ByteDance Reviews

Updated Aug 12, 2020

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3.7
71%
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89%
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ByteDance Founder Zhang Yiming
Zhang Yiming
134 Ratings
Pros
  • "fast paced start up, great learning for those willing to wear many hats and take initiative(in 12 reviews)

  • "Good benefits for employees with 3 meals covered, a competitive salary and considerate employee services(in 9 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Friendly and healthy environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Algorithm Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flat management, high compensation, flexible work hours, innovation, inspiring culture.

    Cons

    Made in China. Seriously, that’s a sin during a trade war.

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  2. "Bad Management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good career opportunities. High TC.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. No WLB.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "An excellent place for learning"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are all talented and willing to help

    Cons

    If having meeting with China, the meeting time may be awkward.

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Don't work here if you are an Engineer and not a Chinese speaker"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, lunch and dinner provided

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is awful. Lots of impromptu meetings on the weekends with coworkers in China - Pretty much all major business decisions take place at the Chinese HQ, and these meetings are conducted in Chinese. You will feel very disconnected from the product and culture of the company if you are not a Chinese-speaker. - Little-to-no formal code review process; the company is more focused on short-term results than long-term maintenance. Bugs everywhere on the development pipeline with little documentation for them. They are reported through group chat and will only be addressed once coworkers in China have time on their hands (very rare). - Compensation isn't on-par with the rest of Silicon Valley

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "good for new grads"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Can learn a lot. Can have self-impact

    Cons

    sometimes too busy and lack work life balance

  6. Helpful (24)

    "Great benefits, Growing product, Lot to learn but battered by US-China tradewar"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Growth Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great benefits & Competitive salary - Extremely fast paced culture so you will learn a lot (1 Month feels like 1 Year) - Tiktok is growing so u get to be part of a product which is growing exponentially (Good brand to have on your resume) - Free food - Young culture - New office brings fresh energy

    Cons

    - Most decisions are taken in China - HQ in China - Constant uncertainty due to US-China trade-war - Chinese team members tend to speak in Chinese so non-Chinese speakers can feel left out - Competitive culture so everyone is trying to prove themselves fast and step on others toes - 996 culture is rampant - You may not be able to work for US government/related companies in future since you were part of a Chinese company - Pain of a growing global company. Something I have witnessed at Uber & Airbnb

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very promising company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    various projects you can select, good communication, less paperwork

    Cons

    bad work/life balance, too busy

  8. Helpful (2)

    "politics"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at ByteDance full-time

    Pros

    talented people.move fast. can travel.

    Cons

    chinese culture. work late at night.

  9. Helpful (10)

    "worse company to work for"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ByteDance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cannot find any pros i would say

    Cons

    they prioritize short term results over long time sustainable growth; the management has no idea on how to lead and manage ppl, as well as help the employees for their career growth

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cozy and Friendly Empolyer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ByteDance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    + cozy and friendly working atmosphere + great computation resource + nice meal for both lunch and dinner

    Cons

    I cannot think out any

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