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Fitbit Overview

www.fitbit.com
San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
2007
Company - Public (FIT )
Manufacturing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We're a passionate team dedicated to health & fitness who are building products that help transform people's lives. While health can be serious business, we feel it doesn't have to be. We believe ... Read more

Mission: Fitbit empowers and inspires you to lead a healthier, more active life. We design health and fitness products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life — because achieving your goals comes from what you do every day. We give you the insights and encouragement ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Introducing Fitbit Alta, our most stylish fitness tracker yet!

    Fitbit® Alta™ Fitness Wristband

    Motivation is your best accessory with Fitbit Alta-a fitness wristband with all-day activity and sleep tracking, reminders to move, SmartTrack auto exercise recognition, smartphone notifications and interchangeable accessory bands.

  • It's here! We’re so excited to introduce the newest member of the Fitbit family: ‪#‎FitbitBlaze‬

    Fitbit Blaze

    Get an on-screen summary of each workout after you complete it, then check the Fitbit app to see how you're progressing toward your weekly exercise goals.

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Fitbit – Why Work For Us?


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An Idea was Born

In 2007, our founders, Eric and James, realized that sensors and wireless technology had advanced to a point where they could bring amazing experiences to fitness and health. They embarked on a journey to create a wearable product that would change the way we move.

Our Mission

To empower and inspire you to live a healthier, more active life. We design products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be.

Inspiring Change

Our users take 43% more steps with Fitbit.

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This means better health and fitness, more energy, and an overall happier you.

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We're looking for people who are excited about health and technology, and how these together can make a difference in people's everyday lives.


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Committed

Dedicated to health and fitness


Creative

Solving new and interesting challenges


Collaborative

Working together to make a difference



 


 


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Our Perks

WHAT SETS US APART

STAY ACTIVE AT WORK

Treadmill desks and weekly fitness classes like Zumba and running groups keep you moving on the job

CATERED FOOD & HAPPY HOUR

A fully stocked kitchen with healthy and hearty snacks, catered lunches and happy hours every week

TEAM OUTINGS

From holiday parties to an unexpected game of competitive bowling, there's lots of opportunities to get to know the team

HACK NIGHTS

Monthly hack nights that put your mind to the test from building your workspace to building our next product

EQUITY

Every employee has a personal stake in the success and accomplishments of Fitbit


                                Bits from our Employees

 

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Matt Silva, Product Manager

"My background is in behavior change, and it’s a unique opportunity designing for products that span both hardware and software. People love their Fitbit’s and have an often personal relationship with them. Knowing that to be true, it’s really fun and awesome to be designing and building things for a product people care so much about. Everyone here is really smart and talented, and committed to helping people live healthier lives."


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Karla Robertson, Mechanical Engineering Manager

"I've worked on consumer electronic products for my entire career. At the beginning of my career, I knew I wanted to work on products that closely integrated into people's lives. And while I know people who love the smartphones and tablets that I have helped design, working at Fitbit has given me the opportunity to work on products that can truly improve people's lives. Not only do our products give our users a way to quantify their daily activity, but our products are also a physical reminder that they care about their health and wellness. When I look down at my wrist and see a Fitbit designed and developed by my team, I am reminded that I care about my own health, and that I should get out there and get more steps."

 

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Peter Molettiere, Director of Engineering

"I’ve been working at Fitbit for more than four years, and it has consistently provided a series of new and interesting challenges.  It’s great to work with such a talented and motivated team, on a product that has such a visible impact for so many people.  Everyone has a story about Fitbit has positively impacted the life of a relative or friend."

 

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Allie Russell, Research Engineer

"The fitbit research team is full of fun, talented, curious scientists and engineers, working on new sensors, new applications for our current sensors, better algorithms and interesting features. I focus on designing experiments to test all of the above on real users. My background is in general engineering. I value the variety of projects, collaboration and opportunities to learn on this team."

 

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Drew Matthews, Visual/Motion Designer 

"We have a really great team of designers and engineers that work together to design and build solutions for complex problems. Getting the chance to make changes, test and iterate and ship is really exciting. Working on screens that interact with hardware is pretty awesome. Also, It is extremely rewarding to work for a company that can have a tremendous positive impact on many people’s lives."



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Paul Schultz, Software Engineer

"As a 2013 graduate I’ve gotten to work on features that are core to Fitbit’s mission. The engineering team is strong with plenty of smart and experienced developers, and I’m still learning every day. I love it here—there’s still some startup culture, but with the impact of a larger company. The leadership teams are open-minded and always looking for ways to improve."



Fitbit has another major office located in Boston, MA

Our Boston location is in the heart of the Innovation District at 250 Summer Street directly on the Fort Point Channel with waterfront views. We are a convenient six minute walk to South Station with additional nearby public transportation options. 

The idea of Fitbit's Boston office originated directly from our co-founders, James Park and Eric Friedman who recognized the immense local talent provided by several of the nation's best schools in addition to the growing technology community in Boston. Originally slated as a software engineering office, Fitbit Boston's office has continued to grow and currently includes dedicated teams focused on Software, Firmware, Business Intelligence, Research, iOS, Android and Recruiting. 

The View at 250 Summer Street:

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Boston Office Activities: 

Christmas Party @ Flemings Steakhouse

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Fitbit Boston's kickball team: Fitkick

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We enjoy getting our steps in with lunchtime walks around the city.

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We provide the option to participate in bi-weekly yoga classes, taken outside when weather permits.

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a current Fitbit Boston member tracked her amazing Boston Marathon time using the Surge.

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Fitbit Reviews

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    I have been working at Fitbit full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    After a pretty bad 2016, Fitbit's CEO laid it to us straight: 2017 is going to be a rebuilding year. We are only at the beginning of our reorg, but it's clear that this is no joke: About 100 people were laid off, and some very high level people were "mutually decided" off. Company structure makes a lot of sense, with more revenue streams being pursued.

    + Can make tough decisions
    + We are still building amazing things that make people healthier
    + Great work/life balance
    + Amazing brand

    Cons

    Obviously things are a little more anxiety. 2017 is a make-or-break year. If you can't put in the work, try elsewhere.

    - Product team can be slow
    - CTO is more disruptive than helpful
    - About a year behind market

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying attention to the people that led us to this point. Rally the troops on the ground. Invest in your people.

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Fitbit Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Fitbit.

    Interview

    The company wants to steal people's projects/ideas and give it the name of an interview. Personally, I felt like they had called me on to only ask me about a particular project I had worked on that was of interest to them. They had no intention of hiring me whatsoever. At the end of it I felt used and exploited. They gave me a free fitbit as consolation and I got a generic rejection email a week later. Terrible strategy, terrible management. Not surprised to see where they've come from the past 2 years

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Fitbit Awards & Accolades

  • Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2014
  • Gear of the year award, Men's Journal, 2013

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