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  1. "Good place to develop your capabilities"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The developer team is open and even eager to use new technology. If you are interested in experimenting with new frameworks and javascript libraries, you'll get support and interest from others.

    Forio has the structure and size of a startup, but without the instability. Projects are collaborative across teams. People like to work with each other.

    Cons

    A relatively unstructured environment can be a double-edged sword depending on your personality. Nobody is going to give you a checklist on how to do your job well. This isn't a con if you're comfortable with ambiguity and want to take your role by the reigns, but if you're used to highly defined tasks you may feel a bit overwhelmed.

    The small team size can mean that you have to work on several projects at once.

    Advice to Management

    Give developers clear opportunities for growth and what the future looks like if you succeed in your role.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice people, quiet atmosphere. If you're looking for non-stop excitement this is not the place for you, but if you're interested in a minimum of chaos so you can concentrate on getting your work done, this is the right place for that.

    Cons

    Small company, so not a lot of room for advancement. Depending on your goals, that may be okay.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider turning off the music that plays quietly in the background. It is not particularly intrusive, but not to everybody's taste.

  3. "Very Cool Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Forio full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I like this company. They try to pick cool clients that are doing good things, and regardless of the client they build really cutting edge and beautiful sims. Co-workers are great - very real and laid-back. Managers and co-workers really respect each other's boundaries outside of work hours.

    Cons

    Projects can be unorganized, and there can be constant back and forth with clients. Seems like company is trying to address this problem, but let's see.


  4. "Good People, Good Tech"

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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 Forio full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has been profitable for years through ups and downs in the market. It has established, dedicated clients who say great things about working with Forio. It is not a venture-backed, rah-rah, everybody drink the Kool Aid culture. It is a flat, merit-based environment with good work-life balance. It cares about applying the latest, forward-looking web technologies in the work. And there is a 'feel good' bonus to the educational aspect of the applications you create.

    Cons

    Without the cover of venture money, it's not trying to hit a home run every day - focus is more on sustainability.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on the product and looking ahead.


  5. "Great co-workers make a great work environment"

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

    I have been working at Forio full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart and interesting people
    Projects are interesting
    Fairly Unstructured
    Autonomous but still have lots of chance to learn from each other
    Projects are a mix of learning simulations and data visualizations with an analytics backend, your work quickly makes an impact

    Cons

    Trade-offs between project goals and product development can create replication of effort
    Missing opportunities for sharing code across projects

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in core platform development to leverage project work and minimize replication of effort across projects


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    "Great People, Funky Atmosphere."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Cool tech stack and constant stream of green field projects.

    Interesting work and good work life balance,

    Smart, fun and supportive coworkers.

    Cons

    Actually a consulting company trying to disguise itself as a product company, platform is almost exclusively used by clients.

    Management thinks no project management is the best kind of project management.

    Zero ability to say no to client’s requests for free features, burning people to the ground for last minute client feature requests is common.

    Advice to Management

    To Quote The Other Reviewer "Stop whispering sweet nothing's into each other's ears."


  7. "Self-starters can make an impact"

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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 Forio full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An innovative company without the unstable startup vibes. Very smart employees and overall a laid-back atmosphere. I feel that I can make an impact here and get my ideas to the right person, quickly. Conservative, organic growth and job stability. Fun office in the Mission!

    Cons

    Self-starters work best here - not a lot of hand-holding or formal training. Hit the ground running and be ready to teach yourself and absorb as much as you can through interactions with Sr. management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Start-up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People are friendly overall. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Typical small-sized startup. Management needs to be improved, poor benefits(no 401k match & bonus)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Smart developers, working on interesting problems"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the other developers. People helped each other and I've learned from the other engineers. Forio managed to hire smart, motivated people that are great to work with. Not much office politics and things were pretty transparent.

    Cons

    On-boarding wasn't as smooth as it could be. Management did not backfill positions after there was employee turnover. I was paid pretty well, but the company's benefits package was weak.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great individual contributors, lowsy teamwork atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Forio full-time

    Pros

    They do an excellent job of hiring accomplished bookworms. Great place to learn from if you're an up and coming software developer. They're excellent to use as a stepping stone to a more rewarding future else where in the tech industry.

    Cons

    High turn over rate (~50%+). Project management is non-existent. Lack an understanding of how to control clientele’s wishful thinking. You have to sell your idea to the ceo like it was his idea. Knowledge sharing across teams and personnel were not encouraged. If you like silence when working, then this is the place to be, it felt like working in a library.

    Advice to Management

    Stop whispering sweet nothing's into each other's ears.


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