Microsoft to OfferUp ?

Jan 12, 2018 25 Comments

Offerup has bit of negative reviews on blind and Glassdoor. However I know few folks from microsoft who are working there. I want to work for a startup.

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  • OfferUp TK4201
    First of all, so many bitter engineers from so many different companies on this platform. When you ask a question, expecting reasonable dialogue, don’t think you’re going to get it here. It’s a bunch of overly opinionated curmudgeons who are bitter about their lives and want to shit on everything.

    Second of all, the Glassdoor reviews are pretty negative because of lots of movement and politics in the engineering team which have left a few people sour.

    You’re going to hear the vocal minority the most and while their gripes are legitimate, I’m seeing vast improvement in the approach to fixing those problems. So let me give you the pros and cons and you can decide.

    Cons:

    We have lots of passionate people here and everyone has ideas in which direction we want to go and it’s like herding cats to get everyone on the same page. Decisions do take a while to be made and communication breakdowns happen. Like I mentioned before, you’re going to see politics at play here at times, and you’re going to see some disagreement. All of the cons I’ve listed above are things that I have seen at every tech company both startup and Fortune 500.

    There isn’t anything wrong with OfferUp that is specific to it. It’s a fast growing company, there are growing pains and rough patches. Some of the older employees talk about the old days where it was the best place to work — again being a veteran of startups, there are times where it’s great and times where it’s painful.

    Pros:

    We are, hands down, the leader in our space. All these clowns talking about Facebook marketplace and shitting on what we do, don’t know our space, don’t understand the potential and don’t understand business. So if you look at these people talking all sorts of shit, look at where they work; don’t expect someone from Cisco to know the market place space.

    The talent here is great. You’re surrounded by some of the smartest people and can learn so much. If you’re taking on a more junior role you will leave a much smarter person. If you’re a “bar raiser” you will make an immediate impact and be very much a part of the bigger picture. In all of my experiences, some of the most driven and passionate people work here. The Glassdoor reviews you’re seeing - they stink of former employees who lost that passion or got easily discouraged. I don’t want to completely discredit them, because some of their gripes were real, but the ability to make those changes were in their hands.

    Come to an on-site and see for yourself. What I saw during mine was exactly what I got. They didn’t fluff it up or make it seem nicer than it was.

    Good luck!
    Jan 12, 2018 9
    • Microsoft kry
      You're not the leader in your space. Facebook marketplace is. Nobody I know uses your app. But you do have good funding
      Jan 12, 2018
    • Cisco SlowBoat
      Hey TK4201, you seem like a nice guy so I’m gonna do you a favor. Next time you have an all-hands with the CFO, ask him these questions:

      1. What is our user acquisition cost? Is it going up or down?

      2. What is our monetization strategy? Do we have one?

      3. How do we compete against *two* platforms that don’t need to make money with their marketplaces because they have other revenue streams, have billions of users, and are household names?

      4. Why did eBay shut down Close5? Why does LetGo keep trying to merge with us?

      Come back to us with what he says. And tell him a Kellogg MBA sent you
      Jan 13, 2018
    • Facebook / Other Ufhfhch
      In what aspects do you think OfferUp is leading over Marketplace?
      Jan 13, 2018
    • OfferUp fishtetris
      Slowboat

      1.) tracked, not gonna share, but obv better then a pay to list market like eBay, and obv better than a commercial buy hemorrhaging letgo, Fb marketplace would count you clicked the Marketplace icon once as an acquisition... come on joke.
      2.) duh money is needed doesn’t take an MBA to know that.
      3.) eBay: they charge a lot
      Fb: you wanna be stalked by strangers on FB just to buy or sell? You wanna every Facebook spam, scam, troll now having direct FB messenger access to you? You wanna have to completely change/adjust your Fb posts/privacy settings/profile pic/background image/ name just so you can tailor it to your Facebook marketplace needs? With all the ‘keep up with the Jones’ mentality on FB you gonna wanna let folks see you listing you old stuff for cash?
      4.) close5: lost,
      letgo: “we solve all problems with lighting money on fire... maybe we can just buy everyone/merge with everyone since we can’t actually compete with product,tech,or any actual business talents. Let’s keep copying everyone else and hoping our big brother VCs can bail us out for the 18th time.”

      The Craigslist founder is a billionaire on paper, the company still only employ roughly 50 people, they never took large VC money and run a hundreds of millions annual profitable firm using hyperlinks for God’s sake. The founder himself still owns over 40% of the company outright I think. No surprise high paid tech employees have no idea what a peer to peer economy looks like. When you have massive salaries why would I shop for a deal, “I just buy the newest, most expensive stuff everyone else is so I can fit in.”

      Anyone thinking FB marketplace is leading in the space is clueless

      I am not CFO 😹
      Jan 18, 2018
    • Facebook / Other Ufhfhch
      Best of luck to you. Obviously craigslist and EBay have a lot of market share. I’m working on Marketplace and look forward to competing with you over that pie :)
      Jan 18, 2018
  • Cisco SlowBoat
    Don’t do it FB marketplace will crush them
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft !nutella!
    If you just want to work at startup and doesn't have better options, then why not..but it's not going to be an unicorn..
    Jan 12, 2018 3
    • Amazon Thanos
      Aren’t they already unicorn?
      Jan 13, 2018
    • Microsoft !nutella!
      I don't think so
      Jan 13, 2018
    • Amazon Thanos
      Latest valuation at $1.2B
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Microsoft Gbiftuj
    Just to keep in mind that their stock options expires 90 days after you leave the company.

    If you work there for 4 years and decide to leave, you will most like not able to buy your options.
    Jan 12, 2018 2
    • OfferUp PHeN32
      You can exercise your vested options and keep the stock. What's yours is yours. You will have to pay the strike price though and possible some taxes.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Microsoft Gbiftuj
      Exactly. You will need to pay quite a lot actually and you may not have the funding to do that.
      Even if you do, the stock may worth nothing eventually
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Google klopp8
    Why would you want to work at a Craiglist ripoff? Oh wait!! You work at Microsoft. Go for it!!
    Jan 12, 2018 1
    • Microsoft !nutella!
      Microsoft is that bad?..huh 😑
      Jan 12, 2018
  • OfferUp
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    Seafrogmore
    There is very toxic here - don’t come - till we can raise the fund and change the VPE
    Feb 13, 2018 1
    • Microsoft QnyV50
      Are you changing the VPE ?
      Feb 14, 2018
  • Microsoft lolop
    Offerup is awesome. Solid app and ecosystem
    Jan 13, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Other Ufhfhch
    Why a startup? Why OfferUp specifically?
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ThisOrThat
    Ok do it
    Are you just posting your thoughts on Blind?
    Jan 12, 2018 0

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