Jawbone
3.5 of 5 19 reviews
www.jawbone.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Jawbone Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
Jawbone – San Francisco – “Meetings on the Jawbone Roof deck.”

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Hosain Rahman

(12 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good company, lacking in production iteration

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Jawbone full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood people, good beer. Strong engineering culture.

ConsJawbone doesn't iterate products fast enough.

Advice to Senior ManagementIterate products faster, keep up with market demand.

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

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Best place to work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

ProsOrganized structure..Good products..Enthu work culture

ConsSo far so good..no complaints

Advice to Senior ManagementSo far so good..no complaints

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Good Experience

Operations Manager (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

ProsScope of growth is good

ConsPoor roadmap planning and operation execution

Advice to Senior ManagementFix the cons

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

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I don't recommend working here

Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

Pros* Free food? Even that's not very good.
* Hours can be flexible

There's not a lot to talk about here but I have to hit a 20-word minimum.

Cons* Engineering culture revolves around ego and hubris, and consists of factions of people who worked together at previous companies. Organic hires tend to not last long.
* Promotions are based more on who you know than what you've accomplished. If you're not from an acquired startup, your opportunities will not be the same. Promotions generally tend to happen when someone above you gets fired or quits.
* If you're offered sub-par wages in exchange for the promise of better wages later on, be very skeptical. HR will use arbitrary reasoning to keep you underpaid (significantly less than your immediate peers).
* Huge amount of competition entering the market (Apple, Google, Motorola, etc.)

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent. Interactions feel very fake.

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

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Brilliant colleagues, pioneering products, and excellent benefits

Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Jawbone full-time

ProsYou know those highly sought after employers like Google, Apple, or Facebook? People leave those companies on a regular basis to work at Jawbone because it's, quite simply, one of the greatest places to work. They offer the stability and cushy perks of a big company but still have a relaxed startup culture where innovation is encouraged and individuals can have a huge impact on products. And the products are seriously rad.

ConsScaling so quickly has resulted in some growing pains at Jawbone - it's not always clear what areas are managed by what teams and there is often unnecessary overlap. There are also inefficiencies resulting from so many different systems being used. For example, if you want the ability to chat with everyone at the company, you'll need to set up accounts with three different chat providers.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake high-level company priorities clear to individual teams.
Continue to focus on efficient growth.
Keep up the great work.

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

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At first good, then not so good

Manufacturing Test Engineer (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

ProsFree snacks, coffee, and lunches

ConsTrendy company, so subject to product market changing trends.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more in touch with on the ground employees, and less with lofty management visions.

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

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Excellent Company Weighed Down by Legacy Senior Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsGreat product line, excellent vision, solid rising management class. Many high-horsepower, high-eq new employees.

ConsLegacy senior leadership from true startup days are limiting potential of new pre-ipo hires. Lots of ego and pretension among the former heads of the company; even some of the current heads.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are no longer the smartest people in the room, lose the ego, help the company grow.

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

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A company built and run by passionate people

Product Management Intern (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Jawbone as an intern for less than a year

ProsDespite the hierarchies the organization is pretty flat. I had the opportunity to interact with the founder and senior leadership on a 1-1 basis. I was really happy working for my manager and team. Everyone is really friendly and helpful. Most importantly I found that everyone is really passionate about what they do a the company. Which is a big positive!

ConsNothing really. I wish my internship was longer :)

Advice to Senior ManagementMore parties on the roof during the summertime

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

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Bad experience at Jawbone

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Jawbone full-time for less than a year

ProsGood medical benefits. Company does not hold back on luncheons socials to keep employees happy.

ConsCompany does not know how to scale. They would rather hire for certain departments when others are seriously understaffed and overworked. Too much politics and very cliquey.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Jawbone as an intern for less than a year

ProsLearned a lot at my internship and got to work on interesting problems and cool products. Jawbone isn't a huge company so you don't feel lost or bored with not enough work like you would doing an internship at a large company. People at Jawbone are really cool to work with and the culture is fun. Employees get free meals at work which is super nice, and you get cool swag.

ConsAs an intern I had a really positive experience. No complaints, however it would have been cool to get more Jawbone t-shirts.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive interns more high fives.

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

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