Fannie and Freddie are govt entities and have nothing to do with Ellie Mae which is a saas based loan origination software company. what folks don't realize is how much regulation stifles innovation. there is a lot of pressure to deliver at the company now. they just went through a re org do not sure what the potential is for engineering leadership since folks are new to their roles. there is a lot of politics and a bit of infighting with eng and product execs. decent culture but long hours
Ellie Mae's engineering culture is honestly poor from what I experienced.
In my interview they explained how they didn't use slack or email to communicate tasks, but instead called through a contrived cisco phone system and occasionally did text, but preferred not to.
Dress is business casual to semi-formal, despite what they'll tell you.
The biggest thing is that a good portion of the team didn't use git, and instead elected to use insecure FTP and emailing each other code.
Basic things like pull requests and code review are ignored and they kept selling me on the fact they had free ice cream on the 4th floor. I honestly didn't care for the silly half-assed startup perks.
Honestly, this feels like the organization you retire into when you don't want to upgrade your skills or ability as an engineer anymore. No-one seems motivated and it's not something that you can truly get excited about.
4/10 avoid unless you have a family. The saving grace is work-life balance is amazing and most of the org understands family responsibilities. The people there are very nice, and would be great coworkers if not friends.
Note, I could have had a bad interview experience. It honestly wasn't up to par with what I had come to expect out in SV or SF.
if you work in fintech you can always bounce between companies if you can't find an available next step in your current org. I know many engineers that have done this between Fannie and Freddie. dunno about Ellie specifically.