Engine Yard Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Grave Yard

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Office is in a nice location

    Cons

    Just about everything.
    Horrible developer culture who are always complaining and unhelpful.
    Absent CEO
    Very little to learn - industry is being consolidated by AWS and other IaaS, there will be very little need for a PaaS in a couple of years

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the Board - replace the CEO and most of the executive team.


  2. Disconnected, disjointed, unfocused culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have a lot of freedom to do what you want to do, which leads to good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are a lot of strong personalities and everyone seems to be pursuing their own agenda rather than serving the user or some unified corporate team goal. Very unwelcoming to new people.

    Advice to Management

    Get everyone on board with the corporate goals! Communicate more openly. Make sure that when you use the word "transparency" you are walking the walk, not just talking the talk.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Consistently inconsistent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -I worked with a lot of fantastic and talented people
    -Good product that delights customers
    -Top notch support

    Cons

    -Very high turnover
    -Constantly changing gears so it's hard to carry any momentum
    -Employees were paranoid about privacy
    -Poor company culture
    -Top down Management style is very disruptive

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the company culture and the individuals.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    An learning experience well learned

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Engine Yard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Constant Personal Learning
    Supporting the Latest Ruby Technologies
    Using Amazon Web Services and supporting EC2
    Dynamic culture due to the large global employment

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    Tribal Knowledge was the primary form of knowledge
    Not enough teamwork
    General dissatisfaction between coworkers
    Not enough communication

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your employee's and give them the ability to see what's going on, on a day to day basis. Hire more people to help share information and bridge the communication barrier between upper management and the rest of the company.


  6. Going the wrong way

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with smart people and to be creative. In an industry that should be growing.

    Cons

    Management is focused on cutting expenses not growing the business. After a layoff of 17% of the company, with very little sales staff and no new services it is hard to see how they can remain afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your hard working employees by giving them decent severance packages and eliminate the pain that you know you will have to put them through within a year.


  7. Imagine the Exact Opposite of a Bullet Train

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has so little momentum that it's a pretty relaxed place to be. Now, I want to recognize that there were folks who were grinding on emergencies, fires, and (usually unnecessary) deals but "I" felt the pacing to be slower than much of Silicon Valley. Outside of the typical, "why isn't this ready yet?" questions, execs don't ask very tough (or insightful) questions so it's not necessary to be completely present.

    Your choice of Macbook Air or Pro.

    Cons

    Little to no growth, high churn, aimless management team, and above all, a completely absent CEO. I'm pretty sure he has a daily reminder that goes off at 7:45AM that says, "Go be CEO," which I assume he usually ignores. I do like his jacket though, and I can only hope that my hair will have that devilishly handsome silver luster in my later years.

    Advice to Management

    At this point? I'd say take whatever money is left and just have a huge blowout party in southeast Asia or something. It's be wild and probably a better use of funds anyway.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are definitely awesome, and the office location is convenient.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't care much about the rest of the employee base. We're all replaceable and not really worth getting to know or listening to. It's a fine place to work in the grand scheme of the world, but considering how many seriously amazing other companies there are in SF, why would you bother?


  9. Leadership cannot focus and prioritize

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive Salary
    - Laid back work environment, good work/life balance
    - Colleagues are generally smart and nice
    - Lots of autonomy in your work
    - Well regarded brand in the startup world, so it's a good training grounds if you want to go work at another startup
    - They finally fired John Dillion

    Cons

    - Execs cannot focus or prioritize, so resources are spread thin
    - They tried to be everything to everyone, with the attempt to be a polyglot company, which is not a good strategy with the engineering resources they have. Ended up poorly executing those strategies.
    - They try to save money by hiring more inexperienced people who have no idea what they are doing, which is a burden on people who are more experienced and properly trained in their function.
    - Lack of processes and discipline on enforcing the little processes they do have leads to chaos when trying to get anything done efficiently
    - Extremely high turnover makes it difficult to maintain any momentum, lots of talented execs and employees have left
    - New CEO ended up cutting costs through layoffs. Let go talented employees and kept some incompetent ones.

    Advice to Management

    Think holistically about the consequences of cutting costs. Good luck.


  10. Constant undercurrent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience and connections in the community. Lots of opportunities to participate in conferences (although less of that now perhaps). Some very sharp people work here. The outstanding commitment of supporting the customers. The teamwork, especially within teams.

    Cons

    The undercurrent. The hipster crowd not accepting others outside their limited world. Communications and cooperation between teams is nearly non-existent - for example engineering and any team. Or marketing and most other teams. It's just weird. No attempt at cross-functional project management. Lack of respect. Constant management change. Changing management makes more changes without understanding past mistakes, or the world they are now in.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously. Wake up and smell the culture. Be the example that you need to be. Attempt to improve the undercurrent. If you can improve the culture - first - then you have a better chance at making the great changes that you dream of. But without the people working as a team, it just is not going to happen.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Major ups and downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty decent compensation, the majority of employees are bright, interesting people. A growing industry with lots of room for growth. Customers on the cutting edge of web development

    Cons

    The company culture has gone downhill - many employees seem burnt out on the constant change; no official policy for annual raises or long term benefits

    Advice to Management

    Improve interdepartmental communication and create long-term incentives for veteran employees



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