Engine Yard Reviews

Updated 23 September, 2014
Updated 23 September, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    A heavy ship that seems satisfied to bail water

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where people frequently work from home or come to the office as necessary.

    Fellow engineers are smart, hard working, and focused on creating a product that helps customers.

    Cons

    Different goal every 6 months but it doesn't change what almost anyone is working on. Second systems started every year or 2. Engineering upper management changes frequently. Engineering retention is poor and morale fluctuates frequently. Software is extremely complex and little time is given towards cleanup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is confused about what the company should achieve. Communication between company layers is limited. Paying attention to what engineering is good at and trying to work to those strengths might produce better results than delegating the next enterprise trend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Disconnected, disheartened

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There's a lot of smart people around, and employees enjoy some flexibility in terms of remote work.

    Cons

    Huge communication and cultural voids between different parts of the organization - overall teamwork is very poor. CEO nowhere to be seen or heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No proper HR and no high-level leadership means people are dissatisfied and leaving pretty regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Imagine the Exact Opposite of a Bullet Train

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has so little momentum that it's a pretty relaxed place to be. Now, I want to recognize that there were folks who were grinding on emergencies, fires, and (usually unnecessary) deals but "I" felt the pacing to be slower than much of Silicon Valley. Outside of the typical, "why isn't this ready yet?" questions, execs don't ask very tough (or insightful) questions so it's not necessary to be completely present.

    Your choice of Macbook Air or Pro.

    Cons

    Little to no growth, high churn, aimless management team, and above all, a completely absent CEO. I'm pretty sure he has a daily reminder that goes off at 7:45AM that says, "Go be CEO," which I assume he usually ignores. I do like his jacket though, and I can only hope that my hair will have that devilishly handsome silver luster in my later years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point? I'd say take whatever money is left and just have a huge blowout party in southeast Asia or something. It's be wild and probably a better use of funds anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Constant undercurrent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experience and connections in the community. Lots of opportunities to participate in conferences (although less of that now perhaps). Some very sharp people work here. The outstanding commitment of supporting the customers. The teamwork, especially within teams.

    Cons

    The undercurrent. The hipster crowd not accepting others outside their limited world. Communications and cooperation between teams is nearly non-existent - for example engineering and any team. Or marketing and most other teams. It's just weird. No attempt at cross-functional project management. Lack of respect. Constant management change. Changing management makes more changes without understanding past mistakes, or the world they are now in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously. Wake up and smell the culture. Be the example that you need to be. Attempt to improve the undercurrent. If you can improve the culture - first - then you have a better chance at making the great changes that you dream of. But without the people working as a team, it just is not going to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Major ups and downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty decent compensation, the majority of employees are bright, interesting people. A growing industry with lots of room for growth. Customers on the cutting edge of web development

    Cons

    The company culture has gone downhill - many employees seem burnt out on the constant change; no official policy for annual raises or long term benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve interdepartmental communication and create long-term incentives for veteran employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Troubled culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Engine Yard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and nice people to work with

    Cons

    Engineering team is a mess, unorganized and difficult to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the Engineering team, add transparency within the org

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disconnected, disjointed, unfocused culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engine Yard

    Pros

    You have a lot of freedom to do what you want to do, which leads to good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are a lot of strong personalities and everyone seems to be pursuing their own agenda rather than serving the user or some unified corporate team goal. Very unwelcoming to new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone on board with the corporate goals! Communicate more openly. Make sure that when you use the word "transparency" you are walking the walk, not just talking the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Consistently inconsistent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time

    Pros

    -I worked with a lot of fantastic and talented people
    -Good product that delights customers
    -Top notch support

    Cons

    -Very high turnover
    -Constantly changing gears so it's hard to carry any momentum
    -Employees were paranoid about privacy
    -Poor company culture
    -Top down Management style is very disruptive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the company culture and the individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Mediocre Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the people are definitely awesome, and the office location is convenient.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't care much about the rest of the employee base. We're all replaceable and not really worth getting to know or listening to. It's a fine place to work in the grand scheme of the world, but considering how many seriously amazing other companies there are in SF, why would you bother?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pretty good!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engine Yard as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment; the company does a lot to ensure its employees are happy (lots of after hours events, etc).

    Cons

    Not much. Same as any mid-size company.

    Recommends

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