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Great people, pay not so great, hours horrible

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Fuhu

Pros

Very motivated group. Good team atmosphere

Cons

Hours were horrible. If you want any sort of life don't bother.

Recommends

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Professionalism Turns This Opportunity Into an Emotional Quagmire

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Westminster, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Westminster, CO (US)

    I have been working at Fuhu

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with kids projects - make no mistake: this company is about dominating the kids field.

    Substantial lee-way with implementation details - engineers generally call the shots on what technologies to use and how to roll out features.

    Huge opportunities to learn about business and technology.

    Never be bored - you won't have time to be.

    Cons

    Work is never consistent - each project involves huge surprises with absurdly tight deadlines.

    Atmosphere of fear is pervasive and unnecessary - deadlines are routinely cut in half to make people jump.

    Nepotism has created a paralyzing layer of tenured middle-management - and the middle management is rarely capable.

    Daily time-clock e-mailed to entire company.

    No official vacations allowed.

    Each year, the demos for Consumer Electronics Show are mismanaged and lead to a monster crunch.

    Getting licenses for necessary products is almost impossible, leading to dubious "install disks".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your management team to add a second layer. Make real goals for them and measure their success. Provide real consequences to their failures.

    Establish reasonable deadlines based on rational thought and not on "I want it."

    Treat people with more respect. You're losing talent because you're jerks.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Not the place you want to be working, if you want a place to grow your talent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fuhu

    Pros

    - Lunch Catered Occasionally
    - If you're "in" with management, they will like and you'll be treated great!
    - To be "in" with management, you pretty much have to tow the line, never speak up, no matter how badly the direction the company is going, and accept that you are making annoying apps & software that will never be used or be successful in the marketplace.

    Cons

    - Low pay, extremely long hours
    - the "marketing" head knows nothing about marketing. He is also the "head of development", who knows nothing about Agile development or how to build successful apps that people will actually use. The pivotal part this guy plays in direction is frustratingly bizarre.
    - Heads of departments get ahead by suggesting new features that get stuffed in anyway possible, but yet contribute nothing to a user base. Look in the "product graveyard" for examples.
    - you will watch this company spend huge $$ to product apps that will never make a dime. In the meantime your pay sucks for loooong hours. It's a bit depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire, fire, fire the people who actually need to go! People who do not know Agile-style project management, who are in the business of adding more and more features that people will never use. Stop with the top-down management, let the marketplace speak for what "works", allow people to use creativity, and stop stuffing every product with millions of features.

    Doesn't Recommend
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