Ensequence Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
10 Reviews
3.6
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Ensequence President & CEO Peter Low
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  1.  

    Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Portland, OR

    I worked at Ensequence as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lot of things to explore independently and very good people

    Cons

    Nothing noteworthy but salaries should be paid per type of work even for interns although it may not be mainstream. It encourages more engagement for people even from college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should pay market rate if hiring interns

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I learned the importance of inquiring about the position's history during the interview process and not learning after..

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Ensequence full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some very bright, hardworking talent on staff. Most of the people generally get along and work well together. Good feeling of community among the majority of the staff. (Now...if only they could abandon those high-walled cubicles

    Cons

    Senior management often unsure of the company's overall path forward...a lot of trying something out, then gauging the success (or lack of) and then adjusting their approach accordingly. That's fine, but the roller coaster ride (as I've heard others describe it) is tiring and the poorly executed rounds of layoffs caused a good portion of the top talent to leave for more stable companies. On that note, Ensequence has the feel of start-up, in that opportunities to learn and move up are available, but the overall stability of the company is questionable. And, while the company has been in existence since 2000 and has raised tens of millions in investor capital during that time, it has yet to find a successful (read:profitable) business model, spending more money to develop its products than is made from the sale of said products.

    As for what I alluded to in my title, if your the 4th person hired to a specific role in ~3 years (as was my case), you need to learn about this before you accept the offer and consider whether you want to deal with it, or rather, consider the other job offers you have. Lesson learned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something they (I'm sure) already know: when various members of senior management are leaving for other companies, combined with the rounds of layoffs, this creates a genuine concern (panic for some) among the rank and file. For the sake of the company and it's current staff, please exercise some discretion...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    New direction, new leaders

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Ensequence full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ensequence is a company that is re-focused and moving full speed ahead in a new direction with purpose.
    Great leaders, benefits and location.

    Cons

    No 401k match, tall cubical walls create seclusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A-level clients are a springboard for future career opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ensequence

    Pros

    Lots of room for personal growth. Company offers on-the-job training opportunities not typically afforded by larger organizations.

    Cons

    Little room for professional growth. Compensation and incentives remain below industry standard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic company that isn't afraid of change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Ensequence full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, great location, openness to change things if they aren't working. Ensequence is changing and adapting with the times, embracing new technologies and methodologies.

    Cons

    Too many different opportunities to pursue all of them. Need to focus on one or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine the primary business and are you want to focus on and rally the company around a single vision and direction. Don't be afraid of letting go of the past.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Ensequence

    Pros

    A good place to make a career while learning cutting edge technologies. Family oriented and fun atmosphere. Great opportunities to grow and excel at your job. Great people.

    Cons

    Ensequence is growing and defining its processes and teams. While the new positions are filled, many of us are spread too thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product development would benefit from a more traditional structure where marketing and engineering are lead by different staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with, Can do attitudes!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Ensequence

    Pros

    Good People, very few personality issues
    Understanding managers who strive to create a good work environment
    Excellent location in the Unico Tower

    Cons

    As the company has aged it has become a bit corporate feeling
    loss of the 401k Matching
    not always the best at recognizing important contributions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has done pretty well with this company given the shifting landscape that is the interactive Television business. I would give them a B+ overall.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Great people, great location, cool industry (TV)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Ensequence

    Pros

    Television industry software products - friends and relatives can relate to the end product.
    Stock Options, Downtown location - easy access to public transit, casual dress code, flexible work hours, free bagels and donuts on Fridays, free soda every day.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Limited use of Open Source technology. Cube walls reduce open feeling in the middle of the office, but at least most of the shared offices (where many of the employees work) don't have them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add 401k matching and remove waiting period. Provide paid time off for community service/volunteering. Lower more of the cube walls for a more of an open space feeling and collaboration.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging, demanding, but rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Ensequence

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are generally better than the norm.

    Cons

    The company is still in the start-up phase, so longevity remains a concern.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IPO hell...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ensequence

    Pros

    Nice view from the office.
    Starbucks is close by.
    Clean bathrooms.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction.
    Employees are just a number and can/will be terminated at will.
    Lack of communication and honesty as to strategy for the company.
    No loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After multiple rounds of layoffs, the message is clear that employee loyalty is nill. Next time you state you're outsourcing development - be honest to the employees of the possible impacts. Sr. Management is notoriously bad at communicating to it's rank and file.

    Doesn't Recommend

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