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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Best group of people I have ever worked with."

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

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent and dedicated people work here developing cutting edge technology and providing superior customer service. There are not many places you find such talent.

    Cons

    Long hours but it's getting better. Working with cutting edge technology can be good and bad depending on your goals.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the principles the company was built upon. Continue to hire managers based on those principles.


  2. "Cool place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Engine Yard is a great place to work. Very passionate employees. Excellent product. Focus on quality. Very innovative. Interesting group of people.

    Cons

    Like any venture-backed company, it's a lifestyle commitment to work at Engine Yard. It will be a time commitment and the work of each person matters. Slackers need not apply.

  3. "Great place to work"

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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 Engine Yard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The changes over the past year or so have been remarkably positive for the most part - there is a clearer sense of direction, focus and leadership. The structure of the company is pretty flat - all of the executives are friendly, involved, and approachable (which is a significant change from the past).

    Furthermore, Engine Yard is a great place to grow your career. Employees are generally encouraged to manage themselves and there's a lot of opportunity to identify and work on projects of your choosing (whether it's to develop your career or you've identified an opportunity for the company).

    Cons

    General start up cons - thing can change quickly and sometimes it takes effort to stay informed. Sometimes there's too little process involved and sometimes too much.

    Advice to Management

    Try to avoid the same mistakes we made in the past.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Remote, OR

    Pros

    The company has a great management team. The co-workers were knowledgeable and nice.

    Cons

    It was hard to catch up with the rapid industry, named Cloud.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working here- fast paced and forward thinking company with great leadership.

    Cons

    The PaaS space has some competition.


  6. "A rough couple of years, but things finally seem to be turning around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, above-average compensation, highly distributed team, interesting technical challenges. Teams are finally communicating and progress is once again being made.

    Cons

    Traditionally, senior management at Engine Yard has been astonishingly poor, including and especially at the top position. This effectively brought all forward momentum at the company to a halt. That said, all of the current executives are relatively new to the company, and they're making coherent (albeit difficult) decisions about personnel and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    You have a good plan in place, and you have the right teams to execute it. Let those teams finish what they've started, and don't change direction yet again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cautiously hopeful"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The new CEO is actually really great. Engine Yard needed this. The choices he's made are ones that should have been made a long time ago. I think he also pays attention to what we're good it, which has always been a gripe of mine. He's learning what we're able to do well and trying to build on that. He wants to keep our big customers and figure out how to make our platform work for the people that need it most.

    Company culture has rebounded a bit since the layoffs. Hiring is resuming with focus on engineering (yay).

    Cons

    When you deal with so many people's core businesses, security is very tight. Though it's expected, it can be cumbersome on a day to day basis.

    The time needed to accomplish fixes of underlying issues is still hard to come by.

    Company perks have been cut back recently, but this is to be expected.

    The agile methodology that has been adopted recently can be cumbersome and overly specific at times. Allow for engineering creativity in solving challenges rather than exhausting the challenge before it gets to the engineers.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO has recently outlined what he wants to accomplish. I would be ecstatic if we stick with that direction long enough to really achieve something. The worst thing we could do is find a way to shoehorn the things we were doing into the new framework so that nothing changes once again. The pattern of direction changing without day to day work changing is difficult to endure. Pay attention to ticking time-bombs and involve engineers in the decision process of what needs to happen and how to solve it. Guidelines are better than exact specs.

  8. "Ch-ch-ch-changes!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is starting to come out of a bit of a period of stagnation, and it feels exciting. There's been a lot of badly needed change - new CEO, better leadership, new strategies, new office spaces. Teams seem to be finally working well together!

    The company has stayed true to allowing remote work, employees tend to enjoy lots of flexibility. Commitment to open source efforts and involvement with conferences and community events are still a great part of the company culture.

    Cons

    Not everything is figured out yet, and there's a strain on resources to get lots of things done - sometimes that can be stressful.

    Advice to Management

    As you work to refocus the company's strategy and trajectory, more could be done to keep employees happy, involved and engaged.


  9. "Getting a litte better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New CEO seems to have more focus and direction. Finally making improvements that are aimed at our customers instead of investing in speculative partnerships that don't bear fruit.

    Cons

    Slow growth so no room for advancement or growth. Limited chances to invest in new tech or grow as a developer. Previously lots of wasted effort.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on customers!


  10. "It was fun during EY's heyday"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At the time Ruby / Rails was the hot thing to be working on. Worked with many of the sharpest people in the Ruby world, and with startups that are now household names.

    Cons

    No particular downsides in retrospect. Of course there were moments where things were stressful, but that's life. A growing company and relatively young staff are going to face growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    It's been a few years, and they now have a new CEO and most of the management has changed. Not able to provide any relevant advice.


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