Engine Yard

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Engine Yard Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
16 Reviews
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    Grave Yard

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Disconnected, disjointed, unfocused culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Consistently inconsistent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the company culture and the individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    An learning experience well learned

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Engine Yard

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Going the wrong way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A heavy ship that seems satisfied to bail water

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where people frequently work from home or come to the office as necessary.

    Fellow engineers are smart, hard working, and focused on creating a product that helps customers.

    Cons

    Different goal every 6 months but it doesn't change what almost anyone is working on. Second systems started every year or 2. Engineering upper management changes frequently. Engineering retention is poor and morale fluctuates frequently. Software is extremely complex and little time is given towards cleanup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is confused about what the company should achieve. Communication between company layers is limited. Paying attention to what engineering is good at and trying to work to those strengths might produce better results than delegating the next enterprise trend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Imagine the Exact Opposite of a Bullet Train

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mediocre Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Leadership cannot focus and prioritize

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Flexible employer, disconnected teams. Work on an interesting, complex product

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There's a lot of smart people around, and employees enjoy some flexibility in terms of remote work. People move around and sync up remotely as needed without issue.

    Cons

    Communication and cultural voids between different parts of the organization - overall teamwork isn't great. Not a lot of visability into what different parts of the company are doing, various leadership/exec teams have come and gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No proper HR, cultural problems = lots of employee churn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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