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David Clark
18 Ratings
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  • "No chance for career growth or a promotion unless you're working on the shiniest and newest high profile project(in 4 reviews)

  • "Lukewarm dedication to work life balance(in 3 reviews)

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  1. 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 4 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
  2. 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 4 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
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Lack of Direction, Culture could be better"

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

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

    Pros

    -good benefits -good work/life balance -talented people across many departments

    Cons

    I worked at Freewheel as they were being integrated into Comcast. Freewheel has a great product offering with its video ad server. As it’s tried to expand into other areas such as Programmatic, TV etc, the company has lost its way. Too many reorgs, too much favoritism, lack of communication. I also agree with other reviewers that there is a very high school feel. If you are not part of certain cliques you won’t get...

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    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the culture that is in place. It can be toxic at times

    FreeWheel2018-11-02
  4. Helpful (2)

    "A Pioneer Ad Tech Industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FreeWheel full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great purpose as to the work I do. Work life balance is great. The organization is doing such interesting work, all with the feel of a startup but with the positives a large company brings

    Cons

    HR isn't really your friend

    FreeWheel2018-10-23
  5. Helpful (11)

    "It's a Job, Not a Career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FreeWheel full-time

    Pros

    -Stepping stone to other companies -Stepping stone to other internal teams -Builds network -Managers actually do work -Some colleagues are really great -FreeWheel has a good reputation in the market -Basic snacks and drinks you'll find at every tech company -Flexible hours

    Cons

    Management: -While managers do work they cannot manage people, most are first time managers -There will not be a true vested interest in your development, career path, or you as a person -Managers on the same team give different feedback/messages. Constantly contradicting each other -Management provides false promises to fit their own hidden ulterior motives Culture: -No work/life...

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    FreeWheel2018-08-28
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lead software Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at FreeWheel full-time

      Pros

      Work life balance, nice people, nice coleagues

      Cons

      I have nothing to say now.

      FreeWheel2018-08-09
    • Helpful (17)

      "Mostly bad, with a handful of "ok" things"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at FreeWheel full-time

      Pros

      - Good place to get a lay of the land in the industry, especially in Advisory Services - Ability to have a work / life balance that minimizes work once you get your handle of what's going on in the company - Weak management structure allows you to "float" on whatever you want to do once you reach a certain point - Free Food

      Cons

      - Sexual harassment reports were not taken seriously in action by management. After a lengthy process of airing out the complaint with leadership and HR, I was eventually told to continue to work with someone who I had filed complaints against because "we have a business to run" - Female manager provided feedback that she "evaluates women harder in interviews given that she does not want another female manager to come...

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      Advice to Management

      - Take an honest look at the culture that you are creating and do not be afraid to cut the bad apples as needed, while maybe 'painful' will empower the company in the long run - Listen to women when they file complaints such that meaningful action is taken, or explained as to why not

      FreeWheel2017-12-07
    • Helpful (2)

      "Great company!"

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      Current Employee - Operations Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      - Great work life balance - Challenging projects - Great benefits - Knowledgeable coworkers - Competitive Salary

      Cons

      No cons as of yet.

      FreeWheel2017-03-28
    • "good"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at FreeWheel

      Pros

      working env is good. everyone is nice. work and life is very very balanced. located in New York

      Cons

      not good for visa. It is relative a small company. If your dream of working in google or amazon, may be not so wise choice.

      FreeWheel2016-10-25
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Experience at an Industry-Changing Company"

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

      I have been working at FreeWheel full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      This company has a very clear vision that has been consistent over the years. Company has been very successful in working toward that vision. Technology is very cool and we work only with top-tier customers. Culture is fun and startup-like. Management is open and very accessible and most importantly (I believe) of very high integrity.

      Cons

      This is a crazy industry and work/life balance can be a bit difficult in crunch times, but overall isn't too bad. Some customers can be challenging, but that is the nature of this industry. Generally there is a bit of a steep learning curve when starting. NY office is currently crowded but plans to move to a much larger space very soon.

      Advice to Management

      Work to retain remain open and accessible even as we grow.

      FreeWheel2014-02-22
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