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Open up the Cliques, Reduce waste

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Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

I have been working at MongoDB full-time for less than a year

Pros

10gen is a remarkably innovative company which hires smart people and listens to interviewees carefully.
Everyone you talk to internally goes above and beyond their call of duty to help you, and most particularly, you can ask any question, plead ignorance about any new technology and no one will look down on you. They will instead, teach you what you need to know.

They pay very well and the benefits + perks are definitely above average.
At 10gen, there is no 'billing' or consulting culture. This is a solid product company.

10gen is also very open about its processes, its code is available to everyone and so are its defect tickets.

Cons

Some people have a coveted position. They can do no wrong. They can say no wrong. While no one gets fired for standing up, you can be manhandled for saying something the wrong way.

A second problem in this company is the cliques. Now it's true that a lot of people get hired somewhere based on their network. Therefore you see new hires coming in from the network of the higher-ups while someone applying off the web site would get far higher scrutiny.

The extension of this problem is that, departments are strongly compartmentalized. There is little mobility between departments. To make things worse, every department seems like it's got its place on the totem pole.

There are too many 'broadcast' e-mails. Any more than 10 a day is a lot. At 40-50 you're limiting productivity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While the 'unlimited vacation' policy seems nice, the only people taking a lot of time off are those with seniority. You should give everyone 3-5 weeks off based on seniority in the industry.
The lunch allocation of 15$ twice a week should be expanded to 8$, 4x a week. This is a total waste. And, there are some people flying from coast to coast on a regular basis. You can't have fly-by-night developers and consultants. IF someone wants to work in one office, station them in the city with an apartment.

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    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Talent Acqusition  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Talent Acqusition in New York, NY

    I worked at MongoDB as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    10gen is a company full of smart, talented, passionate people. They are always pushing to make things better for clients, customers and the employees. I completely enjoyed my time there and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys being part of a company on a mission.

    Cons

    There are the normal day to day challenges that all businesses face but nothing that I would consider a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, amazing experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Pros

    Amazing team. Amazing technology. A chance to change the industry. Lots of fun. Growing very fast; small now but has a real chance to grow into a great technology company.

    Cons

    Fast growth creates some chaos. Sometimes it feels like there is just too much work to do. Everything you'd expect in a company that's gone from 25 to 200 in two years I guess.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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