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Updated 17 January 2019
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Atlassian Co-Founders Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is great but we still get stuff done" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Generally high quality production, great place to learn from other smart people" (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Also, company has a great work-life balance, for most employees - but expect the borders between work & life to blur" (in 9 reviews)

  • "It's a relatively young company so some functions are still evolving - like HR and middle management" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Best software engineering company in Australia"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Atlassian has purposefully foster an incredible culture
    * Atlassian has a lot of really great events
    * There are always bootcamps running for you to learn about anything
    * The quarterly company wide hackathon is awesome
    * The free amenities and food are amazing
    * The work life balance is whatever you want it to be. Some people work 9-5 some people do more and some people do less. They also have a lot of events during work time.
    * Some of the products are great and some are okay but all of the products are continuously improving and are used by a lot of people around the world

    Cons

    * Some of the repo's have legacy code pains
    * It's hard to diet with so much free food (even though they offer A LOT of healthy options)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and don't ever stop caring about the values because for once they are actually working in a company. Stay as open as possible even as the company grows. Promotion path could be more clear, more work needs to be done on it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's ok"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Good enough to get by while looking for a real job.
    - Free snacks and beverages.
    - You can be lazy, everybody is already, look at the bosses. Make him or her happy and you'r good. Just tell them they are awesome they'd really appreciate it, I feel most of them have proper education.
    - Reading blog post internal/external usually yield good laughs.

    Cons

    In general if you value your career, pay attention to yourself and have a plan to develop the skills you need for a real job avoiding getting too attached to this inept system.

    - No reason to put efforts into the company, performance review is kind of insulting especially if you actually did any work.
    - Lazy and incompetent leadership, they are extremely greedy and quite naive. But it's good that it's not rocket science to recognise that. Anyway all they need is to build their religion.
    - Uneducated folks in high positions and their factions.
    - Being involuntarily drawn into political conflicts regardless the having no interest or show obvious disdain toward those.
    - Your works and yourself might be wrongly represented for weird purpose... A lot of people have time to just fabricate stories.
    - Support team behaviour seems to indicate that the customer can go x themselves, that is why they do not need to do that. 70% of the time I went into contact with support I think what the ... and I have no idea why waste the money and what are they doing in the middle except confused both customer and product team.

    Advice to Management

    Like POTUS, you guys are great contributor to the laughing stock of the industry. Keeps it up.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The greatest place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Countless benefits, but the most prominent is the culture. My colleagues are my friends, same as my manager. Fantastic kitchen, a bar full of different beers and snacks. Regular checks on what can be improved and so on. Countless perks and benefits...

    Cons

    there are none I can find.

    Advice to Management

    You rock, keep going!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, great people around, great culture

    Cons

    Management can be flaky if you are unlucky.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management as much as you can - it WILL pay off. CEOs great vision and values have to be spread around constantly, not occasionally.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "If you're just starting out your career, think carefully"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atlassian is a nice place to work at, it has the perks: breakfast, lunch, open floor plans, semi-relaxed work atmosphere, etc.
    You can generally work in your own style and 90% of the time that's okay - which is a really good thing.

    Cons

    If you're just starting your career, and really care about it then you *need* to stay far away from Atlassian's "Graduate Developer" program. You might have had some other experience - open source experience, other jobs, freelancing, etc - but if you apply for that position then they'll only ever see you as a newbie university student and they'll always use that against you.

    You might have an aptitude for programming, or you might just be really great at it - if so, good for you!
    But, Atlassian is *not* the place for you to build your career if that's the case.
    Say you join a team of Developers or Senior Developers, and you've been performing and working at the same level (or even higher) for over 12 months straight? Sorry, no promotion or career development for you. You were a "Graduate Developer". That means you're promoted based on the performance of *all the other Graduate Developers*, not based on what you do.

    TL;DR: If you don't care about your career from the start, you're happy just to coast for years and have no desire to move forward, then this job is for you.
    But, if you care about your career progression, you have a passion for software development and want to make the world a better place, then stay far away from their "Graduate Developer" program - they'll only stop you, halt you and won't ever recognize the good work that you do until maybe half a decade down the track they decide that you're a real developer and should be treated accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on their performance and skills, not based on what other people will think.

    Atlassian Response

    16 Jan 2019 – Atlassian People team

    We're sorry to hear about your experience. We built the graduate developer program with the goal of enhancing grad careers and facilitating career development; we'll keep working to make sure that... More


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Cool company, lacks good management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlassian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, amazing offices and perks. Some amazing and innovate work is being done there.

    Cons

    Low morale with no action. Poor managers lead to rampant politics.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up, the product won't keep you afloat that long if you're moving that slowly.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great, depending on the team you are"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities for innovation and growth if you are really motivated and a self starter;
    - If you are lucky, get to work with a lot of super smart people in great products in exciting projects;
    - Fast growing company, good for the resume, lots of visibility for the market outside;
    - Many extra-work activities to join (yoga, pilates, soccer, fitness class);

    Cons

    If you are unlucky, there are also:
    - Bad managers are everywhere (3 to 1);
    - Some projects are not interesting and you might get stuck there, be careful when choosing (if you are given the opportunity to choose);
    - The silos are there, people relocating usually will have to stick mostly with other overseas people. Not a lot of "local" cultural interchange;
    - Management career path is much easier to progress than the technical, most people will never make it past senior level if they don't become managers;

    Advice to Management

    Atlassian is definitely a great place to work. The positive experiences are far greater than the poor ones. However, as the company grows it's important to invest in your managers (TL level) so they can invest in their people. Try to identify bad managers early and help them improve instead of promoting them. Try to not keep people on less exciting projects for long periods of time.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Generally a good place but careful about the team you in."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good perks in Sydney office;
    A lot of genius.

    Cons

    There are always some craps in such a big company, unfortunately I am in a bad team, like an really bad one.
    The team leader in that team, didn't want to take any responsibility, he "force" everyone do the code the way he think may fit manager's preference.
    That manager jump in to the team time to time to do some micro management, like in code level, nitpicking something like a variable name, like using lodash.get is slower than 'a && a.b', in a cached situation. (my argu is as long as it not a bottleneck of the app why dont make your code shorter and easy to read...)
    And they are arrogant to receive any technical suggestions that different to them.
    Also this team have really bad work life balance because the manager is just too ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    If there are some teams are keeping let people quit, you may need pay attention to the managers of that team.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great growth opportunities for a new PM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great growth opportunities, every project you work on is impactful
    - Work life balance
    - Awesome perks
    - Exciting to be part of a company trying to innovate and change

    Cons

    - Culture is dependent on the team you are on
    - The pace at which we develop stuff feels a bit slow
    - Company is growing quickly which has growing pains attached to it


  10. "Development Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company values
    Life work balance
    Good career opportunities

    Cons

    It will be hard to work anywhere else after working here.