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Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at LinkedIn full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Really happy here. I get to work on ground breaking projects with some of the smartest people I have met in my career. Cool people, good (free!) food, and really great opportunities.

Cons

Still entrepreneurial and therefore some systems, processes are still under development

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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    Company focuses on making professionals successful but fails to deliver that same service to its own employees.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    1) The perks are great -- free food at every corner, monthly inDays to stretch you beyond your usual work, exercise classes, flexible work schedule, and more.
    2) The potential of the company is also hard to ignore -- we're on a trajectory to do great things and the market agrees (as reflected in our stock price).

    Cons

    1) There is a failure to foster and grow talent, leading to high churn and dissatisfaction among tenured employees. I've been here for 3+ years and have been vocal in my desire to expand my role and grow my career. We lack the internal structure to support employees like me who want to stay at the company but need guidance on where opportunities may lie. So people either get frustrated and leave or simply stay to fulfill their vesting period and get increasingly disgruntled in the process.

    2) Inconsistent culture and work/life balance: I have only experienced the Marketing team where employees struggle with being overworked and unable to enjoy the "fun" aspects of working at LinkedIn. Other teams like engineering and product appear to be the opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your existing talent -- look to grow from within before hiring from outside, even if it involves risk and training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Tells a good story; doesn't really live up to it

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    Former Employee - Ad Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Ad Producer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at LinkedIn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food. The facilities are great and are updated often for the better. Benefits are good. The intern program is one of the best. Despite dysfunctions in various organizations, the company's outlook is healthy.

    Cons

    I worked in Global Sales Operations for 4 years, so this perspective is unique to that.

    Long hours are expected; don't expect less than 45-50 and often 55-60 near the end of quarter. Do not expect management to honor work-life balance by default. Most rank-and-file employees that support Sales work long hours.

    There is dissonance between stated values and actual working values; for example, a commonly spoken mantra is "members first" -- yet there are few member support options other than email (no phone center) and LinkedIn is embroiled in a lawsuit concerning spamming new users' contact lists because of an unclear and confusing user experience.

    No clear path of promotion for many positions in GSO.

    Much of the advertised "company culture" excludes parts of the company outside of Mountain View; there is no true "hackDay" and "inDay" outreach. This leads to "Two Companies" syndrome, where one side lives LinkedIn culture and the other doesn't have opportunities to participate.

    Middle management is "dog eat dog", incompetent, and highly political, which has led to a lack of collaboration between departments and a promotion of the idea that you're on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Promote more from inside the company, especially Yahoo! outsiders. Give your employees long-term goals outside of "doing your job better". There is a lot of dead weight in middle management; use better methods to analyze their performance including feedback from their subordinates and take appropriate action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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