GoPro Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Aug 14, 2017

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GoPro Founder & CEO Nicholas Woodman
Nicholas Woodman
206 Ratings
Pros
  • "I feel like I have the ability to make an impact and yet still have a great work/life balance(in 32 reviews)

  • "First gopro is a really good company to work with they make the best cameras for capturing action videos(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management is so non-experienced that they resolve problems by simply laying off people(in 17 reviews)

  • "Poor management and lack of innovation(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GoPro

    Pros

    Fantastic work life balance, fun group events, great team members. Going to work does not have to be boring. HQ is a great complex.

    Cons

    Upper management has issues as seen in press. Older office in SF was not in a great area, however new office is great.

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "tired and frustrated employee"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    weekly 2 hour live it love it "adult recess" and free products

    Cons

    Upper management has made many terrible decisions over the years. Engineering probably sees more turnover than any other department and is constantly releasing unfinished products that usually requires either a recall or a last minute launch update. We constantly make the same mistakes each launch and are hardly held accountable. We've lost all of the top level leaders and most talented program managers in Engineering. Sales team is largely unorganized and has seen and is still seeing massive turnover, including at the highest levels. The people left in sales are largely unknowledgeable, poorly qualified and make terrible decisions. They in many cases make decisions that put the customer's needs and wants over what's best for GoPro. They can't balance making the customer happy and GoPro's interests and get controlled and give in to customer's outrageous and unreasonable demands. Sales forecasts change constantly and are unreliable. Operations team has also seen massive turnover and also at the highest levels. They are understaffed and lack local resources/talent and as a result just fly around constantly. When they travel, please believe me, they travel in a pack. They have multiple systems of record for the same things because each subgroup in sales just does their own thing. The finance team can't seem to see anything without their finance blinders. They make decisions and see things from the finance perspective and only the finance perspective and make decisions that don't necessarily translate well in the real world. IT has probably seen more high level turnover than any other department. Each new leader brings in a new tool or system and now we've got way, way too many. Many of which can work for the entire company.

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  3. "Coordinator"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GoPro

    Pros

    Amazing team, Great product, friendly work place

    Cons

    Upper management. Business strategy and planning

  4. Helpful (17)

    "Cannot see any future of this company"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GoPro full-time

    Pros

    free various snacks, unlimited time off, Thursday live-it, nice office. Nick is nice and honest CEO. (but that can not lead the company to success)

    Cons

    Upper management is so non-experienced that they resolve problems by simply laying off people. One third of their employees have been laid off in the past 5 months. A lot of talented people who did a lot of great work are gone. They still did not realize the problem is due to the upper management. If GoPro got the right leadership, those same employees would definitely make GoPro at a much better situation now.

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    "GoPro grew up way too fast"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Co-workers, yummy snacks, Live.It Thursday's, onsite Parking garage and Commuter Shuttles!!!

    Cons

    Messy Upper Management. Work ethics dropped and unrealistic goals set post IPO

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Vision"

    4.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GoPro

    Pros

    perks/meals, freedom at work, DTO

    Cons

    lack of direction/vision form upper management

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "go'bro"

    1.0
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    Former Contractor - IT Helpdesk in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GoPro for less than a year

    Pros

    On-site Yoga, 2 hours paid to "Live it" each week, commuter shuttles, perfect if you're wanting a contract job because they're heavy on Contractor positions.

    Cons

    Male dominated leadership with no balance in representation of their users/lower employees, heavy work load seeing that upper management doesn't like to do work nor make changes for a better work load because communication here just out right sucks. Good luck if you want to move up.

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  8. Helpful (10)

    "A Devolving Company, Once Great, Now Awful"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredible co-workers, supportive and always available - Laid back work atmosphere, flexible work hours - Good benefits, enjoyed Thursday "Live It" which encouraged being active and team building - Fully stocked break room (most of the time)

    Cons

    - Upper management has no idea what they're doing, terrible communication, which is due in part to the majority of upper management being newly hired and bringing in new and conflicting ideas which has destroyed the culture and brand - CEO has lost focus, only seems concerned with his wallet and has forgotten to take care of the employees that helped build the brand from its younger years in Half Moon Bay - As soon as company went public, office politics and bureaucracy became priority #1, and little to no effort was made to quell unrest in its now complete corporate takeover - Early 2016 with mismanaged and sloppy layoffs, company morale never improved and no longer felt like a safe work environment with upper management ulterior motives

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  9. Helpful (12)

    "Horrible Company"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours are reasonable and free snacks. That's it.

    Cons

    Upper management was the worst! CEO Nick Woodman is incredibly gifted and creative but his choice of executives are horrendous. He hires his top executives based on if they are his "bros". Experience, psh.. if you can surf brah, you in. Real accomplishments are overlooked but if you catch that wave, PROMOTION. If you are a woman....RUN!!!!! DONT WORK HERE!!!!!! I'm serious. You will not be taken seriously.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great company off site meetings, access to incredible athletes, movie stars and influential people

    Cons

    Too many middle managers, too many 20 year olds, upper management thinks they are in living a fraternity.

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