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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Couldn't be Happier

    Aug 2, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    Having worked at multiple Silicon Valley giants I'd been burned by long work hours and little reward in the past. At Airbnb everything changed: - Leadership seems invested in employee growth - mobility is encouraged and there seems to be a clear commitment to internal promotion - Work/Life balance is celebrated -- we're encouraged to WFH when needed and completely shut off when on vacation (the $2000 Airbnb stipend is a major plus!)

    Cons

    - Airbnb has historically been a warm environment and transitioning into becoming both a friendly and feedback driven culture has been a struggle. That said, they're definitely trying to create clear guidelines around performance + success.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great company, strong DS team, interesting work. Not so great for DS Managers.

    Mar 23, 2023 - Data Science Manager in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    It is a great company to work for, very interesting problems to work on, super smart people around.

    Cons

    Great place to be an IC, don't come here looking for a Manager role. Not great career prospects in the management space. The org has been flattened, with managers pushed to do IC work, unless they have at least 8 DS reports (which most rarely do). With hiring slowed down since 2020, managers can't find enough ICs to fill a team.

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good compensation, lackluster management

    Feb 28, 2023 - Senior Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    - Pay and most benefits are well above industry average - Business & brand is strong - Most of the tech stack is pretty sophisticated, so it’s good for keeping skills up

    Cons

    - The culture is avoidant of honest feedback, people would prefer you keep criticisms to yourself - It’s unclear what responsibilities middle management has, or how to hold anyone accountable - Career advancement is limited due to how promotions are evaluated; pressure for “large scope” criteria motivates engineers to invent flashy but costly/unnecessary initiatives. Priorities are misaligned with the business. Managers pressure ICs to find a way to promotion without any real path actually existing. - Most middle managers are promoted from IC roles and don’t know what good management looks like, and are given no training. - Least amount of task visibility or project organization of any company I’ve worked for; Leads to lack of shared sense of accomplishment and siloing of work. - Company recently switched to a top-down decision-making strategy (I.e., waterfall), so engineers are even more siloed and have fewer opportunities for visibility & collaboration. Design often doesn’t factor in cost to build.

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