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Evernote Senior Software Engineer Reviews

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  • 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)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Engaging work on a product that I use everyday"

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

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

    Pros

    - Teams are allowed to make the best version of Evernote for their specific platform
    - Engineers get to work on the cutting edge of new mobile OS platforms and desktop platforms
    - Employees are not micro-managed
    - Every person that I've worked with at Evernote is not only very smart but also friendly, teams work well together
    - For the most part, good work/life balance for a startup. There are big releases where you might have to work nights / weekends, but for the most part you can detach during the weekend for sure. A lot of people at Evernote work a lot not because they are forced to but because they are really motivated by their own projects.
    - The employees are very diverse in terms of gender / race / age. There are a number of women in leadership roles.
    - There is a lot of awesome food, espresso bars, snacks, you will not go hungry here.

    Cons

    - For some, the location of Redwood City is an issue. I love it since I live in the peninsula, but if you are the type of person who hates to leave San Francisco or commute from the city, that may be an issue, even though Evernote provides a bus & CalTrain passes. Redwood City itself is not a dump, as others have said, the downtown has come alive in the past couple of years and has a lot of nice bars / restaurants. It is about 1 mile away from Evernote's office.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with great culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Evernote full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership is very transparent. CEO is very friendly, you just have to go talk to him and get to know him. Very good perks, company always does the right thing for its users.

    Cons

    No real cons, you have to love the product to believe in the vision.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the departments are run by inexperienced product managers completely. Engineers should be given more control and technical people should be valued more.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good company with a lot of room for improvement"

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

    I worked at Evernote full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great perks - good lunch, electric car (with free charging), gym, insurance, trainings etc
    - I love the product concept and use it everyday.
    - Users love the product, so many fans all over the world.
    - CEO takes weekly all hands and very open about whats happening in the company and what he wants to do next. Sometimes he is too open about his opinions abt other companies, some platforms and some features..:)
    - As long as employees are competent, I dont see a problem in hiring friends/relatives.

    Cons

    All companies have some cons and here is what I think Evernote could improve -

    - Compensation not in line with silicon valley standard.

    - No annual employee review policy, no career direction, no annual bonus, no new shares allotment(I heard this was changing). People have to announce their anniversary on Yammer to get manager's attention. People have to resign to get desired salary bump.

    - Confusing goals, reporting structure, project ownership.
      CEO says we need "best experience", VP says "add features every week, maintain moderate experience & quality", Product manager says "ship on time, ignore experience and quality".

    - Random promotions
    Intern PM made a VP because he can enact the CEO and crack jokes, senior software engg made a VP because her VP left and many similar stories. There was no pattern of hard work, good execution or great leadership skills to be made a VP/Director/Manager. No exciting career growth path for others.

     - Missing proper marketing/advertising punch. New 1GB/month is much better than Dropbox or Google's fixed GB for life. Dude advertise it.

    - QA team is a joke.
    - There should be a mandatory 2 weeks beta testing within company with the final release. Product managers and developers should get mandatory feedback from 15-20 actual users to evaluate the release.

    Advice to Management

    - Improve product management team.
    Give them relevant trainings. Presentation skills, Charts and numbers should be a mandatory training. Call industry experts to give those trainings.

    - Improve product slowly
    Remove user pain points slowly and steadily
    do things which users actually want.

    - Give proper goals to products, features, teams, employees. If there is no goal then teams dont know what to do.

    - Reward your team for hard work.

    - Customer support and development teams should work side by side.


  4. Helpful (14)

    "CEO solely responsible for taking a great company down."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Evernote full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are so many cons that Pros would not matter anymore. The culture of the company has become so toxic that in-spite of some pros an employee cannot be happy anymore.

    Cons

    Background
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    3 years ago the company was flying high, not even a single person was thinking about the leaving, everybody was engaged, motivated and driven to make the company successful. Everybody loved the CEO and his open attitude, and he really cared about the employees back then., The office was in mountain view, it was small, the perks were very less compared to today but it did not matter as Employees were happy.

    Last week
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    During the weekly all hands meeting the CEO who has been reading glassdoor reviews about the company mentioned that all the reviews are false, he hates glassdoor and he is very approachable. Joke!. Next he demoted Head of Products to manage the engineering aspect only, basically he has been asked to leave and would vanish in a few months by giving a political reason. He himself is Head of Products now but that is a very critical mistake and would bring down the company as CEO would never admit his mistakes. He has been micromanaging everything already so why would this change usher a new era for the company. All the CEO's strategy has been failing for last few years. Starting from Evernote Hello, Evernote Food, buying Skitch and Penultimate, Evernote market and so on.

    No Vision
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    CEO has no vision, he does not know what would work in the market and makes ad-hoc decisions.

    When Evernote Hello was made many of us knew it would be a failure, but CEO said that this would be the way to exchange business cards. What happened? The project got canned.

    Evernote Food was useless app which had no users and complete waste of effort.

    Then the company bought skitch app, CEO said Skitch would make powerpoint obsolete in 2 years, what happened, Skitch got obsolete.

    Then the company bought Penultimate handwriting app, after a lot of investment, the project was put in the back burner.

    Then CEO came up with Evernote Market, and said that this would help the company fork into a new era. It was complete waste and deviated the company from making Evernote a business platform for companies.

    Personal Behavior
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    CEO is rude, grumpy and insults employees regularly in front of everybody. He wants all employees to eat food that he likes, so all the catering is done based on his choice, He wants all employees to watch movies that he likes like Hobbit.
    He thinks he is the most smart in the room and denegrade's everybody including random companies that have got nothing to with Evernote, random people, new employees that get introduced on their first day. Few months back somebody spread the rumor on the Secret app that Evernote was bought by some company. CEO literally threatened the employees that whoever spread the news, his/her name would come out one day and then would know about you.

    He does not have children as he hates them and his jokes about Children as disease carriers is very denegrading to us parents and shows the mentality of this person.

    Current and Prospective employees
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    People who are thinking about joining Evernote, please read all the reviews and make your decision accordingly. Current employees, you know what is going on, Its a sinking ship and this company can never go IPO based upon its current state and the future looks bleak. Expect some layoff in the near future, since the company is too big to sustain.

    Culture
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    The culture of the company is toxic, HR is CEO's personal department. They have no back bone, They cannot stand against anybody who is stepping out of bounds. CEO uses the F word openly, shouts at people. All promotions are based upon how close are you to CEO. CEO's own brother left the company as he could not take it anymore. There are many other issues like below market salaries, rsu's are a joke, personal behavior of senior manager,s extreme nepotism, no evangelism and vision and so on.

    Advice to Management

    All Senior Leadership including CEO except the CTO should be replaced.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Low Ego, High Talent, Awesome Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic engineering teams that work together well and believe in Evernote's mission
    - Top-notch core engineering team and a brilliant CTO who take the time to mentor other team members. You will learn a lot.
    - There is very little bureaucracy and it's easy to get things done fast
    - There's always a new project happening, so you're almost never treading water or bored.
    - Plenty of opportunity to contribute your ideas and have them be listened to no matter where you are in the company

    Cons

    - It's not a place to work if you want a 40-hour work week. Almost everyone works long hours.
    - The pace of projects can make it hard to find sufficient time to improve bugs in the product.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees have a lot of faith in you and you've steered us right so far. Keep up the good work; make sure that you pay enough attention to raising the quality on the existing product as launching new features.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + No-nonsense CEO with clear vision and amazing ability to express that vision
    + Co-workers all firmly in the "smart and get things done" camp
    + Customers respect and deeply admire Evernote and want us to succeed
    + Ability to make a positive difference for millions of users each and every release
    + Amazing office space and perks
    + Fair and actively engaged management, genuinely interested in listening and improving

    Cons

    + Some minor growing pains in transition from startup to started-up
    + Cross-team coordination could use some work

    Advice to Management

    + Stay focused on what makes Evernote great
    + Work on enhancing and improving core functionality