Inspire Fitness FAQ

8 English questions out of 8

May 14, 2021

What is health insurance like at Inspire Fitness?

Pros

Tech team was managed well and got along. Very low stress job, there were no deadlines of sprints while I was employed.

Cons

Ownership of this company is stuck in the draconian era. They didn't even give their employees health insurance until the beginning of 2021... How cheap can you be... Not only are the benefits below market standard the pay is as well. The backend team is writing Clojure which luckily is so rare people will take an underpaying job just to work with the language.. It's honestly amazing how large the company has grown with how incompetent upper management is. Corporate likes to micromanage to an insane degree as well which is why they want senior positions "hired near hq" so that the owner can micromanage even more.

Advice to Management

Stop operating like a small mom and pop shop. You are getting outpaced, outclassed and outmaneuvered by tiny startups in the fitness tech landscape. You have failed to launch your centerpiece "counsel" for over 3 years now while the competition only gets steeper. There is a clear reason why there has been a mass exodus of talent from the engineering team...

They didn't even give their employees health insurance until the beginning of 2021... How cheap can you be...

May 14, 2021

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July 5, 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Inspire Fitness?

Pros

Learning about serial communications was fun! Running our remote tech team was fun and challenging as well.

Cons

The tech team consists of an "architect" without mobile knowledge or golang experience which is the majority of the code base. The architect is attempting to change the programming language that the backend is written in to clojure, as opposed to actually learn the language that the two full-time backend developers are invested in. The architect has been with this company with a golang backend for over a year. There is no buy-in from the backend developers to add the tech debt of changing backend languages. The architect will throw other projects under the bus if he cannot take credit for those successes. The architect argued against the team using our project management tool(Pivotal) any chance he could get. Retrospectives, standups, and every interaction ended up being toxic. The CEO, who is not a tech person, unfortunately doesn't see the that the architect is a big reason why the last 4 full-time employees left.

Advice to Management

Changing the backend language because your software architect doesn't know the language is a terrible reason to add the tech complexity of adding an additional language that your current backend developers don't know. You know what I would suggest? Hire a software architect who knows the language your backend is written in. Or hire a software architect who is familiar with mobile app development(the other 70%) of the codebase. Or a software architect who can put their ego aside, and ask for help or expertise when they need it, without insulting their teammates or throwing them under the bus.

The CEO, who is not a tech person, unfortunately doesn't see the that the architect is a big reason why the last 4 full

July 5, 2020

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October 5, 2020

Is Inspire Fitness a good company to work for?

Pros

great place to work, great management

Cons

working at any start-up is hard

great place to work, great management

October 5, 2020

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July 5, 2020

How is management perceived at Inspire Fitness?

Pros

Learning about serial communications was fun! Running our remote tech team was fun and challenging as well.

Cons

The tech team consists of an "architect" without mobile knowledge or golang experience which is the majority of the code base. The architect is attempting to change the programming language that the backend is written in to clojure, as opposed to actually learn the language that the two full-time backend developers are invested in. The architect has been with this company with a golang backend for over a year. There is no buy-in from the backend developers to add the tech debt of changing backend languages. The architect will throw other projects under the bus if he cannot take credit for those successes. The architect argued against the team using our project management tool(Pivotal) any chance he could get. Retrospectives, standups, and every interaction ended up being toxic. The CEO, who is not a tech person, unfortunately doesn't see the that the architect is a big reason why the last 4 full-time employees left.

Advice to Management

Changing the backend language because your software architect doesn't know the language is a terrible reason to add the tech complexity of adding an additional language that your current backend developers don't know. You know what I would suggest? Hire a software architect who knows the language your backend is written in. Or hire a software architect who is familiar with mobile app development(the other 70%) of the codebase. Or a software architect who can put their ego aside, and ask for help or expertise when they need it, without insulting their teammates or throwing them under the bus.

The architect argued against the team using our project management tool(Pivotal) any chance he could get.

July 5, 2020

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May 14, 2021

What is the company culture at Inspire Fitness?

Pros

Tech team was managed well and got along. Very low stress job, there were no deadlines of sprints while I was employed.

Cons

Ownership of this company is stuck in the draconian era. They didn't even give their employees health insurance until the beginning of 2021... How cheap can you be... Not only are the benefits below market standard the pay is as well. The backend team is writing Clojure which luckily is so rare people will take an underpaying job just to work with the language.. It's honestly amazing how large the company has grown with how incompetent upper management is. Corporate likes to micromanage to an insane degree as well which is why they want senior positions "hired near hq" so that the owner can micromanage even more.

Advice to Management

Stop operating like a small mom and pop shop. You are getting outpaced, outclassed and outmaneuvered by tiny startups in the fitness tech landscape. You have failed to launch your centerpiece "counsel" for over 3 years now while the competition only gets steeper. There is a clear reason why there has been a mass exodus of talent from the engineering team...

Ownership of this company is stuck in the draconian era.

May 14, 2021

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