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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Fun place to work

    Jan 22, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The work is challenging and the hours are reasonable. Fun to work with other people who are wild about fitness.

    Cons

    Some middle and upper management are hard to work with.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Contractor, less than 1 year

    Stop behaving like a startup.

    Nov 25, 2014 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of perks, free product and happy hours, catered lunch once a week

    Cons

    Poor or non-existent training for middle management. Lots of condescension from managers. Long hours, and the expectation you work all the time, tethered to a laptop or phone. They are not exploring the talent of their employees or trying to inspire them. Little chance for career growth. I've heard of one or two promotions in the 8 months I've been there.

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    12 people found this review helpful
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  4. 2.0
    Current Contractor

    Terrible Management - Too Much Politics

    Feb 12, 2017 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Its a job with no benefit and no direction from middle management and sr. engineers

    Cons

    Watch out for back stabbing politics within the IT Dept, the existing employees are scared to loose their jobs so they like to blame contractors for their short comings.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Lack of structure and micro-management

    Sep 15, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay Good perks Some autonomy, but not where it matters Fun Good energy

    Cons

    Layers of middle management that can be out of touch with daily priorities and life on the front line. Lack of trust in the experts Fitbit hires, leading to micro-management that then leads to waste and inefficiency. Lack of planning and structure, and somewhat dismal distribution of responsibility. Instead of really evaluating what each team member's strengths are, and working to cater and distribute work to those strengths, work is assigned in a somewhat haphazard, fire-fighting style. Manager claims to be open to feedback, but that is not the reality. For a young company, there seems to be a lot of waste, and that is possibly only exacerbated by the lack of processes and somewhat unbridled hiring and growth.

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    15 people found this review helpful

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    Thank you for taking the time to write this feedback. Your feedback is very thoughtful and could be really helpful if we had a discussion about more specifics. Please feel free to connect with the HR team or your management team to discuss further. We'd like to try to be able to prevent some of the topics you have mentioned.

  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great work-life balance; lack of innovation

    Feb 21, 2019 - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Great work life balance - Opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get work done - Opportunity to work with some really nice and talented people - Mission-driven and people really care about it - Flexible WFH policy

    Cons

    - Opportunity to roll up your sleeves... because you’re constantly fighting fires and cleaning up messes. - No clear path for growth; results in in-fighting among middle management - Lack of innovation/always feeling behind the curve - Unclear strategic vision from senior leadership. - Lack of alignment from senior leadership

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    8 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Low morale, constantly changing priorities

    Feb 15, 2019 - Senior Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Recognizable brand. Your parents' friends will think it's cool you work at Fitbit. Employee discounts on products.

    Cons

    Leadership keeps changing priorities and can't deliver on promises. Inflated middle management. 20% of the people do all the work while the rest try desperately to make themselves helpful. No career pathing. Systems tools are barely working.

    8 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    RUN, do not walk, to the NEAREST EXIT.

    Oct 13, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Offices in downtown SF. No south bay commute is nice. - Cool to work on hardware products. - Raw passion and compassion for colleagues at the lowest levels of the hierarchy.

    Cons

    Buckle up, buttercup. - Lack of vision from top leadership on whether we want to be a health company or a consumer electronics company. This creates a fragmented and broken product portfolio. Latest smartwatch release is a prime example. It pales in comparison to almost any other smartwatch on the market, and though it is equipped some more advanced sensors, they are not functional on the product because the software work required wasn't completed. - Numerous layers of completely inept middle management are given way too much power. The largest piece of this problem is the product management org, which needs to be completely gutted. The new trimester planning process is a turf war, consisting of weeks to months of bitter fighting to get features on the roadmap. We end up committing to doing too much, since NO ONE seems to do any resource planning to figure out whether we actually have the staff to build what the PM org and execs put on the roadmap. The actual dev and design teams who will be tasked with the work have little voice in this process and only find out the results at the end. Compounding all of these problems, the planning cycle takes so long and happens three times per year which means we're almost always in a planning cycle and continuously shifting around our priorities. - Teams across the product development side of the house (sw and fw engineering, QA, design) are all understaffed. This leads to dismal team morale, constant tension between ICs in these teams, and very high attrition rates even by Silicon Valley standards. Some employees are so overworked that they come in even when sick because they have too much on their plates to take time off. - Due to overcommitting and lack of resources, the scope and feature set of products we release are usually severely cut from the original plan for the product, to the point that the original vision for the product is barely recognizable in what is actually released. - Major lack of diversity especially in management teams. Mostly white men. The company has no visible programs to foster diversity in hiring. There are some special interest programs once already inside, but they don't seem very active. Fitbit's answer to our diversity problem is 'we don't have one.' - C-level leadership is not present and feels disconnected from the rank and file. Bi-weekly all hands meetings feel more like a mandatory address from a dictator than an open dialogue. I have worked at companies much larger than Fitbit, with *thousands* more employees on their HQ campuses, and still felt the executive leadership was more open and connected to staff. The CEO and CTO really should take a pause from whatever they do on a daily basis and take time to meet with a listen to all of the teams building out their products. -- As a sub-item to this, there is a lack of transparent communication from the top down at Fitbit. Exec leaders yack all the time about how they are working to improve this, but little has changed. Prime example: earlier this summer, there were apparently some kind of violent threats made against our San Francisco HQ. The company sent out cryptic emails telling all of us to work from home and not come into the office, but leaving us otherwise in the dark. This came from HR, not even the C-level execs. This went on for several days, with nightly emails saying to 'keep working from home tomorrow.' After a week, they claimed they worked with law enforcement to confirm it was safe for us to return to the offices, but never shared exactly what the threats were or what steps were taken to keep all of us safe in the future. The entire situation was completely mishandled. Reminds me of our layoffs in Jan '17, but I'm sure there are enough Glassdoor reviews on those so I'll skip over that subject. - There is no formal performance review process at Fitbit. There is only a self service check in web app that is fairly useless. Some departments have come up with their own performance review processes which are biased and opaque. Apparently I have had several performance reviews in my time at the company but no one has ever shared any of the results with me. When I surfaced this complaint to HR, they asked, 'have you ever had a conversation that seemed like it _could have been_ a performance review?' *jaw drops*. Given this lack of clear evaluation, promotions seem unfair and opaque, and many ICs and even team leads do way more than their job description but still don't get promoted. This increases our attrition problem. Some who have left have told me they were offered (long overdue) promotions on their way out, which just feels pathetic. - Our entire marketing organization has a very poor understanding of our product portfolio and relies heavily on people in the product development side of the house to do their jobs for them. They have dozens of project managers, coordinators, and other oversight roles but not enough executors which means they outsource or try to force others to fill in on the execution. - Archaic tools and lack of proper productivity technology and processes result in an insane amount of unruly emails, lost decisions, and lack of clarity across functions of the product development org. It is baffling to me how little this company invests in basic project management and team planning software. Our Jira structure is a giant mess with a huge part of the prod dev org sharing one single Jira project with tens of thousands of tickets (not at all how Jira is supposed to work). Different teams also use Jira in different ways which makes it even less effective. Our Wiki is a joke with thousands of unorganized, duplicate, and abandoned pages. This is such an easy problem to solve compared to all the others this company faces. Will someone WAKE UP and smell the roses already?! - Lack of office perks including no food, poor snack choices which never change (and unhealthy ones at that).

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    73 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    go somewhere else if you have choices

    Dec 5, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Free trackers and ok compensation.

    Cons

    horrible middle management forces good people to leave. managers who don't know what they are doing only cares about budget and headcount so that they can be promoted. Half-million- dollar analytical instrument was bought without proper evaluation and justification. Lying to upper management to get more budget and headcount, while people in the group have no work to do and instruments are idling. Senior people in the group bully on new comer and forced him to leave in 2 weeks. Quite unique experience!

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    17 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Toxic, Arogant Middle Management

    Dec 31, 2019 - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of good people, some talented engineers, and many members of the PMO are strong. Nice views of the city while you contemplate what you did to deserve ending up here.

    Cons

    The benevolent cluelessness of the C-suite level management has been well documented, but the toxic, arrogant middle management should be equally highlighted. I have never seen a group who was so devoid of basic people and project management basics, yet so arrogant.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  11. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Very nice place to work

    Nov 1, 2021 - Technical Program Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent talent, good work conditions

    Cons

    Middle management is not always great. It may be hit or miss.

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