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Updated Sep 29, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Internship Review

    Dec 4, 2016 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Had a great manager and team that supported my learning. Enjoyed the transparency and size of the company.

    Cons

    Smaller company with some less established engineering practices.

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Anonymous

    Mar 29, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and good pay. Free lunches. The company has good parking. Good mission but maybe should be a nonprofit.

    Cons

    Very poor management, especially middle management. The company is experiencing somewhat of a crisis. Exodus of good employees. Management is taking pains to hide the departures (e.g., farewell emails are highly discouraged and only allowed with manager approval). The company strongly discourages feedback from ICs and has an elitist attitude. Company is run by academics who have a difficult time making decisions. Everything has to be A/B tested before rolled out. If employees give honest feedback, the feedback is usually downplayed, and the employee reprimanded or terminated as they perceive it reflects a bad attitude. Unless you went to Harvard, Stanford, or Yale, don't expect to be promoted.

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    26 people found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Former Employee

    No job security

    Feb 10, 2022 - Enrollment Counselor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The only 2 things good about Coursera is that they pay well and there is work life balance(apparently)

    Cons

    No job security Employees can hardly put their point across as the manager would then give them a silent treatment and that's horrible in a remote work space. The work culture in the Indian team is pathetic (not too sure about the other countries)

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    9 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Not perfect, but pretty darn good.

    Aug 1, 2022 - Business Development Representative (BDR) 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Great Manager (Patrick) - Great brand recognition

    Cons

    - Young enterprise org, still figuring itself out

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Do something you won't regret!

    Jul 30, 2018 - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    A few years ago, I asked myself whether I would regret later if I joined Coursera, and the answer was "No!". So I joined. A few years later, I moved on, and here is the review of the company: There were happy and tough times, wins and loses, just like any other startups in Bay area. As a career seeker, the main problem you need to figure out is what you want to develop in the next few years. If Coursera provides something you really want to develop or gain experience on, you should give it a try. If it doesn't provide the environment and/or opportunity, to leave without a grudge is always an option. 1) One of the best education companies which can change the world and impact lots of people. 2) Many opportunities if you really believe online learning will be the future of learning. 3) Interesting problems to address, including both technical and non-technical issues across multiple domains including business, education, technology, etc. 4) Many talented people are still at Coursera and I would recommend everyone to work with them.

    Cons

    But I left, why? It doesn't fit for me anymore, and I can't find a role in such a small company that can help me grow. It was the right time for me to move on, but it doesn't mean you will face the same problem that I had. Do your own research and talk with teams, and you will know whether it is a good fit or not. 1) Tech stack was built for scale but we don't have a scale problem (yet). This includes maintaining and transitioning a complex SOA into a platform which allows people to do quick product iteration. The process is and will be painful, but on the other side, the old tech stack was very advanced and I don't think it will be a bad idea to work on it and improve on it. 2) Business is still slowly growing, and we are not a rocket ship (yet?). This means that there are many tough challenges and pains ahead of you. 3) Really slow decision making and management lack of focus. People are assigned to many tasks and management can be very short-term focused sometimes. There are also lots of politics in certain teams but you should directly ask your hiring manager and set up expectation clearly. 4) Very complicated product and business lines. Things can be confusing.

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    12 people found this review helpful