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Review averages

  • 33 employees say

    Excellent (26)
    78.787878787879%
    Good (4)
    12.121212121212%
    Satisfactory (1)
    3.030303030303%
    Subpar (2)
    6.0606060606061%
    4.19
  • 18 applicants say

    Excellent (11)
    61.111111111111%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (2)
    11.111111111111%
    Subpar (5)
    27.777777777778%
    3.52

Company summary

Our mission? To level the playing field between employers and workers.

Historically, workplace decisions have been biased towards company management. Now, we've created a way for people to arm themselves with just as much knowledge. As the original employer review platform, we offer anyone motivated to improve their worklife useful information to keep "what have I done" job experiences from happening. 

Through genuine reviews, company ratings, and industry rankings, we help proactive people find their right work-life fit and forward thinking companies improve their work culture. It's the transparency everyone deserves. 

Why do we do all that? To help people everywhere make better worklife decisions. After all, we spend almost 25% of our lives at work. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy it?


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Numbers

Employees

10-25

Company info

Who we are

Products, services

  • We provide a fresh collection of authentic employer reviews from real workers in companies all over the U.S. in every industry.
  • Plus, we offer every individual an opportunity to share his or her voice—anonymously—in a forum where it’s sure to be heard and appreciated.
  • Finally, we share our data in meaningful ways through rankings and insights by region, business category, and however it matters to job seekers. 


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Company outlook

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The outlook for a business that empowers people everywhere to make better job decisions is a great one (in our humble opinion). We fill a need for job seekers to have relevant and genuine company information that links corporate points of view with the opinion of real stakeholders—the people who make a company what it is. We aim to be bold, authentic, and supportive of employees at every level. Refreshing, right?

Founded in Vienna in 2007, kununu is the #1 employer review site in Europe. Acquired by Xing  (the global social network for business professionals) in 2013, kununu expanded to the U.S., opening offices in Boston, MA in March 2016.


 

Benefits

Benefits
  • Competitive salary
  • 80% paid healthcare premiums
  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • Tax deductible subway and train passes
  • Casual office environment in Fort Point Channel
  • Catered lunch on Fridays
  • Company outings
  • Game room
  • Chilled (craft) beer


Location

Domestic locations

34 Farnsworth Street

3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02210

Legal information

For all legal inquiries, please contact service@kununu.us

For applicants

Videos

Welcome to kununu – workplace insights that matter [2018]
Content Marketing Job Spotlight
What's it like to work at kununu?
kununu 2017
What's kununu?
kununu - Our Reason for Being
Transparency at kununu
Setting sail with team kununu

Who we are looking for

Preferred skills

We're looking for like-minded folks who believe in the power of transparency to build a better worklife for all. Sound lofty? We hope so.

Show us your excellence in three core skills in your field. If you’ve got more great but superheroes usually have very specific powers.

Preferred qualifications

  • Solid education. (You can think on your feet—and sitting down.)
  • Relevant work experience. (People in your field understand your résumé.)
  • Good people skills. (Neither animals or babies are afraid of you.)
  • Our kununu culture fit. (Passionate, enthusiastic, and just plain nice.)

Preferred majors/degrees

For executive roles, we prefer MBA or advanced degree professionals. In some cases, equivalent work experience counts. 

What we offer

What is special about working for us?

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The original employer review platform. The first team to bring it to the U.S.

As of spring 2016, kununu offices in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston are in full startup mode. With new operations, marketing, and sales teams led by experienced executive management, we're ready to bring much-needed workplace transparency to a burgeoning U.S. market that needs it more than ever.

Working with us means being the first feet on the field in building a new branch of business ripe for growth.


How would we describe the company culture?

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Our company mission is also at the core of our values. We believe in:

  • Accessibility and transparency. Our CEO’s door is always open - in fact, he doesn't even have one.

  • Honesty. You can tell your co-worker an idea sucks (just maybe not in those words).

  • Challenging ourselves. Doing meaningful work means striving to always improve - even at our office ping pong table.

  • Enjoying our workdays together. From riding the train to raiding the food trucks at lunch, it's all good.

  • A happy worklife. After all we spend more than 90,000 hours of our lives in it.


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What else should applicants know about us?

We value smart, passionate, and talented folks—so much so that we let you do your thing.

We're a casual bunch in jeans and sneakers. A diverse group, we welcome and encourage different perspectives, thoughts, and opinions. Do it with a smile and you're golden.


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Application advice

Expectations of applicants

Learn who we are and what we stand for. Check out our competitors so you know why we're different. Come with ideas and please bring questions. The best candidates are always intellectually curious.  

Advice to applicants

Come as you are, we're not looking to be impressed (if you've been invited to interview, we already are).

Preferred application method

Online, of course.

Selection process

We usually start with a phone interview to get a sense of interest and fit on both sides. If that goes well, expect an in-person meeting followed by introductions to senior team leaders.

Though we may have immediate and urgent needs, please know we care more about getting the right person in than filling a slot. We put people and culture fit above plain experience. 

Job Insights

Marketing
Operations

Aaron, Marketing

What attracted you to this company?

I look for a few things with any new opportunity, and kununu delivered against all of them:

Market and product opportunity: large and growing market, clear customer need and pain, lots of opportunity for innovation in the space

Challenge: For me, the role was an important one for the company, and a challenge for me personally and intellectually. I knew from the beginning that the job I was signing up for would not be an easy one, and that was appealing to me.

People: I connected with our CEO, saw that he was competitive and smart, and shared with me a similar will to win.


What does a typical day at work look like for you?


I drop my kids at the bus every day at 7:45, then hop on my bike to catch the Red Line to get to the office by 8:30. I try to schedule calls and meetings the first half of the day with our counterparts in Europe, then focus on things here in the U.S. Every day is a little different for me - talking to customers, meeting with partners, spending time with the team on various product and marketing initiatives. 

What do you like best about your job?


I love having a diversity of topics to tackle with a variety of people (Product, Marketing, Partnerships, Sales) and the constant change that comes with a dynamic, fast-moving business. Also, I've always valued travel and experiencing other cultures - kununu has a mix of European and American customers, users, and team members, so culturally I like that we have a global lens. 

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?


Ensuring alignment across the organization's stakeholders, both internally and externally. While on one hand we're a new venture with nothing to lose, on the other hand we are part of a larger company that has processes and protocol. Sometimes I break stuff by pushing too hard. Having counterparts 6 hours ahead of us in Europe adds another element of challenge to the mix. 

Describe how your team works together.


Transparent. Purposeful. Fun. 

What makes the company a good fit for you?

We have a unique blend of startup (we're a new venture) and stability (due to our corporate parents). For me personally I can do all the things that I love to do at early stage businesses while having resources to support me (both personally and professionally). I also believe strongly in the mission of what we're doing: helping companies and employees align through data to find shared success. 

Do you have any tips for the interview process?

Be yourself, and bring your passion and true colors to the table. Come with an understanding about our company, why you want to work here, and why you are someone who can push the team and the business to the next level.

Operations

What attracted you to this company?

So many things! First and foremost, I wanted to work for a company whose mission I support and believe in. kununu’s mission is to establish transparency in the workplace so job seekers and employers both find the perfect fit.

 

kununu is well known in the German speaking part of Europe (where I am from) so its reputation was another selling point for me. I also loved that kununu was just getting started in the U.S. because it felt like I could help build something big.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

I wear many hats at kununu so every day is very different. I put fires out wherever they pop up. As the Team Assistant I support different teams with their current projects and make sure that our CEO Moritz has what he needs.

 

Currently, I am mostly involved with kununu’s recruiting efforts, conference preparations, B2B thought leadership projects and external event planning. So typically my days include lots of communication with job applicants, scheduling of interviews, project management for the different conferences that are coming up.

 

On top of that I make sure that everything runs smoothly around the office, that new employees receive the warm welcome they deserve and occasionally I translate some things we get from the German speaking team over in Europe.

What do you like best about your job?

I love the variety of tasks! I enjoy working with different members of the team and being involved in many things at the same time. I also like that we are a small team and that we know each other pretty well. I never liked the anonymity you find at big companies.


I also really enjoy acting as the bridge between Boston and Vienna oftentimes as it allows me to speak both languages and to connect the teams with each other. Internal communication is key to most of our efforts!

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

I receive tasks and projects from different members of the team. Sometimes they don’t know how much I already have on my plate so I need to manage my time efficiently.

Describe how your team works together.

Opposite-of-boredom!

What makes the company a good fit for you?

kununu is originally from Europe and so am I. The strong bond to our European headquarters in Vienna is an important factor for me personally. Most importantly though, it’s a perfect fit because of the people who work here: They are smart, dedicated, ambitious, creative, super fun and hard-working!  The team is just fantastic. I learn so much from everyone around here and input is always appreciated.

Do you have any tips for the interview process?

Be yourself! We want to know who you really are! We are looking people who are passionate, energetic and sincere. Our culture is important to everyone around here so we hire for not just skills but also for cultural fit. Definitely do as much research as you can on kununu so you understand what it is we do around here. Our team loves if you ask intelligent questions during your interview if you know what you are talking about.

FAQ

What is a kununu Employer Branding Profile?

A kununu Employer Branding Profile is your opportunity to connect with job seekers and current employees. Describe your company mission, showcase company culture, and give job seekers insight into what it's like to be a part of your team. Your Employer Branding Profile allows you to influence the talk about your company through customization and conversation.

How do I claim my page and start an Employer Branding Profile?

To inquire about our Employer Branding Profile options, please email us at ebp@kununu.us.

Is there an example of a company profile created on kununu that we can use as a guide to get started

We encourage companies to design their own profiles to represent their unique company culture. You can search the site for company profiles of different industries and company sizes to serve as inspiration. 

Reviews for kununu US

Reviews - What employees say

4.19 Employees say
3.52 Applicants say
  • 01.Oct 2018
  • Employee
  • Company response included

Company Culture

The people care about the work they do and the people they work with. Lots of flexibility and room for uniqueness. Great place to work if you can achieve outcomes.

Support from management

High expectations from management, but that means they also trust you to get your work done. Will support whenever and however they can.

Teamwork

Cross functional collaboration happens daily and the team supports one another regularly,

Internal Communication

Very transparent with what is going on inside the organization and continuing to get better at it.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Not many of them.

Office / Work Environment

Open environment which can impact the energy in the office. Lots of snacks and drinks (beer). Standing desks, closed conference rooms, and team lunches!

Environmental Friendliness

Recycling and BEVI!

Work-Life Balance

Flexible and understanding about priorities.

Workplace Safety

N/A

Suggestions for improvement

  • Continue to invest in your people and your product.

What I like about the company

The team is very passionate. People are mission driven. I like Monday mornings because it's another opportunity to grow and build the business.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Kununu Us, LLC
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Free (company provided) Meals is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Pet friendly/Pets allowed is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Company response

Thank you for your review! We're especially happy to see in your ratings that we're excelling at "work-life balance" and "challenging work". As a company with global roots making our way in the U.S., we know that the pace of work here can be challenging for some, but we're thankful to have such smart, hard-working and talented team members to drive success forward. It's also comforting to know that work-life balance is a strong area for us even with the challenging work! We also are proud to hear your thoughts throughout the text areas of your review about our company being an outcome-focused, supportive, flexible, open and transparent place to work filled with passionate people. These all relate to the values that we hold dear and the type of healthy work environment that we think all employees deserve. As for the areas that we could stand to improve in your star ratings, such as "overall compensation for your work", we're keeping those top of mind as we think of actionable ways to improve as a company on an ongoing basis. Speaking of "overall compensation for your work", we've just done an analysis on where our company stands with benefits and compensation compared to the rest of our region and industry ... and what we found is that we are actually in-line or above average across nearly every line item - so that's one promising thing to note! We will continue to regularly revisit compensation with individual employees yearly and based on merit. All in all, we appreciate all of your specific feedback and will continue to invest in our people and our product, as you've suggested! Thanks again and please feel free to give us any additional feedback you have, kununu

kununu

  • 26.Sep 2018
  • Employee
  • Company response included

Company Culture

fake news

Teamwork

fake news

Suggestions for improvement

  • Company needs to purge their senior leadership - Company leadership starting at the top is misogynistic

What I like about the company

location

What I dislike about the company

leadership team - They have ALL of the answers

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    Kununu Us, LLC
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

Company response

Thank you for your review! It saddens us to hear that you've had a poor experience when working here, as shown in your overall star ratings and your suggestions for improvement. Your feedback has been shared with our whole team and with it, we're working on trying to uncover what specific steps we can take to improve in all the areas you've marked with a low star rating. Some examples of what we are working on for various categories include: instating a company-wide program of regular and frequent personal development dialogue between employees and their managers (career development, communication, challenging work), keeping all team members fully up-to-date on and reassured with the company's current healthy financial status and ongoing growth as well as their own role in it all (job security, career development), revisiting our office arrangement to improve team and individual productivity in the space for all employees and to also prepare for new team members (company culture, work environment)...just to name a few. Some things that especially puzzle / alarm us are the text areas of your review, such as what do you really mean by "fake news", and also the root of your comments about "frat house / boys club" and "misogynistic" leadership. As a company we take these comments seriously and wholeheartedly would like to uncover and fix whatever led to your having this opinion. Of course, we are limited as to what we're able to do now that you are no longer in the company, but we are holding the leadership accountable for being able to address why someone would have this perspective. We also hope that some of your sentiments were communicated to individuals within leadership at some point while you were here. In any case, we truly appreciate your honest feedback and will continue to try to analyze and apply your suggestions to help us become a better company. Thanks again! kununu

kununu

  • 11.May 2018
  • Employee
  • Company response included

Company Culture

It's a high school atmosphere. It's more of a hang out rather than a place of business.

Support from management

Leadership doesn't care about your well being and all they care about is "when the next deal is coming in or what is our conversion %"

Teamwork

Colleagues take your perspective personal if you don't agree with their point of view which in most cases is completely wrong

Freedom to work independently

Leadership has to control everything and unfortunately their guidance is completely off.

Internal Communication

Departments act separately.

Career Development

No chance of moving up in the company because the product is not a market fit and will never be successful.

Office / Work Environment

No space. We were on top of each other. Not enough conference rooms/space to take calls. They expected us to take calls on the floor as they blast loud music and play catch w the football or while dogs are running around the office barking trying to eat food in my barrel.

Company Image

They preach their "value" but no one lived those values.

Job Security

They always threatened that you were at "at will" employee. They gave promotions to the people that adopted the "fake it till you make it" approach and not the real hard working employees.

Challenging Work

The product doesn't work the way the market needs it to work.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Completely change leadership at all levels. They have hurt the company based on their lack of experience and their ability to make rational decisions.

What I like about the company

Unfortunately, there's no positives at this company.

What I dislike about the company

EVERYTHING, but the worst part is leadership and their lack of EMPATHY.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    kununu US
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

Company response

Thank you for your opinion! We appreciate the time it took for you to write these sentiments down and we’re sorry that you hold negative feelings about your time here. In terms of your thoughts on our office environment - we agree that our small office space could use more meeting spaces, but since adding square footage is impossible we make the best out of what we have and actively communicate with each other as a team about space needs. Looking at the other critical points of your feedback and it appears that your perspective is themed around disagreements with / about leadership, dislike or distrust of your peers, and an overall opposition to “everything” at the company. We hear you and are very sorry to hear about these less-than-positive feelings. Since we have not found similar feelings shared among any of your peers - past or present - we are, however, at a loss on how we can remedy those isolated concerns that you have. Regardless, this review has been shared and reviewed by our management team and they thank you for your candor. We, as a team, review this feedback and internal feedback on a weekly basis and will always try to use it to become a better company. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope that you’ll be able to cultivate more positive experiences in your future role(s)!

kununu


Review averages

  • 33 employees say

    Excellent (26)
    78.787878787879%
    Good (4)
    12.121212121212%
    Satisfactory (1)
    3.030303030303%
    Subpar (2)
    6.0606060606061%
    4.19
  • 18 applicants say

    Excellent (11)
    61.111111111111%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (2)
    11.111111111111%
    Subpar (5)
    27.777777777778%
    3.52

kununu score comparisons

kununu US
3.96
51 reviews

Industry average (Internet/Media)
3.85
48,498 reviews

kununu average
3.33
3,016,000 reviews