Mutual Mobile Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
39 Reviews
3.7
39 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Easy to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    We have the freedom to point clients in the right direction, challenging their design expectations, and do it based on what the end user actually cares about. The process is similar to an ad agency, but I have the ability to push the envelope much further, since there are developers who can deliver on whatever we ask them to.

    I have direct access to the client, so there's little nonsense between me and what I want to accomplish for a particular product. I also get plenty of opportunities to grow my career, since it is easy to get exposed to a variety of industries and projects.

    Cons

    Creative leadership is not checked in. We need a strong leader, which every other department except design seems to have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an ECD and do it fast.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    It is a cool company with a killer team. I work with some of the most brilliant people in Austin and everyone is really friendly.

    This isn't a 9-5 gig; as long as you get your work done, it's all good. There are lots of fun events, like the hackathons and happy hours.

    Cons

    The office remodel is distracting, since we have to be in the office while it is happening. But once it's done, it sounds like it's going to be awesome.

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

    Crap

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Mutual Mobile full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you want to work with a bunch of slackers, this place is for you.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    High stress.
    Owners think they are god's gift to the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone who cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Will they survive .... ?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Mutual Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Energetic ... "Had" driven engineers but now have lost most of them ...

    Free downtown parking drinks in house 24x7

    Good firm for making shiny brochures ...

    Cons

    Sweat shop ... Sprints to craziness ... drive engineers and QA to work 80 hours a week

    And folks on bench are not expected to chip in ... Day to day activities driven by Founders as a divide company ...

    Bad firm to develop long lasting software ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and act mature ... be mature

    Deep down ... Trust your guts - dont let people who do not understand engineering ... drive engineering projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Turning a new leaf

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Finally some new focus with the leadership of the department. Working on interesting products for our clients, and our clients challenge us to push further. The developers are incredible and doing breakthrough development on the latest mobile fronts, like wearables.

    Client work has been challenging, because you get to see a variety of industries and they use different types of project management methodologies. But it's a great learning experience and definitely has made me much more well-rounded.

    Cons

    The negative influence from past leadership does still linger, but at least those people are no longer working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you don't lose the culture and focus on more great clients that will bring us interesting projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Slash and Burn creates lots of spin offs in Austin !

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    * Pay is ok
    * Goodies like Table Tennis, Beer Keg, Drinks, and Munchies
    * There are a few great people - have to search for them

    Cons

    * If a project goes bad, they fire the whole team
    * No coaching skills - if someone does not behave, they get fired
    * Management is very poor (see below)
    * Many of the best people have left to join other companies or start their own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investors should replace the top layer of management (T&M) - reputation in Austin about MM is getting quite bad and the ability to recruit new people is going to decline, unless you deal with this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working on interesting things

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Developer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Things seem to be getting better, after a period of rough waters. They are remodeling the office space, so everyone is back in a common space and it's been a good thing to be surrounded by the inspirational people that first attracted me to work here. The management team that seemed to be causing most of the waves is gone or minimized, and my friends and I are able to refocus on doing cool things again.

    The executive team is starting to get their act together, showing some actual leadership. We aren't a small startup that they sold us on for so many years, so the things that matter have changed.

    Also, free beer. So there's that.

    Cons

    Things change a lot and you have to be prepared for that. There are still some outstanding issues with performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the business and making things that should be stable more stable (like salary reviews, career advancement, etc).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A bit disorganized

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ability to make your own hours.
    Nice office downtown.
    Unlimited snacks and drinks

    Cons

    A lot of childish behavior by the cofounders.
    Poor company communications.
    Poor Leadership.
    The good ole boys club gets it's way regardless of work performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on cutting out the favoritism and actually recognizing those who are doing the heavy lifting. Be open to new ideas. The new CFO could make a big difference if he isn't pushed to the side by the other cofounders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun, young, empowering

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

    I have been working at Mutual Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Super fun, flexible atmosphere and office environment. Everyone is really supportive of one another, I've made some great friends and developed good networks. You work among some of the coolest, most innovative people in the industry. Managers & executives really empower you to innovate, explore passions and side projects, though I do wish there was more time for this. Operations really works to create an enjoyable physical environment with awesome amenities and perks. Pretty young, fun -- you don't find many places like this one. I know we're spoiled and it's awesome. Can't think of anything better. Promising outlook with some awesome, big-name projects.

    Cons

    As someone else said, there are some office politics but that's pretty typical. As long as you are a hard worker and team player then you're fine.
    People at every level are still learning, which can make way for lots of changes and exploration of office needs/culture development, but it's always in best interest of the employees and company as a whole. People definitely mean well. This isn't really a con, just something to keep in mind if you don't like fluctuations in company identity and taking the process of figuring it out as we go along. On the plus side, this makes for a very organic environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    [ Pain ] & [ Gain Experience ]

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Mutual Mobile full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you have experience, you will have the opportunity to get a lot more experience babysitting (lending a hand) the Jr. Team. This is a definite pro if you want to expand your horizons. This was the best part.

    Cons

    Sweat shop mentality. No focus, chasing the next shiny penny ONLY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grab the reigns, lead with clarity and conviction. Stick to your word. Stand behind the decisions of your trusted employees. Quit with the scapegoat, and under the bus tossing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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