At Wayfair, 87 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 532 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.26. It was published on Apr 4, 2017. 686 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
91%
 
People care about each other here.
91%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
91%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
91%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
90%
 

What They Do

We asked Wayfair to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Wayfair is one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, offering more than eight million products from over 10,000 suppliers. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, Wayfair employs more than 5,600 people.

About this Company

Website: http://www.wayfair.com/ Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts US Sites: 18
Major Locations: Bangor, Maine; Brunswick, Maine; College Station, Texas; Ogden, Utah; Orem, Utah; Hebron, Kentucky; Erlanger, Kentucky; Perris, California; Cranbury, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina US Employees: 5,637
US Revenues: $3,100 million Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: W Founded: 2002

Wayfair employees meet to brainstorm and share ideas in one of the offices many collaboration spaces.

Perks and Programs

We asked Wayfair to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Learn@Work Program: Wayfair’s Learn@Work program offers classes on everything from Excel and SQL tutorials to negotiation tactics and communication best practices – with an average of 10 trainings each week for every role, skillset and level. The Learning and Development team regularly revamps their training catalog to ensure they are filling gaps, meeting needs, and investing in Wayfair’s most important resource: its people. In addition to the variety of courses offered through Learn@Work, the company also created three month-long programs to target learners at all levels in their effort to become better managers and have a positive impact on the organization. Management behavior scores improved by approximately 20% for those who completed the program, and upward feedback ratings were also higher in annual reviews.
  • Women@Work and Women in Tech Programs: Wayfair’s Women@Work group is an entirely employee-driven initiative, which aims to provide female employees with internal resources like networking and mentorship through regular meetings, panels, and discussions. In addition to engaging hundreds of Wayfair employees, the initiative has extended beyond the walls of Wayfair as the team has joined forces with other Boston companies like HubSpot, TripAdvisor and Cimpress to promote and support women and diversity in the tech industry. Through the Women@Work group, a dedicated Women in Technology group was recently formed, which aims to provide similar networking and mentorship opportunities for the growing number of women who work in technology roles at Wayfair.
  • Wayfair Labs Program for Engineers: Wayfair Labs is a three-month program/interview process for entry-level engineers, which offers hands-on experience with projects across different focuses that participants can own from start to finish. Employees learn relevant skills and have the opportunity to choose their own path within the engineering team - and many of the projects completed by this team are widely implemented at the company. In 2016, Wayfair set a goal to ensure that future Wayfair Labs teams be comprised of at least 50% women. January’s class was 70% women, and early results suggest it was one of the company’s strongest class yet. Wayfair Labs is one example of many enrichment programs that the company offers to specific teams.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Program: Over the last 13 years, Wayfair has worked closely with organizations that play a meaningful role in creating safe and comfortable living spaces. Wayfair’s global nonprofit partner is Habitat for Humanity International, for which Wayfair has raised more than $1 million since 2012 across more than 206,000 individual donations, and has donated more than 12,850 pieces of furniture and décor to ReStore outlets. Wayfair also facilitates in-office programs with local partners such as Citizen Schools, which invites students from low-income communities to the office for regular mentorship and tutoring opportunities, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters, where employees can travel to local elementary schools to mentor students. Employees are also given the option to take one paid day each year for community service.
  • Employee-Driven Charitable Giving Program: Formed in 2004, the Employee-Driven Charitable Giving Program is an entirely employee-driven and company-enabled initiative that encourages employees to give back to their communities. The program allocates funds to nonprofit agencies and charitable causes that employees are invested in through personal commitments of time and money. Since 2004, the initiative has supported over 100 organizations, including the Dana Farber Institute for the Boston Marathon, where a team of Wayfair marathon runners fundraise for the Dana Farber Institute, as well as the Massachusetts Special Olympics, for which the company helps fund an annual “Over the Edge” fundraiser where employees rappel down the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA.
  • Health and Wellness Program: Wayfair offers a dozen complementary health and wellness classes each week, spanning both fitness and mindfulness sessions – including Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Guided Meditation. Wayfair also offers regular Self Defense Training courses for men and women, with R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) trainings, as well as Krav Maga self-defense trainings. In addition, every Wayfair employee is provided with a sit-to-stand desk, as well as bi-weekly fresh produce deliveries and free snacks. The company also encourages health and wellness outside the office, with discounts to local gyms and Hubway bike rentals.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

4% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 100% of an employee's salary67% Company-paid health coverage for employees
67% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 67% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k)
  • Restricted stock units to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Convenience store
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Personal travel service
Wayfair's game room is a great place for employees to relax and unwind.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

21 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take10 days Job-protected paternity leave
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents60 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $1,622,627 Philanthropic donations in last year
$20,253 Total company-matched employee donations in last year

Diversity

  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women; Employees reentering the workforce
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender reassignment surgery
Wayfair employees join together to participate in Boston's Gay Pride Parade.

Demographics

 
Wayfair's in-house Research & Development team has developed innovative technologies that enable customers to better visualize furniture and decor.

How to Get Hired

We asked Wayfair for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

As a company that’s paving the way for a new era of online shopping, Wayfair places a priority on hiring employees with specific traits over experience. Wayfair is a data-driven organization, looking for analytically-minded individuals who excel at tackling complex problems to help deliver an exceptional customer experience. Wayfair values the bold and looks for people who move fast, take smart risks, learn from their failures, and never settle for "good enough." Wayfair is interested in people who think big, and who know how to work with others to make those big ideas a reality.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Follow Wayfair on social media @Wayfair and @WayfairAtWork, apply on Wayfair’s career site (wayfaircareers.com), and connect with a Wayfairian on LinkedIn to express interest. Wayfair recruiters look for applications and resumes that show experience with innovation, collaboration, and analysis. For an interview, come prepared with questions that demonstrate an interest in Wayfair, the team, and the specific opportunity - as well as ideas for growth. During the interview, don’t be afraid to voice ideas and observations, or even to constructively question why Wayfair operates in a certain way. Wayfair values people who are curious and think outside of the box. Share your story. Wayfair wants to know how you have dreamed big, taken chances, stumbled, and succeeded.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

As a rapidly growing organization, Wayfair searches for talent who will continue to learn and grow with the company. Wayfair is always looking for software engineers, data scientists, business intelligence analysts, and leaders in category management, operations, and merchandising. Wayfair is drawn to candidates with diverse skill sets from unique or interesting backgrounds, and candidates who thrive in a fast-paced environment. Check out Wayfair’s career site (wayfaircareers.com) for additional information about the company’s culture, organization, and specific opportunities available now.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Look at open roles regularly on Wayfair's career site (wayfaircareers.com) and connect with a Wayfairian on LinkedIn to express interest. Apply for the role you're interested in, and follow-up to confirm your excitement about the opportunity. If one position doesn't pan out, keep your eye on other open roles and apply again. Attend events that Wayfair is hosting or is participating in, and go out of your way to introduce yourself to Wayfair employees attending the event. Follow Wayfair in the news and on social media (@Wayfair and @WayfairAtWork) and reference those updates when you speak to someone at the company.

hiring Outlook

48% Job Growth 22% New hires by employee referrals
Yes Recruits on college campuses 150 New graduates hired
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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