either at work or at home working on company related things.
There are pros and cons to working here, but overall I'd say the environment at WeWork is positive if you're someone who wants to make a difference. It's a lot of work, and not easy, but WeWork is filled with driven, intelligent people who are changing the world.”
WeWork tries to present itself as this technology driven company with its marketing and general perks/office vibe, but honestly WeWork has grown to be what it is because of the strong real estate team and our design team. The reason we're successful is our offices are in great locations in every city, and our designs are modern and very clean. This is a marketing / design lead company that has grown huge because of it's real-estate.
It's pretty difficult to keep a strong balance between work and life at WeWork for a few reasons. First is they advertise the job as flex time which basically just means they can give you as much work as they want, and you'll have to take it home to finish it. WeWork also hosts mandatory weekly meetings on Monday and Thursday Nights, as well as Mandatory company retreats where you'll have to take off weekends to travel across the country.
I was really disapointed with how non-diverse WeWork is. The company is insanely white washed with only like 2% of the staff being non-white, pretty well the only non-white staff are in cleaning. If you look at the executive team it's filled with white men. It's not even as if they're recognizing the need for diversity, there's literally nothing in the company plan to make us more diverse.
“WeWork is definitely more of a startup type company and not corporate, even though the size of the company is getting huge and the investments have made everything inflated. There has been a shift as time has gone on that has made changes and decisions harder to get through, with multiple levels of acceptance by management for them to pass through.
The reason WeWork is more of a Startup type company is really because of the people that work here. It's very much like the show Silicon Valley where everyone at the company is white, weird, but very smart. The general age of any employee is in their late 20's still acts like their in university, and has made his work at WeWork his life.
Management also pushes very mission centric operations. We have constant weekly meetings where middle-managers do presentations showing how the company has changed lives, and how we're changing how the world works. WeWork is filled with people who have really drank the Kool-aid, and have lost themselves to the company.
To me these are environmental traits that I find are much more indicative of a startup environment then a corporate one. It's very intense, hard working, and will probably end up eating away most of your time and life.”
WeWork is a real estate company that provides co-working spaces on a month by month leasing basis specifically targeted to entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and small businesses. Through providing office space and all core services that companies need like high-speed internet, printers, and quiet work-spaces, as well as events dedicated to bringing like-minded individuals together, WeWork is changing how companies work.
Founded in 2010 by current CEO and CCO Adam Neumann and Migue McKelvey, WeWork has its headquarters based in New York City, New York. Having grown extremely quickly from its inception, WeWork has been recognized as a unicorn startup receiving over $8.6 billion in investments from 2010 to 2018. With over 4600 employees and offices/coworking spaces in over 79 cities, WeWork is the dominating company in the collaborative workspace industry.
With WeWork's constant growth and expansion into new cities, the WeWork team is also growing. The majority of positions available at WeWork are for management, community organizer, customer service, and operation roles. With over 400 jobs posted on indeed and 2000 on glassdoor, the WeWork team is growing very quickly.
Positive reviews from employees report enjoying: the flexible hours, the very nice headquarters, strong benefits and perks, the brand recognition of the company, the interesting and motivating mission, and the generally cool co-workers.
Negative reviews from employees report being frustrated with: the sub-par communication, the cliquey and cultey culture, the terrible diversity, the off topic projects made up by senior management, the constant fear of being fired, the roadblocks for approvals of new projects, the lack of work/life balance, the constant organisation redesigns, and the high amount of egos.
WeWork has 6 core values that drive how the company interacts with their employees and with their customers to continue the companies success into the future. WeWorks 6 values are:
- Inspired. WeWork does what they love and is connected by doing something bigger then any one person at the company.
- Entrepreneurial. WeWork is filled with creators, leaders, and self starters, building a culture that challenges convention and isn't afraid to fail.
- Authentic. WeWork has a genuine brand, mission, and values, that strives to be honest and as transparent as possible.
- Tenacious. WeWork never settles and is constantly doing what they can to get things done. Willing to break down all barriers, WeWork wants its employees to go above and beyond and stay persistent.
- Grateful. WeWork is grateful for its employees, customers, and everything that has helped this movement become a reality. They don't take success for granted and are happy to be apart of this wave.
- Together. WeWork is in it together and knows that everything is a team effort. They look out for each-other and have empathy for the other people at the company.
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Founders of WeWork Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey established a eco-friendly coworking space in brooklyn in 2008 which was their intiation into creating co-working spaces. They sold the business in 2010 and started WeWork, opening their first location in the SoHo district in New York City.
WeWork has a history of hosting successful startups from companies such as Consumr, HackHands, and Coupon Follow to Facebook, PepsiCo, and Reddit. The first WeWork Labs opened in 2011 which functioned as a startup incubator within WeWork with the goal of providing open workspaces and encouraging collaboration between people.
WeWork has been backed by some of the biggest investors in the world including Goldman Sachs Group, Wellington Management, SoftBank, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. By 2015 the company had over 51 coworking locations across the U.S., Europe and Israel. Constantly growing, WeWork is looking to expand to every country in the world except for Antarctica.