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Evernote Reviews

Updated October 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "Smart people, loving customers, good food, small enough to make an impact" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great People, great perks, great weather" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Growing pains are definitely happening right now, but this is all part of growth as a company" (in 9 reviews)

  • "The office isn't in San Francisco" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Extension of the Brain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven - what Evernote is cool, but what users do with it is inspiring
    Global scale - a chance to impact 200M+ registered users
    People - work with people you'd choose to hang out with

    Cons

    300 person software companies come with ups and downs
    Odd perception in Silicon Valley but globally loved


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    Very good team and atmosphere

    Cons

    Leadership is weak in product strategy

  3. Helpful (13)

    "NEVERnote - save yourself from this dumpster fire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers - the people are great (NOT including management or leadership), health benefits, gym, Caltrain pass

    Cons

    Leadership
    No leader in finance or technology (no CFO or CTO - what kind of tech company doesn't have a leader in looking after the money or technology?)
    Disrespectful environment

    This once promising unicorn has now become a marketing tech company. No real technology or innovation in the past few years. As another insider pointed out : Evernote is putting lipstick on a pig. It is a legacy product people use because they have to not because they want to.

    What makes the day to day worse is the leadership. If you're looking for narcissistic, self important, grandstanding, negative know-it-all individuals to lead the company, you've got all of them here. Its a one stop shop for the worst kind of people. You can overhear them talking about how lazy everyone is and how replaceable they are. People leave jobs because of their managers. The culture is toxic.

    Just check out TechCrunch's articles. All the rumors are true.

    Save yourself the heartache. Find another company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting yourselves on the back and praising each other and minimizing what the rest of the company is contributing. Without us, you couldn't do your job.


  4. "Good, but too product centric"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, loving customers, good food, small enough to make an impact.

    Cons

    The product side of the org tends to set the agenda, so engineering doesn’t get chance to build things that last—eng/design is always trying to rush the next feature out at the request of product.

    Culture seems averse to anything but positive updates, which might explain why there is so much sugarcoating of information through the company.

    Also the office should be moved to SF.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure engineering is not properly represented in the organization. Don’t allow product to bully engineering into cutting corners to ship features. Focus on long term success. Open an SF office.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work but Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    Awesome and really talented engineering staff
    401k, health insurance, food, gym

    Cons

    Business product not exploding the way we would like

    Advice to Management

    Begin to re-prioritize the individual product and


  6. Helpful (17)

    "Remember Everything (and focus on the wrong thing)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    • There are many extraordinary people at this company (who deserve better)

    Cons

    • Due to a failed high risk investment in dubious business features and aggressive hiring, the company is desperately in need of additional cash
    • Lack of focus (e.g. the design team wasted hundreds of hours on a rebrand instead of leaning in and making much needed, modern improvements to the UX / UI of the product)
    • Recent critical business and engineering decisions are often made based on lies, exaggerations, or gaslighting
    • Leadership does not understand the numerous problems facing the company nor how to prioritize and solve them
    • Too much valuable time is wasted on experiments (for everything)
    • A grim cultural sea change among internal organizations is happening which has caused significant friction and distractions
    • Leadership lacks the skills to motivate and inspire employees and, as a result, morale is low
    • A significant number of invaluable people have just recently left the company and many more exceptional people are leaving
    • Employees lack confidence in leadership, design, and engineering

    Advice to Management

    • Leadership needs to dramatically improve its transparency and build trust and respect with its employees


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Awesome team, bad leadership"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Decent free lunch
    - Weekly pastries, deserts and beer
    - Amazing espresso machine
    - Smart, fun and friendly people
    - Gym access
    - Office is located right of 101 highway in the middle of the valley
    - Absolutely noncompetitive salary and bonus

    Cons

    - Very nontransparent and unconvincing leadership
    - Lack of focus, no sense of direction
    - No CTO
    - Bad communication between engineering, product and leaderships teams

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your employees and be transparent with them. Tell us more about your plans, tell us what is going on behind the scenes, in the leadership teams, what are the plans, what is the exact vision?
    - Prioritize core product quality over everything, build good foundation first and then expand. We need to address the tech debt and get rid of bad, legacy decisions and features.
    - Hire good CTO and replace current design leadership. Almost 15 designers left over the last couple of years due to horrible design leadership and management. Current design leadership doesn't listen to feedback of internal employees.
    - Trust your engineering leaders with their knowledge and concerns, help engineering and product teams communicate better.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A Tale of Two Cities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Evernote full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, great benefits

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no direction


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evernote full-time

    Pros

    They have great perks and the HR team is amazing.

    Cons

    - The preach they’re ok and the company isn’t doing bad but they lie and hide things from the employees. I understand you can’t say things but don’t preach about being transparent when you’re not.
    - Bad forecasting, people are possibly going to lose their jobs because it’s slowed down so much.
    - No genuine care for people, use and toss to the side. No real care.

    Advice to Management

    Start genuinely caring about your employees and don’t treat them like they’re stupid, they see and hear what’s going on.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Cultural acceptance?"

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    Current Employee - Commerce in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Commerce in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits
    Management is loving and supportive
    HR is amazing
    Wonderful employees/coworkers
    Over all an amazing job

    Cons

    No one wants to have hard conversations.
    They claim to be culturally open and accepting but seems to misrepresent certain cultures without a second thought and when this is pointed out you are basically ostracized.