Lyft Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 22, 2020

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Lyft CEO Logan Green
Logan Green
24 Ratings
  1. "Excellent Employer"

    5.0
    Current Freelancer - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Lyft

    Pros

    Good work culture, good pay and a great mission.

    Cons

    Uncertain stock price is a little stressful to determine your final pay.

    Lyft2020-05-22
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Layoff employee"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good compensation, small teams, good engineers

    Cons

    management chaos, no transparency, low margin business

    Lyft2020-05-08
  3. "Good work life balance"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Lyft

    Pros

    +Pay +Company Culture +Flexiblity in hours +WFH opportunities

    Cons

    -Location in SF -Not too many food choices

    Lyft2020-05-10
  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very supportive of each other

    Cons

    Communication can be a challenge since there are so many teams

    Lyft2020-04-23
  5. "Fun and Friendly"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Lyft

    Pros

    Fun, supportive environment which encourages you to take risks, try new things and grow. Open space for expression and collaboration.

    Cons

    The culture is very social. People who get drained easily from social interactions will need to take extra steps to balance their energy.

    Lyft2020-04-11
  6. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people, great product, strong vision for the (driverless) future.

    Cons

    The stock price is volatile but that is expected.

    Lyft2020-04-06
  7. "Great place"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Lyft full-time

    Pros

    This is a top place to work

    Cons

    The food can sometimes be bad

    Lyft2020-04-02
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Self driving division is spinning in circles"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    There has been way too much industry hype about self driving cars couple years back when Lyft started Level 5 division. Unfortunately, as we all know now, reality doesn't match expectation for this industry. Have you noticed there is no company who has yet to roll out a rider ready AV car without a backup safety driver? The management team (directors and above) are almost entirely made up of men who have no domain expertise in autonomous vehicles, machine learning or robotics. They are buddies from their previous companies who failed to define and communicate any vision for the self-driving division. The Level 5 management team lacks technical understanding and sets unrealistic deadlines on vaguely-defined milestones. Sadly, the narrative about our strategy changes every 3 months so if you are less luck, most of engineers' work become throwaway work. Teams are running around in a circle, working on nebulous and technically unattainable projects that resemble pyramid schemes. We have a hard time hiring good people because all the competent folks are going to the AV leaders (Waymo, Tesla etc) who are actually ran and started by domain experts in self-driving. The stress level is very high in some groups due to the realistic deadlines and pressure.

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    Lyft2020-04-15
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Abusive Management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Talented people and helpful people, Perks.

    Cons

    Worse management I came across in my career. Poor communication. They hire incapable people as managers. I see my coworker stop appearing at work because of poor management issues.

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    Lyft2020-01-15
  10. "A bit of both"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good people, lots to learn

    Cons

    Unsatisfying planning and not very mature

    Lyft2019-10-31
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