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LinkedIn Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
814 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work hours / vacation structure is awesome / perfect work-life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • Great perks, free food, nice offices, opportunities to travel to different locations (in 100 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is very bad due to daily regressions and frequent Production releases (in 35 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing way to start a career

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

    Pros

    Very generous culture with time, compensation, perks and flexibility, occasional off-sites which are always fun, company-funded outtings for specific teams, and many teams are run like mini-startups and have a great deal of autonomy.

    Cons

    A lot of the worth-while content on the site are diamonds in the rough, you may work on something that for no good reason is buried beneath a ton of initially awful UI. You'll have people complain to you about it, and there's usually nothing you can do about bad UI if it's owned by another team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more horizontal consistency across the company. The inconsistency with what happens in the UI when you "like" something is an excellent example of this; it may or may not change to "unlike", may or may not increment the like count, and may or may not show "you" as a liker, with none of these behaviors implying any of the others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing culture

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

    Pros

    Culture, people, free lunch and competitive salary

    Cons

    Should offer more options to work remotely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad for a big company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The workplace quality and perks are excellent. The hours are pretty sane. The food is great. The company has solid values, and it's a great place for professional growth. If you're an engineer, the quality of the code is better than average and the process is not too cumbersome for a company of this size.

    Cons

    Too many meetings, some groups work as silos, if you're unlucky you can end up working in a "venture" project that never sees the light of day.

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  5.  

    Great place to start your career, great learning experience, great people.

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, team is very helpful and great to work with. Upbeat and intelligent culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be hard to communicate with management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Current employee

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the smartest, most collaborative, and humble people in the world. I relish every day I get to enjoy coming to work at LinkedIn. Great perks, but more importantly great people!

    Cons

    The cons of the job are that you work late hours not because you have to, but because you want to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great and incredible experience. Recommended to all

    Cons

    All good. Nothing was bad. Good food

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Genuinely thrilled to work here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    So, there's the obvious stuff: tons of high-quality free food and beverages, excellent compensation, great benefits, etc. Let's get to the more interesting (and really, more important, stuff)

    - Pretty much everyone around is a friendly, down to earth human being. I feel like I can talk to my manager openly and frankly without any BS. That's the biggest perk in the world. VP level and above regularly interact with individual contributors. While there is a hierarchy of authority, I honestly feel like the management above is there to help me when I need it, not to dictate to me and abuse my work ethic.

    - Besides the free food, there are lots of nice little company-sponsored events and things that happen. You can get professional development training easily. Your work schedule is generally pretty flexible. There are lots of little things like this that add up to really make you feel like LinkedIn actually gives a **** about its employees and doesn't just few them as automatons to work until they burn out.

    - The pinball machines, arcade games and ping pong tables are nice but the real key is that people actually PLAY them. I've worked at startups where they had games like this, but everyone was always too busy working themselves into the ground to every actually use them. If my boss walks past me playing pinball in the middle of the day, neither of us is going to think twice about it.

    - Despite the fun atmosphere, we do work hard and in general everyone is passionate about the work they do. This can lead to long hours for some, but in my experience thus far, long hours are something chosen on an individual basis. It isn't expected of you, nor are you looked down upon if you take care of your work and leave the office at 5.

    Cons

    Despite the great culture, there are still a few individuals who are difficult to work with -- the same you'd find at any company. I'd say percentage-wise, there's far less of them at LinkedIn than I have seen other places, but they're still there, standing in the way of progress or taking shortcuts or any of those things that aren't constructive.

    My impression is that work-life balance can vary highly between teams. I've had a good experience, but I think there are others for whom it's a little more of a struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd only say to make sure that, as the company continues to grow rapidly, make sure to keep the quality bar for incoming people high.

    But really, you've already managed to keep a fun, productive start-up culture past 5,000 employees. I think you know what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good culture. New tech. Good food.

    Cons

    Company becomes large. Too many processes.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good company

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

    Pros

    Great engineering team, lots of interesting and tough problems to solve, smart people abound, many perks (free food, gym, etc), good work/life balance, and a great place to learn if you are fresh out of school.

    Cons

    Lots of politics (and increasingly so), some difficulty managing the super-fast growth, unclear career trajectories, somewhat shortsighted product roadmaps, too much focus on optimizing page views for the short term, compensation all over the place, too many inexperienced product managers in charge of rather important decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more intelligent risk.

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

    Good ride overall - but the Culture is awful

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

    Pros

    Great idea and considerable potential

    Cons

    Not a great place to work - engineering/product leadership is downright unpleasant; lots of silly politics and meritless recognition. Total cult of the CEO to the point of being ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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