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Updated May 18, 2017
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  • In Customer Operations Bangalore maintaining work life balance is difficult (in 62 reviews)

  • much bureaucracy, a lot of mediocre middle management (in 45 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "linkedin review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company, great employee benefits, visionary top leadership

    Cons

    much bureaucracy, a lot of mediocre middle management


  2. "#LinkedInLife"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with brilliant people (especially my manager, who also doubles as a great mentor for me). Great perks (free food, free coffee bar rivals starbucks, free juice bar, free ice cream bar, just free bars.. i can go on), great energy in the company to get things done (motivated by a sense of how much of a difference the products make in the lives of people in earning their livelihood or taking it to the next level). feel proud to work here

    Cons

    company in rapid growth mode, so processes still maturing.


  3. "Awesome Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LinkedIn as an intern

    Pros

    Great culture, Food, Perks, cool people

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons


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  5. "Territory Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, they invest in employees, great on boarding and continuous training, Amazing compensation plan

    Cons

    very stressful if you are working in Sales , NO life/work balance , NO job security


  6. "An ideal place to grow in your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LinkedIn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clear and tangible company-wide goals, strong and inspiring leadership, and an unmatched dedication to employee happiness and growth.

    Cons

    Within some roles at LinkedIn, much more automation is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep shooting for the stars and disrupting the industry.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great employer. Good compensation and perks."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay: including stock, 10% discounted ESPP for up to 15% of your salary, 50% match on 401(k).
    Unlimited vacation time, including company shut down from Christmas to new years and 1 week shut down for 4th of July.
    Flexible hours: no one care when you come in/out or work from home as long as you get things done.
    Good work/life balance. The company has programs that encourage happiness, health and well being, like on-site gym and $2000 annual wellness allowance, monthly indays.
    Fair performance evaluation and room for growth. Plenty of tech talks for you to improve yourself.
    LinkedIn's titles are a little inflated in comparison with other companies (e.g. other companies take longer to get to senior), so it'd be to your advantage when jumping to another company

    Cons

    Uncertainty around Microsoft acquisition. Some company politics, though as an individual contributor I'm somewhat shielded from it. Instead of building new innovative products and cut edge technology, there are many technical debt and migrations with technology that engineers are not very excited or proud of.

    Advice to Management

    Be very clear and transparent about changes from the microsoft acquisition. "Nothing is changing" is not true so stop fooling us.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Internal team applications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LinkedIn is one of the best companies you can work for. Depending on what team you are on, will determine how much you enjoy working at LinkedIn.

    I'm a software engineer for one of the internal teams at LinkedIn and it's not exciting work. It's actually boring work. I talked to other engineers, they feel the same way and can't wait to get out. The designers on internal apps don't like it too.

    When you join a team. It would be wise to ask questions about that team. Don't get stuck on boring work. It will make your experience at LinkedIn a bad one.

    Cons

    Commute from SF to SV is bad


  9. "Technical Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LinkedIn as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing management and great wonder co workers. Very collaborative work environment. Super yummy lunch! Best chefs in the Valley! Best recruiting team in the valley with honest and experienced recruiters who care about candidates.

    Cons

    Process gets in the way. Ambiguity around hiring decision. I have to write twenty words in this but there really aren't any other cons to working at LinkedIn. Any recruiter to join our team would be lucky!

    Advice to Management

    Value recruiters opinions a little more


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LinkedIn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is above average compensation.

    Cons

    Managers are very good at lying. Whereas Uber's negatives can be easily seen at its surface, LinkedIn's management are masters at underhanded tactics, and at crafting a positive facade on the outside. I think the key considerations for managers are plausible deniability and what they can get away with.
    Highly political and high stress level, both of which create an unhealthy work environment with lots of finger-pointing that are often accompanied by lies and distortions. The senior management, especially Jeff Weiner, have little idea of what is possible and reasonable, so their management technique is to squeeze the employees until the people or the software etc break. This is the reason for the above average compensation, because many people would otherwise escape as soon as they can.
    Extremely hierarchical company, with little respect for rank-and-file employees. Managers are unjustifiably assumed to know better, and obedience is expected. There are a few teams with good managers that shield the engineers, but what I describe is the general culture. Instead of rational and thoughtful discussions, throughout the company one often hears the conversation-stopping reason: "this is what Jeff wants".

    Advice to Management

    None. The management needs to be replaced. The biggest challenge of working at LinkedIn is dealing with the management and the people who suck up to them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good food - breakfast, lunch & dinner lots of benefits - health care , dental, gym including the facility to keep personal trainer (reimbursed by company)

    Cons

    Some groups have lot of internal politics - senior level contributors stealing poaching on each others work to get promoted, nepotism

    Advice to Management

    1. Keep the engineers happy
    2. Make low & mid level management accountable - prevent directors & senior directors from filling up lower level positions with faces known from their previous workplaces so that back scratching can be done effectively


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