Jama Software

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Jama Software Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
8 Reviews
4.6
8 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company focused on employee growth and happiness

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Jama Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best part about being a software engineer at Jama is that they truly care about what you want and where you are headed in your career. It isn't just talk, either. If you are interested in learning a new skill, trying a new position, pushing yourself further in some way, then management does everything they can to give you that opportunity.

    The team is very close and fun to be around, and many times work didn't feel like work. Jama spends a lot of time and money on events that bring the employees closer together. It truly did feel like a family, and I have many great relationships still with the people I worked with.

    Jama does great at recognizing achievement and rewarding hard work. How much responsibility and influence you have isn't based on what your resume says or how well you can talk about yourself - it's based on you actually getting stuff done, and being a strong team member that is willing to help others out and make everyone better. So for the ambitious developer, Jama is a great place to be - you will learn, grow, be challenged, and be rewarded. For the developer that feels they should be respected and appreciated for their "senior level" status and not what they do everyday, probably won't be too happy.

    Cons

    Engineering started to move a little slower in my last year or so. Maybe simply a result of Jama's growth, but there were times I felt we were too scared to take risks, and maybe added some unnecessary overhead with processes and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get engineering back to being a fast-moving well-oiled machine, and fight better to get funding to give everyone upgraded hardware and peripherals, not just the seasoned vets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company for non-engineers

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

    I worked at Jama Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and easy going. Employee on-boarding is very good and everyone is very eager to help you succeed.

    Great company if all you want to do is put in your 7.5 hours and bike home.

    Cons

    There is no real engineering management or direction. There are some very good engineering managers (mine fell into the great camp), but zero technical direction or leadership as a whole. The software arm of the company consists of mostly simple feature work dictated by project managers with little-to-no engineering knowledge.

    Everyone is out the door at 5pm sharp. No real drive to do anything exciting technically, and the software is very rudimentary.

    Trying to improve processes or technology, or being critical of anything at the company, is looked on poorly. My experience was that the higher ups simply want you to shut up and follow orders.

    Spring and Hibernate Java with ExtJS front-end application that scales poorly. This is from the perspective of an engineer working on back-end services, so YMMV.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the most exciting, fun and fastest growing companies in the Northwest

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

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Jama has great people. They are invested in the success of the company and each other. As the company grows they are investing a lot in people and making efforts to recruit and retain talent. There are some fun perks - organized social activities for employees, as well as professional ones with opportunities for continuing education and growth.

    Cons

    The company is moving from a smaller, start-up to a more established one, which means there can be some growing pains, but the benefits of the growth far outweigh the drawbacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire great people who will help the company get to the next level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working hard and having a good time too

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is great being hired not only for your current skill set, but also for your aptitude and potential to be a part of an organization's growth. The environment is very collaborative, often departments solving problems together. The management is very accessible and is invested in each individual's growth.

    Cons

    The office can be a little chilly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture collaborative and open!

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

    Jama fun and a little quirky. Everyone there truly lives the work hard, play hard work style.

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

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Awesome co-workers
    - Autonomy over work
    - Flexible schedule
    - Innovative and collaborative environment

    Other pros: Exec Team is incredibly transparent and wiling to share their thoughts on the future of the company.

    Cons

    None. This company has a great culture.

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

    Innovative and great company to work for

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

    I worked at Jama Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great company culture.
    -Jama is fast growing but continues to make sure to maintain a great company culture along with hiring very talented people.
    -Great company vision and leadership.
    -Highly collaborative and transparent.
    -Great work-life-balance.
    -Great benefits.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hit a home run with this company

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    Former Employee - Sales/Sales Operations  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales/Sales Operations in Portland, OR

    I worked at Jama Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Jama has everything going for it:
    * Steady and deliberate growth both financially and personnel-wise
    * Employees are treated with respect, handed responsibilities and allowed to self-manage where appropriate, and guided by managers who know when and how to be supportive
    * Product and Development teams are dedicated to continuously improving core product and work closely with Sales and Services teams as well as external stakeholders to guide development
    * Company culture which encourages work-life balance, and embraces bike enthusiasts, microbrew enthusiasts, and coffee enthusiasts alike
    * Full transparency from the CEO-on-down to the internal team about the state of the company and strategic positioning / initiatives
    * Beautiful office space with plenty of room to grow, located in the Pearl district of Portland

    Cons

    Jama is growing quickly and has lost some of it's small-company / start-up charm and feel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring only exceptional individuals who will fit into and continue to shape the already awesome company culture. Continue being transparent. Continue to encourage the creativity and passion of the employees. Keep being awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product, people, culture & company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Jama Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Great people. Jama does a wonderful job of taking their time to hire smart, hard working people that will fit in well within the company culture.
    * Great product. They are disrupting an existing industry and established market... and crushing it.
    * Not too much micro-management.
    * Good compensation, benefits and office environment.
    * Opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The culture can at times reinforce being seen versus getting actual work done (ie: better to be at your desk surfing the web at 7pm than actually getting things done working from home).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Remember to trust the great employees that you have hired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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