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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

Pros

good employee perks - free food, gym, speaker series, cultural events, fitness classes, unlimited time off
work environment is fairly flexible - flexible hours, wfh
follow standard engineering practices: continuous integration/code reviews/integration tests
great CEO

Cons

Employees are mostly a treated as a head count. Does not matter what are views/opinions/goals are. Not a lot feedback from the bottom up.

Managerial level is a big big big letdown. Very common to see friends of senior leaders or people with some influence get promoted. Does not matter if the person has necessary skills or background to get the job done. This leads to a lot of frustration.

Forget about pay raises or bonuses.

Education is a tough industry to be in. Tanking stock price says it all

Advice to ManagementAdvice

get more bottom up feedback; occasionally show monetary appreciation

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chegg

    Pros

    Job is pretty flexible, good for working as a part-time for college students

    Cons

    Cannot really choose the project you want to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager should have more interactions with employees

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    Worst mistake if you are looking to grow in your career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chegg

    Pros

    food, gym.

     Release management is strong.

    Build tools are organized. Test framework is enforced.

    Facilities and snacks are good.

    HR offers good perks /parties

    Co-workers are good.

    Cons

    Rampant favoritism, politics and nepotism. You have to be in the right group/team to get a promotion or raise. There is no clear path to getting any kind of advancement in your career. If you don’t come with the right connections you won’t get to work in different areas or things you like.

    The middle management is very big and slow moving. The managers usually end up doing the same work as PMs do and they overlap with each other’s roles. Managers are mostly not hands on and give very little technical guidance or feedback. There is a lot of pressure and quick criticism from different corners but no real direction or planning.

    The management is not really concerned with the team’s growth or development. Workers are purely resources with no real identity (unless you have the right connection or referral). There is no effective review process. Goals are set and then forgotten quickly. No bonuses or any real compensation is based on hard work (and there is a LOT of hard work).

    Work-life balance is pretty bad. You will be asked to work weekends to match unrealistic goal setting and expectation of upper management’s part. Management DOES NOT consult with teams before setting deadlines and set arbitrary and impossible deadlines. Designs are changed mid-project, there is no documentation or processes … No clear direction. Extremely dis-organized and chaotic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Promote and motivate the hard workers. Making managers directors is not going to help with team morale

    2. Establish a clear career development path.

    3. Encourage learning and personal growth by letting people move between departments if they are interested or taking up things they enjoy.

    4. Implement a serious review process and a 360 degree process where opinions matter.

    5. Let team’s concerns regarding timeline and deadline be addressed or at least considered.

    6. HR should be more engaged in promoting good culture and enforcing rules to end favoritism.

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