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FreeWheel Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Mar 6, 2019

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David Clark
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Stop Saying You're Top Tech and Start Acting Like It"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Generally nice people * Good work/life balance * Decent pay * Decent vacation * Decent office/location * Good 401k match (from Comcast)

    Cons

    * Feeling of distrust between engineering and engineering leadership. * Lack of genuine interest/involvement in career growth from engineering leadership. * 'Authoritarian' engineering leadership - very much a "do as I say" mentality with little regard for decisions coming up from the bottom. * Leadership shows clear lack of interest and response to high attrition rates. * No room for growth - no established career...

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    Advice to Management

    * Hire legitimately experienced engineering architects and VPs that actually deserve the titles they hold. Make sure they focus their efforts on best engineering practices and the career growth and well-being of engineers rather than themselves. * Promote experienced software developers/architects into leadership positions. There are currently a core handful of engineers/managers that maintain tight control over technical...

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    FreeWheel2019-02-18
  2. Helpful (11)

    "Worse after acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FreeWheel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Big new office 2. Same benefits as Comcast, compared with other small startups

    Cons

    Career side: 1. Less career growth, as other review mentioned, the promotion path is weird. Some people who contributed less but has better relationship with the managers are promoted faster than those who work hard 2. Naive management skills, some managers have less experience how to build a team. And there are too many managers than the people who actual finished the tasks. 3. Too many meetings, sometimes a trivial...

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    Advice to Management

    Be bold and fire some bad apples, reduce the verbose meetings and focus on the task instead of the bragging

    FreeWheel2019-03-06
  3. Helpful (13)

    "Toxic Engineering Culture Ruins Good Benefits and Interesting Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Comcast Benefits: 401k match, health, dental, vacation, bonus - Interesting technical problems with potentially large business impacts and active competitors - Modern development tools and practices- Docker; Kubernetes; Agile process; Automated CI, unit testing, and integration testing. - Flexibility in personal schedule, work from home available on limited basis for weather, illness, or personal emergency

    Cons

    - Code reviews for changes to many modules had long turn around due to 12 hour time difference with Beijing based main engineering campus. Reviews would often go thru many comments due to opinionated, but undocumented and unautomated requirements, each round taking 24 hours. - Technical discussions were often held in Chinese in NYC office, preventing non-speakers from contributing to technical decisions or learning related...

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    Advice to Management

    You are a global company, act like it. Distribute your decision making process and teams. If English is your language of business, make sure each office is welcoming to speakers of it. Otherwise, adopt Chinese as your language of business and offer courses on it to current employees. Educate your engineering staff on the craft of software. Have them read Code Complete 2, Clean Code, etc. Make sure leads of old...

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    FreeWheel2019-02-13
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunity to learn technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FreeWheel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Uses modern technology such as AWS, Go programming Great benefits from parent company Comcast

    Cons

    A lot of engineers have less experience so most of codebase is messy. Organization is divided in many teams and working across teams for dependencies is difficult. Engineers working on legacy products lack any help needed from management.

    FreeWheel2019-01-23
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Move fast (into an unfinished office) and break things (signs & furniture)"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good vacation and decent 401k - Flexible hours - Successful company despite their best efforts - You can put the buzzword soup on your resume without understanding how to use any of it - Good company to just coast at - Never had my lunch stolen from the fridge - Not all of the kitchen tables wobble excessively - Desks of ex-employees that quit and were never replaced can be used as storage -...

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    Cons

    - Terrible mental health benefits - Sterile office with no personality - No chance for career growth or a promotion unless you're working on the shiniest and newest high profile project - Amount of time spent in seat was scrutinized by upper management - Attrition of experienced engineers isn't addressed. This leaves no one to guide and mentor other employees which leads to... - Most engineers are inexperienced...

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    Advice to Management

    - I never thought I'd say this, but follow through on and stop blocking Comcast corporate policies and initiatives that try to improve things for the low-level employees. - Address attrition instead of saying "it's good because the bad performers are leaving the company" - Address the dwindling morale. It's starting to hit the departments that care most about the company and do the most for fostering a positive...

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    FreeWheel2019-02-20
  6. "Lead Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FreeWheel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good engineering culture Good transparency Flexible working hours Free lunch, drink, and slacks

    Cons

    Small company Area of work is relatively fixed

    FreeWheel2019-02-24
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Fw reviews"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good, rarely need overwork. Friendly peers(mostly). Pay is ok. Snack provided. Hr team is professional. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Too much "process" in a not so big company. Blind worship to leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more. When there is an online issue, work the bug out together instead of blaming first. Respect colleagues, do not ask "where is your brain?" kind of questions.

    FreeWheel2017-09-08
  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FreeWheel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. High salary and benifits 2. Balanced work and life

    Cons

    1. Single product 2. Few career opportunities.

    FreeWheel2016-01-31
  9. "Nice work environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FreeWheel for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice tech team and nice engineering culture.

    Cons

    Nothing. I don't think there is Cons for this Company.

    FreeWheel2015-07-10
  10. "Cutting edge technology for engineers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends

    I worked at FreeWheel

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work with a group of really intelligent colleagues and the overall atmosphere was transparent and inspiring. Will recommend this job to other engineers.

    Cons

    Sometimes one project lasted very long and you just stuck there. It's not flexible enough to change job content to something exciting

    FreeWheel2011-02-12
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