Featured customer WeWork

How WeWork built an exciting engineering culture amidst a fragmented world of work

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Veena Basavaraj

Senior Director Of Engineering at WeWorkFun fact One thing I cannot live without is Tiktok

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Mentees Enrolled

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Overall Rating

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Company

WeWork

WeWork (NYSE: WE) was founded in 2010 with the vision to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since then, we’ve become one of the leading global flexible space providers committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, flexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com.


Website

https://www.wework.com/

Headquarters

New York, NY


Mentees’ Profile

Engineering Managers Senior Individual Contributors Product and Operations Leads


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Empowerment

WeWork's top 4 mentors

Dan Fike

Dan Fike

Senior Staff Engineer @Carta

 Archana Chaudhary

Archana Chaudhary

Senior Engineering Manager @Adobe

Jeff Champa

Jeff Champa

Vice President Product Management @Lexipol

Sudhir Tonse

Sudhir Tonse

Director of Engineering @DoorDash

10/10: I don't think I'd be successful without it. I need objectivity and grounding from people outside of my organization. - Technology Manager

WeWork’s vision is to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since opening its first location in New York City, the company has grown into a global workplace provider committed to delivering flexible solutions, inspiring, safety-focused spaces, and unmatched community experiences.

The company’s technology team is integral to its success. Over the past two years, they have had to master a tidal wave of change - embracing growth brought on by a broader business transformation, dreaming up leading-edge, innovative solutions that help their members navigate an upended world of work and adapting themselves to the unpredictability of work in a global pandemic.

As a result of accelerated transformation and global disruption, the technology team was increasingly required to take on new roles and lead new projects alongside their primary workstreams, often on short time frames with limited opportunity to adjust.

“The need for a change management roadmap and opportunities for mentorship was clear.”

Veena Basavara, Senior Director of Engineering who joined Plato in early 2018, gained exposure to the platform through Elevate and realized the program could be valuable to her company. When she connected WeWork to Plato, she transitioned from mentee to mentor and continued to learn.

“I do not see myself any different; even as a mentor, I am constantly learning and evolving through my conversations with mentees.”

I've been matched with mentors that are extremely engaging, have been very transparent on their experience, and have given me some very good specific insights and plans on how to continue to build my career at WeWork.

Plato’s Impact

In 2021, WeWork introduced Plato to a diverse group of 18 senior engineers over a six-month period. Team members across San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv, and Singapore participated in the program.

Since enrollment, more than 80% of participants have reported experiencing positive growth in their career, increased engagement, and preparedness to take on additional roles and responsibilities. Engineers have found value in Plato’s ability to teach them the fundamental tools needed for a seamless transition to hybrid work and navigate organizational changes while helping them better embrace accelerated change.

“Plato provided disciplined focus, helping mentees to gain lasting knowledge rather than momentary teachings. Being able to talk about their individual challenges has led team members to navigate change within the organization more effectively, learn to ask about career growth opportunities, influence product roadmaps, and implement metric-driven prioritization.”

“Plato bridged a communication gap for many team members. With the emergence of the hybrid working model, the program helped individuals keep in touch on a more personal level.”

The initial rollout was great. Chelsea, my talent coach, has been fantastic -- very knowledgeable, organized, proactive, and welcoming. The process of finding mentors and setting up calls was easy and straightforward, and I had a good initial session


Veena Basavaraj

Veena Basavaraj

Senior Director Of Engineering at WeWork