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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
918 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is a company that preaches and practices good work-life balance (in 64 reviews)

  • Great perks, free food, nice offices, opportunities to travel to different locations (in 107 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.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at LinkedIn full-time

    Pros

    Company cares about employees. Work is well-organized.

    Cons

    Many deadlines. Stressful. Work-life balance could be improved Middle management needs more training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management: express more appreciation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great place to grow as an intern

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

    I worked at LinkedIn as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    LinkedIn has the open-minded atmosphere that encourages employees to grow regardless of seniority. Even interns are encouraged to INnovate and challenge themselves to grow personally and professionally.

    Cons

    A disconnect between development teams in Mountain View and other teams seems to be growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is real and strong

    Cons

    Starting to get big and lots of politics that come with big companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're losing the clear focus on problems we once had. We are spending so much time figuring out who to include, how not to offend people, and what to report.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Culture, values, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    compensation not competitive, becoming politic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unite Recruiting Coordination does not adhere to LinkedIn values

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

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

    Pros

    LinkedIn as a whole is very impressive. People are inspired when they hear Jeff Weiner speak because: 1.) his ideas are very forward thinking, 2.) he tells stories about times when he has failed and what learned from them and 3.) he takes the time to acknowledge teams for their hard work. Contractors are able to attend company all hands meetings. This transparency is very encouraging. Free, delicious meals are a great perk.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Unite Recruiting Coordination does not adhere to LinkedIn's values. LinkedIn as a whole encourages transparency and clear communication on all fronts. These two qualities do not exist within this team. Often times upper level management does not tell the team about recruiting goals or expectations for the upcoming quarter. Also, Unite recruiting coordinators are not able to see their metrics in order to improve from week to week. Lack of feedback and clear communication between Unite recruiting coordinators and management does not help lift team morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent as possible so you can lead your team to success. Acknowledge certain team members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to lift team morale and inspire people to rethink how they can best contribute to the team.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Great work-life balance, awesome place to start after college

    Cons

    Hard to rise up, limited promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more leadership opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Transformative experience

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

    I worked at LinkedIn full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    All of the previous comments about the food and the perks are true; they definitely take care of their people. The HQ is beautiful, and the new offices in Sunnyvale make you feel like you're at a ski resort. I also can't recommend the leadership highly enough; Jeff Weiner is an inspiration, and the other execs are all driving towards a shared vision. The culture and values of the company are held in high esteem and they're felt throughout the organizations.

    I had the opportunity to see, meet, and interact with some of the most intelligent and successful people I've ever been around -- both other employees and people from the outside. LinkedIn brings in great guest speakers. The employee experience itself is awesome.

    I also am now able to use the LInkedIn name to do pretty much anything.

    I was part of the Global Sales Org, and while LinkedIn's not slowing down any time soon, it's not for everyone. It's easier to sell LinkedIn products because of the name recognition, but the sales culture needs work.

    Cons

    Theres an IV-drip of Kool-Aid in everyone's arm within 2 weeks of joining the company. You will likely be called out for disagreeing or bringing up any major changes. This gets tiring after a while.

    The Sales org as a whole has good leadership in Mike Gamson, but the more down the ranks you guy the more egotism and BS you'll run into.

    Also, don't expect meeting 100% of expectations to be even remotely close to enough to get you anywhere. Not only are the expectations high, but there will be people who are working twice as many hours as you, getting in way earlier, and achieving the same things, and thus looking better than you. There's a culture of working long hours even after the sting by the department of labor, and there were no managerial efforts to curb this. In fact, during meetings people would be praised as "rockstars" for being the "earliest to arrive" and the "last to leave." little work-life balance. Oh, you'll also be underpaid if you start in Sales Development.

    They also have a trend of hiring a ton of really smart, motivated people from "target schools" (read: Ivy League and Stanford) and then not really giving them with anywhere to go after their first year or so. I can see this ultimately leading to frustration and burn-out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're balancing the number and type of young "rockstars" with the number and type of opportunities you have for them down the road. Or better set expectations. Otherwise, keep doing what you're doing with the culture and values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunities Require Sacrifice

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

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

    Pros

    The culture and values are real. Casual atmosphere breeds familiarity and easy accessibility to high level executives.

    Cons

    The demands and pacing quickly overwhelm talented people who have been top performers their entire lives. It is extremely hard to get headcount despite the exponential growth of the company. If you're not a salesperson or an engineer, expect to work with extremely lean resources and ever increasing demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The good times might have passed

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

    I worked at LinkedIn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company itself is in a great market, profitable and doing great things for professional networking.

    Cons

    In terms of execution, too many middle-tier management gets in the way. There are way too many newbie "manager", "sr. manager", "director" titles who are trained or gifted in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your the managers. Manager employees to their fullest strength.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Culture, resources, training, and people

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

    I worked at LinkedIn full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Linkedin was an incredible experience. Not only does the company care about being successful and maing money, but they invest a tremendous amount in their people's success too. Not only is their culture great, but the people are friendly, fun, and smart. I built some lifelong friendships during my time here.

    Cons

    While overall the culture is amazing, at times it can be a little bit cultish. Also getting promoted became too much of a political game at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce Political nature of getting promoted. Maintain the incredible culture while toning down some of the cult like attributes.....Example: pumping up how well everyone is doing at an all hands when in fact the dep[artment may have had a sub-par month.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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