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  1. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Portland, OR
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensequence as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of things to explore independently and very good people

    Cons

    Nothing noteworthy but salaries should be paid per type of work even for interns although it may not be mainstream. It encourages more engagement for people even from college.

    Advice to Management

    Should pay market rate if hiring interns


  2. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensequence (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work environment, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Downsized to skeleton staff makes it a tough place to be.

  3. "Senior SCM Build and Release Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Not stable. No direction in the future. No money to run

    Advice to Management

    Start getting some directions


  4. "Employees Are Disposable Assets Who Get No Loyalty"

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    Current Employee - Training Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ensequence full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting market space with what were some of the coolest products I've encountered. Great location in downtown Portland, near major transit routes. Engineering team was open to perspectives from non-engineers when you demonstrated you had a well-considered argument for them to consider.

    Cons

    No loyalty to their people, demonstrated in a variety of ways. Compensation is below par. Efforts to go above and beyond the job description and add value to the company are gladly accepted but without any willingness to compensate or promote for that added value. But worst of all, was laying off a third of the company without any prior warning.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't run the company to save the jobs of the people you hired, they aren't the people who should be shown the door.


  5. "I learned the importance of inquiring about the position's history during the interview process and not learning after.."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ensequence full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some very bright, hardworking talent on staff. Most of the people generally get along and work well together. Good feeling of community among the majority of the staff. (Now...if only they could abandon those high-walled cubicles

    Cons

    Senior management often unsure of the company's overall path forward...a lot of trying something out, then gauging the success (or lack of) and then adjusting their approach accordingly. That's fine, but the roller coaster ride (as I've heard others describe it) is tiring and the poorly executed rounds of layoffs caused a good portion of the top talent to leave for more stable companies. On that note, Ensequence has the feel of start-up, in that opportunities to learn and move up are available, but the overall stability of the company is questionable. And, while the company has been in existence since 2000 and has raised tens of millions in investor capital during that time, it has yet to find a successful (read:profitable) business model, spending more money to develop its products than is made from the sale of said products.

    As for what I alluded to in my title, if your the 4th person hired to a specific role in ~3 years (as was my case), you need to learn about this before you accept the offer and consider whether you want to deal with it, or rather, consider the other job offers you have. Lesson learned.

    Advice to Management

    Something they (I'm sure) already know: when various members of senior management are leaving for other companies, combined with the rounds of layoffs, this creates a genuine concern (panic for some) among the rank and file. For the sake of the company and it's current staff, please exercise some discretion...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "New direction, new leaders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ensequence full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Ensequence is a company that is re-focused and moving full speed ahead in a new direction with purpose.
    Great leaders, benefits and location.

    Cons

    No 401k match, tall cubical walls create seclusion.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to make a career while learning cutting edge technologies. Family oriented and fun atmosphere. Great opportunities to grow and excel at your job. Great people.

    Cons

    Ensequence is growing and defining its processes and teams. While the new positions are filled, many of us are spread too thing.

    Advice to Management

    Product development would benefit from a more traditional structure where marketing and engineering are lead by different staff.

  8. "Great people, great location, cool industry (TV)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Television industry software products - friends and relatives can relate to the end product.
    Stock Options, Downtown location - easy access to public transit, casual dress code, flexible work hours, free bagels and donuts on Fridays, free soda every day.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Limited use of Open Source technology. Cube walls reduce open feeling in the middle of the office, but at least most of the shared offices (where many of the employees work) don't have them.

    Advice to Management

    Add 401k matching and remove waiting period. Provide paid time off for community service/volunteering. Lower more of the cube walls for a more of an open space feeling and collaboration.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people to work with, Can do attitudes!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, very few personality issues
    Understanding managers who strive to create a good work environment
    Excellent location in the Unico Tower

    Cons

    As the company has aged it has become a bit corporate feeling
    loss of the 401k Matching
    not always the best at recognizing important contributions

    Advice to Management

    Management has done pretty well with this company given the shifting landscape that is the interactive Television business. I would give them a B+ overall.


  10. "Challenging, demanding, but rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are generally better than the norm.

    Cons

    The company is still in the start-up phase, so longevity remains a concern.


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