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Updated March 9, 2017
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Atlassian Co-Founders Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes
Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes
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Pros
  • Atlassian offers excellent pay and benefits as well as great work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • This company moves FAST - which keeps you on your toes and keeps you learning from some extremely smart people (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Company is experiencing growing pains and middle management is frequently changing (in 9 reviews)

  • Some people and positions do not have good work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Perks and cool vibe"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time

    Pros

    Lots of perks. Free breakfast lunch and snacks, tee shirts and hoodies, education and training, volunteer days. Great vibe in the office. There is a team dedicated to making Atlassian a cool place to work. Events are awesome too. Can take your dog to work. Fitness classes. Sit to stand desks, cool workspaces everywhere.

    Cons

    Can be hard to concentrate with so much going on. There are a lot of entitled people there who fail to see the perks as more than enough. Doesn't pay well but perks make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Make Shipit every 6 months. It's losing hype because it's on so often. Start saying no. Have quiet work spaces almost like a test class room style.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great place but not for everyone"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlassian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, nice benefits, cool secondment programs let you travel and work in other offices.

    Cons

    Fast paced, hard to keep up at times.
    Extremely busy, 20% of the people doing 80% of the work as fast paced growth has new people spending all their time learning the ropes.
    Felt more and more cliquey, hard to infiltrate and understand the insider jokes. Too many cooks.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving the products, keeping customers happy. Stop chasing next big shiny object and focus on improving the core product experience for your customers.


  3. "Great Company and awesome culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, good benefits and compensation,

    Cons

    aggressive work culture nothing else


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  5. "Really pampers its employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time

    Pros

    This company really does pamper its employees. There is a real culture of being straightforward and genuine, and you are allowed to bring your life to work.

    Cons

    Growing pains
    Sometimes it feels like the direction of the company is not clear.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Slow Burn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Most of the people, are some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure to work with
    - Perks, mostly in stocks and snacks, not in green backs
    - Nice office, if you like the open office scene (very open office)

    Cons

    - Pay is lacking because of the stocks and the snacks and the random guy carving ice sculptures outside one morning
    - People can be too nice and value is placed in things that do not matter
    - The values they tout, just to not live by them and then throw them in your face
    - Rarely do things that make sense and organizational structure is lacking
    - Experiences vary greatly across teams, some work very little, others do all the work
    - Always ask you to do more, but can't offer anything more than a quarter (.25) raise for the most part

    Advice to Management

    One of the founders said something to the tune of, " I want to ruin your work experiences, and what I mean by that is that I want Atlassian to be the best place you will ever work."

    Something like that, it was very moving at the time and now seems like a joke. If anything, Atlassian has ruined my view of TEAMS.


  7. "Great Company - still growing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time

    Pros

    We do a lot of fantastic work with an excellent and devoted client base. We build song-term relationships that matter and we work to live by our values. There are some folks who want to build fiefdoms, but fortunately, they do not last long, or are getting removed.

    Cons

    Location for offices are in high-tech hubs, but the downtown areas are expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on solving problems and do not get distracted by the new shiny toys. We can continue to grow when we focus on listening to our clients.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Modern office environment with zen room for relaxation, bar open after 4 pm, free lunch, and lots of events hosted by HR for employees - Atlassian takes care of its people
    2) Co-CEOs and upper mgmt are open in sharing information (as much as a public company can)
    3) Salaries and benefits are great (free health care, $600 a year towards fitness, $300 a year towards bike repairs, small reimbursement for transportation etc). Stock grants make the deal sweeter still.
    4) They know how to throw a party :). All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Lots of play here!
    5) Culture and values do mean something and most often than not people do follow them.
    6) Company is rapidly growing and every quarter beats the previous for a long time now.

    Cons

    1) Company is experiencing growing pains and middle management is frequently changing
    2) Strategy on several products is not quite clear and roadmap if there is one is in a state of flux
    3) Open offices while great, are very noisy and distracting. Try working with a colleague on the phone speaking loudly.
    4) No defined career paths. Great for a few years and then you don't know where you will be going
    5) A lot of talk and less progress. People simply seem to love to discuss for the sake of discussing.

    Advice to Management

    1) Clearly define career paths for employees
    2) Focus on stronger planning and roadmaps.


  9. "Great place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company atmosphere - treats employees well

    Cons

    Sometimes not as agile as you think

    Advice to Management

    Developer cross-functional teams that are a 100% dedicated to project


  10. "Decent"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a decnet place to work with friendly people. Austin office is the best by far

    Cons

    not many perks, bonuses are pretty meh, their buildings are a bit dated

    Advice to Management

    Up the company perks to be competitive with other software companies. Give more time off


  11. Helpful (8)

    "There's no such thing as a free lunch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlassian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch
    Benefits
    Wacky t-shirts
    Australian accents
    Fun activities

    Cons

    The great south pacific cargo cult: Atlassian. A corporation trying its hardest to be an ersatz Google, both culturally and technically.

    Don't be fooled. The wacky t-shirts, hackathons, goofy hats, etc are a thin veneer over the rapidly declining cultural edifice. Prepare yourself for constant absurd politics, pointless territorial battles, and immature/ineffective management.

    The stateside brands (BitBucket and HipChat) represent small vanity projects on the fringes of the larger JIRA and Confluence empire. If you work on them you will be irrelevant. Additionally these two brands are 'also-rans' compared to the more prolific products in their respective sectors (GitHub and Slack) so you unfortunately don't even get any prestige or credibility.

    Advice to Management

    Mike and Scott definitely need to be on more magazine covers.



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