Casper Hires Wayfair’s “Chief Architect” Ben Clark

New gbcM41
Jul 10 20 Comments

There goes all those good nights of sleep...

I bet Ben doesn’t last longer then 12 months.

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  • Bank of America veVs08
    What does this mean for Wayfair? Maybe a changing of the guard?
    Jul 11 5
    • Wayfair rJkC56
      Ben stepped down a month or two ago and his influence has been waning for a while
      Jul 11
    • Bank of America veVs08
      Has that improved things?
      Jul 11
    • Wayfair drMk12
      I have been here 3 years so far, and the last 6 months have been absolutely transformative in the best of ways
      Jul 11
    • Wayfair rJkC56
      We're embracing containers and k8s now and Ben was one of the main reasons holding us back from adopting them earlier.

      Independent of Ben there was a recent reorg of the Infrastructure org and refocus on developer enablement that should hopefully start addressing a lot of longstanding complaints
      Jul 11
    • Bank of America veVs08
      Holy shit the Wayfair positivity in this thread is astonishing... Hope my interview goes well
      Jul 11
  • Wayfair bnKI45
    You gotta admire his timing, Casper is another high growth company which could IPO soon. He'll probably make another huge pay packet despite being really bad at his job / not even understanding what his job is. While most techies spend their time worrying about not knowing enough and trying to upskill he bullshits his way up the corporate ladder completely oblivious to his ineptitude
    Jul 11 2
    • Wayfair olYP50
      I think Ben is the reason some people were negative. He really did drive a lot of talent away and pushed them negative.
      Jul 11
    • Wayfair berlinbee
      How does he land a job? I don’t understand
      7d
  • Wayfair kWah54
    Good thing I don’t have any Casper mattresses to feel guilty about or have my sleep ruined over.
    Jul 11 0
  • Panasonic Avionics
    maximum10c

    Panasonic Avionics

    BIO
    I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
    maximum10cmore
    What’s the story on him?
    Jul 10 1
    • Wayfair / Eng
      jwxs26

      Wayfair Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      jwxs26more
      Banned microservices for years at Wayfair
      Jul 11
  • Panasonic Avionics
    maximum10c

    Panasonic Avionics

    BIO
    I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
    maximum10cmore
    This guy looks like an insecure leprechaun
    Jul 11 0
  • Casper Sleepers
    This is really helpful, thanks for the insight. I'm not under the tech/engineering umbrella so my part of the business wont be impacted that much if at all. But I'll look out for any of the behaviours you mentioned and note it to my coworkers that may work with him.
    Jul 11 0
  • LinkedIn moooooooo
    What does a mattress company need with an architect ?
    Jul 11 0
  • Casper Sleepers
    Uh oh, do you guys have some other examples/experiences with him?
    Jul 11 2
    • Wayfair bnKI45
      I haven't really interacted with him personally so perhaps I'm being unfair. What I can say is he has resided over the worst technical architecture I've ever seen, he has to take a significant portion of the blame for the total dysfunction that is Wayfair engineering. Having said that I doubt he'll change much there so I wouldn't worry too much
      Jul 11
    • Casper Sleepers
      Got it, unfortunate that our former CTO / co-founder Gabe left for a new venture. I can't say much on how tech and engineering teams will specifically change but doesnt look like he will bring the same culture value Gabe and many of the early employees had before they left.
      Jul 11
  • New cjqr64
    Ben treated people so badly, that in Berlin, there will probably be a package waiting for him at the Casper offices from a former wayfair teams lawyers. Ben goes above and beyond, and is one of the most inept, dishonest, arrogant, pieces of crap I’ve worked with in my whole career. He colored my time at wayfair from the beginning, creating a hostile and harassing environment for me and my team, which resulted in situations so intense that some team members had to seek medical attention.
    Jul 11 1
    • Bank of America veVs08
      Jesus...I wonder if anyone from Casper is looking at this and freaking out
      Jul 11