Fitbit outlook

Qualcomm / Eng Chxt84
Aug 24, 2017 31 Comments

Is #fitbit good company to join? Is there enough motivation within employees and is there exciting projects in progress to change company’s outlook within next year?

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  • Marketo itrackyou
    Fitbit sucks. Almost worked there but then thought better of it (which was the right call 100%).

    Just ask yourself, 20 years from now when you look in the back of your drawer and find one of those dumb little plastic trackers, what will your reaction be???

    1. Wow! What an amazing piece of technology history (like if you had found an iPhone)

    Or

    2. Jesus how could anyone, in their right mind, have bought these plastic pieces of $h*t?!?
    Aug 25, 2017 3
    • Fitbit FGt3bb!v
      You have a very binary view of the world--something must either be an amazing piece of technology history or it is a plastic piece of $h*t?

      I have to say I quite like working for a company that has a measurable impact on people's health and wellbeing. If people are alive 20 years from now that wouldn't be without Fitbit, I'll count that as a great legacy. We get stories quite often of people who have made great changes in their life with the help of their Fitbit. We have stories of people who have had their lives saved because they were wearing a Fitbit. Regardless of where Fitbit is 20 years from now, I will look back at my time here as some of the most meaningful work I've done in my career. I've worked in many different industries over the past 20 years, done stints with massive companies that make a lot of money and have been around for a LONG time, and I've never felt more invigorated by a mission and an opportunity.
      Aug 25, 2017
    • Fitbit enEcEpr0
      Don't get so high and mighty about tech. What has an iPhone really enabled people to do? Play angry birds? Look at funny cat videos from anywhere? Text their friends while sitting at a table eating food with other friends? Saved some pocket space by allowing you to ditch your camera? Don't get me wrong, the smartphone was a great invention, but consumer electronics at the end of the day is all about just making something that THE USER loves. As a product engineer I don't give a flying cow turd about what history says about my device I only care if the user loves the device I helped to make. In 20 years I hope to look at the Fitbit that is still on my wrist and remember the stories of customers who enjoyed the product we made. Also Fitbits are now made of metal.
      Aug 27, 2017
    • Marketo itrackyou
      Remember this post... LOL!!!!! More Fitbit garbage earnings today. 33% less devices YOY 22% revenue decline. Numbers don’t lie fellas...when is the big “turnaround” coming? Meanwhile the stupid thing continues to stay in the back of my drawer...pumped to get my iPhone X today tho 😂😭
      Nov 3, 2017
  • Fitbit Bikebit
    The stock price sucks, but the products, mission, and most of the people are great. Apple is a good competitor but it's not a zero-sum game. Lots of potential at Fitbit for making products that genuinely help people live better.
    Aug 25, 2017 3
    • Facebook / Design
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      I buy that... Unfortunately, your shareholders are less likely to be that idealistic :(
      Aug 25, 2017
    • Fitbit Bikebit
      Who cares though? Cofounders are still majority shareholders. Let rich investors complain. It has no material impact on the company.
      Aug 27, 2017
    • Fitbit nak6lp
      No material impact?! Did you check attrition data?
      Aug 27, 2017
  • Fitbit FGt3bb!v
    Fitbit is going through a transition right now, which is a bit tough. But, were working on some very exciting projects.
    Aug 24, 2017 4
    • Fitbit / Design smrt
      Joined recently for exactly this reason. Alternatives for me in the market lacked the potential impact.
      Aug 24, 2017
    • Fitbit FGt3bb!v
      Welcome! How has your time been so far?
      Aug 24, 2017
    • Fitbit / Other smrt
      Good! Need more people as the transition shakes out. So much potential I see ahead
      Aug 24, 2017
    • Fitbit / Eng ♋house
      We will be just fine. Absolutely transitioning, but very very healthy balance sheet.
      Aug 26, 2017
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    I used to love fitbit but Apple is about to eat their lunch this holiday season.

    I also worked for both companies in special projects.
    Aug 24, 2017 1
    • Fitbit / Eng ♋house
      The Apple watch that works with android? Hmm..
      Aug 26, 2017
  • Fitbit
    On top of the reasons mentioned already, they're in the city. I live in and work in SF, which is great.
    Aug 26, 2017 0
  • SurveyMonkey / Eng persistent
    Fitbit is a fitness luxury, is a fad, will Passover . Is there a change in market positioning?
    Aug 27, 2017 3
    • Fitbit Bikebit
      Sales are still strong and growing internationally. People have said the health and fitness industry is a fad for 3 decades.
      Aug 27, 2017
    • Fitbit enEcEpr0
      During recent earnings calls Fitbit announced a pivot towards "digital healthcare". There is a lot to be done in this space and while you might be able to consider fitness a fad (though, as long as people have a desire to stay fit while also working sedentary office jobs I doubt it will be) it's impossible to say healthcare is a fad.
      Aug 27, 2017
    • SurveyMonkey / Eng persistent
      Healthcare is a good Area for Fitbit to focus, agree. However I'm still not excited as there are many companies offering products focused on healthcare - digital thermometers, Blood pressure monitoring manufacturers etc. to compare. Hardly any excitement here. Not arguing about the company or compelling value product could offer. I'm just saying growth is rather mild.
      Aug 28, 2017
  • Illumina / Eng
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    Fitbit is do or die this Christmas season.
    Aug 24, 2017 3
    • Nike / Eng uncle phil
      🍿
      Aug 24, 2017
    • Fitbit / Eng ♋house
      That's just outright false. 700mm in the bank and no debt. They'll be fine.
      Aug 26, 2017
    • Credit Karma oxPN46
      That's what people said last year. They got hella money tho
      Aug 27, 2017
  • Fitbit pwNX08
    I'm really excited about some of the stuff we have planned. Execution is the hard part, but there is some damn cool stuff being thought about.
    Aug 24, 2017 2
    • Illumina / Eng
      PeaceC

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      Are you in San Diego, or in the Bay? Which site is the place to be?
      Aug 24, 2017
    • Fitbit / Eng ♋house
      Either. They both have perks.
      Aug 26, 2017
  • SurveyMonkey / Eng persistent
    Hard to see growth come by. Same story as GoPro.
    Aug 27, 2017 2
    • Fitbit Bikebit
      Comparing to GoPro is showing ignorance of both companies.
      Aug 27, 2017
    • Marketo itrackyou
      Yeah I would have to go more with a Jawbone comparison. Same reasons as above. Those stupid little plastic earphones are so dumb. Or maybe Palm? God these trinket companies just keep reproducing ;)
      Aug 29, 2017
  • Cruise Automation / Eng bsUA20
    I think there’s a lot of changes going on right now at the company. Many of my friends and colleagues have actually left the company recently (keep in mind this is sample size of n = 1). Just my own perspective.
    Dec 7, 2018 0