Fitbit Product Manager Reviews

Updated 25 Jun 2020

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Fitbit CEO James Park
James Park
5 Ratings
  1. "Disappointing Management, Awful work-life balance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Half the company lives with the hope of the Google acquisition can go through and then management is going to change - HR does a great job of fighting for benefits on par with other large IT companies

    Cons

    - No work-life balance, we often work 14 hour days - Upper & lower Management works weekends and actively encourages others to do the same - You will get contacted on PTO and asked to deliver - There is no overtime - CEO effectively runs the prioritisation in the company's products, deeming the whole Product Org useless and creating a lot of waste - No clear path for growth - Everybody is defensive and avoids commitment on a regular basis

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Short overview of "Why Fitbit?""

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bucharest
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fitbit part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    An environment that really allows you to grow both career wise & on your personal journey. Love working with people committed to what they're doing & always eager to share some of their knowledge. We really want to make the world a healthier place with our products and we're constantly pushing ourselves over our limits.

    Cons

    Nothing that crosses my mind at the moment:)

  3. Helpful (17)

    "Friendly culture but product falling behind"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fitbit

    Pros

    Lots of friendly and smart coworkers, collegial culture, and good encouragement around making time for health and fitness in your schedule

    Cons

    Product vision and execution are falling behind, and it's being reflected in the low stock price and morale. The Blaze and Alta were disappointments, and inventory levels in stores are starting to pile up. The company says it will differentiate from Apple Watch based on a health and fitness focus, but Apple is investing very heavily around health and fitness as well, has many more features than Fitbit to make it more useful, and looks cooler than Fitbits. As Jim Cramer and other have said, Fitbit is in for the fight of its life with Apple and others, since people will only wear 1 watch.

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    Fitbit Response

    August 4, 2016CPO

    Thanks very much for your feedback. We are working hard to innovate as well as invest in leading edge technology. The Alta and Blaze have actually been quite a success for Fitbit and there is much more to come including new products this year. We definitely understand our competition and have been heavily investing in R&D for quite some time. We do appreciate your post which really does indicate a thoughtful and considered approach to your feedback. Thank you!

  4. Helpful (20)

    "Stay away. Short sighted and poor leadership"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Start up company. Average product, easy to get along if you agree with everything the top management says. Good place if you just want a brand on resume and can handle all the headache that is attached with it.

    Cons

    Really bad leadership team. I've seen people frustrated across teams with senior managers and VPs simply demanding instead of leading. Vendors are not happy either. Cheap tactics, slave like treatment, talent less teams and vision less higher management. Good place to lose your confidence and get along with some unprofessionals.HR is a joke with no one in the department willing to hear what the employee is going through.

    Fitbit Response

    August 4, 2016CPO

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience at Fitbit. We will definitely look into your comments above. I would have appreciated meeting with you to learn your point of view while you were here. I do wish you well in your new role.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Meaningful and fulfilling work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people who are good at what they do and easy to get along with Prevalent appetite to tackle big challenges grounded in practical approaches Opportunities aplenty to influence direction No politics, no needless process

    Cons

    Not as many perks as you'd get at a big company (but getting better) No swanky offices, just the essentials

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