Atlassian seems to have a great design culture and org. True?

Research Now / Design CSAT88
Jul 29, 2017 21 Comments

I'm learning more about Atlassian and their design org and really like the seemingly down to earth folks they employ.

Anyone work in the Sydney, Australia office that can give me the real skinny?

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  • Atlassian inBN61
    our legacy designs need updates, but the people generally know what they are doing and are nice people. True for most of the company (not just design). That said, we grew fast the past few years and now have a lot of empowered people with no context/history to make good judgements on. You'll be one of those if you join. :) Newbies generally are super happy at the company, and contentment decreases with tenure.
    Jul 29, 2017 7
    • Research Now / Design CSAT88
      OP
      I can understand how that would be frustrating. Do you think it's a product management leadership failing? My gut is thinking that but could easily be wrong.
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Atlassian inBN61
      I think it's a leadership problem, yeah. Dunno about product management leadership. Coincided with us bringing in project managers, I'd say, but dunno if that's a cause or correlation.
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Research Now / Design CSAT88
      OP
      That's interesting. My company is in a transformative period and one of the biggest changes they made was to get rid of all the project managers who were not contributors to creating software. Leadership believed they didn't add enough value nor did they help us move faster. I joined my company after that change but from what I see now, we have communication and coordination challenges that a project manager could alleviate. They may have gone too far in their project manager pruning 😁. Thanks again for all your feedback!
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Atlassian omHP67
      I believe we're going through a phase typical for organizations when they grow beyond 2000 people. Yes, more process has been introduced and if you don't pay attention you risk spending too much times in meetings. IMHO we're already at the point where many individuals have taken notice and we're changing it. Meet less & get more sh*'t done. One of the 5 company values that continues to hold true is Be The Change You Seek and you will find that the majority of Atlassian including the designers live this value in their day to day work.
      Aug 6, 2017
    • New / Mgmt
      bpb

      New Mgmt

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      Uber, Zenefits, Atlassian
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      bpbmore
      Good company, everyone knows the stuff. Leadership can be a bit ADD and focus changes a bit much. But you're not going to run into malicious people or anything like that.
      Aug 15, 2017
  • Twitter / Eng bgc3xgl
    Lol, design? have you ever used hipchat?
    Jul 29, 2017 1
    • Research Now / Design CSAT88
      OP
      No one does all design perfectly. Ever tried searching for stuff on Slack? Searching back in time is frustrating and almost always leads to dead ends. But for chat, it's great.
      Jul 29, 2017
  • lol, have you used any of their products ?
    Jul 29, 2017 1
    • Research Now / Design CSAT88
      OP
      yep.
      Jul 29, 2017
  • Atlassian CWMQ68
    Not a designer, but the design org seems very powerful. The design team do a lot of research and customer/user testing and feedback classification to work out the best way forward for all our products. It's hard to strike a balance between what we're known for (configurability, extensibility) and what we need to do (simplify, modernize), but I believe in our design team and what they do - at least on a product level. Maybe not so much on a platform level.
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Apple / Design
    aplanonymo

    Apple Design

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    aplanonymomore
    Heard their mobile lead designer has very low skills. It may be frustrating to report to someone who does not have your qualifications.
    Aug 27, 2017 1
    • Atlassian / Design Grown
      I don’t even know who our mobile lead designer is. But I certainly don’t like our head of mobile after my limited interactions with the guy
      Nov 18, 2017
  • Atlassian sanityCheq
    We used to. But somehow we've lost the spark now. Our vital signs survey results are going down significantly and we struggle to hire managers who make any impact. If it wasn't for JIRAs traction we'd be half the size we are now.
    Aug 3, 2017 0
  • Yahoo N.King
    LOL
    Jul 29, 2017 0
  • Pandora lolololo1
    Whoever is working on Confluence needs a talking-to
    Aug 8, 2017 1
    • Atlassian CWMQ68
      I guess you don't like the new UI update. It's coming to all the products, not Confluence's fault.
      Aug 9, 2017
  • Atlassian / Design Grown
    Personally I think it’s an exciting time to design at Atlassian but you have to put up with a lot of negative external signals (see this thread for examples) and it’s still (like most places) an engineering-dominated culture. With that said, though, the design culture is good and the work is more fun now than it has been since I started there years ago. Good opportunities for research and a lot of the low-level decisions already figured out with their design system and front-end components.
    Nov 18, 2017 0
  • Okta atko
    lol atlassian 😭
    Jul 29, 2017 0