Janrain Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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Larry Drebes
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  1. The bar is high and getting higher! Amazing work environment and very smart people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Janrain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Strong focus on testing and vetting out our solutions before they go into the hands of users
    -Engineering takes a lot of pride in their work and sets the quality bar very high
    -Developers, Testers, Product Managers, Ops and other project team members work very closely and communicate often
    -Flexible schedule!!
    -A lot of autonomy to get implementation done the way we see fit with the ability to still meet our acceptance criteria
    -The location is awesome and we get to enjoy frequent team lunches and happy hours at a variety of the great food locations nearby
    -MAX transportation passes provided
    -Rooftop view is amazing
    -Lots of opportunity to pick up new skills and put your current skills to the test. This is a great place for growth and getting out of your comfort zone if you truly want to!

    Cons

    -I wish I lived closer! Luckily I get a MAX pass from Janrain and live right off the MAX. Plus the MAX time gives me a chance to read or snooze an extra 30 minutes. Not really a con.

    Advice to Management

    -Keep listening to the engineers and incorporating their feedback
    -Continue to keep meetings to a minimum
    -Continue to sponsor events and send people to events that are important to their career


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lack of Leadership, Low Pay, Low Morale

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Janrain full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Technology. Janrain's products solved legitimately hard problems.

    Very flexible PTO policy.

    Roof-top patio.

    Office location in downtown Portland.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, across the board. Larry seemed like a great guy, but didn't fit the role of CEO for a company of that size. Other executives were even more questionable in their ability to lead a team, collaborate across departments, plan, and execute. Middle-management was often non-existent.

    Pay seemed pretty low for a company of that size.

    Lots of lay-offs in 2013 and 2014. Very low morale.

    A complete inability to ship customer deliverables. I am pretty sure that we did not have a single satisfied customer during my entire tenure.

    Products had serious problems with scale, lack of testing and QA.

    No real product roadmaps or planning. Constantly in "fire-fighting" mode. Product direction was driven far too much by demands of single, big customers.

    Advice to Management

    I think Larry should play to his strengths as an innovator and engineer, and hire executives and managers around him who can pick up the slack in leadership, planning, and execution.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Hopefully will find a stride

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Janrain full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great location, people that want to succeed, interesting technology

    Cons

    Too reliant on Facebook, not enough IP, management fluctuations, technology will become obsolete globally based on privacy and data usage


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional management and unrealistic expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Janrain full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Beer flows freely but it's needed at times
    - Flexible schedule

    Cons

    - Layoffs happen stealthily in small groups so morale doesn't drop
    - Engineering projects are train wrecks
    - Sales department dominates company

    Advice to Management

    It's time to step down.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Dysfunctional Management Team Causing High Turnover

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Janrain

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Coworkers - Most people are fun to work with
    Great Office Location

    Cons

    Cannot retain talents (very high turnover rate)
    Management lacks experience
    Low morale among employees
    Relatively low financial compensation

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees so employees will be loyal and knowledge can actually be retained in the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great job at promising company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Janrain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, doing good things, and growing revenue. People are generally very friendly, work hard and treat each other with respect.

    Cons

    Upper management sometimes pushes unrealistic time frames, that can only be met by cutting corners.

    Advice to Management

    build a culture of taking the extra *time* to do things without cutting corners.


  8. Great culture, solid mgt in place - innovating the product

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Janrain full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good leadership team in place
    - Innovating quickly with new capability to meet and lead the market
    - compensation for customer facing roles, especially sales is better than market average

    Cons

    - It's a tough category - still in development so it's an evangelical education process for customers, lots of consulting
    - Complex solution to integrate within customer infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing - keep culture a priority, hire the best talent, and win big brands


  9. Helpful (1)

    A good Portland startup with smart people & a competitive product

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Janrain full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people with good intentions, no bad apples. Startup culture without someone watching your calendar or when you come/go. Get your work done and no one complains. Invest in training employees. Food (fresh fruit/snacks/cereal) available to all in breakrooms.

    Cons

    Turnover, we got picked apart by other companies in town who could pay more for good/smart talent. New sales mgt is changing that side's culture with eye to efficiency but also much more watchful. Slow to react to market changes and overlooking the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Slow to react to market changes and overlooking the competition can be a fatal flaw. Marketing must improve if they are to compete. Website isn't user friendly, get outside input to tailor it and provide content to make sales easier.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Sales is an Absolute Disaster

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Janrain full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great location
    technology is ok at best
    love the coffee

    Cons

    past and current sales management is a complete mess
    micromanaging
    they offer nothing and want everything
    if you are thinking about this place don't waste your time
    if you are desperate for a pay check and want something for only temporary still do not waste your time

    Advice to Management

    You don't belong in sales


  11. Helpful (3)

    Dysfunctional management and multiple layoffs continue to cause excessive turnover

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Janrain full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Coffee 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 Management

    Create 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.



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