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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

Recommends
Recommends

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 Management

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. Amazing place to work as a Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at foursquare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work with a very smart group of folks. Foursquare has a very special company culture that you have to work here to feel it. Work/life balance. People in general are very friendly and resourceful. Foursquare is a truly one of the best NY-based startups.

    Cons

    People outside think the company is irrelevant nowadays which is not true. The management or leadership team definitely need to figure out how to move the company to the right direction. It had amazing people and products potential, but somehow it got screwed up over time. It hard to say app splitting is a successful strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Product Vision (no matter it is about apps or about the platform)


  2. Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at foursquare full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    So many brilliant people to learn from. Very sociable atmosphere. Free food.

    Cons

    Coming from a 20 person company, it's hard for me to actually know all 200 employees here.

    Advice to Management

    None


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