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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Really fun work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foursquare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Never has so much fun. So many fun company events, networking functions, free perks almost constantly and extremely transparent with company meetings and really thorough onboarding. Best days are demo days!

    Cons

    There's definitely a HUGE divide between product and sales. Feels like the a completely different world. Also, not a lot of cross team mingling. Engineers stick to themselves. Design, Support and Marketing seem the most approachable and social, while Sales side feels extremely cliquey and disparate from rest of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more active getting to know members of all teams.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, like a family."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat org and they really value everyone's opinion. I loved working there.

    Cons

    The hole from upstairs and the noise from above.

    Advice to Management

    Jeff is a bit of a know it all.


  3. "Brand Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foursquare full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Openness in Culture.

    Cons

    Would rather pay someone from the outside rather than pay their current proven employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value your current employees and not "experience."


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "Not a good place for women"

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

    I worked at Foursquare full-time

    Pros

    Flexible vacation, pays well, snacks.

    Cons

    I honestly thought foursquare would be so great, but I was wrong. Engineering is king there, but also mostly male. They have no initiatives to hire women in engineering and the few women they have are simply by accident. The CEO's flippant attitude in a company meeting when someone asked about this was appalling (When asked about the lack of women in a task force to make major app decisions he said "well that's just the way it is."). Sexual harassment was a major problem and they let the male employees get away with it. I worked way too many hours and was expected to do so, despite being a lower level employee. The sales team was horrendous, full of gossip. Drinking to excess was encouraged. I was honestly embarrassed to work there and left after 7 months.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Care about their well being, work life balance, and how your actions effect their morale. Though to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if they even care about what people write about them on here - the CEO has little to no empathy.


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Foursquare part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, great food, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    So many brilliant people to learn from. Very sociable atmosphere. Free food.

    Cons

    Coming from a 20 person company, it's hard for me to actually know all 200 employees here.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Excellent people struggling to find direction."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Foursquare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented group on the whole; the ex-Google contingent brought a lot of experience to bear, as did many others. The work environment was friendly, and not overly political for the most part.

    Cons

    Overall product strategy left many people frustrated; lots of work that never came to fruition. Most of the frustration from employees seemed to stem from a lack of coherent strategy connecting various specific projects to high level strategy and vision.

    Advice to Management

    Having a strong, visionary leader is generally a good thing, but that means that expectations are very high. I often felt that employees (product managers, designers, and to a lesser extent engineers, who tend to be more stubbornly opinionated) got stuck in a mentality of trying to anticipate what the CEO would want, rather than applying all of their energy to actually figuring out what was the best solution given the mission. Part of this was due to the vagueness of the mission statement; it's only natural that if the mission is vaguely articulated, then strategy devolves into pleasing the boss. Another part is probably due to the overall charisma of the CEO, which again is a wonderful thing.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing place to work - exceeds all expectations."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, amazing people, support from above and below and both sides.

    Cons

    I really can't come up with any. There's a lot of snacks and sometimes it's hard to lose weight because they're all up in your face.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Friendly but sometimes arrogant engineering culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foursquare full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and passionate co-workers. People really want to improve the company and product. Transparent, earnest, and open culture. Free lunch twice a week, free dinners all week.

    Cons

    Can be clique-y and arrogant in the engineering side, eg some CMU or Stanford or ex-googlers look down on everyone else. Enthusiasm for the company is misplaced since it's pretty clear that the product has hit a dead end. Drinking-oriented social culture.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Fun, but poorly compensated"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Foursquare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun, great people to be around

    Cons

    no testing, poor compensation, arrogant



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