I worked at Epocrates full-time
The people are very down-to-earth and friendly, and it is easy to form lifelong friendships.
Work-life balance is great.
There are a variety of technologies you can work with, and jumping to different parts of the stack is not discouraged
There is mobility and the option to switch teams
The CEO is makes stand-up comedians look like amateurs. He is the funniest public speaker I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Beer chat, ping pong, foosball, annual retreats (off-sites). Free food if you have a lunch meeting. Even more free food if you are good at being a vulture for leftovers.
There is still some legacy code and pockets of resistance to change
Attitude and enthusiasm during meetings may be a significant factor in your performance assessment
I worked at Epocrates full-time (More than a year)
Flexible hours, Good benefit. Friendly working environment.
No new product for a long time. People are leaving.
I worked at Epocrates as a contractor
Any minor event is celebrated as a group, however big it is.....
The seating of employees is what I was slightly uncomfortable about...
Epocrates makes a difference in the lives of thousands of patients within the USA and internationally. There are few software engineering jobs where you can claim that your work saves lives.
Occasional crises. Some senior management decisions that appear to have been ill-advised. Hiring quality has varied.
Advice to Management
Focus on core competencies
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