GoPro
2.7 of 5 9 reviews
www.gopro.com San Mateo, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Nicholas Woodman

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great group of folks to work with.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Mateo, CA

    ProsCorporate startup without the overbearing corporate vibe. Co-workers are friendly and supportive. Folks are creatives outside of work too which makes for great conversation and collaboration. Flexible hours. Have a lot of fun here while getting things taken care of.

    ConsStarting hourly could be higher, but understand it from a business standpoint. Still higher than most other entry-level places.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst company I have ever worked for!!!

    Firmware Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Mateo, CA

    ProsNone - No perks, personal growth, respect, or general lack of acknowledgment of the effort put into making this crappy camera better.

    ConsOnly friends and friends of friends of the CEO get promoted. Obvious favoritism and segregation between departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake all of these reviews as advice. You won't listen anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Micromanagement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking for cool products, free drinks and snacks

    ConsExcessively micromanage people. Very immature and not clever people pointing fingers each other. Make employees work long hours and weekends, and give us small bonus and salary increase.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire all inexperienced micro managers and hire experienced managers who know how to manager people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shiny outside, not so great on the inside

    (Former Employee)

    Pros- There are some good & bright employees there, but most are already planning their future departure
    - Compensation is comparable to market if you are in demand in the valley. If you are not an in demand technical employee, they pay at very low ranges.
    - The kitchens have standard (and not organic) snacks and drinks for free but most are unhealthy
    - Telling people on the outside that you work at GoPro always impresses them since they only see the shiny outside
    - Employees receive a free camera and accessories at their new hire orientation

    Cons- This company does not value or treat their employees well. They throw in a happy hour once in a while but the company did not give their employees anything for Christmas. No t-shirt. No pencil. No coffee mug. But the CEO did make some nice purchases for himself lately. Yacht, jet? You can make your own judgment based on that.
    - Micromanagement issues throughout company. If you like being treated like a child or a time stamp employee, you could make it work. No working from home allowed. Clock watchers everywhere.
    - Company is struggling with future direction and trying to rebrand themselves as a media company
    - Whether it is the new GoPro channels on XBOX or Virgin Airlines, or improvements to their camera and video editing software, other companies already did it or are doing it better
    - Common feelings from bottom of the rank up to Director level are that several people at the top enjoy great financial gains and perks while everyone else is working long thankless hours to support those several people
    - The environment is so negative that I decided to leave and join a different start up company

    Advice to Senior Management- Clean up a lot of your management team. With some serious house cleaning, the company culture could improve
    - Protect your employees better. If there are issues with management regarding employee relations, labor law, discrimination, they need to be addressed fully and legally. Not swept under a rug.
    - Too much focus is on the company image and perception. Focus more on the employees who are working for you right now and the company would not only be better but also be full of happier, not disgruntled employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Support (Current Employee)
    San Mateo, CA

    ProsGreat environment in San Mateo, some people are lovely to deal with. Helpful also

    ConsEvery move you take is watched, recorded (and used against you) not able to speak to different departments. Managers become best friends with employers and they have a benefit over others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up and trust your employes.

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    Very poor management, lack of culture, no upward mobility, and on and on...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Mateo, CA

    ProsAwesome product and brand. That's it.

    ConsAll C-level execs and most managers are friends or friends-of-friends of the decision makers, and typically have very little experience for the teams they manage. GoPro claims to have a startup environment and culture, but there is a very visible hierarchy. Most managers hide in their offices and rarely engage with their teams on a regular basis, but somehow find the time to micro-manage everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo use in extending advice to managers that only care about their personal agendas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Culture

    (Former Employee)
    San Mateo, CA

    ProsAwesome product, The offices in San Mateo are very nice and new and they will be expanding into a new building soon. GoPro is going through a huge growth spurt right now. The company is doing very well and I'm excited to see them grow even more!

    ConsNo culture. The company has a "corporate" feel. People aren't too friendly and the departments are very divided. It's not what you would expect GoPro to be like. HR needs to do a better job building the culture. There is no transparency, it would be nice if the employees knew what the engineering teams were working on (and other departments) The CEO is also very uninvolved with his employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs work in the customer service area

    Customer Service (Former Employee)
    Half Moon Bay, CA

    ProsThe company takes care of all its customers, pass, present or future. It is an excellent company to work for. The people are nice, considerate and never have an attitude towards any of its fellow workers or its customers. Work ethics are good.

    ConsEverything you do on the computer is reviewed, watched and noticed. You are not allowed to make decisions even when you know how to manage companies, employees, and customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust in your employees instincts. Some customers do not have your best interest, yet they look to exploit and milk you for something they don't really deserve, and when they treat your company and its employees like dirt it makes no sense to support them. Insults and disrespect are not acceptable in any business, even when the customer is right.

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    Great Place to work

    President (Current Employee)
    Las Vegas, NV

    ProsClear Goals, follow-up is thorough. Generally satisfied workers with clear ideas of where the company should go. Flexible hours. Good company culture

    ConsNot enough new business coming in. Sometimes people are concerned about their jobs due to business continuity. Clients are loyal, but attrition will lead to negative cash flow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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