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Updated 28 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Work from home, friendly people, lots of opportunities to work across departments" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Company appreciates work/life balance and puts trust in employees to be productive" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Prior to that, we experienced serious growing pains as we struggled to recruit a huge number of new people to fill all the work we needed to get done" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Senior management are never on hand for advice or clear strategy on the back of these changes" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "QA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FanDuel full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment great people

    Cons

    The company communication can sometimes feel a bit deceptive


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A Place Not To Care About"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The guy/girl sitting next to you might be nice and you can probably hang out.
    - People are generally knowledgeable and will happily share their knowledge.
    - Some of the people are even real gems, on a personal level - unfortunately, those are rare and they appear to have no say (notably those are often the older employees who have a little bit more experience).
    - Free treats (also see 'Cons' below).

    Conclusion: you might like it here if you just want to take your money home and don't care about company culture that goes beyond free pizza.

    Cons

    - Too many of the wrong kind of people in some of the most powerful positions: people who have been with the company from the start have been pushed up into higher positions regardless of whether they have any kind of leadership/management capability
    - HR overly enthusiastic about the company turning a blind eye on things or blaming the employee/making the employee responsible, even when things go terribly wrong
    - Employees 'bribed' to feel happy in the workplace with lots of meaningless free treats
    - A lot of the employees only care about their career/themselves and do not care about the company one bit.
    - Likewise, the company does not care about the individual.
    - What is deemed to be an 'anarchist' culture where supposedly everyone can say or do what they want is actually just a system of tyranny where your boss can tell you what they want and you're supposed to clap when he is finished. If you don't like it, there's the door. That's your freedom (that and the pizza).
    - Due to this a lot of people are just keeping their mouth shut.
    - Average age of the employees (Engineering and HR!) is too low. The company likes to hire young people between 20 and 35. Diversity (or lack thereof) is an issue.

    Overall the problem is that the company wants to think they are something that they are absolutely not. I have found it deeply depressing to work there.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop turning a blind eye on people abusing their power.
    - Some people in management positions really should not be where they are...
    - Be a little bit self-critical - there is no way to improve things without first acknowledging that not everything is perfect.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great Engineers, less sure about the rest"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FanDuel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with some great engineers on problems with challenging aspects like handling significant scaling and a fast-evolving landscape.
    Some great tooling such as unlimited on-demand replicas of the full stack allowing much easier investigation, debugging & testing.
    Fast release cadences supported by significant CI pipelines, automation.
    Lovely offices with nice perks.
    Flexible working really does mean flexible here, rather than being a codeword for allowing you to do unpaid overtime if you want.

    Cons

    Engineering is isolated from it's CTO by a layer of non-technical people at VP level. They're not bad people, but it makes for a difficult experience and restricts potential career growth opportunities once you're near the top of the Engineering tree.
    Salaries are decent, but very widely variable within a role - if you don't want to negotiate hard you are likely to do worse than colleagues more interested in fighting for more.

    Advice to Management

    Address the VP-level air-gap.
    Follow-through on projects - MVP&I doesn't stop after one iteration.


  4. "Good with lots of communication issues."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FanDuel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management, invisible HR and poor in-house communication.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing the job you're paid for.


  5. "Good times ahead"

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

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

    Pros

    The office space is way cooler than where I used to work, we've got all the perks you would imagine. Lot's of opportunities to get involved with knowledge sharing and meeting other people. Work being done on career development which is providing more clarity. Good level of communication from company senior leadership team. Company appreciates work/life balance and puts trust in employees to be productive

    Cons

    More clarity from product development leadership would be helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Make bold decisions, check in with employees, our culture is worth keeping but it takes work from leadership to steer us in the right direction


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but let down by internal communication"

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

    I have been working at FanDuel full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with a great bunch of people. FanDuel treats employees like adults and you are trusted to get on with your job, no middle management hovering about checking up on you. Benefits are great and they promote a strong work-life balance.

    Cons

    Things change a lot, one minute you're going through a merger, next minute your working on a plan for the next 3 years as a solo company. Communication is another big problem, with the head office in NY and 4 other offices spread over 2 continents and 3 times zones it's not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the communication within the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people shame about the management"

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

    I worked at FanDuel full-time

    Pros

    Really good smart work colleagues
    great team spirit and everyone pulling together

    Cons

    The senior management are not great at listening to their staff

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the people who work for you - before they decide to leave

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FanDuel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    WFH options, friendly people, free food and drink, trips to different offices and opportunities to go abroad, relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    The business has lost 4 of the 5 founders. Reported monthly losses have been widely documented in the media. Senior management are never on hand for advice or clear strategy on the back of these changes. More rounds of funding needed to keep the company going.

    Advice to Management

    Start the redundancy packages with plenty of time. This will allow people to hunt for jobs after the new year.


  9. "Not for everyone, but a great place to work for the right person."

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

    I have been working at FanDuel full-time

    Pros

    FanDuel treats its staff with a great deal of trust and respect and this shows in the culture here. Performance is gaged on a person’s contribution to the company, not on the number of hours they sit at their desk. Everyone has the opportunity to influence change, and management is always supportive and appreciative of that. If you’re a motivated self-starter who shares our values, this is a great environment to work in.

    Cons

    It’s not perfect, but I’ve yet to discover somewhere that is. While we don’t have mature processes for everything we are constantly improving.

    Advice to Management

    Carry on treating staff as adults and providing them with a great place to work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge pool of talent people
    Great working environment, although can be hectic during NFL
    Plenty to work on, almost too much sometimes
    Senior managers give us space to get on with the work

    Cons

    Volume of work can sometimes mean personal learning gets put on the back burner
    Growing pains sometimes obvious

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what keeps staff engaged and enthused


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