Is an InDemand Company a Good Place to Work? It Depends

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You remember those days when you were a teenager and there were the ‘cool kids’ who everyone wanted to be friends with? But, if you had the opportunity to befriend a cool kid, sometimes the person wasn’t quite what you expected.

Today, LinkedIn shared a list on the San Francisco Bay Area’s 10 Most InDemand Startups of 2014, a list of the popular companies for tech employees. So to help tech employees really figure out if these startups live up to the expectations, we turned to employees at these companies to get their take and see if they’re as cool as they seem.

Curious how these companies stood out in terms of popularity with job seekers on Glassdoor?

1. Lytro

Pro: One Lytro employee notes, “The people. People have been welcoming, are very smart, and are funny. We’re having great laughs every day. Lunch is brought in every day and entire company typically eats together.”

Con: A Lytro tech employee writes, “middle management is ineffective, or worse, jerks.  micromanagement is on the rise. Some managers don’t seem to understand knowledge work.”

2. Theranos

Pro: A Theranos Scientist reports, “I have been a scientist for 20 years and never felt that my works actually matters until I started working here. get to work on small teams on projects that are useful to the company. get to interact with CEO constantly.”

Con: A Theranos Research Associate said, “They are upfront about their expectations from you in terms of putting in 60+ hours/wk. Most employees put in long hours and are often seen working over the weekends and during off days. In my opinion, you will not survive working here if you don’t truly draw enjoyment out of what you do.”

3. Fitbit

Pro: One Fitbit Software Engineer said, “Fitbit is the leading consumer fitness technology company. The ideals of the brand are observable in the company culture. The work/life balance is refreshing. Everyone is passionate about helping people be more active and make healthier choices. As an engineer, I appreciate how pleasant the product designers and managers are to work with.”

Con: Another Fitbit Software Engineer writes, “A large monolithic code base and explosive growth make software engineering more difficult and slower than it should be. There is great hesitation and unreasonable skepticism towards anything that’s not Java-based.”

4. Coursera

Pro: A Coursera employee reports, “Two things: People and mission. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some of the smartest, most creative, and — most importantly — most caring people I’ve known. Fun, quirky culture that values good ideas and strong execution.”

Con: A Coursera employee writes, “Startup growing pains and figuring out how to best keep everyone in the loop on accomplishments and future plans for each team, particularly with new leadership. This is getting better as we stabilize team structures. – Product Team is either extremely junior or extremely senior, but we are currently hiring to fill the gap.”

5. Minted

Pro: A Minted Software Engineer writes, “Agile development without the dogma: daily stand-ups, peer code reviews, unit tests, pairing/huddling when you need it. Really smart, refreshingly nice engineers. Strong internship program, so there is a overarching culture of training and encouragement, and you will have many opportunities to be student and teacher. Great variety of projects to choose from. The project management team is the strongest I’ve ever worked with. Strong senior leadership with lots of financial and logistical transparency. Career ladders with equivalent management and individual contributor tracks.”

Con: Another Minted Software Engineer notes, “Employee turnover rate is very high by the end of two years and talented individuals come and go. Engineering is a very demanding position and requires a lot of dedication and hard work. High demand during the holidays present a plethora of challenges to overcome.”

6. Wealthfront

Pro: One Wealthfront employee notes, “Brilliant team, mission-driven, amazing engineering culture, cares about design and delighting clients, innovative and hard technical problems.”

Con: One Wealthfront Software Engineer says, “There are little career opportunities.”

7. Bromium

Pro: One Bromium product manager states, “As startups go, this is as good as it gets. A clear set of reasons why this can become a multi-billion dollar revenue company.”

Con: One Bromium sales employee writes, “No personal growth is available. Very high turn over at all levels.”

8. Twilio

Pro: One Twilio employee says, “The company is determined to hold to its nine value as it grows, and this makes it a fantastic, honest and open place to work. I’ve never been part of such a large team that is so passionate, committed and truly believe in what they are doing.”

Con: One Twilio employee writes, “Work comes in sideways all the time, disrupting many plans. Features seem to be more important than quality.”

9. Egnyte

Pro: One Egnyte employee states, “I can’t wait to get to work every day. The job is exciting, our space is hot and everyone here is contributing to our explosive growth.”

Con: One Egnyte sales employee notes, “Weak executive level leadership all around. No strategy, lack concept of enterprise team selling and complex sales. Toxic culture that starts at the top and is pushed down.”

10. Leap Motion

Pro: One Leap Motion software engineer says, “Everyone at Leap is the smartest or best in his or her field. It is an incredibly intelligent group of people. This is a great place for people who thrive in that sort of high performing environment.”

Con: One Leap Motion customer support employee writes, “It is unorganized. You create new protocols as you go along.”

Do you work at a startup or one of the 10 companies listed above? Share a company review on Glassdoor and tell us what you think.