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this is an echo of the other review describing how a mature company works like a 0-yr old startup

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at FriendFinder Networks

Pros

free lunch from Monday to Thurs

Cons

Before start going into details, I tell you the work is not challenging. You look at their sites, services and products. You tell me how complicated or challenging it is

This is a matured company, but it does not have any thing in place; here are some examples: No product planning (management says we should that; we do it). No release system (that means bugs are everywhere; time waste in FINDing root cause of bugs is a big issue). No test / dev environment ( that leads to fix of one bug is another bug). No unit test framework (keep finding root cause and fix bugs baby). No bonuses (obviously, doing extremely good jobs does not result to any reward). No raises (no wonder why people leave every 2yr). No fun (there was an team outing last week; it was 15 miles away from the office and it was during the worst traffic hours; No wonder why 15-20 out of 70s went). Public flames on internal mailing lists directed at you, your team, etc. A culture of "blaming someone else" - the people responsible for problems get away with everything, those who implement the bad decisions are blamed for everything. A classic "toxic corporate culture". Run and run as fast as you can

No telecommuting. This is not entirely true because if you are your boss's pet you can WFH.
Be prepared to sit in one of the very uncomfortable meetings where your boss is screaming at you (or your coworker) in front of everyone else and tell you how suck you are at your job. Btw, your boss will privately apologize to you after that to make you feel better and happy to work for him/her again.

Be prepared and don't be shock if your boss is praising your work privately, but when it's time to deliver results in front of the audience, if there is someone starting attacking your work, your boss turn around and no longer be on your side. So if you are loyal, it' will be heart-broken because even your boss is not behind to support you when things go south. Wait, the boss supported and praised your work earlier right? Yes, but I guess it's politics and to cover their azz, they turn around and blame you for doing a poor job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

they just started to tell everyone it's time to put unit test framework in place. I hope it's not too late.
Be responsible for your team. Don't embarrass your employees in public. Respect your employees. If you want people to go out and have fun, pick a place/time that is convenient. Don't make people feel like you announce there will be a team outing, but you don't want people to go to save company money.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Unprofessional, Incompetent Management Crushes Morale, Rewards Self

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks

    Pros

    A free lunch M-Thurs. Free parking.

    Cons

    No telecommuting. Poor management. No strategic vision. No product planning. No release system. No test / dev environment. No change control. No bonuses. No raises. No fun. Public flames on internal mailing lists directed at you, your team, etc. A culture of "blaming someone else" - the people responsible for problems get away with everything, those who implement the bad decisions are blamed for everything. A classic "toxic corporate culture". Run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn professionalism. It's not something you can learn in a book or seminar. You have to associate with and learn from professional people. Clearly that never happened here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. This place was a stepping stone. Not somewhere someone would want to be long term.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, decent company perks, some of the employees were personable, I hear they provide free lunch now.

    Cons

    adult content, politics in the office, upper management has big egos and big disconnect from employees. Morale of the company seemed low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and don't keep them in the dark about what's really going on behind closed doors.

    No opinion of CEO
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