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Updated February 21, 2018
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GoPro Founder & CEO Nicholas Woodman
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Pros
  • GoPro sets the standard for work/life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Free snacks and drinks in every kitchen (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Chillest job ever..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    GoPro sets the standard for work/life balance. I have taken 30+ days off this year and it hasnt been an issue. You work hard when needed and youre allowed to enjoy life. Workplace culture is a very relaxed and everyone is open to collaboration.

    Cons

    Being too chill can be a bad thing. Everyone seems to be coasting and no one really is pushing the line. Most of the talent has left in the past year and the company is really riding the slowing momentum of 'the brand'.

    The company has not backfilled positions after the layoffs so everyone is spread super thin and isnt able to really do one or two things to their maximum potential. Everything is done to the minimum needed to get by.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to Nick's 'gut decisions' and use data to drive the ship.


  2. "Crazy!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    The product and talent were top notch when I was an employee. The name was at the top of the news and the name GoPro was THE place to be. I have had friends make it through the multiple rounds of layoffs and they are still happy there.

    Cons

    Sleep was optional and there was a bit of a fire-drill atmosphere. Currently as well as back when I was on board: any day could be your last.

  3. "GoPro or Go Home"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    Best work environment and employees

    Cons

    No clear direction, company ran off the emotions of CEO

    Advice to Management

    Pick a plan and stick to it


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good company overall but lacks strategic vision and it's declining quickly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Great work and life balance
    2. Amazing benefits - maternity/Paternity leaves is about 4 months
    3. 401k matching 3%
    4. Company has a very young and enthusiastic culture - lots of fun events and parties
    5. Amazing wellness room and showers for yoga, workout (Bootcamp classes)

    Cons

    1. No cross functional requirement, no real strategic technical direction, company lacks a CTO (and worse ever doesn't even feel the need to hire one)

    2. You can get laid off anytime, there have been 3 massive lay offs that has happened in the past year

    3. People blindly follow the execs or otherwise put they don't have a say which makes the priorities and focus shift overnight

    Advice to Management

    CEO should step down and let someone else to lead. Please get acquired!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fantastic Company without a Future"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A top-notch place to work, but it's impossible to separate the company's downward spiral from the culture and experience of working here. With every round of layoffs, morale plummets and the future looks more bleak than before. I appreciate GoPro's company values which creates a culture of valuing people, celebrating life, and giving back.

    As with any tech company, work-life balance can be a challenge but GoPro truly does aspire to have healthy, well-balanced employees. GoPro's internal support teams such as their People Team (HR) are among numerous stand-out teams of professionals that "get it" and help create a pleasant and positive workplace atmosphere that jibes. There isn't too much bureaucracy and those teams are enabled to truly help and support the employees.

    Cons

    The challenging business environment GoPro has faced these past two to three years has hamstrung the company's potential.

    Advice to Management

    Much of the blame for the current financial situation lies on the shoulders of GoPro's top leaders. Management's forever optimism is lost when the company is clearly in dire straits. While it's great to look on the positive side, at some point you need to address the reality ahead with a sober outlook. Time and time again, employees are told how exciting our company's position is and that the future is really bright only to be followed by yet another round of layoffs and downgraded financial outlooks.

    On the side of vision and planning, GoPro needs to practice discipline to adequately plan ahead and hold a course. The constant reactionary re-positioning is wasteful and results in poorer execution.


  6. "Fun company, Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Hard working.

    Cons

    Poor in the following areas: Human Resources, Executive Management, R&D


  7. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    Cool product, company perks, creative environment

    Cons

    Chaotic business planning and cross team alignment.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Office Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO seemed to genuinely care.

    Cons

    Too many to list. I wish I could say that the downfall of the company was a surprise. Too much growth too quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Mix it up. Could barely tell executive leadership apart after a while...


  9. "Validation Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    plenty of perks, very nice cultures, work life balance

    Cons

    processes are still not very well defined, development cycles are still too long

    Advice to Management

    need to plan things carefully and don't get too comfortable with the current state, need to innovate more


  10. Helpful (4)

    "GoPro has lost its spark"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    -Flexibility
    -Life/Work balance
    -Good pay and benefits
    -Free snacks and drinks
    -Subsidized lunch
    -Camera discount

    Cons

    -Very cliquey
    -Management does not recognize hard work and commitment
    -People have become unhappy and are tired of broken promises
    -All talk, no actions
    -Butt kissing is how you move up at GoPro. It's who you know.
    -Commitment and loyalty are not recognized and rewarded
    -Management does not care about the people, they just care about getting the job done at any cost
    -People are afraid to speak up


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