Jawbone Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
24 Reviews

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24 Reviews
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    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Well designed products
    Bright engineers with lots of innovation
    Great benefits and balanced work environment

    Cons

    Great products, but company should find ways to improve marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more engineers and focus on releasing products earlier. Don't give up your audio products. They also hold great promise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, lacking in production iteration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, good beer. Strong engineering culture.

    Cons

    Jawbone doesn't iterate products fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Iterate products faster, keep up with market demand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Organized structure..Good products..Enthu work culture

    Cons

    So far so good..no complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So far so good..no complaints

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I don't recommend working here

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Interactions feel very fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Company Weighed Down by Legacy Senior Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Legacy 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 ManagementAdvice

    You are no longer the smartest people in the room, lose the ego, help the company grow.

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

    Brilliant colleagues, pioneering products, and excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Scaling 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company built and run by passionate people

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    Current Employee - Product Management Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Despite 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!

    Cons

    Nothing really. I wish my internship was longer :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More parties on the roof during the summertime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience at Jawbone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more high fives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fun environment, great people, cool products, interesting technical challenges.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Catered lunches are delicious, work time environment is fun and laid back. They are working on some very cool products with very cool technical challenges approaching. Expanding rapidly and headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    Location of the offices aren't amazing. While only a 15 minute walk from CalTrain, the neighborhood isn't that exciting. The office building itself is cool but not that great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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