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Updated December 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (28)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place for women engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food. Great location in Soho. Awesome views from office windows.

    Cons

    Women engineers are not represented at the highest levels of engineering. Most women engineers have strong impact on the organization. Some even hold advanced degrees. Yet they have not been promoted as much as they should be. Unfortunately, a candidate’s assertiveness plays a larger role than his actual contributions. The most senior leadership positions are biased towards candidates who act like alpha males.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that female engineers are represented as much as male engineers in the highest levels of management and leadership.

  3. Helpful (13)

    "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.


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Friendly but sometimes arrogant engineering culture"

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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.


  6. "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."


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Tech Startup Turned Grown Up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foursquare full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, fast-paced, promotes within, good employee perks & benefits, relaxed culture

    Cons

    Lack of manager tools/training, sometimes we move too fast without proper support or infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Require manager trainings and employee growth plans

  8. "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, positive culture, free food and adult beverages and regular company events.

    Cons

    Not a lot of established growth trajectory because it's still being built out.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to bring in some more SME's to get the job done-- the type of people who know how to take the company public and expand beyond the 250 person mark.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "top startup for engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    - extremely talented team, top-tier engineers. 40% from Google with great reputations, all are academically trained computer science graduates
    - true engineering and product culture, 60-70% of the 100 employees can code
    - constant launches
    - cutting edge stack (scala, mongo db, aws, elastic mapreduce) and engineering leadership that believes in using whatever is the best tool for the job
    - clear market opportunity (local advertising) with a unique value proposition for businesses
    - true innovation in the mobile space
    - most fascinating data set (using billions of check-ins to make a personalized recommendation engine for places)
    - frequent travel (if you want) between new york and san francisco
    - best industry connections and exposure

    Cons

    - perception that the product is simply a 'check-in' game
    - misperceptions about engineering structure.
    - over emphasis on ceo over talented team (the media's fault, not the company or ceo's though)
    - extremely crowded space with lots of "me too" startup companies diluting the brand and concept
    - split engineering between san francisco / new york can be awesome, but harder to sync over the time zone difference (otherwise we're in constant communication between campfire, ipad, live portals, etc)

    Advice to Management

    i'm extremely satisfied with the company management. i feel confident about the product, the vision, and where the larger team is headed, especially compared to friends at competing startups.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "rare combination of strong technical team and strong social environment"

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

    Pros

    + Very talented team, engineers and non-engineers alike.
    + Fast-moving: deploys 4x a week, frequent releases of new features, emphasis on launching.
    + Really interesting data.
    + Great social environment: employees genuinely like one another, socialize frequently.
    + Regular travel to NY office.
    + Lots of goodwill from users.
    + Big monetization opportunity.
    + Good chance of being the next major, independent consumer tech company (after Google, FB, Twitter).

    Cons

    + Perks are decent but not as good as at other tech companies.
    + LBS space still being invented, so no succinct mission statement yet. Also means that user growth has to be hard-earned through constant improvement. Can't just sit back and count signups. On the plus side- users we work hard to earn are users we're more likely to keep.
    + Not as trendy as other startups. The backlash and snark have already begun.

    Advice to Management

    + Keep the high hiring bar on both ICs and management, don't succumb to the temptation to grow quickly at the expense of quality.
    +Keep articulating the vision, internally and externally, as value proposition of LBS space is not always clear outside the tech industry early-adopter crowd.


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