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top startup for engineers

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

I have been working at foursquare

Pros

- extremely talented team, top-tier engineers. 40% from Google with great reputations, all are academically trained computer science graduates
- true engineering and product culture, 60-70% of the 100 employees can code
- constant launches
- cutting edge stack (scala, mongo db, aws, elastic mapreduce) and engineering leadership that believes in using whatever is the best tool for the job
- clear market opportunity (local advertising) with a unique value proposition for businesses
- true innovation in the mobile space
- most fascinating data set (using billions of check-ins to make a personalized recommendation engine for places)
- frequent travel (if you want) between new york and san francisco
- best industry connections and exposure

Cons

- perception that the product is simply a 'check-in' game
- misperceptions about engineering structure.
- over emphasis on ceo over talented team (the media's fault, not the company or ceo's though)
- extremely crowded space with lots of "me too" startup companies diluting the brand and concept
- split engineering between san francisco / new york can be awesome, but harder to sync over the time zone difference (otherwise we're in constant communication between campfire, ipad, live portals, etc)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

i'm extremely satisfied with the company management. i feel confident about the product, the vision, and where the larger team is headed, especially compared to friends at competing startups.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Foursquare is an amazing place to work at!

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    Former Employee - Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Support in New York, NY

    I worked at foursquare as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -transparent company
    -welcoming/coffee culture
    -building a growing, exciting product
    -a lot of brilliant, amazing people who are always willing to listen and help
    -great food from around New York
    -awesome location in SoHo

    Cons

    -tough to get hired internally
    -sometimes work can get a bit routine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing! it's incredibly exciting to be part of Foursquare at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was great and learned a ton working there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at foursquare

    Pros

    The management is great. They have an extremely transparent environment and everyone is willing to hear you out and help when needed. There is a lot of cross collaboration among different teams throughout the company.

    Cons

    At times people can get very involved in their current projects that you can passed by them and people will not acknowledge each other. But this a typical behavior within any work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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