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Updated Apr 29, 2014

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3.9 16 reviews

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Larry Drebes

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Driven team

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsJanrain has a driven, pragmatic engineering team. It's a great place to work with few rules and interesting problems. Great culture.

    ConsTend to hire more Junior developers; doesn't pay market rates. Company grew very fast. Trying to be a SASS company, but really a marketing or service one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a steward to the culture; focus on solving the strategic problems. Hire better.

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    Dysfunctional management and multiple layoffs continue to cause excessive turnover

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThough it used to be better, the culture is decent. The company provides some fresh fruit, snacks, and allows alcohol in the office.

    ConsCoffee was recently downgraded to low quality beans to cut a few thousand dollars from the books; management repeatedly makes promises that are never fulfilled; projects and teams change often; a large number of employees leave every month and the company is mostly unable to attract new talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a master plan for engineering products and stick with it, try not to have a condescending attitude towards employees, and clean up the broken product management processes.

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

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    Interesting place not afraid to get into new technology

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGet to work downtown with a bright, motivated team into modern, functional languages

    ConsSome turbulence in personal can leave project direction up in the air / shifting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI like when employees have the freedom to take initiative in improving the product.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, going through growing pains

    Sales (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGreat people and leadership. Fun, fast paced, start-up environment that presents a number of challenges for those willing to grab on to them. Creating a new market and aggressively going after that market, a bit rare these days in the tech world. Very solid emphasis on work/life balance and although it has not always been the greatest, getting much better on internal communication and keeping everyone informed on what's going on.

    ConsStruggle to stick to road map, product is a tad bit ahead of its time making it a challenge to sell. Still a small company, so not a lot of career path opportunities here...so people build experience and move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep employees informed, keep educating the market, add better reporting/analytic capabilities, get more competitive with compensation to keep key employees. Also, do a better job with helping people career plan and find opportunities to grow in Janrain without the need to leave.

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

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    once promising start-up evolved into self destructive enterprise.

    Developer (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    Prosvery intelligent hard working people that where happy to share knowledge
    flexible work schedule
    fast paced environment

    Consupper management plans seemed reactionary, instead of carefully cultivated to create the best chance of success for the company.
    management micromanaged projects
    priority of features changed often, which was unfair to those whose task it was to implement them.
    Most people are underpaid for the spectacular work they do.

    Advice to Senior Managementbelief in the company & morale were both initially high through 2012. A few tribulations later, both are in tatters, a large part because management's actions reflected a lack of understanding in the duties, strengths, and flexibility of individual employees; management made it clear that employees were nothing more than cost to the company.

    That last realization was hard to swallow, because Janrain had been a positive, friendly, collegiate work environment. Attempts to correct the course of the company cannot be made while ignoring the largest stakeholders of the company: the employees.

    Management: If an employees work load doubles or triples due to some unfortunate happening, what is he or she to make of it when management brushes off a request for a token raise?

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

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    Badly managed growth, unhealthy culture

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsLots of interesting technical and market challenges.
    Very smart and capable technical staff.
    Willingness to try new approaches, among some of the technical staff, at least.

    ConsPoor internal communication
    Lack of understanding of what an engineering culture needs to be to make it a healthy environment
    Too much technical debt that's not being addressed effectively

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake communication a top priority, but stop making it seem like you're preaching to the employees -- let them lead the conversation, too.
    Deal with the tech debt.
    Hurry up and figure out what the internal culture should be, doing this by committee isn't going to get you there.

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

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    Startup looking to become common market solution.

    Engineering (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThe people are great, the technology is top notch, and the potential is unlimited. Add to this, the perks and you get the complete package - a great place to work with lots of potential.

    ConsAlthough the old downtown Portland building is nice to look at, it is not very practical and consists of a lot of wasted space. In fact, the wasted space is a problem with regard to forcing the company to spread out across multiple floors rather than consolidate close by in a collaborative way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider relocating to a more comfortable and practical building in downtown Portland.

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

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    Fast moving company that is growing and growing up

    Engineer (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThere is no limit to your ability to change things given that this is a start-up. It is somewhat dichotomous that a company this small serves some of the biggest brands around.

    The pace can be fast but there is consideration/flexibility to ensure there is a work-life balance. From a career perspective, it helps that the company uses the latest tools and technology. There is a variety of positions available which makes it easier to move around to try different things. Being close to lots of food carts and the riverfront is nice too. Finally, the number of organic learning initiatives makes this a terrific place to work whether you are fresh out of college or are an experienced professional.

    ConsThis is getting better but we need to keep improving our intake process so as to avoid too many surprises during the execution phases. People like our products and tools, so lets sell them confidently rather than trying to please everyone all the time.

    More celebration around team milestones will also make people feel included (given the number of new faces here, a byproduct of our growth).

    Advice to Senior ManagementMeet with employees informally rather than just at all-hands events.

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

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    New management lacking in communication

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThe culture is fun and warm. It's easy to make friends and people often do things outside of work together. It's fairly horizontal in structure, everyone has direct access to executives if needed. Career advancement is encouraged, even lateral movements across departments.

    ConsSalaries are generally on the low side. New management is making big changes with very little communication downstream, and morale has suffered as a result.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen communication back up. Reinstate quarterly company meetings in-person, not video recordings. Make a point to meet everyone in the organization and make them feel noticed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic company to work for overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    Pros- Best people in the business (our CEO is one of the awesomest characters I know)
    - Comfortable, laid-back atmosphere
    - Free TriMet pass
    - Foosball! And pool! And ping-pong!
    - You can hardly find an office without some form of alcohol in it

    Cons- Disparity between management and lower-ranking employees
    - Low pay for the technology field
    - UHC is the worst health insurance ever

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to use the great talent that you already have.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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