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MongoDB Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great flexibility, honesty, lots of opportunity to grow and work life balance are the major theme of my daily work here (in 12 reviews)

  • Get to work with extremely smart people and learn something everyday (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is promoted here, it can just be tough to pull it off at times (in 10 reviews)

  • The usual "problems of prosperity" when a company is growing this quickly (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sound Management Makes the Difference"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have not encountered a better-managed company in more decades than most of you have been out of diapers. Almost very time I find something crazy, it turns out there is already a schedule to fix it. When there isn't, I find a ready ear, and encouragement to action. Everywhere something is expected to happen more than once, time is taken to evaluate to how it can be handled better next time, and it is. The roadmap for development goes out years, and is driven by the entire technical staff. Every development project connects to roadmap goals. There's plenty of turnover, but I have not seen anybody leave in disgust.

    A yoga instructor comes in twice a week at 5. All technical work can be done from anywhere on the internet. Employees are expected to act like adults, and are treated like adults. There are frequent seminars by authors of important work, and reading groups for important papers. Software development practices are modern, including continuous integration, git, code review, stand-ups. New C++ code is C++14 plus Boost. Equipment is modern. Solaris is a third-class platform. The intern program is well-run and serious.

    Cons

    Lunch is only catered in on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like everywhere else, way too much of the code is awful, although unlike most other places, serious time is devoted to making it better. Employees are issued Macbooks, by default, and IT officially supports only Macs, which stinks if you detest Apple; although they do try their best, cheerfully, for the rest. Developers seem to mostly run Ubuntu on the desktop, which is icky, but nobody forces it; I have seen Fedora, Debian, even BSD and Windows. There are no offices; rooms with a door are parceled out by the hour. Bathroom stalls at the New York office are becoming oversubscribed. Much of the support code is in Go. They frequently hire CS instead of engineering graduates, who then need to be taught to be engineers.

    Insurance is Cigna. Almost everything that can be outsourced is, so you will spend the first week making accounts on outside web sites for everything from paycheck deposits to the org chart. Development mostly goes on only at the New York office; remote development spots are unlikely, although there are sales support and customer engineering openings all over the world. Although the software is Free on github (with tests), it's nobody's job to look at pull requests. Stock option offerings are nothing to retire on. Free snacks include the usual, plus cheese, hummus, and yogurt, but not organic.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Working at MongoDB"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work at MongoDB is both challenging and extremely enjoyable.

    Cons

    There is always something to do (not a bad thing), but because of the growth of the business time management and priority become important skills.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Fast-paced, balanced culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Pros

    This company is heavily devoted to uncovering, gaining, & retaining top talent in the industry to propel it's fast-paced expansion goals! The fact that they have been able to maintain such a fun, tight-knit "start-up culture" through the massive growth is amazing. The executive team is inspiring, agile, and personable... but even aside from the top level, it is an overall extremely friendly and intelligent team of individuals.

    Cons

    If you don't do well with rapid change, this would not be the place for you. The NYC HQ office location is also not totally ideal in Times Square.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to devote time and energy into maintaining the familial culture you've created here at MongoDB as we continue to grow and evolve - in my opinion, it's what makes us stand apart from the crowd in this industry!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Balance, Flexibility, and Fun!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by intelligent, kind, and hardworking individuals (no matter what team), great benefits, competitive compensation, flexibility in schedule and working arrangements, and unlimited PTO! Lot's of excitement and passion throughout the office.

    Cons

    The company is continuing to grow quickly and has high expectations for it's employees. If you want to be challenged and have fun this is a great place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to be better.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hyper Growth Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Pros

    Solid product and market fit. Lots of room for growth and upward mobility. Fair market salary. The industry is ready to be disrupted!

    Cons

    When moving quickly, sometimes things can get broken/lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible work life balance. Toxic management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good product. Free laptops. Office snacks

    Cons

    No work life balance
    HR team that is not very friendly or approachable
    Toxic upper management

    Advice to Management

    Free food is not enough to keep good workers. Stop firing people people who's good for company culture while promoting the toxic ones.


  8. "Work life balance and great manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Pros

    I work here as a mid level employee in the business side. Great flexibility, honesty, lots of opportunity to grow and work life balance are the major theme of my daily work here.

    Cons

    compared to other tech companies, the variety of snacks is limited


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Account Executive - Terrible Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Executive
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Wow! Free Lunch
    -Great community
    -Apple Laptops

    Cons

    -Hostile work environment
    -NYC office that looks like a prison cell
    -Benefits are sub par
    -Work Life balance is totally out of whack


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a real successful company, not a floundering start-up, but it's not corporate. Stability, but not stuffiness.

    Cons

    Times Square area is not the greatest location.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Overall great place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Pros

    MongoDB does a great job of investing in their employees and helping them succeed.

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent and does not respond to feedback well.



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