Atlassian Employee Reviews about "sydney"

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Atlassian Co-Founders Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes
Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes
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  • "Great culture, excellent benefits, amazing work/life balance(in 75 reviews)

  • "surrounded by extremely smart people(in 41 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Good positions tend to be available only in the US or Sydney(in 27 reviews)

  • "Work life balance especially during WFH(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great culture, talented people to work with and learn from

      Mar 27, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Open culture, senior people are good at sharing knowledge

      Cons

      US perks are better than Sydney

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

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

      Jul 19, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
      Recommend
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      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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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      The Curb Appealer

      May 4, 2019 - Life Hacker in Sydney
      Recommend
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      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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      15 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work, really lives up to the hype

      Apr 7, 2019 - QE Team Lead in Sydney
      Recommend
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      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.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee

      If you're in Sydney - stay away

      Sep 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Incredible life-changing experience

      Jun 9, 2018 - Software Development Manager in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This place, particularly in Australia, is like no other. Scott’s personal mission seems to be to ensure that your experience with Atlassian is so great that everything else is ruined by comparison. I disagree. The experience at Atlassian was so good that I want to take some of that magic and sprinkle it over all future roles. I’m not saying it was perfect, it wasn’t, but in some ways that was also part of its magic. It’s owned its mistakes and empowered everyone within to do the same. Yes, the perks are amazing (particularly the equity), but beyond the free food and booze, the family events, the incredible experience team, the biggest perk by far is the values. Positive cultural values have to be driven from the very top and Scott and Mike embody these. There is nothing disingenuous about them and everything that the company does is driven by them. It’s life changing. Also they’re not afraid to be on the right side of the argument on progressive social good. When they shon a rainbow over 341 George St during the postal survey was probably the proudest I’ve ever felt to be part of something truly wonderful. And Atlassian are.

      Cons

      They’ve struggled with scale as any company would with the massive growth like they have had. The IPO led to a huge loss of key talent which exacerbated some of those issues. However, transparency and openness meant that we all knew what was happening, and everyone was empowered to keep the ship afloat. It took them too long to realise that people in leadership roles need to be good managers, not necessarily great coders, when they got to 2000 employees, and it wasn’t until I left that they even began to put in the frameworks necessary for leaders to properly lead. After a certain point there’s a career wall with nowhere left to go, I’d still be there now if you didn’t need to be there for a decade, or American, to get to the next level. There’s too much reliance on SF being the boilerplate of how to do things, and it’s lacking empathy for local culture and people based in Sydney. Last thing is advice to grads: drop the sense of entitlement. You don’t realise how amazing this place is.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing place to work

      May 31, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      No politics, no BS. Great people to work with. Everyone wants to help and contribute. Work life balance is great but we still get stuff done. The work is interesting and challenging. I'm not sure I could work anywhere else.

      Cons

      Travel between the US and Sydney can be a pain if your role requires it often.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      QA Engineer

      Feb 3, 2016 - QA Engineer in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company values make Atlassian a great place to work. The values are more than lip-service, but rather they are a big part of the culture. Atlassian offers excellent pay and benefits as well as great work-life balance. I was lucky enough to relocate to Sydney Australia to work with Atlassian and I have not looked back!

      Cons

      There is no free coffee at the Sydney office ;)

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Unlike any other Australian company

      Aug 19, 2015 - Intern in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company is constantly growing at a rapid pace, both in terms of head count and customer revenue. Most people within the company are smart and bring their own specialised knowledge to create a company with great capability. The culture is great, everyone is socially laid back yet focused on performing their work to their best. Strong customer base and innovative business model that works well will fuel growth for a long time to come.

      Cons

      Whilst I am an itern (so this doesn't affect me), it is common perception that salaries are reduced from market rates for the luxury of working at Atlassian (which may or may be worth it depending on circumstances). With so many intelligent people within the company, you are competing against all colleagues for promotions, rather than just a handful of people if it were another company. There is a struggle to keep the culture and quality of employees during rapid growth as Atlassian has begun to saturate its reach into the Sydney tech talent pool. Some employees have the social maturity of a 15 year old, and this mindset thrives in a company without the typical corporate culture.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Overall good

      Jan 15, 2021 - Advocate in Amsterdam
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good perks, when in office food, endless coffee and in-office bar. Good team members, high focus on offering employees a good experience. Honest people, freedom to showcase your talent, empowerment, training budget

      Cons

      limited opportunities to grow in the AMS office, basically support or sales. Good positions tend to be available only in the US or Sydney.

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