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3 people found this helpful  

technical incompetence

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

engineers can do what they want

Cons

systems are chewing gum and duct tape, eng managers are technically incompetent

Advice to ManagementAdvice

software does not magically write itself just because you sprinkled some agile fairy dust

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, especially in the beginning, but re-organizations are a killer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    * Get to work on interesting projects and technology. There is some respect for CS theory.
    * Company supports learning and professional self-improvement.
    * Tolerable work environment.
    * A few good engineers, and a few good managers.

    Cons

    * Reorganizations / crackdowns. People have limits.
    * Too many PMs per engineer. Cooks in Kitchen problem.
    * Company products are flat in terms of profitability / visibility / reputation.
    * Borderline ethical business, murky gray area between advertising and spam culture.
    * Company has problems distinguishing between healthy change and unhealthy change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Fully autonomous engineers don't make good products and aren't very productive.
    * Engage with engineers positively. Exploit them for their strengths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience but probably not for the long haul

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    -Company sponsored happy hours bi-weekly
    -Free snacks & soda, bagels on friday, usually always some free lunch leftovers from exec meetings if you time going to the kitchen just right.
    -Always opportunity to work overtime on holidays or if you miss a day can make up for it on weekends
    -Friendly co-workers
    -Can work from home if you have an emergency or are sick.

    Cons

    -Unorganized
    -Cares more about the amount of "passable" work you can get pushed through rather than the quality of it.
    -Low pay
    -Strings along temp employees
    -So many people in the entry "CM" level that stakes and politics are HIGH once a position outside of CM or a lead CM opens up.
    -Depending on your team you will either love your life or hate it.
    -Lots of inter office flings can lead to some drama and awkwardness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't want to hire on the mass amount of CMs that work there (at least 60% are temp) then please pay us more. The redundant, high stress, always busy work we do, we deserve at least $18-20.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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