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New York, NY
51 to 200 employees
2009
Company - Private
Internet
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Foursquare Reviews

  • Helpful (11)

    "It's a good company, don't listen to the haters"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foursquare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    
Perhaps I’m lucky to be in one of the “pockets of good engineering” mentioned in a recent negative review but I don’t agree with the negative attitude and sentiment in some of the reviews about Foursquare. I think Foursquare is an excellent company built around a truly innovative product with lots of exciting work to do. Company leadership is strong and values transparency, also has the rare quality of taking the ethics of data products very seriously. Even Steve Wozniak recently cited Foursquare in an interview as an example of a great ethical company.

    The recent reviews about career opportunities being limited at Foursquare are strange, because my experience has been the opposite especially compared to other tech companies I’ve worked at. I’ve been working in tech for ten years at three different companies, and I’m no stranger to bad leadership. The team I’m on now is the strongest, both in terms of camaraderie and also in terms of leadership and organization, that I have ever experienced. Our roadmap this year is aggressive and the engineering org is small, which means that everyone around me is working on high impact work and opportunities to take on new and interesting projects are everywhere. There simply is no room to waste time and energy on something which might be useless. Everyone’s work matters.

    Our tech stack is much much better than it used to be. Some people think that just because everything isn’t shiny and new, that the sky is falling. In the past year alone there have been some huge accomplishments paying down tech debt that the company accrued over the first nine years. The engineering org is in the process of deprecating its server farm and moving everything to AWS. Sure, at this moment we’re not where we want it to be, but remember this company is ten years old and there is inevitably old code lying around. When you look at the big picture—including the progress that has already been made, and the commitment and support from leadership to continue the good work, and the sheer amount of talent that has gone into making our code more modern—then the trajectory for the engineering org actually looks quite good. I’m truly impressed by the talent and energy of the engineering org at Foursquare, and I’m happy to be learning and growing here.

    Cons

    The migration to AWS is a lot of work. Fighting tech debt is hard.

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Foursquare Interviews

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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Corporate Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    This is still a start-up attempting to integrate more formal procedures in their interview process. The process consisted of multiple phone screen interviews and multiple onsite interviews. Yes, very “thorough”. However, it was somewhat apparent from certain clues I picked up on that they already found who they felt was the right candidate for the role shortly after my initial onsite interview. However, it was also somewhat clear that they were forcing through a process where they still had to pick a handful of people for the final round regardless – even if they already more or less made up their mind. Understandable, and although I was overqualified for this particular position, I went along with it. I went through with the final round of interviews and could literally see from another carelessly left clue that I was likely the last fall back interview they needed to fill for the last round spot before making their final decision – which I figured was already made. I get that and still played along, but ultimately this was a complete waste of my time and I received an automated rejection shortly after – not from the internal recruiter's email who had been stringing me and I assume others along the whole time, but from a no-reply generic email address. If there is no longer any real interest in a candidate early on in the process, it would be wise not to waste their time as they did mine with a time consuming, drawn out process just for optics to make it seem like they have a structured corporate culture, which in my opinion based on my experience, they don’t. On a side note, one of the people I interviewed with blatantly lied to me about something in their background which was telling. Also, they were searching for the same role again only a few weeks after the position was no longer available. Seems to indicate to me they really don’t know what they are a doing.

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