GoPro Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated May 19, 2020

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GoPro Founder & CEO Nicholas Woodman
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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. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Love Working Here"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GoPro full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    GoPro is the most rewarding place I have ever worked. -People: By far the best part of working here. GoPro is filled with passionate, bright and engaging individuals. -Facilities are beautiful: a stocked kitchen, yoga/bootcamp, showers, stand-up desks, and more -Benefits: competitive comp, health insurance, generous time-off and parental leave, your very own GoPro (!) + discounts -Wellness: GoPro takes the health & wellbeing of their employees seriously. I've never worked for a company that has provided more tools for me to keep myself healthy and happy. -Work is challenging, engaging, and inclusive. I feel like I have the ability to make an impact and yet still have a great work/life balance -Product & brand: need I say more?

    Cons

    The last few months were a challenging transition for many due to COVID and a restructure. While it was tough to see talented people let go, GoPro delivered with compassion throughout the whole process.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I've ever worked for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GoPro is by far the best company I've ever worked for. It's filled with passionate, intelligent, creative minds that are all driven to create incredible products. I've never been surrounded by so much inspiration and every day coming into work we have opportunities to make the seemingly impossible...possible. Everyone at GoPro is passionate about the product and the brand and that shared passion makes for an incredible work environment. The offices at GoPro are another huge perk to working here. They definitely built and designed them with the employees in mind. All the community spaces have GoPro videos on loop so you're surrounded by images of GoPro athletes and everyday people - all doing incredible things. Each office has different amenities like beach cruisers to ride to lunch, community surfboards, onsite gyms with free yoga, fitness, and meditation classes and tons of outdoor space for meetings or to get a little sunshine while you answer emails. The fact that GoPro provides all of these benefits for our physical and mental health is a testament to their commitment to a healthy work life balance. GoPro also has great benefits (100% covered for the employee) and a generous time off policy (unlimited). It's by far the best company I've ever worked for and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking.

    Cons

    I've been with GoPro for four years and I've seen them go through ups and downs (like every company does) and I still consider it to be the best company I've ever worked for.

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    GoPro Response

    May 21, 2020Recruiting Operations Program Specialist

    Thank you for your contributions over 3+ years here at GoPro! We appreciate your review and are stoked to hear you’re enjoying your time at GoPro. We have an awesome crew (you included) and pride ourselves on providing an inspiring and healthy environment for them. We always welcome additional feedback at recruitingfeedback@gopro.com.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "No innovation, no growth, nice people"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Pretty relaxed environment. Many nice people and friends. The brand is well-known and fun to be associated with.

    Cons

    No innovation, same every year. Little to no career growth. Only senior leadership has true agency. Majority of company doesn't trust senior leadership (Culture Amp Survey). Cross-functional teams are very silo'd. Bad communication and organization across the company. A very homogenous group, especially at the top.

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    GoPro Response

    May 6, 2020Recruiting Operations Program Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. We’d like to recognize and thank you for contributions for the past 3-4 years! We are sure you’ve probably experienced good days, bad days, and a lot in between over the course of your time at GoPro. Your feedback is important to us and we are sorry to hear about your experience. When challenging business decisions are made many factors come into play, including the impact on our employees. We know that layoffs are hard for any company no matter the circumstance. We acknowledge that and are now looking forward to our future. If you bear with us in our time of transition, we are confident that our whole company will feel the positive impact. If you would like to share additional feedback, you can email us directly at recruitingfeedback@gopro.com. We value your candid feedback and seek to cultivate a culture of honesty.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. People. Culture. Benefits. Camera.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability at the middle management and above level.

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    GoPro Response

    November 13, 2019Recruiting Operations Program Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience here. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at recruitingfeedback@gopro.com

  5. Helpful (15)

    "Great coworkers, changing environment & hopeful!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong work/life balance, incredible benefits, able to take ownership on projects, smart and humble coworkers that are genuinely passionate about the product and people they work with. Given all of the changes in the last two years, its encouraging to see that leadership is finally seeing the changes it needs to make. It's not something that will happen overnight but at least it's happening.

    Cons

    Communication is sometimes lacking but this is common across every single company.

  6. Helpful (10)

    "Fantastic Company without a Future"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time for 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.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "A rollercoaster ride"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great perks to the job, very relaxed, good work life balance, awesome people.

    Cons

    3 rounds of lay offs since I worked at GoPro. Poor management and lack of innovation. Hard to see a future for them.

  8. "Validation Engineer"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  9. Helpful (10)

    "Chillest job ever..."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GoPro full-time for 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.

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Rethink carefully before joining GoPro"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Perks and benefits - Good pay relative to what is in the area - You get your own GoPro camera and has access to play with them - Very relaxed working environment (this can both be a Pro and a Con) - Excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    - Management and leadership doesn't seem to have a good grasp on direction or priorities. - Politics and nepotism. Hard work is not always rewarded. Its who you know. - Although there are still a few employees who are hard working and brilliant, most have left and what remains are those who seem to be just coasting and not pulling in their 100% effort - Not much innovation going on. Feels like everything is just doing "catch up". Its also hard to be innovative when there are so many constraints in what you do. - Buggy software; feels like there's no emphasis in making improvements in this part of the business; instead its all about launching the coolest feature as fast as possible, or a feature that works at a minimal - Lack of communication between groups

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