Jive Software

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Jive Software Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
111 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Everyone is very dedicated and fun in the company so its a joy to come to work every day (in 7 reviews)

  • Jive is full of great people, who are all great at what they do (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Parking - Downtown Palo Alto - not many places to park and permits aren't cheap (in 5 reviews)

  • Both business and the company is growing too fast (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company & people. Enjoy working here !

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Jive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Strong products & offerings. Customers love the products.
    *One of those rare companies that genuinely cares about its employees even during these tough times
    *Passionate, smart, capable and hard working colleagues.
    *Really fun colleagues who I can call friends. Strong team mentality & none of the selfish agenda that I have dealt with previously in other companies.
    *Competitive salary & benefits package.
    *Management is competent, down to earth and transparent, which I appreciate quite a bit.

    Cons

    *Competition from larger players like Microsoft is ruthless although Jive's product is much better.
    *Management turnover and it has gotten a bit chaotic trying to figure out the right strategy to get product sales back on track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the best companies I've ever been with

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Jive Software

    Pros

    Great company culture. Jivers are driven, smart, and passionate about the company, the products, and the impact they have on the world. I worked at a company like this earlier in my career and never thought I'd find another; it is truly a rare thing. I work from home, so I have a lot of flexibility while still feeling engaged with the people and information I need to get things done thanks to the Jive platform. The benefits are very good and management is proactive and engaging without micro-managing. Communication of news, product information and general company direction is frequent and there is tremendous transparency throughout the company.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but there is constant change, but this is inevitable and necessary to keep the company moving forward, so not a big negative for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great transparency and communication. Keep asking why and keep listening to the answers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    What happened to listening to your people?

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Jive Software

    Pros

    Jive is a great product.... Professional Services is better and better every year.

    Culture.... Keep listening to you people.

    Cons

    Leadership..... Ensure those in charge take the time to meet with their teams and LISTEN.

    Enfalated titles for jivers who have been there a long time verses actual skills, experience and capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure there is trust amongst leaders at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    A once-great company that has lost its way

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

    I worked at Jive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    + smart people
    + nice office space
    + rank and file people are likable and friendly
    + heavy beer culture, if you're into that sort of thing

    Cons

    - management quality varies widely
    - product is bloated and you have to wonder if its time has come and gone
    - The company used to be driven by internal collaboration, but now that's been replaced to a large extent by internal competition and squabbling, which leads to all sorts of dysfunction
    - they feel like they've lost direction somewhat and are trying to figure out how to stop floundering in the market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company Even if they still believe they are a startup when that ship sailed years ago

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Escalation Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Associate Escalation Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Jive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun office culture, hard working teams,great collaboration. I was able to discuss my views with the VP of Engineering after working at the company for 2 months right out of college working in support. He listed to what I had to say and acknowledged he was wrong and corrected his stance. This openness exists throughout the company.

    Cons

    Jive Management still treats the company as a startup and makes some stupid decisions based on that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the titles you give new hires VS the hires you already have. It is demoralizing when someone who has never worked in your department and has just been hired gets "senior" status over the people who have worked in the department for 2-5 years

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

    Great people, great office, great product, great company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Jive Software as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, fun culture, lots of room for internal growth,..
    Everyone is very dedicated and fun in the company so its a joy to come to work every day
    The compensation is good, and the offices are beautiful and stocked with great food!

    Cons

    Couldn't think of 1 bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The first time in my career that I am working on something that I deeply care about

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Engineering in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Engineering in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Jive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Jive is a company that values the individual. As a manager I feel like more of a facilitator than a manager. This is made possible by hiring only the best talent and ensuring that the level of expectation is high. The company consistently organizes events and understands the importance of listening to everyone and this is from the CEO down.

    Compensation is extremely competitive and work above and beyond expectation is always noticed.

    Cons

    Since the company is so fast moving sometimes we stumble into things but we always come out the other side successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are defining the market so sometimes the vision that is communicated to engineers isn't always clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, could use a little maturity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Jive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Jive really does have a strong ability to nurture those who want to grow in their position or throughout the company. Great perks including: beer, snacks, lunch and learns, VTO, PTO, and health/fitness credits. Some departments allow for flex schedules and you're treated like an adult here. Jive Management is fairly transparent with regard to the company's direction.

    Cons

    Jive could use a little maturity when it comes to processes and procedures. Still has a great start-up-like feeling, however, that usually leaves process implementation as an afterthought, so more time is spent on the back-end, under the gun, searching for answers. Jive could use a strong vision instead of moving rapidly from shiny object to shiny object.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some cycles locking in process and procedures for the good of the organization. Process development isn't sexy, but in the long run it saves on staff time and customer frustration. We keep running into the same types of issues with an all too familiar regularity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Jive is intense, but richly rewarding in many ways.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Jive Software full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Jive is full of great people, who are all great at what they do. Nobody is here just for the ride, and I love that everyone is trying to be the best they can. You will grow as a professional and a person if you join Jive. Plus, there are lots of perks, from Pizza to Playstation....

    Cons

    Jive is an intense ride and necessarily will become a massive part of your life. The downside is that switching off is not so easy!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fast Pace, Fun and Rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Jive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal people who work together to make our clients the happiest I have ever seen. No challenge is too much and the company constantly excites our customers with quality solutions and dedication to making our customers successful.

    Cons

    Be prepared to learn at a fast pace. As the market matures, Jive continues to set the pace and drive innovation and learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the company forward. Keep changing the way that our clients get work done. WorkStyle is market changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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