JiWire Reviews

Updated March 11, 2014
Updated March 11, 2014
5 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

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

    I worked at JiWire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sometimes I can't tell if I'm being paid to work or have fun.

    The Games: The have a game room with Xbox Kinect and Wii. We hold Kinect boxing tournaments and the winner gets a shiny trophy. There's a ping pong table in another room.

    The Eats: There's a fully stocked kitchen. Most of the foods are healthy.

    The De-stresers: They recently implemented an unlimited PTO policy. If you feel like going to Vegas, you go (just let your team know so they can cover for you). The pay is exempt - you are paid your full salary for the work you do, not by the hour. If you feel like sleeping in or leaving early, feel free! You're allowed to work remotely, too.

    The Tradition: Whenever we have a new recruit or an employee leaving, we would go to happy hour (paid for by the company). They also have this fun initiation tradition where fresh employees get down on one knee and chug a bottle of Smirnoff Ice and take a Fernet shot. No pressure, it's meant to be fun. Opting out doesn't make you uncool.

    Cons

    Difficult communication with a lot of our clients and sales team as they work in the East Coast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Things have really turned around in the last year to become a really supportive and collaborative work environment.

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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 JiWire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with smart people, fun coworkers, supportive executives

    Cons

    Pay can be a little higher but if you work for it, it'll come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    JiWire talks a good talk, but they're a declining business obsessed with buyout but lacking the necessary data/skillset

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting-friendly, ping pong on-site

    Cons

    Strong negative reinforcement policies to keep you working hard, non-reimbursed travel, imminent closing of an office, indoctrination, literally too small of a budget to turn on lights in their Mountain View office, cut throat culture, spying on employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more transparent, less hostile towards employees, stop using indoctrination and negative reinforcement; President and CEO are good leaders, however

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good concept, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JiWire full-time

    Pros

    - Great startup culture: frequent HH, cool free stuff, and free dinners from partners
    - My boss was great! They knew how to get things done. Very smart individual and gets offers from other companies all the time.
    - Learned a lot from their startup mess. Gave me a good experience on my resume. I received tons of job offers while working at Jiwire :)..

    Cons

    -Other were lazy.
    -Company kept making new products but never fixed what's broken.
    -Had deadlines put on me every day and to add on, the client services team were very very rude.
    -There was a lack of respect for myself. My teammates and others worked really long hours compared to many others, while others go and party.
    -Low budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get things fixed. Hire people who are innovative and understand.

  6.  

    poorly run, what a mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible work environment; compensation; potential of company if they hired the right people

    Cons

    constant management turnover; poorly run; unclear direction; employee turnover high; product inventory/partnerships falling apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on fixing what's broken with partnerships

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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