Atlassian Employee Reviews about "sydney"

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  • "Great culture, excellent benefits, amazing work/life balance(in 75 reviews)

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  • "Good positions tend to be available only in the US or Sydney(in 27 reviews)

  • "Work life balance especially during WFH(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company to work at

      Jan 31, 2019 - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
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      Pros

      Atlassian is a great and fun company to work at! There's a definite emphasis on work-life balance, inclusiveness and innovation is actively encouraged. There's also a strong emphasis on openness in everything done at the company.

      Cons

      No a con for everyone, but you can be a part of a distributed team (between Sydney, Bay Area, Austin, New York, Bangalore) depending on which team you're on. There are also growing pains for the bay area offices (only a few hundred people here even though worldwide it's ~3000 employees).

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Australian foundation makes a difference

      Oct 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      The Aussie work culture is somewhat different than the US work culture. While the folks are very, very committed to turning out a great product and being the best in the business, there's an open, honest & human element that sometimes gets lost in the US.

      Cons

      If you're US-based, you'll be answering emails on Sunday night when Australia gets online; BUT the upside is that Fridays tend to be more relaxed because it's already Saturday in Sydney

      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company: opportunity, people, talent and culture

      Sep 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
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      Pros

      I'm a mid-career engineering manager with experience at a couple of startups and several of the big tech companies (Google, Adobe, Microsoft). Atlassian has talent as good as the best of those companies (e.g. Google) and has done a better job of keeping a collaborative culture. The scale (currently ~3500) is large enough that there are a range of interesting projects and there is plenty of opportunity for career growth, but the company hasn't yet started to feel like a big company. Very little beaucracy, and no BS. On that last point, it's really been a great experience working for an Australian company -- there's an honesty and freshness that permeates the company culture that I haven't seen in any of the silicon valley companies.

      Cons

      For more senior folks, timezones may be a challenge -- there are several engineering teams that are split between Sydney and the Bay area.

      18 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Challenging, but very pro-developer

      Feb 13, 2016 - Senior Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Tons of very smart and talented people. Plenty of opportunities to have a positive impact on the products, on how people use them, and on how teams function. Lots and lots of attention paid to little details around the office - food, events, and general atmosphere - which make it a generally pleasant work environment. Everyone is encouraged to speak their mind.

      Cons

      It's a company founded by and for developers, so if you aren't a developer then it's easy to feel left out. (I can't just stop doing my job for the fun hackathon; if I stop doing my job then things break, badly.) Many in the company also tend to forget that incremental improvement is sometimes a better option for change than doing all the things at once. There's so much to be done that it's disturbingly easy to overextend. Teams can be a bit scattered geographically, which makes collaboration difficult, and there's a very strong bias in favor of Sydney when it comes to promotions, thought leadership, and meeting scheduling. Everyone is encouraged to speak their mind, and many tend to do just that even when they have no idea what they're talking about.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Very down to earth, transparent and collaborative culture and get-work-done attitude.

      Jan 27, 2014 - Enterprise Marketing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Amazing benefits and perks. Very spacious and beautiful office, games, free sandwhich bar and ready made food, 3 kegs on tap, yoga on site, etc. Also very open office culture - only glass walls, you can always walk up to anybody. Executive team sits in the pit - accessible to all and not sitting above the employees.

      Cons

      Time Zone difference between Sydney and San Francisco office can require off-hours meetings late at night or during the very early morning. It can be difficult to seek privacy and quiet without seeming secretive. Introverted employees might have issues in this environment if they preferred their own office. The total open office culture leads to employees wearing head phones all the time and isolating themselves acoustically from the crowd. That hinders collaboration again.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not Feeling It!

      Sep 11, 2017 - Director in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      +great benefits +free food +generally nice co-workers +Values +growth like crazy Great story of how the Founders created and built this company.

      Cons

      Can't speak for Sydney, but in the San Francisco office, is lacking in spirit, values and camaraderie. I blame the leaders but HR, as the stewards of culture and climate happen to be one of the worst orgs in the company and the head is based in San Francisco where she and her appointed minions have been directly responsible for the loss of so much key talent,

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      39 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A really awesome company with some really noticeable flaws

      Mar 24, 2016 - Developer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      * By far the best job I've ever had. Even on my most difficult days here, I'm confident that my colleagues want to do the right thing. They are consistently smart and kind. * Our values carry real weight! e.g. people are willing to be candid about how they feel (open company no bullsh*t)** and to take actions to make things better (be the change you seek). * While I do know people whom I feel haven't gotten a fair shake, to a remarkable degree Atlassian strives to do right by everyone who works here, regardless of their level. The engineers-as-fatted-calves syndrome seems to be less of a thing, which is awesome. (That's coming from an engineer, though, so take it with a grain of salt?) ** we don't censor that, but Glassdoor does. that must count for something.

      Cons

      * People in Australia (who don't work here) sometimes refer to us as the "Australian Google". That's awesome; it doesn't mean we're Google. Not Invented Here is common in engineering organizations, but it's especially bad here. * Similarly, while we've had an amazing run so far, we are facing new and much more competent competitors than we're used to. It's not clear that folks in Sydney feel the heat the same way all of us living in the bubble do. Complacency is lethal.

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      20 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Be the Change you Seek

      Feb 23, 2015 - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work hard play hard culture with good work-life balance, autonomy to pursue the best work of your life, people are loyal to company values (we don't just talk about it, we live it!), Peer Kudos, Unlimited holidays in SF office, Free Lunch (though you pay the taxes) and fitness benefits. We're growing like a rocket so there are opps to move around.

      Cons

      If you want to advance you would find more opportunities in HQ in Sydney. Still maturing as a company, not much process/red-tape also means things are vague sometimes, but you can see that as pro or con depending on your personality.

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great for early career, be aware of cliques

      Apr 16, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Note where you land. Cloud products (software as a service) are the growth products, large teams etc. Server and Data Center (on premise) are bread-and-butter value products, lean teams mostly outside the US. A Jira Server role can be very different from a Jira Cloud role. This is a great place for early-career employees (1st/2nd job out of college or 3-4yrs experience) who love dogs and love to blog. If this is you, you'll have lots of good experiences - meeting a lot of people at the same stage in their lives/careers, being able to volunteer easily, take yoga classes at work, get free food, take on resume-building leadership roles like being your team's social chair or becoming a member of the foundation (volunteering group) council etc. This will probably be the "best place you ever worked" which is a goal for the company. You should remember to blog about all these things on the internal Confluence site for maximum benefit. You can bring your dog to work as often as you want. If you like dogs or have a dog, this is a good place for you. What else? General conversation topics are dogs, yoga, what someone posted on Instagram, fashion, the newest restaurant, wine, and the SF rental market. If these are your go-to topics, you'll do great here. Oh, and you'll probably get to go to Sydney at some point so that's pretty cool.

      Cons

      For more experienced folks and especially if you are mid-30s and later with a life outside of work/work colleagues, note that most senior roles/middle management seem to be taken by the folks who joined in the 2012-2014 timefame. Senior roles (principal, head of etc) seem to be few and far between for internal and external growth, and it may be difficult to succeed in these (see cliques below). Most things are done the "Atlassian way", which is a reason given to do things the same way every time. So if you have ideas or suggestions, perhaps from prior experiences, these are only accepted if they align exactly with how things are already done or if you have a sponsor who OKs them. New ideas and suggestions are mostly encouraged only if you've been around for a while and are in one of the cliques. So it's pretty collaborative if you have the same opinions and methods, may feel dismissive otherwise. I know folks who have left the company precisely because of this. Cliques: Other reviews mention "cronyism", "groupism" and "communism" :). These seem to be mostly informal networks dominated by folks hired in 2012-2014, and span SF/Austin/Sydney etc. These folks are pretty close to the long-time leaders. If you grew up in the company, you've paid your dues and you will get opportunities. If you grew up elsewhere, getting opportunities and getting in with the right cliques may be difficult and time-consuming. In fact multiple people across a variety of teams have gone through some pretty rough times when not in the right cliques. Also the compensation seems to be below market. And promotions seem to go to people who have been here for a while. If you are not a dog person or are allergic to dogs... you are in for a tough time. There are even off-leash dogs in the kitchen where people eat/handle food! There are processes in place for everything, using Jira and Jira Service Desk. Even the smallest request to another team has to go through a ticketing process. If you are from a much larger company, you are probably OK with this pace. If you came here thinking "modern startup", you may be frustrated by the pace. The company is very proud of its published values... but it seems folks have different interpretations. For example, "open company, no BS" - sometimes this seems to mean that things are transparent and open if you are in the right group. And there's "play, as a team" but then cliques come into play so interpret that as you would like.

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      25 people found this review helpful

      Atlassian Response

      Marketing Manager: Global Recruiting

      Thanks for taking the time to provide your input. We strive to be a best place to work across the board and appreciate the candid feedback and advice. We’ve listened to a lot of Atlassian feedback to inform the design of our new performance program and of individual growth plans in Trello, among other employee development opportunities. We’re confident changes like these will help ensure all Atlassians can grow individually and as part of the broader team. ~Atlassian People team

    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      What a joke

      Aug 17, 2015 - Senior Designer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Atlassian offers a lot of perks. Free lunches, beers on tap, pool tables and game nights. They offer nearly-free health, vision, and dental insurance. They have a swanky, open floor plan San Francisco office and there’s a lot of opportunities to travel to other offices or speak at conferences in other countries. There’s some genuinely good natured and hard working people there. They drive you really hard and you will become better in your field but be warned...

      Cons

      To start, there's very little training into the vast, internal structure or options for outside training. There is a ton of in-speak, acronyms, and politics to understand to be effective. Managers tend to focus on improving your weak points instead of bolstering your strengths. Decisions are made via waterfall and handed down from the executive layer with little regard to the impact those decisions have on the end user. If you have a bad relationship with your manager don't expect much help or mediation. When I asked who to talk to about being mismanaged and verbally abused I was told that I shouldn't bring it up and just power through until the manager in question moved on to harass another employee. There's an underlying current of gossip and politics and the "Open Company" part of their values is totally [inaccurate]. The Culture: Everyone plays second fiddle to the Sydney office. There are more promotions and raises in the Sydney office. Diversity is a joke, a literal joke. The head of HR has a staff of beautiful, young, blond women and has an office deemed the "Man Cave". The open office arrangement makes for a lot of distractions. Whether it’s dogs barking, the beer bikes, or a mariachi band (I swear to God that happened) they don’t seem to want to promote a productive environment. The office is located a block from the San Francisco County Jail and a park with one of the few public bathrooms in SoMa. There’s a lot of homeless harassment, human waste and crime you have to consider when coming to/from the office. If you drive in, they don't reimburse you for parking. The tools: Atlassians “dogfood” all their own software which is cool in theory. Most of the software is groaning under it’s own infrastructure and poor IT and is very buggy since you’re seeing a development version and not production software. Somedays the inferior system you’re forced to use crashes for half a day and you have to work over the evening to make up for it. They don’t like email. Expect 90% of your communications to happen through their instant messaging app (also inferior) which will undoubtedly lead to miscommunications within your team. Their future: I expect to see a lot of employees leaving and cashing out their stock after they IPO. There's a lot of poor business decisions being made right now to try and boost the share price and with little regard to the customers who support them. That's bad business.

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      87 people found this review helpful
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