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"A fun and enriching place to work"

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Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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Positive Outlook

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

Pros

* Collaborative atmosphere
* Lots of flexibility
* Plenty of interesting areas to work on, particularly around scalability
* Opportunity to collaborate on MediaWiki, the platform that powers Wikipedia (there are definite avenues to get your changes into core MediaWiki, which means they would be live on Wikipedia)
* Fantastic SF office, recently expanded, with great location across from South Park in SoMa
* Easy commuting from Caltrain, BART; reasonable private parking nearby
* Friendly environment
* Wikia's code is open-source, so you're getting paid to work on an open-source project
* The company is growing rapidly, meaning there's a lot of opportunity to take on new roles and responsibilities

Cons

* Commuting can be a pain any time there is a Giants game
* MediaWiki's coding conventions are fairly old-school as far as coding style and architecture goes.
* There is significant technical debt in certain parts of the product, but not much time presently allotted to work on addressing that
* The backend is mostly Perl scripts, so those used to "younger" scripting languages may have a hard time getting acculturated
* The company is growing rapidly, which means that growing pains can arise

Advice to Management

It would be nice to emphasize not only product quality but code quality as well. Investing time into refactoring and testing would be time well spent.

Other Employee Reviews for Fandom

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Perfect place for me"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wikia has a beautiful office with excellent support staff keeping things well maintained. The location is nice, right in between bart/muni and caltrain. The product is open source and has millions of enthusiastic users.

    Cons

    Every job has it's downsides, but the good far outweighs the bad for me here. One challenge at Wikia is maintaining a very large product with a ton of features that sometimes aren't as well maintained as they would be if there were less features.

    Advice to Management

    It's nice to have democratic processes but often things are too democratic and decisions just need to be made. This company can err on the side of democracy over getting things done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engaged people, lack of vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fandom offers great product to work on. Used by millions of pop-culture. Company also offers very nice geek-friendly environment, decent compenation and budgets for training.

    Cons

    Lack of trust between departments. Power struggle within product org, community team and design. No vision. Goals and direction change very frequently. Very limited mentoring.

    Advice to Management

    Start with building and communicating long term vision. Stop chasing next closest dollar. Make teams accountable, autonomous and co-located. Stop supervising, start mentoring.


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