HeartFlow

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Good solid startup to work for, with improving outlook and culture

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

-Working with some really brilliant people on a huge medical issue, with a huge potential market and a lot of chance to make an impact on people's lives - if this company is successful, it has the opportunity to affect more people's lives in a positive way than almost any other startup (which also corresponds to potential financial success!)
-always lots of work to keep busy, but managers are flexible on things like working hours if you get your job done
-people are really friendly and willing to help out with your project when needed, even if they're already really busy - coworkers really become friends
-highly encouraged to keep active - fantastic free gym on campus at Pac Shores, always different events/activities to join like races, softball team, boot camp etc. Taking breaks during the day to go for a walk or go to the gym is definitely encouraged if you're interested
-since layoff, management has been very receptive to the feedback they've been given and try to make an effort to improve the satisfaction and culture - however this is still an ongoing process

Cons

-As a startup, has some of the usual startup problems of frequently changing deadlines and priorities
-non-ideal planning can lead to long hours during crunch times (also typical in startup)
-Have to be able to self manage well - some of the managers are very good technically and very smart, but very busy so people managing usually falls to low priority
-In 2012, company grew too fast, became too "corporate" and got away from good company culture. This led to a layoff at the end of 2012 that led to some disgruntled people. However, with a few exceptions who have been hired back, it seems justified choices were made in the layoff, because company culture and benefits of an agile startup company have returned, such as better communication, less layers of management, and more cross-functional interaction. Hiring has been much more targeted only for true specific needs, rather than just to grow company. Management is not perfect, but they do seem to listen when people speak up.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep this limited growth until we really enter the market and start having the revenue and the demand.
Spend more time on management training for younger managers without experience and figure out how to make people management and career planning more of a priority.
Continue to listen and ask the people below you for feedback - some people are more comfortable being the squeaky wheel, but increased feedback opportunities for all would be good.
Plan ahead more. Management tends to be much more tactical than strategic (which is expected somewhat at a startup). However, it's really frustrating when a big project gets crunched and results in long hours because you were working on lower importance projects at the same time that didn't need to overlap with the major focus.

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    Unbelievable Technology!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    One of the most exciting parts of working at HeartFlow is being a part of cutting edge technology that is destined to have an unbelievable impact on cardiology healthcare and patient experience! The office is located in the idyllic Pacific Shores complex in Redwood City, and employees (we) are treated to views of the bay whenever we walk about the building. The company makes an effort to maintain a fun, healthy culture (stocked kitchen, company sponsord activities like softball and triathalon teams).

    Cons

    Put as many brilliant and bold people in one location as HeartFlow has, and there are bound to be some conflict. Thankfully, everyone is smart enough to share the same focus of bringing this amazing technology to market!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the possibilities are endless, management should remember to maintain focus. Making an exceptional product for one possibility will ensure exceptional product for all the other possibilities!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hard working, collaborative team environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HeartFlow full-time

    Pros

    - Smart, talented, hard working team without the egos
    - The company is aggressively working towards commercialization. The company has tremendous potential
    - Resources are available if needed
    - Snacks and drinks are free
    - Information and decision making is much more transparent than is was a year ago.

    Cons

    - Still in the pre-revenue stage, so success is not certain
    - Commercialization strategy has changed several times in the past two years
    - Limited career advancement opportunities given the size of the company. Must be willing to stay in position until company growth allows for career growth.
    - Very lean staffing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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