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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 a 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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  1. Inspiring vision, uninspired execution

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

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

    Pros

    You can legitimately believe that you are working towards a good cause
    Very low expectations. Work life-balance tilts more to life and less to work

    Cons

    Technical vacuum over several years has resulted in the promotion of sub-standard people to positions of power. While there have been attempts to hire a way out of this problem, the old guard continues to hold sway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold, be brave.

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    Positive Outlook
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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 a 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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