LinkedIn Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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Pros
  • flexible work hours / vacation structure is awesome / perfect work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Great perks, free food, nice offices, opportunities to travel to different locations (in 104 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance could be improved Middle management needs more training (in 36 reviews)

  • Onboarding seems tough since the company is growing; it's easy for new folks to get lost in the mix (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can't complain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice compensation, smart people, charming CEO, great work environment, fancy food, efficient managing style, good work life balance

    Cons

    Should have better perks as google have for employee who has a family. Not really a concern to me right now

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mobile Web Developer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Top notch leadership, cutting edge technology, difficult challenges, incredible culture, nice people, and facilitates learning in all roles.

    Cons

    Scaling to rapid growth and keeping long term employees happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Program managers - do not apply

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, perks are average for industry. This is a product driven company, as opposed to engineering (Google or Facebook) or design (apple).

    Cons

    Expect a total frat house. Seniors and leads in the early to mid 20s. Drink the cool aid and you'll fit in. As a technical program manager, you'll likely report into an engineering manager or director, who most likely knows absolutely nothing about program or project management. Or cares about your career or what you do.
    Linkedin does not value the project or program manager role, and there is a heavy bias to engineers are all that matter. In engineering, there is roughly 1 program manager to 50 engineers and you are treated like a ,general dogs body. If you enjoy doing admin work, this is for you. The career ladder is lovely, but bears absolutely no relation to reality. There is no leveling across the organization, so career progression and promotions are entirely a draw of luck based on your department, and not skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up a centralized project management team who truly advocate for best practices and care about the discipline. Don't treat this staff like admins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Stability of the company for average engineers

    Cons

    Lack of innovation. Lack of passion from employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Really depends on what part of the company you work in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Good health benefits

    Cons

    - Certain teams are expected to perform more
    - Bad commute
    - Pay way less than the industry average
    - Too much bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rewarding your employees more. Especially the ones that make you the most money. Also invest in those parts of the company. Ever heard of hazard pay?

    P.S. don't email every employee to get them to do a review here on Glassdoor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company for a QA Engineer

    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks.
    Lot of free food.
    There are good entertainments but you cannot participate due to the work load.

    Cons

    Base salary is low.
    When I joined this company two years back it has the good Developer and QA ratio. Now the developers has tripled and never hired any QA in my team.
    There is no scope for learning new technologies.
    Work-life balance is very bad due to daily regressions and frequent Production releases.

  8.  

    Great culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The people, culture and definitely the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    It is getting too big.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good coworkers, bad management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good set of coworkers to work with. Smart people who are passionate about their job. Innovative things to work on. Interesting projects. Great perks - good food, on campus gym.

    Cons

    Over the last couple of months too many tiers have popped up in management. There isn't cohesion between management. Your ability for growth depends on how influential or powerful your manager is in the chain of command rather than your good work. Dysfunctional relationship between product and engineering. Different teams work at different pace and value different things - some teams value horizontal contribution efforts, others value product releases - your career growth can get stuck if you are in a team that values one thing while your management values another. Good work doesn't get recognized unless you toot your own horn and people who are really good at marketing themselves get promoted. No monetary increments annually unless you get promoted. With the current increase in living costs this is going to lead to higher attrition rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align goals of product and engineering so that employees in the cross functional teams can align their objectives. If I'm hearing one review of my work from my direct manager and another review from my skip level manager there is something seriously wrong in the communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The LinkedIn culture really values employees. Lots of opportunities for career growth. You get to work with really smart people who are willing to help you learn and grow. You get to work on fun projects.

    Cons

    Things move really fast here so the hours you work can be long sometimes. It's a work hard play hard environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The environment at LinkedIn fosters productivity from a positive, fun exchange of ideas.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at LinkedIn as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The food here is exceptional. Not only are there available the healthiest snacking choices, but also, the chefs are superior artisans.

    Cons

    The occasional managerial condescension is a blemish on the otherwise encouraging environment. This only hurts productivity and loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and acknowledge the hard work done by the (thank-less) lower level positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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