Is Houzz a good place to work?

Yelp BDkP87
Jul 12 50 Comments

Got reached out by a recruiter sometime back and wanted to see if it is worth considering? I have heard mixed things about their culture and diversity, and saw negative stuff on Glassdoor. Any current or ex employees that can comment?

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  • Houzz wisdjdbd
    Yelp friend, sounds like you already have bias and keep looking for negative things. Don’t waste your time and our time interviewing, you’re not gonna be happy anyway. I guess you won’t be happy in many tech companies either if you can’t get along with Chinese
    Jul 17 11
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      Are core people there because they want to stay or because they are locked into options. The company has been private for over 10 years with no real signs to ipo, its contemporaries like Pinterest, Uber etc were founded around the same time and are public. Also Houzz isn’t a great brand like an Uber or FB either with massive scale
      Of engineering problems. So why are the old timers stuck there?! I am assuming because of the shitty option buying plan ... other companies give you upto 7 years to purchase your options. I am not sure why you are so delusional and can’t see your company’s leadership doesn’t care about your wellbeing at all.
      Jul 22
    • Houzz qIdN73
      it is a family business. not because they are not caring about houzzers, just because you are not part of the family. those old timers are part of the family. in the end i don’t think it is a good company but it is not the worst, you just need to make sure you negotiate a good offer.
      Jul 22
    • Houzz tgxR178
      Many of the old timers are likely the better engineers in the company. They had to be because in the early days there were a lot fewer people. I know a couple that left, but the vast majority are still around.
      Jul 22
    • Houzz 1sYAer
      A lot of the old timers are unhappy but stay because of options.....
      Jul 22
    • Houzz houzzz
      Some have left at the cost of giving up significant amount of stock options.
      Jul 22
  • Houzz pekxjddjx
    We have many Asian engineers, but 5% non Asian is an exaggeration. There are many white and Indian in product and design.
    Jul 12 5
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      Ok so what is your diversity distribution? How many Asian, white, black male and female engineers do you have in Palo Alto office? I need to know If I were to interview and get a job there, is this a place where I can communicate easily or will I feel marginalized because I am not Asian?
      Jul 12
    • Facebook / Eng muckzuc
      It's very diverse. All engineers are from different regions of China 😂
      Jul 12
    • Amazon / Eng batou
      i claim faaag are occupied by chinese engineers from different regions of China. there is no exception.
      Jul 13
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      Batou, are you saying that more than 90% of staff/engineers at FAANG companies are Chinese? I definitely don’t think that is true
      Jul 13
    • Amazon / Eng batou
      *company wise* that's certainly false. but *team wise* many teams have 90% or more chinese engineers.
      Jul 13
  • Houzz vkUu43
    In general I would say stay away from Houzz. CEO is running it to the ground and there are a lot of unhappy people interviewing to get out. Lots of veterans have left
    Jul 12 1
    • Amazon / Eng batou
      what? I remembered the time when one can use Houzz’s offer to negotiate with G. the good old days.
      Jul 12
  • Houzz tgxR178
    There are certainly many Chinese engineers but there are other Indian and white engineers too. A number were recent hires so it's definitely not stock options that's keeping them.
    RSUs - yes. It's 25% vesting per year but if you leave before 2 years, you'd forfeit them. Management doesn't like people jumping companies every year and tries not to hire those that do
    Jul 12 1
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      One of my friends had interviewed there a few months back. He told me that he walked in the office and he literally just saw Asian engineers! Non Asian employees are like less than 5%? Is that true?

      I call BS on the vesting cycle. Everybody jumps companies in the valley, why don’t other startup like stripe, Airbnb have 2 year cliffs? I am sure there founders have similar concerns. Such cliffs show more insecurity in being able to retain employees imo ...
      Jul 12
  • I had the weirdest interview process with them about a role I was reached out on. One guy complained that he was sick of interviewing people who are sourced!!

    I went along with it as I was intrigued but I had no interest in working for them. All in I spoke with 5 people there and each seemed to be talking to me about a different role! Eventually I told the recruiter I had something else and to remove me from the process. I got a call a week later from an external recruiter for the same role!!

    Another thing was they all went on about the fact they might ipo soon as a reason to work there.

    I learned from my experience that the company is a mess.
    Jul 12 0
  • Facebook / Eng muckzuc
    Houzz is a career dead end. Eng team is run by old time people who got promoted just because they had been there longer, despite being technically incompetent. Founders abuse the prospect of IPO to keep people, a lot of people wanna leave but can't because they don't have money to exercise their stock options.
    Jul 12 0
  • Nvidia paidrobot
    Very, very stupid name.
    Jul 12 3
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    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      Thanks! This is very helpful coming from a Houzz employee
      Jul 16
  • Houzz qIdN73
    just because many asian in houzz, if you are not, you can be a director or vp. the couple really like hiring non-asian to manage asian. I would say it is a great opportunity to level up, and welcome to the elite group - that is why i am here, it feels really good.
    Jul 14 1
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      This is the dumbest reply. If you are a non Asian then you get directly to the director level! 😂
      Jul 16
  • Yelp BDkP87
    OP
    Based on the Houzz employees’ comments above, it doesn’t seem like a great place. @Houzz employees- Should I just pass the interview and save time and effort?
    Jul 16 1
    • Interview but as these questions. See what they say. Might as well see how they react.
      Jul 16
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    Houzz doesn’t help on 401K
    Jul 12 1
  • Houzz houzzz
    Agree that PA office will eventually become a satellite office in the future.
    Jul 20 0
  • Houzz tgxR178
    Houzz has a pretty strong engineering team. Some old timers have left who were at the company for many years and got impatient but a lot more people have joined recently as well
    Jul 12 2
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      It doesn’t answer my question about culture though! I have heard that the entire engineering org is Chinese and they talk to each other in Chinese and the only reason non Chinese like Indians are there is due to too many stock options that they can’t buy?!? How is a non Chinese supposed to fit in?

      Also recruiter told me they have a 2 year cliff for RSUs. That is extremely absurd, shows insecurity of a company in being able to retain employees organically.
      Jul 12
    • Salesforce mog
      Sounds like my org at SF
      Jul 13
  • Houzz tgxR178
    From what I've heard ivy is using node now to develop. Houzz was worth billions well before ivy. I agree ivy is important but saying it's worth nothing without ivy is ignorant
    Aug 2 1
    • Houzz qIdN73
      then good luck
      Aug 2
  • Houzz tgxR178
    Seriously??? The satellite office talk is just nonsense. All the critical role, people, tech is in the US and specifically Palo Alto.
    Anyone who thinks otherwise is just being alarmist
    Jul 20 1
    • Houzz qIdN73
      why not? it is a non-tech company in usa. you need to learn ruby on rail to be part of the core team ivy and maybe move to Israel?
      but it is a good move for all in ivy. otherwise houzz worth nothing.
      Jul 22
  • Houzz tgxR178
    That depends on whether how many Asian employees the company has is your primary selection criteria despite others telling you it's not nearly as imbalanced as you might believe
    Jul 16 1
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      Some other Houzz employees above have also said negative things and I have seen similar stuff on Glassdoor. I will still interview with the company this week and will update this thread. It will help others who may have similar questions as I do.
      Jul 16
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    Glassdoor stuff is pretty outdated/only really talks about the sales side of working at Houzz. Eng wise I’d say it’s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. The same issues arise at every other company.
    Jul 12 1
    • Yelp BDkP87
      OP
      I have heard that the entire engineering org is just Chinese and they talk in Chinese at work?!? There are almost no white, Hispanic, black engineers? Is that true?
      Jul 12
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    Dumb name
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    Same, then the recruiter disappeared. :)
    Jul 12 0
  • Facebook / Eng muckzuc
    Nope
    Jul 12 0