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Evernote Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • For the most part, good work/life balance for a startup (in 13 reviews)

  • Collaboration, excellent developers, amazing catered lunches, lots of social events, promising new CEO (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Some minor growing pains in transition from startup to started-up (in 6 reviews)

  • High turnover recently due to our changing needs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Personal growth, optimism, collaboration"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    Evernote is on the right track. New leadership. We've had lots of hiring and new capable colleagues bring in lots of experience. New projects are aligned to make Evernote more profitable. Smiles and fun in the workplace again.

    A few years ago it seemed like the best was behind us, but new leadership has brought focus and projects that make sense, rather than distractions. New CEO and leadership are very collaborative and consult (and listen to) staff on direction. The environment feels entirely "open" compared to previously.

    Professional and personal development is encouraged. Quarterly goals include requirement for learning or practicing new skills. There are dozens of Evernote Academy courses each quarter to learn floral arrangement, wine tasting, leadership skills, or how to travel smart at Disneyland.

    Free Caltrain, shuttle from SF, bikes for around town, electric car charging. Subsidized massages. Free boxing, gym, boot camp.

    Cons

    We're still digging out from a backlog of old projects that we need to eliminate or that need to get completed. Old bugs and hacks in the code need to be improved. Some useless projects need to be shut down.
    Lots of staff rearrangement as projects are reorganized. It would be nice to have more consistency.
    Can't do anything with the stock until a liquidity event.
    No 401k matching yet.

    Advice to Management

    It feels like you're on the right track. Keep open lines of communication with staff for insight and ideas. Encourage professional development so staff stick around and bring new skills to the job.

    Evernote Response

    Jul 26, 2016 – SVP, People

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback and for keeping an open mind about our future! Keep us honest about remaining transparent and keeping communication lines wide open, we ... More


  2. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    Great group of dedicated people (note there has been significant turnover in the last few years).

    Cons

    Growing pains of a mid-stage startup.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    Evernote is a great company to work for overall, but especially to start a career. Beautiful office, catered lunches, gym, dental, etc. Brand is known all over the world so opportunities for high exposure also exist. Overall very fun, challenging, and engaging company to work for.

    Cons

    While Evernote is a great company to start, there are a few significant drawbacks. First, since the company is very small (roughly 300 people) there is very little room for growth.
    Not enough developers for a gigantic codebase and product that is frequently used by a large amount of our users.
    At times it can seem like a revolving door in terms of personnel turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more QA personnel and revamp our QA testing protocols. Hire more developers - we need more help.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, cool product, family friendly

    Cons

    If someone want to build career, it's not right place


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For me, it's the people and teams that I interact with on a daily basis that makes me excited to wake up in the morning and make my way to work.

    It's pretty great that members of the leadership team take the time to learn everyone's names.

    I truly enjoy being a part of a team that is self-motivated to suceed!

    Cons

    There are some that feel a bit entitled to the perks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of work to do"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People care about doing right by users

    Cons

    Decision making and resource allocation is challenging

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on doing fewer things better on behalf of users


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome Atmosphere/Product Improving"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    * New business model has brought in more customers
    * Well-known brand with a large user base
    * Great pay and benefits
    * Awesome people to work with

    Cons

    Rolling out new releases can be stressful. New management has been perfectly fine but lines of communication could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Continue chasing the best talent and bring them in! Management, just continue to communicate with the staff regardless of team so everyone can always be on the same page. Keep it up


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Heavy-handed environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of nice and very talented individual contributors

    Leadership is helping the company pivot in a clear direction

    Decent pay and benefits

    Family-friendly

    Probably a decent place to be if you are an engineer (but not really for others)

    Cons

    Everyone is busy "managing up", leadership sets unrealistic expectations, sets a tone for lots of politics and empire building; the work is poorly organized and teams are told to use rigor and be strategic to help the company "grow up" yet simultaneously pushed to be faster, scrappier without any good reason; teams are not adequately resourced, everyone's attention is split in a thousand directions; management provides little transparency and only gives lip service to helping staff succeed; too busy with CYA.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees rather than boss them around. Support channels of honest two way communication. Listen to your HR team, they are great.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overdue"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, great perks, great weather.

    Cons

    Expensive area to live, but the weather is great.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good brand and consumers love the product

    Cons

    Terrible leadership at the time



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