What is it like to work at your company in terms of your culture?
We're an eclectic bunch. We’re pretty young – largely 20- and 30-somethings – with diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Some attend Comic-Con or love Star Trek (RIP, Leonard), some aren't techy at all, some skateboard or ski, some are devout foodies, some are travel fanatics, some are bourbon connoisseurs, and some still have their original Game Boys. We do it all, enjoy it all, and accept it all.
We definitely work hard, but we play hard, too. Our offices at Boston’s iconic 177 Huntington Avenue feature stunning city views, fully stocked fridges of free beverages, cabinets of snacks, hallways with laughter, and all of the other bells and whistles you’d expect at a growing start up, like ping-pong and foosball tables, beanbag chairs, open-plan collaborative spaces, and a tapped keg.
Every employee has direct access to our executive team, and our CEO, a former engineer himself, knows us all by name. As a member of the WordStream team, our input is valued from day one, regardless of our roles. We offer big-company-style benefits that belie our small-company size, including unlimited vacation, comprehensive health and dental, 401K, and stock options. When you pair our vibrant culture with our commitment to employee satisfaction, the result is a dynamic and productive work environment. This is fundamental to who we are, and everything we do as a company reflects this.
What’s the best way to get a job at WordStream?
First, check out our core values on our website. Do they resonate with you? If so, you should join us! We’re looking to add to every department, and maintain an up-to-date listing of our open opportunities on our website and on VentureFizz. And if you’re just plain awesome but don’t see something listed that’s right for you, send us your resume anyway! You never know where your awesomeness might land you.
What can someone expect during the interview process?
The interview process usually starts with an email to get the ball rolling on getting your foot in the door to one of the fastest growing technology companies in New England. After your email, you’ll have a phone call with our recruiter where you’ll talk about your experience and get a chance to ask all of your questions about WordStream. From there, if you’re applying for a spot on our Engineering team, you’ll have a technical call with our VP of Engineering or another senior member of the Engineering team. When that goes well, you’ll be invited to work through some technical questions with three of our team members to give us a better understanding of your strengths and personal interests. And that’s it! A few days later you’ll hear from us with a decision.
For our non-technical roles, your first step after talking with our recruiter is to come on in to meet the hiring manager and a few other WordStreamers. Depending on the role, there may be a 2nd round, and then a pretty quick decision.
We try to keep our interview process as quick and painless as possible. If it’s right, it’s right, and if it’s not, it’s not. And we all usually know that pretty quickly.
What can people expect over the course of their career at WordStream?
With so much growth and evolution at WordStream, the one thing you can expect is change. When we open new positions, our #1 priority is always to promote from within. We always ask ourselves, “is there anyone internal for this role?” Our stability as a company makes that change exciting and allows everyone on the team to expand their skills and chart a career path that works for them.
Are there any favorite activities that the employees do outside of the office?
Our extra-curricular activities are as diverse as our employees. From a cocktail party at the aquarium to a booze cruise on Boston Harbor, we can get fancy or keep it casual. Whether we’re at the softball field or the bowling alley or the bars in the city or the poker table, there’s something for everyone.
We also recognize that not everyone is available after-hours, so we take some time for company fun during the work day too. We’ve had lunch-time ice cream socials and pizza parties, late-afternoon game “night,” Friday afternoon beer-tastings, March Madness office pools, and a pretty competitive dart league with heated battles to claim bragging rights. We also try to give back to the community with food drives, contributions to the technical community by hosting events and sharing knowledge, and we even host job shadow days with high school kids who are trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up.
Are there any fun facts or unique stories that you can share about WordStream or individuals that work there?
There are too many strong personalities at WordStream to single out just a few, but our personality starts at the top, with our founder, Larry Kim. Larry is widely recognized as an authority on pay per click and search engine optimization. With a background in internet marketing, software engineering, SEO, PPC, and social media marketing, Larry has a knack for creating influential companies from humble beginnings (like a corner booth at Panera.)
Larry is a constant presence on social media (@larrykim), where he elucidates search marketing and offers opinions, insights, and real-world strategies for peers. He wrote the most shared PPC article of all time, and his content has generated more than 10 million page views over the last 5 years.
Our executive team is a group of extremely intelligent, diligent, hard-working, approachable and shockingly normalpeople who have great chemistry and a shared vision of success for WordStream. There are no offices at WordStream. The members of our Executive Team sit at desks next to us, get coffee with us, and can both dish-out and take the trash talk when their March Madness brackets dominate or disintegrate.
What TV or movie would best describe the working environment and employees at WordStream?
WordStream resembles the diversity available with your endless cable and online channels, more than just one show. Our founder and CEO might be considered The Odd Couple, and our Marketing team might be confused withFriends, only no one has “the Rachel” hairstyle. Engineering smacks a little of HBO’s Silicon Valley, Customer Success channels Glee, only without the teenage drama or the singing, and Sales… well, they’re sales people. You understand.
Oh, and we have a small confession to make: the morning after our holiday party, we all looked a little like the zombies from The Walking Dead.
Do you have any unique benefits or perks?
WordStream proudly provides:
Unlimited vacation time (!) and sick days. And you really can use it.
Amazing health AND dental insurance. Our insurance rep told us he's never seen such a generous health insurance package.
Career growth and support.
Best atmosphere. Diverse, respectful, fun co-workers.
BEST location – right next door to the Prudential Center, countless great lunch spots, Newbury Street, Copley farmer's market. And on. And on.
Commuting is a breeze with the T right next door, bus stops 5 minutes away, and parking in the basement. And a really nice perk is we dress business casual. Break out your jeans...
WordStream rewards thought leadership and ambition—at our monthly company-wide breakfast, we recognize peers for their diligence. Shared success is important to us, and one of our core values is that everyone contributes. This is not a clique-y company; you’ll build rapport and collaborate with Engineering, Customer Service, Sales, Product, and Finance peers. Any position here is a great opportunity for resourceful, passionate, success-driven individuals.
What’s on tap or in your fridge?
On Friday afternoons, you’ll find one of the refrigerators bursting with cheap beer for blind taste testing. The jury is still out on whether it’s cool to know which cheap beer is which, unless it’s Bud Light, because really, no one should admit to knowing that at first sip. The tapped keg boasts different beers every few weeks to keep everyone happy, and the fully-stocked rolling bar offers something for everyone.
Don’t get us wrong, though. We have plenty of alt bevs too! We offer an impressive assortment of hot and cold drinks as well. Diet Dr. Pepper is a staple, and you can choose from all flavors of soda and seltzers. Our Starbucks coffee makers brew up a nice hot cup of dark roast, decaf, or decadent hot chocolate, and if you’re looking for something more, there’s a café in the lobby that serves up a creamy latte if you’re in the mood for something warm and foamy.