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Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.4 30 reviews

54% Approve of the CEO

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Phil Libin

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Enjoyed my first year here.. excited about the future.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsI've felt challenged yet supported through my first year at Evernote. The managers, directors and VPs on the technical side are intelligent, capable, and understanding (haven't had much interaction with the non-technical managers). Everyone is intensely focused on their work, and tries to live up to the high expectations of management, which I appreciate. Literally no one I've met is coasting. Love the perks, like a basically free electric car, Caltrain pass, and, especially, Tea Time Tuesdays. And, sushi for lunch on a regular basis.

    ConsThe location, while a short walk from the Caltrain station, is a really difficult commute for most people in SF. There's a shuttle bus with limited stops in the city, so if you're close to that or close to Caltrain, you're set. Would love to see a satellite office in SF!

    You can tell this company is rapidly growing, and has very typical growing pains. People make mistakes, but I haven't seen many big ones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGenerally keep doing what you're doing. It's obviously been working, as you have a smart, hard-working team and a great culture. Continue to look for ways to keep the staff engaged, as the team is everything. New employees sometimes have a hard time integrating... consider holding meet-and-greet events for new employees to help people get to know them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Hard-working employees under untransparent management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    Pros- The product itself, and the guys who have built it are great.
    - A big picture, creating a company that lives for 100 years, is fantastic.
    - Talented people are working harder to realize the big vision.
    - Evernote Academy brings you a handful business-related or personal-life-related lessons.

    ConsNot transparent: The company decision-making process is done behind closed doors. The top-down decision will be delivered to employees after it's made and any procedure or background won't be clear. Also, less communications between different teams or less familiarity for different divisions.
    Unrealistic way of information delivery: Though Evernote Business works great, having an employee write a note in the shared business notebook is never enough to make it delivered to those who want this information.
    Title-driven: There are so many VPs and directors, and even employees don't know what they do.
    Political: Persons who talk a lot have more power, vice versa. No structural way to have a good idea from ones who are introvert or are of few words recognized company-wide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHear what employees want to say and digest what they think. Make what everyone in the company does everyday even clearer and more transparent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    A disheartening experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking for a well-known company with a product that is generally seen as a great (and free) addition to people's lives.

    Perks are great. Unlimited PTO, ok stock options, nice lunches.

    ConsThe louder and more often you speak, the more you're listened to. Doesn't matter if your ideas are subpar.

    Political and unsupportive environment. No one is concerned with your career development, just trying to churn out release after release and feature after feature.

    Even though the perks are great, they are not reflective of a positive culture. Good culture starts intrinsically—it starts with your employees, not with a fancy coffee bar, catered lunches or unlimited PTO.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus less on the product and more on the people making the product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Toxic culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood perks -- free caltrain pass, lots of food in the office (tea time, catered lunches, fully stocked kitchens), house cleaning every other week.

    Cons- Toxic culture -- the CEO rules through fear. He kicks and screams and rules through a heavy hand. It's his way or the highway, and as a result, there's little room for dissent or rational discussion. Feels like the CEO thinks he's Steve Jobs.
    - Nepotism & favoritism -- the CEO is married to his secretary, several husband/wife couples, brothers, childhood friends. Strong culture of favorites -- with a preference for people that the CEO has known for a long time.
    - Weak leadership -- the senior management team has never scaled an organization to this size.
    - Focus on the wrong things -- so much work goes into redesigning the product all the time. It's unnecessary churn.

    Advice to Senior Management- Get clear about what is actually going to help grow Evernote instead of placing bets in so many places. (C'mon - Evernote Market?! ...selling socks?!)
    - Bring in senior people who actually know how to be good managers and do their jobs
    - Treating people with respect will go much further in building a company culture than offering expensive perks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You might want to reconsider working here...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsCatered lunches, Free Caltrain passes, cell phone service paid, nice gym onsite.

    ConsThe CEO, the HR team, the HIGH turnover rate, the politics, the lack of transparency, the product managers, the culture, the food, the terrible RSU options, and the lower than market compensation. The company has an obvious pattern of preferential treatment and has become an issue for many of us. The management pretends to have transparency and communication with employees, but this is just a circus act.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe real to your employees, stop propping us up with hype and speak to us like adults. Please work on improving the culture, stop letting people go, truly care not pretend to care about the employees and consider manager training to improve the relationships between staff and their reports. If you were to conduct a blind survey you would learn how much disappointment people have with the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Vision, Poor Execution, Nepotism, Toxic and Corrosive culture

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsNone i can think of.

    Cons1. The CEO and upper management have no vision and experience, All their decisions in last 1-2 years like password reset, ios7 redesign, skitch, penultimate and other features have back fired. They are so far behind an enterprise grade document management and collaboration system like google drive/docs/keep that they would not be able to catch up and the product is unusable for a business environment.

    2. In this company Product manager are treated as royalty and engineer are treated like slaves. All the product managers do not have experience in bringing up a product and focus on petty things like where should be keep the button on the screen and what should be the color. They create non achievable deadlines and when the deadline cannot be achieved, they trim the features off making the product look like a clean shaven sheep.

    3. The compensation for engineer is a joke. They get below market salaries and the amount of rsu's is laughable. You get 10000 rsu for 4 years and the company is no way near IPO. Also the RSU expire after 3 years so if you put in your hard work and decide to move on, all your hard work would be gain of others if the company does not go IPO in 3 years.

    4. There is too much nepotism here, you can see husband/wife, father/son, brother/sister , brother/brother, friends of friends working here. The result is you get a set of sub standard people which creates toxic environment. You can clearly see the CEO's inner circle getting promotions after promotion.

    5. CEO tries to show that he has a vision but he has no experience in bringing up a company and leading it to IPO. Once can clearly see he has no clue in weekly meetings. He is more interested in creating a media buzz and excitement but that would not help unless the product is strong.

    6. The IPO keeps getting delayed and delayed, the reason is simple. The product is unusable in a business environment and personal users are not going to pay money.

    7. Don't tell the sushi chef that the sushi is bad otherwise you will get fired. because the sushi chef is CEO's personal sushi chef.

    8. If you want promotion please tell the CEO that you are good looking, next day you would become VP of something.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    What happened to this company? Seriously!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAsk this question a year or a year and a half ago and the positive list would have been long, this year its hard to list anything positive about this company.

    ConsThe CEO is like Jekyll and Hyde! One day he is friendly and engaging, other days he is angry, mean, grumpy and wont even acknowledge you. Its awkward to be in the elevator with him when you say "Good Morning" and he just looks at you and doesn't even bother to respond. You can clearly see a pattern of who he favors and gives preferential treatment. It's also an unsettling feeling to see your colleagues being yelled at.

    Lately I have seen many senior and long term employees resigning and many others being let go. The environment lately has been toxic and negative with many unhappy employees. I get the sense that more than half of the company is actively looking for another opportunity. People are tired of feeling unappreciated and placed under pressure cooker deadlines. I almost feel bad for many of the new hire back fills.. they have no idea what they are walking into!
    The company doesn't throw holiday parties or pay bonuses. The company likes to try and use "title promotions" to motivate people to stay. Sadly the company now has to many chiefs and not enough indians. So many "Directors and VP" titles!
    Lastly, the "Unlimited PTO" is a joke! It's really a policy designed to not track PTO, such that the company wont have to back pay you if they let you go or you leave. If you actually take time off, your manager will make you feel guilty, will restrict it or will not approve your time off.. so "Unlimited PTO" at Evernote is not what they advertise it to be, like I said its a joke!

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement, you seem clearly to enjoy letting go of people and allowing solid people to walk out. I think you have failed to consider how harmful (and expensive) this turnover is to the company. I think its time for a serious management shakeup. Evernote clearly has a management problem and the way to fix it is to start firing managers, executives and VP's who have been so liberal with firing that maybe its time they themselves are fired!. I also think the BOD needs to take a look at what is going on and possibly intervene.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor management and horrible culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-CEO is an engaging leader -- he sells his vision internally at weekly all hands meetings and externally with the media
    -Some will be impressed that you work at one of the unicorn startups
    -Some competitive perks including barista, free lunch, nice office space
    -Some people here are truly fanatical about the product

    Cons-Horrible culture -- extremely fast turnover with no documented performance reasons, approximately 10-15% of employees are routinely cut; others are quickly leaving on their own
    -Nepotism -- Some employees there because they are friends or relatives of leadership
    -Poor management, no HR
    -No transparent decision-making process besides top-down
    -Startup without the dynamic collaborative decision making -- lots of bureaucracy and politics
    -Highly political -- fast advancement for a handful of favorites, others will continue to work hard with no recognition
    -Equity is a joke-- no real upside at this point, you're working for the first 50 employees to get rich

    Advice to Senior Management-Focus on fostering a better culture of employee investment and transparency. Put in place an actual HR team and goals and metrics for your product and people development. Instead of hiring friends and relatives, please seek out execs with strong backgrounds relevant to their jobs. Let go of people who do not know how to do their jobs, especially at the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company is on the other side of the bell curve, going downhill!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsThe product and company is world known, the perks are not bad, the building is well thought out and a pleasant place to work in. The company came a long way in a short period of time, but at a price!

    ConsThe CEO and his minions (friends of the CEO in leadership roles) have allowed success and power to go to their heads. The ego's and power trips are way off the scale and even inappropriate! The company has fired so many good people and so many more good people have left, often for stupid crap; politics or simply speaking up when they notice something wrong, indecent, illegal or even immoral! Speaking truth to power at Evernote will get you shown the door.
    The inside joke staff secretly share now is the "disappeared", one day someone is there, then you just never see them again. The company quietly lets people go and never announces it, this has done a considerable amount of damage to the once amazing culture, people keep their heads down, lacking trust and have fear. Many of these people that are cut were well liked, talented and smart, often highly successful at more mature companies.
    The CEO often throws people under the bus for his mistakes (because he can never admit he is wrong). I would think twice about working for this company, you will quickly see that the CEO is a different man than the man you see in public and you will quickly second guess your decision to join the company after witnessing his first violent and inappropriate outburst. He will chastise employees in front of other employees and make them look and feel stupid.
    He will also go way out of his way back up his minions when they have made mistakes (some serious) and will protect them even when they should be fired! The politics and favoritism/nepotism is seriously out of control and is not something you will not find at any other company.
    Yes they feed you lunch, but honestly the food is all about the CEO and his food preferences. The food is not always the most appetizing, appealing or good and people have even been fired for saying so.
    Lastly, everything said or written internally and externally is carefully managed and controlled. I think that many employees have woken up and realized that they are being given "managed messages" another words; propaganda and BS!... All public responses are all cleverly prepared in order to create an "image", this image does not always meet with fact or reality!

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome of your minions, those in senior leadership roles are not worthy of the roles you have placed them in. They may have technical backgrounds but they possess horrible social and leadership skills. Many of these minions abuse this power given to them and need to get off their high horses and show more respect for those who work for them. HR does what they are told and does not act like a normal functioning HR organization. HR is not there to help employees, they are there to facilitate the high turnover and process paperwork. There are several senior leaders that have said and done horrible things to their staff and yet seem to be immune from being fired. I would install hidden microphones on some of the 1:1's and I think you may just fall out of your chairs with what you hear some of these "leaders" say to their staff! People are leaving because they are not happy... I think its time you address why this is, rather than pretend everything is ok!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was once a good place to work! Product and morale is at it's all time low!

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsUnlimited PTO, the perks, some of the people.

    ConsThe CEO is not the man is pretends to be in front of the camera or on stage. The company is full of nepotism and favoritism, full of friends and family of the CEO's inner circle. The company has a zero tolerance for mistakes firing policy that is not applied fairly. Managers are encouraged to fire people to keep other employees on their toes! I've witnessed some of the "friends of the CEO" that have done some major HR/legal violations that should have gotten them fired yet are still there and I've witnessed good, solid and smart people be fired for petty and minor stuff that most companies wouldn't have blinked an eye over. It comes down to if It was once a fun place to work, but success has gone to the heads of some of the leaders. Lots of good people have left, have been leaving or are looking to leave. The culture used to be something worthy of a novel, it was once amazing, but they failed to maintain this as the leadership lost sight of its core product and focus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the terrible firing policy, stop using perks to attract and keep people, take a look at the nepotism and favoritism issues. Stop being fake to your people, they can drink the kook-aid for only so long before they begin to see right thru it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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