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Excellent company, but some politics

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Excellent company to work for. Free lunches and dinners that are of very high quality - even better than most restaurants around here. On-site gym with instructor-led classes, hack days, incubator program are all part of the fun culture.

Cons

Too much politics for a company of its size. Promotions are slow (non-existant), especially for Software Engineers in Test. The company did not even have a career progression profile for these position until recently!

Health insurance is so-so at best. High premiums, and low coverage.

Also, there is no stock rewards at year-end review, unless you are in senior leadership role. That's shocking given that all the companies competing for talent here gives stock rewards to its employee rank-and-file.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Consider better insurance plans
- Consider giving stock-based compensation to rank-and-file employees rather than giving all the stocks to a selected few at Senior leadership roles.

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    Responsibility & Autonomy

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

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

    Pros

    I love that I have the autonomy to bring my strategy to production.
    Great *healthy* food
    Fun offsites
    Incredibly smart people who I'm blown away by on a daily basis
    Love the emphasis on Members First. It's great to work for an organization that cares.

    Cons

    This isn't a place to slack off - the flip side to autonomy is that I have a lot of responsibility for the success (or failure) of my product. That can be stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of things here get done by influence rather than obligation. That's great because it prevents it from feeling like it's a big company, but it also can get clique-y and politics play a bigger role than they should. Having clearer expectations of roles would be helpful.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I have a huge smile every morning when I'm going to work! I <3 Sales Systems

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

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

    Pros

    Best Sales Systems team in the world!
    CEO is solid
    Very smart people to work with
    Great at embracing culture and values
    Great managers
    Multiple shuttles from sf to mountain view and Sunnyvale
    Dealing with the hyper growth like a champ
    Flexible work hours
    New hq cafeteria is AMAZING! No joke
    Snacks, beverages, + froyo
    Access to an on site gym at each office in CA
    Travel opportunities
    Food truck Fridays during the summer
    Excellent company brand

    Cons

    Commute is awful, but that's the case for any other tech job outside of sf. Fortunately, I get to work out of SF for most of the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work! Just keep hiring the right people and everything will take care of itself.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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