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A great startup to work for

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at foursquare full-time

Pros

- Great culture: open and fun.
- Great team: talented and genuinely nice people who get along with each other very well.
- Great projects: As an engineer I had lots of freedom to work on very interesting problems.
- Great learning opportunities: because of the open and super friendly environment, you talk to people outside of your area all the time and learn tons of stuff.

Cons

- Creating the killer product in local search and discovery that billions of users will love is challenging.
- Split of teams that work on the same thing between SF and NY may pose difficulties in some cases.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Interesting problems to think about. It's still easy to move fast and launch things.
    - We are well positioned to bring innovation and invent things.
    - Engineering management is very technical and hands-on.
    - Freedom to work on things that you find interesting. Coming up with your own ideas is encouraged.
    - Top engineering talent. I can hardly imagine a startup with people who are that good. A lot of ex-Google engineers, but still a no-ego and no-layers culture. Most hires have >5 years of experience, some more, some less.
    - Very social and friendly place. Regular outings for drinks (only if you want to, no problem if you don't).
    - Transparency. I don't think there's anything hidden from anyone. Dennis and everyone else is very open to answering any question that you have and asking questions is actively encouraged.
    - Meetings are kept to a minimum if you're an engineer.
    - Good work-life balance for a startup.
    - Great opportunities for smart people to learn a lot at a fast pace.

    Cons

    - Team is split between SF and New York, so it's easy to miss on conversations.
    - It's a startup, pay is less than a big company. Still quite reasonable though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the values of the company that it was started with.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    rare combination of strong technical team and strong social environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at foursquare

    Pros

    + Very talented team, engineers and non-engineers alike.
    + Fast-moving: deploys 4x a week, frequent releases of new features, emphasis on launching.
    + Really interesting data.
    + Great social environment: employees genuinely like one another, socialize frequently.
    + Regular travel to NY office.
    + Lots of goodwill from users.
    + Big monetization opportunity.
    + Good chance of being the next major, independent consumer tech company (after Google, FB, Twitter).

    Cons

    + Perks are decent but not as good as at other tech companies.
    + LBS space still being invented, so no succinct mission statement yet. Also means that user growth has to be hard-earned through constant improvement. Can't just sit back and count signups. On the plus side- users we work hard to earn are users we're more likely to keep.
    + Not as trendy as other startups. The backlash and snark have already begun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    + Keep the high hiring bar on both ICs and management, don't succumb to the temptation to grow quickly at the expense of quality.
    +Keep articulating the vision, internally and externally, as value proposition of LBS space is not always clear outside the tech industry early-adopter crowd.

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