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Updated Sep 29, 2015

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  1. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Not a great experience

    Sep 29, 2015 - Backend Engineer in Berlin
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook


    Very nice office in a good location. The HR is great and the engineering team has some very talented people.


    The technical leadership has a narrow view and it's very hard to discuss alternate solutions to alleviate the technical mess introduced by the poorly-defined microservices architecture. Actually, the technical leadership actively discourages people to discuss alternatives. The management is full of inexperienced people. For instance, I had to discuss multiple times with my manager about the term "feature". He used to think that changing a service to use another database is delivering a feature. This is an effect of the fact that very few new features are delivered to the final user and the product is stuck in a bad state. I worked there for two years and didn't deliver a single new feature to production.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Too much, too soon

    Sep 28, 2015 - Backend Engineer in Berlin
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook


    - Great people - Very humane company for most parts


    - Compensation is nowhere close to the game they want to play - Engineering is managed by product teams, not strategic at all - Feature teams were defined based on hope, not strategy - Designers to do whatever the CTO wants to see this week - Marketing people made product managers, everybody hate them - Super formal and structured org, prioritising management to builders - No technical leadership after the senior people left

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