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Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. "Everyone is famous."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get started. Open minded to many educational backgrounds, you can have a GED, no college degree no diploma and still considered. Work is admired here more than what you claim you know.

    Cons

    If your afraid of cameras, you shouldn't work here. If your introverted, this is your time to shine.

    Advice to Management

    Have Sebastian show up a little more.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Company is Doing Amazing Things"

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

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

    Pros

    - lofty goals and ideals
    - insanely smart, personable and motivated people
    - diversity of employees and management team
    - informal and flexible workplace that works hard to make employees happy
    -excellent work-life balance priorities of all

    Cons

    - the usual teach start up on steroids semi-chaos, the place moves super fast!
    - growing pains, company transitioning from start up mentality to "grown up" company
    - change, get used to it, then change again....


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Course Manager"

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    Former Employee - Front End Web Development Nanodegree Course Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Web Development Nanodegree Course Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Udacity full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to do what you want in the work environment, great group of people working there, beer fridge, unlimited vacation (within reason), free lunch, occasional outside lunch catered from restaurants around the Bay Area, excellent location in Mountain View

    Pay is ok, excellent full benefits package!

    Cons

    As a course manager, the job felt more like a teacher than a tech job, which is fine, but not my cup of tea. You have to really enjoy teaching people; I like to teach people new things but did not realize how much I didn't like teaching strangers who are not very tech-savvy how to write code. Overall a great bunch of people there, and a great mission, but really they are working to better non-tech or little-tech people to get tech jobs when I'd rather go take the tech job myself. Course Manager just felt like a tutoring job. Learned cool things to teach, but teaching was annoying.

    Took a long time to move anywhere up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, your employees seem very happy! I think it would help to integrate more tech-use into the daily lives of people not involved in writing the curriculum, but that's hard to do. All in all, really cool setup you've got, just your mission wasn't for me.


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  5. "Incredible Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Udacity provides a platform to teach students around the world and build my own expertise. The team is fun and the benefits are nice.

    Cons

    Building courses is a lot more work than I anticipated!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on helping our students achieve their career goals. That's what makes Udacity stand out from other online education options.


  6. "Amazing place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Course Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Course Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The enthusiasm and values in deeply entrenched in everyone

    Cons

    It's a startup, a lot of unambiguity and uncertainty, but it means everything you do is valuable.


  7. "Great place but hard to grow"

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    Former Employee - Course Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Course Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're in an environment with the most intelligent people who all love to learn! It's a very engaging and joyful environment. ... that and the unlimited vacation.

    Cons

    Internal politics, if you're not one of the 'key people'or basically a chosen one it is very difficult to be heard or advance. They have come a long way in investing in their employees but when I was there they did not, which contributed to my departure.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond those two people you go to for everything, they stifle the voice of majority of your employees


  8. "Great culture, passionate co-workers, terrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great friendly culture, dedicated, talented co-workers passionate about education.

    Cons

    Its a startup that needs to make a profit, but leadership seems to cares far more about growth and student enrollment than they do about the student experience, teach design, and the well-being of their employees.


  9. "Awesome place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been with Udacity a few months and couldn't ask for a better opportunity. I never expected to find what feels like a "family" company in SF and so many people that care about each other and Udacity's mission.

    Cons

    None at this time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free education, awesome work environment, incredibly smart people.

    Cons

    At times, it can seem like we are throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the quality of the product, before thinking about launching new products.


  11. "great mission - great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Udacity full-time

    Pros

    mission to democratize education is inspiring

    Cons

    sometimes tough to see how the things we do will help students

    Advice to Management

    focus on great student UX!



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