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Updated 15 November 2018
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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
  • "A lot of change over at the middle management level" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Also, company has a great work-life balance, for most employees - but expect the borders between work & life to blur" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Development Manager"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great, depending on the team you are"

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    • 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.

  3. "Great growth opportunities for a new PM"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  4. Helpful (17)

    "It's complicated"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Developer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When Atlassian is good, it's great.
    Your peers are smart and motivated
    People generally trust one-another
    The experience team really does a great job of perks (lunch, special events, etc)

    If you're performing well:
    There's a lot of space to grow your career (either vertically into more senior roles or horizontally into other fields)

    You can switch teams (allowing you to maneuver around the Cons below)

    Atlassian has a great brand, it probably looks great on your CV

    Cons

    When Atlassian goes bad, it goes really bad.
    There's a lot of project churn (projects appearing and then disappearing)

    Managers at Atlassian aren't great. Every manager I've had has been a former developer who moved into a team lead role.

     Nominally speaking, you'd think this sounds great. However getting the most out of people isn't something that a career in writing software prepares you for from what I can see.

    When they leave you alone, they're mostly benign, although you'll have to find your own career path.
    If you have sustained high work output, and you know when to keep your mouth shut, you'll be in this category most of the time.

    If you happen to get their attention for the wrong reasons however, you're in for a world of pain. Their abilities at "performance improvement" are mostly limited to threatening to fire you.

    FYI take the values with a grain of salt, they used to mean a lot to a lot of people (management and staff) but their meaning has become diluted as people have been hired who don't share the same values.

    Advice to Management

    Really invest in training your front-line people managers, as in "6 months of an MBA" kind of training not a "1 day crash course on how to manage people" kind of training. It would cost a lot of time and money, but I think the benefits would be worth it, in staff retention and engagement.


  5. "Nothing to report"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlassian full-time

    Pros

    A nice place to work. Friendly atmosphere, good people. Still growing.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of. Pretty standards software company.

    Advice to Management

    The flat approach to management creates a bit more tension than is necessary.


  6. "Company culture & opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture and opportunities. Solid for a long technical career

    Cons

    Nothing as such. Maybe not as famous to the eye as other tech giants. But it’s nothing less than them in any way.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun co-workers, free food, nice office

    Cons

    Things change a lot before a piece of work can be completed. the place is very developer focused and the culture reflects that which can be hard for ppl who are not developers.

  8. "Love it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, plenty of freedom to get stuff done and awesome team.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  9. "A good place to belong"

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone lives and breathes the values of the company

    Cons

    Moving fast and breaking things is somewhat hard due to the size of the company and disposition of teams


  10. "Awesome, successful company with inspiring values!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, engaged colleagues
    Good opportunities for self starters who are willing to dive in, be a change agent and lead
    Founders are drivers of the business and serve as examples of the company values and vision
    There is a genuine desire to improve and grow and keep/build the best company culture and environment to attract the best teams
    A growing fast, successful company - the urgency and energy is motivating and contagious

    Cons

    Salary is lower than expected but total package is good for a multi-year commitment
    It's a relatively young company so some functions are still evolving - like HR and middle management

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the focus on values and open ways of working as we scale and hire new people - its what makes it all worth while!


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