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Fandom Software Engineer Reviews

Updated January 4, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is usually good (in 9 reviews)

  • Great location in SF, close to BART stations, plenty of restaurants and Whole Foods (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management is visibly unable to work well together (in 8 reviews)

  • Complete lack of trust between teams leads to a lot of blame, finger pointing, and clique culture (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "A Pretty Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've been at Wikia for over a year, and over all its one of the better places I've worked. The culture is friendly, and most people work 40-45 hours a week. The engineering organization has been slowly growing in the US, and growing very quickly in Poland.

    Its rare to find a place that is this enjoyable to work, that is one of the top 40 sites on the internet.

    - Wikia has one of the best work life balances of any place I've ever worked.
    - Good group of engineers.
    - Some Sr. Management hires have been stellar.
    - Great location, and beautiful offices.

    Cons

    While the above points are good, every place has its drawbacks.

    - Poor hardware setups for engineering, with a (mid range mac w/ a 3 year old monitor)
    - Lacks product vision
    - Poor career growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Work on a longer term product focus, and make bold choices regarding the product.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great challenges and bright co-workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product used by millions of people worldwide.
    Open-Source software.
    Opportunity to work with people across the oceans.
    Talented co-workers to learn from.

    Cons

    Shifted working hours for Poland (need to overlap with US).


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good culture, low pressure, good managment (polish office)

    Cons

    Old codebase, bad decisions in the past that hunt us make your job really frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Talk to developers more.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best employee I've worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poznań, Greater Poland (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - great, startup-like atmosphere
    - challenging tasks
    - developers have a lot of independence and power to make decissions

    Cons

    - a lot of projects are done in PHP, which is not the state of the art
    - late working hours in European offices (HQ are in San Francisco)