Fitbit

  www.fitbit.com
  www.fitbit.com

Fitbit Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
21 Reviews
3.7
21 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Fitbit CEO James Park
James Park
21 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineering Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fitbit part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -great company culture - happy hour every friday, fun people, no hierarchy in company structure; easy to communicate across teams
    -as an intern, was able to work on meaningful projects as a member of the site engineering team - felt very much like a part of the team by the end of the summer
    -awesome work being done

    Cons

    -not much to say here; really enjoyed working at fitbit and the people i had a chance to meet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stop behaving like a startup.

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

    I have been working at Fitbit as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of perks, free product and happy hours, catered lunch once a week

    Cons

    Poor or non-existent training for middle management. Lots of condescension from managers. Long hours, and the expectation you work all the time, tethered to a laptop or phone. They are not exploring the talent of their employees or trying to inspire them. Little chance for career growth. I've heard of one or two promotions in the 8 months I've been there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're not a startup anymore. There's too many people. Create solid org charts and define roles. Inspire people to grow their careers. Train the middle management, especially those whom have never been a manager before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Love my job and the people I work with

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

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

    Pros

    I've been working here for close to 2 years and my experience has been that people are trying hard to make a great product but without a lot of politics and drama - at least in the teams I interact with. We try to hire people that are easy to work with and good communicators and it helps a lot. I've been in many engineering teams where they would hire smart but hard-to-work with engineers instead of building good teams, and I much prefer this.
    Benefits are always relative - there are nice office perks snacks, some free lunches and a happy hour at the office, but more importantly the pay is great, and hours are reasonable.

    Cons

    From these reviews it sounds like some teams do not have the experience that I've had, which is concerning. My personal experience has been very positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what is happening in the teams that are unhappy - it hurts morale and is probably hurting our ability to hire good talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool products, horrible interview/onboarding experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fitbit as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office is nice and colorful, and the SoMa location is easily accessible.
    The kitchen is stocked. Junkfood included.

    Cons

    As with a lot of other startups, the politics in the Fitbit office are absolutely horrible. Middle management drama seems to take precedent to getting work done. The interview process is fast, pretentious, and very disorganized. I waited over an hour to been seen both times I was interviewed. My first day, I also was made to wait in the lobby for an hour and a half while they figured out getting a computer and desk setup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place I've ever worked!

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

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

    Pros

    It's obvious as soon as you walk in the door how passionate everyone is about working at Fitbit. Everyone is here because they absolutely love the products, love the culture, and believe in Fitbit's mission. Combine all that with being at company that's at the forefront of, arguably, the hottest tech space out there! What more do you want?!?!

    Cons

    Honestly none...it's by far the most fun I've ever had at a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Place Ever.

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

    I have been working at Fitbit as a contractor

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice and the product itself is neat.

    Cons

    Where do you begin? If you are on the Support Team - you are treated like crap. Their is a lot of disrespect within the company - and management only cares about the engineers and people who bully others. Most people I knew there are gone, and everyone is much happier for having left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful with who you hire and listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company and opportunity to help improve people's lives

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

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

    Pros

    Fitbit is the leading consumer fitness technology company. The ideals of the brand are observable in the company culture. The work/life balance is refreshing. Everyone is passionate about helping people be more active and make healthier choices. As an engineer, I appreciate how pleasant the product designers and managers are to work with.

    Cons

    A large monolithic code base and explosive growth make software engineering more difficult and slower than it should be. There is great hesitation and unreasonable skepticism towards anything that's not Java-based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more transparent about product roadmap and do regular Q&A with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great team of people working on a cool product.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IOS Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IOS Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fitbit full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's awesome to work on a product that I use daily. The people are great too, willing to help and nice.
    Management is very trusting. Employees know where the company is and where it is going. The work environment is pretty relaxed- I play ping pong pretty much every day in the office.

    Cons

    The office is split into two floors which can be annoying sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Yikes...

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

    I have been working at Fitbit full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a young company, and therefore the energy around the office is certainly positive.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Underpaid, no training, horrible middle management, broken promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop adding so many additional levels of management and focus on keeping the people that you do have happy. Or you're about to start losing many more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cool company but poor middle management and little room for growth

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and really cool products that help people. Company used to encourage collaboration and taking ownership of projects which sparked leadership and the excitement to learn.

    Cons

    With new management many of the company's pros are no longer considered acceptable. New ideas, suggestions, and taking leadership are now either discouraged or ignored. Those who express strong leadership are often treated with disrespect and/or micromanaged. In addition, expressing ambition to grow with the company is now seen as overly ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to seek out and discuss potential career paths within the company. Assist them in working toward new roles with more responsibility if they express interest in growing. Allow and encourage employees to voice suggestions and opinions so teams can collaborate on projects and work processes. Provide direction when working on projects but avoid micromanaging employees who are consistently dependable.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Fitbit? Share Your Experiences

Fitbit

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.