Atlassian Employee Reviews about "sydney"

Updated 27 Mar 2020

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Atlassian Co-Founders Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome work env, but too many recent hires"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    * Free food! * Fun work environment * Great tools for you to work at your best * Some really good coworkers from whom you can learn and collaborate

    Cons

    * Most of the challenging assignments are in Sydney, Bangalore site is new and there isn't enough trust to delegate parts crucial to company's success * Team sizes are large (for me personally), makes you feel out of loop; need to wait for information to trickle down * Feel I have less autonomy as a developer, redundant hierarchy and team sizes make it nearly impossible to feel a sense of ownership * I feel I was paid much less than my peers

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    Atlassian2020-02-16
  2. "Engineering Manager"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of parties and celebrations. 6 hour, 4 day work week. Monday is supposed to be work from home but hardly anyone works. Your manager can not ask you to complete any work on time, literally no deadlines are followed

    Cons

    Bengaluru site is a support site and no real work happens here. Everything is dictated by management from Sydney or Mountain View. Its ok for administrative and clerical staff but not recommended for good engineers, designers and product folks. Company talks a lot about values and culture because there are serious problems in their values.

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    Atlassian2020-01-09
  3. "Great culture, talented people to work with and learn from"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time

    Pros

    Open culture, senior people are good at sharing knowledge

    Cons

    US perks are better than Sydney

    Atlassian2020-03-28
  4. Helpful (14)

    "Political. Only looks good on the outside. Where talents go to waste."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlassian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people. Work life balance. Overvalued stock price. Seemingly caring CEOs. Great employee marketing with their values.

    Cons

    Rampant politics. Management is very inexperienced. Poor planning. Constant re-organization. Zero change management. No long-term vision. Engineering upper management only sees people as numbers. Promote their own pet projects and put people number on them. Little consideration of the impact to existing tasks or people. Middle managers have no say. It’s all about who you know, how loud you shout (blog) and how you play the game to succeed. Sydney culture is geared towards white and male despite many awareness blog posts. Not inclusive. Not multiculturally friendly. No BS value translates to employee hostile behavior. This company is where talented ambitious people go to waste. No innovation. Sensible people have left already.

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    Atlassian2019-07-19
  5. Helpful (13)

    "The Curb Appealer"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Life Hacker in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, free food, market leader in Sydney

    Cons

    No matter how desperate you are for a job, or how annoyed you may be at your current gig, there are some companies you’re better off not working for. Atlassian is one of them. Even if the money is good, the role seems irresistible, and even your friends say it’s worth a shot, accepting a role at such company can set your career back and even jeopardize your future success. The High Turnover Outfit : things we watch out for - why key roles keeps popping up consistently on the job and if they are that means that they have fallen into a hire-and-fire cycle. Atlassian exactly going through this. This can indicate a few things. One, leadership may be very fickle; unable to land on the specific qualities they want in a candidate. Two, the company may have a complexed internal culture which makes retention nearly impossible, no matter how talented the new hires may be. Three, top level goals may be as fleeting as the talent. Power center shifted to San Francisco even when head office is in Sydney. Too many executives brainstorming, too few employees tasked with executing. In the era of transparency, Atlassian remains fully aware that they must attract the best talent with full, robust and competitive packages. In order to do this, they make promises. Companies make promises around the job, the compensation package, the culture and the brand. Furthermore, companies have a brand promise that is a manifestation of its core business strategy. The problem with promises, however, they can be broken. Beware of companies that make promise after promise after promise. A confused and highly bureaucratic HR team, with unable to decide if they want only power and visibility or actual delivery of things business requires. Unless you are on a break and experimenting your career don’t join this company at this phase.

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    Atlassian2019-05-05
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, really lives up to the hype"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - QE Team Lead in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlassian full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great, but what's amazing is that there are truly talented people working there and you get to work with the best and grow so much. They say that 1 year at Atlassian is 3 anywhere else and I can say that without a doubt I've grown more at Atlassian, and faster, than anywhere else. And the company believes in you and lets you take chances and doesn't punish failure or bad ideas.

    Cons

    It has changed a lot, you can feel that the core of the company has shifted from a Sydney startup to Silicon Valley, most of the high ups are now in California and things feel more and more things enterprise. We are talking decision not based on gut and previous Atlassian experience, but rather because that's how they do things in Silicon Valley companies. Not saying that's a bad thing, it's probably important for the company which is needed. But it's a shift in culture and a focus away from the Sydney office. The pace of work can be insane, not a lot of overtime, but rather so many things going on at such a pace that it can make your head hurt.

    Atlassian2019-04-08
  7. "Great company to work at"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atlassian is a great and fun company to work at! There's a definite emphasis on work-life balance, inclusiveness and innovation is actively encouraged. There's also a strong emphasis on openness in everything done at the company.

    Cons

    No a con for everyone, but you can be a part of a distributed team (between Sydney, Bay Area, Austin, New York, Bangalore) depending on which team you're on. There are also growing pains for the bay area offices (only a few hundred people here even though worldwide it's ~3000 employees).

    Atlassian2019-01-31
  8. Helpful (18)

    "Great company: opportunity, people, talent and culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I'm a mid-career engineering manager with experience at a couple of startups and several of the big tech companies (Google, Adobe, Microsoft). Atlassian has talent as good as the best of those companies (e.g. Google) and has done a better job of keeping a collaborative culture. The scale (currently ~3500) is large enough that there are a range of interesting projects and there is plenty of opportunity for career growth, but the company hasn't yet started to feel like a big company. Very little beaucracy, and no BS. On that last point, it's really been a great experience working for an Australian company -- there's an honesty and freshness that permeates the company culture that I haven't seen in any of the silicon valley companies.

    Cons

    For more senior folks, timezones may be a challenge -- there are several engineering teams that are split between Sydney and the Bay area.

    Atlassian2018-09-01
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Australian foundation makes a difference"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Aussie work culture is somewhat different than the US work culture. While the folks are very, very committed to turning out a great product and being the best in the business, there's an open, honest & human element that sometimes gets lost in the US.

    Cons

    If you're US-based, you'll be answering emails on Sunday night when Australia gets online; BUT the upside is that Fridays tend to be more relaxed because it's already Saturday in Sydney

    Atlassian2018-10-01
  10. Helpful (26)

    "If you're in Sydney - stay away"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlassian full-time

    Pros

    Looks good on your CV

    Cons

    I would recommend against working here if you're in Sydney because: 1) Pay sucks Yes it sucks. Employees complain about it all the time. The company don't even pretend that they are trying to pay you fairly saying they are aiming for the median of the market, which is code for undervaluing you and your skills. Other people in the company doing the exact same work but in the US will get paid much more than you, well over and above the exchange rate. If you ask, management will give promises about improving pay but nothing really changes. With inflation, you will go out backwards. The Founders are now so rich I think they have no concept of what life is like for wage slave employees. When you pay 70 million dollars for a house it's inevitable I suppose. If you ask them about pay or about how expensive living in Sydney is your question will probably be ridiculed or ignored. Sadly, you're better off working for a bank, which is really saying something. 2) There are no more interesting or challenging roles left in Sydney. Unless you consider working on a 15 year old disaster codebase fun. The only people in the Sydney office who don't seem to notice have been around so long they no longer feel the pain of banging their head against a wall. Entire teams have been moved offshore. If a great new role comes up there's a good change it will go to someone on a visa. I have seen locals regularly passed over for interesting roles. 3) You must conform or you won't fit in The Founders have very strong views. Watch out if you don't agree. You will be publicly shamed into conforming or keeping your mouth shut. Unless you are a strong fit for far left social views and far right economic views you won't feel like you belong.

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    Atlassian2018-09-24
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