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  1. Helpful (5)

    "A company that walks the walk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lyft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, equity, benefits, perks
    Flexible work schedule, unlimited PTO
    Supportive, inclusive company culture

    Cons

    Teams can get big
    Takes a lot of effort to get things done because of scale

    Advice to Management

    Stay committed to values, you're doing a great job so far.
    Try to find a way to make big teams feel small.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best company to work for!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Elite team with engineers from Airbnb, Pinterest, Google, Facebook.
    Flexible work hours, fun culture and mission focused work.
    Cool perks.
    Fast paced and extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    San Francisco is getting expensive day by day.

    Advice to Management

    Team is doubling year after year, hire more managers.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work-life balance. Decent tech stack and tools.

    Cons

    Product needs more attention and innovation.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Fast paced, great place for an ambitious engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lyft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Get to work on projects that have a direct impact on passengers/drivers and business bottom line. Everything FEELS important.
    - Culture of openness: you have opportunities to review and contribute on system designs across the company. Feedback is welcomed.
    - "You build it, you run it" culture, creates a sense of ownership and improves code quality
    - Decent deployment process (unit tests, code coverage, CI, monitoring), value placed on code quality.
    - Company values and gives back to OSS community (check out Envoy)
    - Good leveling track for individual contributor engineers
    - Regular company wide meetings to communicate important problems/projects/etc
    - Diversity/inclusion is a priority for the organization

    Cons

    - Fast pace is not for everyone. If you come here expecting to coast you might be disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't stop doing the fortnights no matter how large we get!


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing fast, interesting product, sjw leadership, mostly nice people

    Cons

    Growing too fast, some jerks, product managers just making things up

    Advice to Management

    reward people or they will leave


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most friendly and rewarding working experience I've ever had!
    I had the opportunity to work on exciting projects.
    I collaborated with top engineers and designers in the field.
    My work had a big impact.
    Competitive salary and perks.
    Awesome office space.

    Cons

    If I had to pick one, it might be that everything is moving and changing very quickly due to Lyft's incredible growth.


  7. Helpful (24)

    "Leadership woes prevented us from taking advantage of the #DeleteUber viral campaign"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rapidly growing and well funded. Depending on the team you're on, you have the opportunity to make an impact and grow.

    The $200/month in ride credits is a great perk

    Cons

    Horrible office politics and inexperienced leadership plagues the company. Too many managers land grabbing and building empires. Senior leadership consists of inexperienced people, many of which haven't worked anywhere before Lyft.

    Very cheap company in terms of compensation and raises

    The CEO and President are nice guys but they're not the leaders you want to march into battle for. They're more concerned about being "woke" than building the transportation solution of the future

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the org shuffling and empire building. Focus on building a quality product so you have a fighting chance of competing with Uber.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Like it very much"

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

    I have been working at Lyft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture, talented people, good work of balance. Cool working environment. Flexible working time, lunch & snack ... there are so much amazing thing

    Cons

    It would be wonderful if 401K match can be provided, Large Meeting rooms are not enough, other than that, everything is good

    Advice to Management

    Keep going !


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Great company to work at as an engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lyft full-time

    Pros

    - Great team - good at what they do and fun to be with. I look forward to seeing my team at work. Most of the people at lyft are very friendly, willing to help you, and better socially than the stereotypical engineer.

    - High technical quality. There are some very good engineers at lyft who I can learn from

    - Fast paced: there aren't many organizational barriers (opposed to a larger company) to shipping code. You don't need to go through a hierarchy to get an idea across. At the same time, there are enough infrastructure (definitely could be better but better than nothing) that you can mostly focus on your job (assuming you're not an infrastructure engineer) instead of figuring out your environment (eg: why deploys don't work, problems with data platform..)

    - High impact to effort ratio. There were 4 server engineers on my team (2 at one point) and we shipped a completely new product.

    - Good comp (good enough that I never think about this. I only remembered when I had to rate my compensation down below)

    Cons

    - Development environment can still be improved.

    - A few teams need to work quite long hours so work life balance is harder to get right.

    Advice to Management

    Some teams need to do alot of work so it's important those team members are able to develop in a sustainable way (ie: they don't burn out).

    Overall, I think it's incredible (especially the culture) and I can't imagine myself enjoying another tech company more.


  10. "Life at Lyft"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lyft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work you do impacts the lives of people. When you take a Lyft and talk to drivers/passengers; you get such good reviews that motivate you to do more. The people that work at Lyft are amazing, they are always willing to help you out whenever. The food is amazing too.

    Cons

    I am yet to come across any major con during my time here. The company is getting huge is you consider that a con