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rare combination of strong technical team and strong social environment

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at foursquare

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

+ Very talented team, engineers and non-engineers alike.
+ Fast-moving: deploys 4x a week, frequent releases of new features, emphasis on launching.
+ Really interesting data.
+ Great social environment: employees genuinely like one another, socialize frequently.
+ Regular travel to NY office.
+ Lots of goodwill from users.
+ Big monetization opportunity.
+ Good chance of being the next major, independent consumer tech company (after Google, FB, Twitter).

Cons

+ Perks are decent but not as good as at other tech companies.
+ LBS space still being invented, so no succinct mission statement yet. Also means that user growth has to be hard-earned through constant improvement. Can't just sit back and count signups. On the plus side- users we work hard to earn are users we're more likely to keep.
+ Not as trendy as other startups. The backlash and snark have already begun.

Advice to Management

+ Keep the high hiring bar on both ICs and management, don't succumb to the temptation to grow quickly at the expense of quality.
+Keep articulating the vision, internally and externally, as value proposition of LBS space is not always clear outside the tech industry early-adopter crowd.

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    top startup for engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at foursquare

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - extremely talented team, top-tier engineers. 40% from Google with great reputations, all are academically trained computer science graduates
    - true engineering and product culture, 60-70% of the 100 employees can code
    - constant launches
    - cutting edge stack (scala, mongo db, aws, elastic mapreduce) and engineering leadership that believes in using whatever is the best tool for the job
    - clear market opportunity (local advertising) with a unique value proposition for businesses
    - true innovation in the mobile space
    - most fascinating data set (using billions of check-ins to make a personalized recommendation engine for places)
    - frequent travel (if you want) between new york and san francisco
    - best industry connections and exposure

    Cons

    - perception that the product is simply a 'check-in' game
    - misperceptions about engineering structure.
    - over emphasis on ceo over talented team (the media's fault, not the company or ceo's though)
    - extremely crowded space with lots of "me too" startup companies diluting the brand and concept
    - split engineering between san francisco / new york can be awesome, but harder to sync over the time zone difference (otherwise we're in constant communication between campfire, ipad, live portals, etc)

    Advice to Management

    i'm extremely satisfied with the company management. i feel confident about the product, the vision, and where the larger team is headed, especially compared to friends at competing startups.

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