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Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at foursquare full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    So many brilliant people to learn from. Very sociable atmosphere. Free food.

    Cons

    Coming from a 20 person company, it's hard for me to actually know all 200 employees here.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (2)

    Amazing place to work - exceeds all expectations.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at foursquare full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, amazing people, support from above and below and both sides.

    Cons

    I really can't come up with any. There's a lot of snacks and sometimes it's hard to lose weight because they're all up in your face.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Foursquare is an amazing place to work at!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Support in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Support in New York, NY

    I worked at foursquare as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -transparent company
    -welcoming/coffee culture
    -building a growing, exciting product
    -a lot of brilliant, amazing people who are always willing to listen and help
    -great food from around New York
    -awesome location in SoHo

    Cons

    -tough to get hired internally
    -sometimes work can get a bit routine

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing! it's incredibly exciting to be part of Foursquare at this time.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A great startup to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at foursquare full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Great culture: open and fun.
    - Great team: talented and genuinely nice people who get along with each other very well.
    - Great projects: As an engineer I had lots of freedom to work on very interesting problems.
    - Great learning opportunities: because of the open and super friendly environment, you talk to people outside of your area all the time and learn tons of stuff.

    Cons

    - Creating the killer product in local search and discovery that billions of users will love is challenging.
    - Split of teams that work on the same thing between SF and NY may pose difficulties in some cases.


  6. Helpful (3)

    It was great and learned a ton working there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at foursquare

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management is great. They have an extremely transparent environment and everyone is willing to hear you out and help when needed. There is a lot of cross collaboration among different teams throughout the company.

    Cons

    At times people can get very involved in their current projects that you can passed by them and people will not acknowledge each other. But this a typical behavior within any work environment.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at foursquare full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Interesting problems to think about. It's still easy to move fast and launch things.
    - We are well positioned to bring innovation and invent things.
    - Engineering management is very technical and hands-on.
    - Freedom to work on things that you find interesting. Coming up with your own ideas is encouraged.
    - Top engineering talent. I can hardly imagine a startup with people who are that good. A lot of ex-Google engineers, but still a no-ego and no-layers culture. Most hires have >5 years of experience, some more, some less.
    - Very social and friendly place. Regular outings for drinks (only if you want to, no problem if you don't).
    - Transparency. I don't think there's anything hidden from anyone. Dennis and everyone else is very open to answering any question that you have and asking questions is actively encouraged.
    - Meetings are kept to a minimum if you're an engineer.
    - Good work-life balance for a startup.
    - Great opportunities for smart people to learn a lot at a fast pace.

    Cons

    - Team is split between SF and New York, so it's easy to miss on conversations.
    - It's a startup, pay is less than a big company. Still quite reasonable though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the values of the company that it was started with.


  8. Helpful (5)

    rare combination of strong technical team and strong social environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at foursquare

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    + Very talented team, engineers and non-engineers alike.
    + Fast-moving: deploys 4x a week, frequent releases of new features, emphasis on launching.
    + Really interesting data.
    + Great social environment: employees genuinely like one another, socialize frequently.
    + Regular travel to NY office.
    + Lots of goodwill from users.
    + Big monetization opportunity.
    + Good chance of being the next major, independent consumer tech company (after Google, FB, Twitter).

    Cons

    + Perks are decent but not as good as at other tech companies.
    + LBS space still being invented, so no succinct mission statement yet. Also means that user growth has to be hard-earned through constant improvement. Can't just sit back and count signups. On the plus side- users we work hard to earn are users we're more likely to keep.
    + Not as trendy as other startups. The backlash and snark have already begun.

    Advice to Management

    + Keep the high hiring bar on both ICs and management, don't succumb to the temptation to grow quickly at the expense of quality.
    +Keep articulating the vision, internally and externally, as value proposition of LBS space is not always clear outside the tech industry early-adopter crowd.


  9. Helpful (4)

    top startup for engineers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at foursquare

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - extremely talented team, top-tier engineers. 40% from Google with great reputations, all are academically trained computer science graduates
    - true engineering and product culture, 60-70% of the 100 employees can code
    - constant launches
    - cutting edge stack (scala, mongo db, aws, elastic mapreduce) and engineering leadership that believes in using whatever is the best tool for the job
    - clear market opportunity (local advertising) with a unique value proposition for businesses
    - true innovation in the mobile space
    - most fascinating data set (using billions of check-ins to make a personalized recommendation engine for places)
    - frequent travel (if you want) between new york and san francisco
    - best industry connections and exposure

    Cons

    - perception that the product is simply a 'check-in' game
    - misperceptions about engineering structure.
    - over emphasis on ceo over talented team (the media's fault, not the company or ceo's though)
    - extremely crowded space with lots of "me too" startup companies diluting the brand and concept
    - split engineering between san francisco / new york can be awesome, but harder to sync over the time zone difference (otherwise we're in constant communication between campfire, ipad, live portals, etc)

    Advice to Management

    i'm extremely satisfied with the company management. i feel confident about the product, the vision, and where the larger team is headed, especially compared to friends at competing startups.


  10. Amazing place to work as a Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at foursquare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work with a very smart group of folks. Foursquare has a very special company culture that you have to work here to feel it. Work/life balance. People in general are very friendly and resourceful. Foursquare is a truly one of the best NY-based startups.

    Cons

    People outside think the company is irrelevant nowadays which is not true. The management or leadership team definitely need to figure out how to move the company to the right direction. It had amazing people and products potential, but somehow it got screwed up over time. It hard to say app splitting is a successful strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Product Vision (no matter it is about apps or about the platform)



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