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Stressful but rewarding

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The work is fast-paced and gets stressful sometimes. You get to learn a lot though. Fast-paced work can also mean an over-emphasis on speed rather than quality.
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Fast learning opportunity and Terrible WLB

The Good+ Learning opportunities+ Huge scope and access to important work regardless of level. You get full ownership of what you work on.+ All new technologies and tools, rare to see legacy systems.The Bad and the ugly- Stressful, heavy workload, and highly performance-driven. Basically, forget about WLB, your work is your life.- Lack of long-term planning. Expect to see short-sighted and quick-win focused decision making, which leads to often change of directions, scopes, or even re-orgs. Basically, management lacks experience and vision.- No clear career growth opportunity, you are expected to work on your own growth (by doing work)- Lack of proper engineering practices and processes. Speed of delivery is everything, which leads to doo-doo mountain codebases that no one dares to touch, often broken systems, heavy on-call duties.
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Fast Paced Environment but Not good for growth

Lots of things to learn. There is no unhealthy competition among team members. But no clear direction for growing yourself for the next level. Lots of documents are in Chinese but translation works well 90% of the times. WLB was not that bad in my team.


Free lunch(Food coupons for covid times), Lots of snacks, Can learn a lot of things from scratch


No clear direction for growth, Sometimes it feels like the managers are just doing random things without any clear goals in mind.
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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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