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Fitbit Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 14 Nov 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great company"

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    Current Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Fitbit for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful employees - everyone I've worked with is extremely team-oriented, supportive, kind. We have a great work-life balance, fun happy hours on Fridays, as well as a number fitness/wellness events.

    Cons

    My one con is that contractors aren't included in some team/company events. I'm a contractor and still part of the team, so this is disappointing sometimes.

    Fitbit2019-11-14
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Good work/life balance, incredibly toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fitbit full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good time off benefits, decent work/life balance unless you're on a really overworked team, people passionate about the products

    Cons

    Management are toxic and have no interest in retaining talent, management have superior complex over employees and will flaunt it, refusal to understand the limitations of headcount at the management level, overcommitment to hundreds of initiatives they can't staff, managers give little to no direction to help employees grow skills, lowball staff in terms of base salary offers

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training, invest in basic human decency training for management, learn to value the employees you have, and upper management needs to be aware of the company they have and stop daydreaming. Also, invest in a gym. This is a company built on exercise hobbyists and asking employees to participate in them without giving them a proper gym comes across as cheap.

    Fitbit2019-09-14
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  4. Helpful (6)

    "So much unrealized potential"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fitbit full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Awesome independent contributer employees, some of the best, most hardest working people in San Francisco - Mature systems to dive into immediately and make impact right away - Great place to learn new skills, expand horizons, leverage training budgets - Decent benefits, lots of flexibility and work/life balance - The company's overall desire to do and be better is there

    Cons

    - Mid and upper level management has major problems in decision making and setting the right company culture, some problems might not be resolved without management turnover - Feedback to management, whether provided anonymously or directly, doesn't seem to result in any change whatsoever; easy to get stuck and end up with low team morale and high attrition - Lots of projects have dependencies with other teams and... some teams move extremely slowly - Budget decision makers can't decide on the exact set of tools to use, how to use them, how long to use them, etc. so end up wasting time on meaningless projects that do not get advocated for despite team buy-in - A ton of time is spent getting rid of technical debt left behind by former employees - Mid and upper level management is too afraid to make hard decisions and support their opinions with facts and data; ends up in lots of wishy washy meetings and people saying random things without any real direction

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    Advice to Management

    Look at all the managers in the company and assess which have the highest attrition rates for their directs. Provide 100% anonymous surveys with 100% accountability for everyone involved -- strategic, tactical, and cultural. Provide a nearly immutable and crystal clear plan that is transparent to everyone so all independent contributers know what's going on. Work with leadership until 100% buy-in and everyone is... working cohesively towards the plan. Execute without any fluff meetings, initiatives, or people. Get rid of dead weight in the workforce.

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    Fitbit2019-08-14
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great work-life balance; lack of innovation"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fitbit full-time for more than 3 years

    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

    Advice to Management

    Get aligned with each other. Create real goals that go beyond “deepen engagement with existing users” and “reach more users.” Set a strategy that gets us there. Then follow through with that strategy.

    Fitbit2019-02-21
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lacks leadership"

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    Senior Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fitbit for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool technology, work from home, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Leadership is weak. Lack of marketing direction.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs a visionary leader that has a set of stones.

    Fitbit2018-12-03
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall positive experience but concerns about company future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Fitbit full-time

    Pros

    Solid work life balance at Fitbit

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership, unclear about company direction

    Fitbit2018-11-10
  8. Helpful (13)

    "Hopeless company"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fitbit full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool people, smart engineers. You work for a recognizable brand. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    The company doesn't know what it wants to be. There is no innovation whatsoever on the devices. Years of development time are spent to produce a tiny improvement. The decision process is flawed: too many cooks in the kitchen, lack of general direction and endless back and forth. Often, projects end up in a dead end and get cancelled for the wrong reason (inability of engineering teams to agree on a path and commit... to it). Eric & James live in La La Land.

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the founders and hire a seasoned CEO.

    Fitbit2018-11-16
  9. Helpful (39)

    "Not the time to join"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fitbit full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love Fitbit. Our products are a great mid-level option for nearly everyone who wants to understand their health data and is not an elite athlete. We have many amazing employees to work with who care about the customer and the product. The company used to have a great culture and there were many opportunities to do new things in interesting ways. Some of the employees still can do innovative and interesting work,... but it's now completely restrained to the research group and the new Boston team. Pay and benefits are good and time-off is excellent. There is no 401k match but there is a 401k. Work-life balance can be good when departments are staffed. The culture retains a health and fitness focus that benefits everyone.

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    Cons

    The current management team under the founders are poor leaders. From HR to Operations the leaders are out of alignment with one another, running their own fiefdoms. Leaders generally treat their employees and first and second level managers like pawns or cogs - irrelevant and unimportant. VP's, however, can do no wrong even when their departments are losing people in large numbers. Behavior is bizarrely... hierarchical. You have to get VP approval to buy a pencil. You will not have much autonomy at Fitbit anymore. You won't even be able to work from home in many departments. You will not do innovative work. You will be asked to do things in outmoded ways often. You will also have much of your interesting work given to vendors or off-shored, bit-by-bit. You will still have lots of uninteresting work because your peers will continue to leave in droves (attrition is higher here than anywhere I have ever worked). You will be micromanaged in many departments. Your VP will take credit for all of your work (which is their right) and they will not share that credit or acknowledge you even in private (which is not their right). And the worst part is that you will keep hoping that things change and go back to the culture Fitbit had before January of 2017 and you will suffer for your loyalty.

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    Advice to Management

    My first word of advice is not to write a condescending reply to this review. It makes you look petty and proves my review correct. I would also advise that the founders look closely at the reality of what it's like to work at Fitbit - not at the VP level and not through the words of the HR department - but at the level where the work gets done. And, when you see that it isn't good, change it. Fire a senior VP every... once in a while. Hold people responsible for attrition. Be open and honest about the plan to move jobs to Romania - tell us what work will go and what will stay in the US. If you want someone to stay, tell them and then don't turn around and lay them off. Produce a strategy you can articulate clearly and in less than 30 minutes. The new Boston team is great, protect them from the negativity of corporate. Do one thing every day that shows you value your employees (not your VPs) and then tell people what it was. It will work way better than doing one thing every day that shows you don't value us and then denying that it was done.

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    Fitbit2018-07-26
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent place to work"

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

    I worked at Fitbit full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best aspect of working at Fitbit (at least for a Firmware engineer) is the people. They have a great team of smart and friendly people. In four years there I never encountered any problems of internal politics or anything else that is unpleasant. The company is very flexible as far as working from home whenever you need. They vacation policy is FTA, and the benefits package is excellent. Work/Life balance is... also excellent - the company is really encouraging it.

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    Cons

    During the four years I worked at Fitbit it was growing at a very fast rate (the number of firmware engineer increased about x10). This caused sometimes communication failures - not hearing about things that you should know - but it was not too bad.

    Fitbit2018-08-14
  11. Helpful (2)

    "QA firmware"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fitbit full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great perks

    Cons

    office location in San Diego

    Advice to Management

    Invest and expand your RnD

    Fitbit2018-08-06
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