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BitTorrent Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
10 Reviews
3.4
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    The next big media platform

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    Current Employee - Advertising
    Current Employee - Advertising

    I have been working at BitTorrent full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Well-known brand. Lots of users love our product
    - Awesome new exciting products coming out that will revolutionize the internet.\
    - Great happy hour & work events
    - Smart workers

    Cons

    - Well-known brand, but often very misunderstood
    - Not enough time spend for Product
    - Not clear communications between upper-level management & employees
    - Lack of Cohesive theme, although it's getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase communication & improve work productivity by having an overall united theme, and focus on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent experience, but could be so much better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BitTorrent full-time

    Pros

    Smart, fun co-workers. Work-life balance. Company has been profitable for some time.

    There are some seriously good managers here, while others are merely okay.

    Cons

    Regular changes in direction frustrate many employees. CEO is pretty much MIA.

    Many employees are the "leave at 5 pm" types, which can be frustrating for more motivated team members. Company doesn't really seem like a startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management (especially CEO) needs to be more involved in setting company strategy and communicating it to lower-level employees. Need to inspire lower level employees and empower those who feel a sense of ownership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, but weak CEO and lack of vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BitTorrent full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, quirky culture. Smart and talented employees.

    Cons

    No vision. No diversity. Difficult to grow within the company. Poor-performing employees kept around too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run don't walk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BitTorrent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The environment is fun, the people are smart. excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too much conflicting direction at the top driven by whims of the board lead to products that shouldn't see the light of day getting green lighted and promising products get shelved. There is too much political jockeying required to move anything forward. Engineering driven org ignores product and UX input. There are career opportunities for engineers but not product or UX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and let them do their job. Stop letting Engineering back-seat drive Product. Stop siloing product directives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Engineering Co.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BitTorrent full-time

    Pros

    Throughout most its life, BitTorrent has focused intensely on building a company of smart, clever, and imaginative engineers that generate new ideas and technologies. Accordingly, you will work with some smart, engaging & unique people.

    The culture is very laid back and free in order to foster innovation. There are lots of office perks, activities, good pay/benefits, drinks, food, and games. There's also lots of variety in terms of teams, products and challenges. They've got solid stream of revenue and have experienced a lot of growth recently.

    Cons

    This is not a well-rounded or mature company. They've hired smart engineers but there are some downsides to a culture structured around innovative engineering:

    - Engineers don't always have the hands-on, nuts-and-bolts experience and social skills to efficiently build high-quality products. They're often focused on the big, clever ideas but don't follow through with a good tight product or experience.

    - Because it's been overshadowed by Engineering, Product has struggled to develop and mature. There's isn't much in terms of product processes, quality standards and vision.

    Management has made efforts to improve that situation. Unfortunately, the Sr Managers of Product have little or no experience running and building product teams and don't seem to be making a strong enough impact to drive significant change. I'd hesitate to put all the blame on them though - they are good, smart people. Product has historically been an underdog and the lack of appreciation and trust from others around the company definitely inhibits growth as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    a tech company changing the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BitTorrent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    smart people, real engineering, big impact in the real world

    Cons

    too much time spent worrying about intangibles, too many changes of direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't listen so much to the board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BitTorrent

    Pros

    Fun problems to solve, tons of smart people, great benefits.

    Cons

    Product higher ups are clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fear is not a way to drive products.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Neutral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BitTorrent

    Pros

    FREE BEER!
    Working with stuff on a large scale.
    Working in a rapidly changing environment.
    Free food.
    Friendly people.
    Great area.

    Cons

    BAD BEER!
    Management is Agile; projects are not Agile.
    Working in a rapidly changing environment. It's also a con.
    Very few opportunities for growth in the company. The non-startup startup.
    Lots of incompetent employees - especially outside of engineering.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BitTorrent

    Pros

    With over 120,000,000 *active* users, BitTorrent offers a great opportunity to make a big difference. The company is extremely generous with Salary, bonuses, resources, perks and shwag. The atmosphere is casual and full of interesting people.

    Cons

    Products are completely design-driven with little regard for technical complexity or platform UI conventions. Shipped products often receive little support. Some managers have very poor leadership skills though others are excellent. Choose your boss carefully and try to hang onto the good ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Giving designers and developers equal control of designs will foster greater cooperation and help assure more positive product receptions in the market. Try to avoid over-designing products. Instead, start simple and then grow or eliminate products based on metrics and feedback in order to publish earlier and reduce the expense of extensive rework or product failures.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at BitTorrent

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BitTorrent

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, fun coworkers, and a great atmosphere. Interesting challenges and lots of opportunities to work on things that very few people have done before.

    Cons

    The pay was not great, though it was adequate. Projects would get cancelled and reinstated, and sometimes a lot of work would happen for things that never saw the light of day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current management seems to be much better than old management, and they know what they're doing. Basically, they need to hire great people, incentivize them well, and then get out of their way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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