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Fitbit Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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  1. 4 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
  2. 6 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
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cool company but poor middle management and little room for growth

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    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun job with good people

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

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

    Pros

    * Wonderful group of people to work with in firmware. It is like a team of the top people you'd find if you were working at other companies.
    * Laid back culture.
    * Close to most major transit in the Bay Area.
    * Fun problems to solve.
    * Upper management feels accessible and has an engineering background.

    Cons

    * Seems like there's always more work to do. This may or may not be a bad thing.
    * Office is a bit cramped right now, but will be moving to a bigger office soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Take a vision and run with it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    Great location but company poorly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

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

    Pros

    Cool product. Nice people.

    Cons

    Operationally dysfunctional and lack of exec leadership. Bringing in talented people and cannot retain them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to hire and build a team, than be committed to Lead, otherwise step aside and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, fun and friendly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - On the Research Team in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - On the Research Team in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Some really challenging problems.
    Really great team: smart, motivated, friendly, encouraging.
    A really exciting space to be in at the moment (wearables).

    Cons

    The company has grown past the tiny stage and has turned into a very legitimate company. That means roles are starting to become less dynamic. That can be a pro for some people though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin on. Continue to hire for the cultural fit. Continue to work with the teams and people that don't mesh as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fun, Young Company

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    • 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

    I came to Fitbit after working for one of the giants of Silicon Valley, really wanting to go somewhere with the small company feel. While Fitbit is no longer super small, upper management did a great job at maintaining the culture that was there when it was still a very early stage start-up. Everyone is extremely passionate about the products and the company and you are able to pick up on that right away. Very open and collaborative environment, very transparent and flat, tons of different types of people and personalities which really make for a fun, unique environment.

    Cons

    Only real con is that we're spread out right now...three different floors / offices that can make it to get face time in with all the different teams. That should be solved when we make the move to our new office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Low Salaries, Poor Middle Management

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    • 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

    free food
    casual work attire
    great concept
    happy hour on fridays

    Cons

    LOW NON-COMPETITIVE SALARIES
    most are contract employees = no benefits, paid vaca, paid holidays or anything
    huge work load
    middle management is abusive and unprofessional, Sr management not willing to listen
    lots of free UNHEALTHY food, odd for a fitness/wellness company
    very high school mentality among younger employees who are clicky
    staff who has been there longer turn their noses up at new hires, not welcoming or friendly
    HR is all about cronyism and there are contract people with no skills getting paid more
    be expected to work 24/7 from your phone/laptop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that middle management is following the culture you originally created!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Meaningful and fulfilling work

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people who are good at what they do and easy to get along with
    Prevalent appetite to tackle big challenges grounded in practical approaches
    Opportunities aplenty to influence direction
    No politics, no needless process

    Cons

    Not as many perks as you'd get at a big company (but getting better)
    No swanky offices, just the essentials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to Work

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    No one here has an ego. This is the only company I've worked at this is devoid of overbearing egos. This means that all the decisions getting made are being done so because of intelligent pragmatic reasoning.

    By far the best project management team I have ever worked with. The PMs here have the right balance of technical knowledge, organization skill and trust in their teams to ensure that projects are moving forward in a predictable way.

    In order to keep pace with our increasing product popularity we are constantly encountering and solving growth related technical challenges.

    There are a tremendous amount of interesting, intelligent and genuine people to interact with professionally and socially.

    Cons

    As the company continues to grow its beginning to lose its small company feel. I'm starting to not know larger numbers of people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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