How to succeed at Wayfair?

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May 12 14 Comments

1. First and foremost, if you want to succeed in your career in a technical role, you are probably out of luck. People Managers also so-called Tech/Engineering managers is the only role one can succeed here.
Wayfair, calls itself a tech company but they have a tech career path defined less than an year ago.
So to all the computer science fanatics, it is rarely your skills/work is going to be noticed by the Gods managing you as they dont know what to gauge you on.

2. Technical skills is not what will make you move up here. Try to bounce an idea for tech improvements and wayfair veterans( veteran here means engineers and of course managers who have spent 100% of their 3-4 years career at wayfair and are now Senior Engineers and Senior Managers) will say this is not how you do things here at Wayfair. So instead of working on POC to set an example, you work on going above the management chain, with an hope that someone will understand.

3. Also the veterans I mentioned above are very sensitive people with huge ego, as they have not seen anyone question them before. If you ever get into a discussion on a technical topic, its becomes an argument and it will definitely come back in the calibrations meeting against your performance review. So good luck joining the line as others or fall by the side.

4. To succeed you have to be online on slack all the time and also be able to type really fast and reply on every alert which pops, as that is the only way you get noticed. If you have not attended a SEV/CRITICAL you do not exist for other groups so of course you cant progress.

5. Growing up the pay-scale is also a way to gauge success, but the amazing pay structure is unbeatable. If you joined the company an year or 2 ago and got good stocks which have doubled or even tripled for some people and say you get promoted by the relentless hard work and drinking through the fire hose, dont get to excited as the pay raise will be “WAYLOW”. You will be given a sheet with the vesting schedule of your previous stocks and your promotion stocks and base raise will be based on that. Its like some excel sheet with HR is spitting of number which has a fixed high limit of total comp and adjusts all the other variable to not exceed that. Its almost like someone controls your success and makes you feel that you dont deserve to make more money.

6. Did I mention that L6+ Directors job responsibility is also to defend BLIND posts.

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Wow, these Blind posts on Wayfare are some of the best ones, lol.

    They also ensure good talent won’t touch WF with a 10 foot pool, which is a good lesson for its dysfunctional management.
    May 12 1
    • Wayfair / Eng CEft84
      This is what I try to tell people! They complain about all the interviewing they have to do to find anyone decent, but they don't understand that many good engineers aren't applying.
      May 12
  • Wayfair floater5
    Not really, it’s the same 2 people posting the same complaints over and over, must suck to be stuck at a place you hate because you’re not good enough to work anywhere else. yeah keep complaining about how you got overruled once or twice and can’t deal with it and don’t understand why you won’t move up, it must be the “veterans” with their crazy ways. Never had any issues like the ones mentioned here, our tech stack in Finance is modern and we’re moving everything to containers and microservices, we just need passionate people who want to tackle this rather than complaining. I have great WLB, never logged in to Slack after work, maybe it’s the group that you’re in? Large company with lots of groups, probably different experiences.
    May 13 3
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      The real problem is that Wayfair hired employees with behavioral deficiencies. Hopefully, our standardization and updating of interviews should improve the quality and minimum bar of employees.
      May 13
    • Wayfair WUdE10
      @floater5 I don't agree that it's always the same two people. Privately in person there are a lot of unhappy people who are looking or already moving on. This particular post is so accurate it's crazy. Good post op!
      May 13
    • Wayfair / Eng
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      @WUde10 obviously the case of #6 on the original posters post. Sure some people post more on here but obviously more than 2 people.
      May 13
  • Wayfair WUdE10
    So accurate. Also my God some of the L6s are ridiculously incompetent. Really just a bunch of bullshitters. Good luck having any kind of technical conversation with them.
    May 13 2
    • Wayfair floater5
      We should call those people out and get them removed. Name and shame!
      May 13
    • Wayfair WUdE10
      Would love to but feel like if I did it could be easy to find out who I am. All I will say is look at the L6 cohort. 80% of them are bullshit artists
      May 13
  • New zon2b
    That’s no way a fair place
    May 12 0
  • Proofpoint / Other oh no
    Short the stock
    May 12 0
  • Athenahealth jRfJ36
    The Wayfair posts on here remind me of Athena. It must be a Boston thing
    May 12 1
    • Wayfair / Eng
      jwxs26

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      We have lots of ex Athena people...
      May 21
  • Wayfair WNEm45
    Pay structure that incorporates any stock increases is natural for any company worried about its finances.
    May 12 0

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