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Jama Software Reviews

Updated Feb 21, 2019

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  1. "Great Company in a growth cycle"

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    Current Employee - QA TECH LEAD in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company has a strong business plan and is growing at an incredible rate. Company continues to reinvest in the team and is adding process and hierarchy to keep up with the growth. The people are awesome, collaborative and friendly. Lots of opportunity for people who want it

    Cons

    Hyper-growth means rapid change. We have experimented with a few different development processes. We have had some turnover (various reasons) but I think it is settling down as the people who want to work in a startup environment move on and we transition into a more mid-sized company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward. Keep the vision going. This is going to be a crazy ride so just remain steady and push through. Good opportunity to make Jama something amazing in Portland.

    Jama Software2019-02-21

    Jama Software Response

    February 24, 2019Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you very much for the review. Growth definitely has it's highs and lows and I'm glad to hear that you are embracing the challenge and opportunity for company and personal/professional growth.

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    "Fortunate to work at Jama"

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

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are smart, caring and authentic. High level of transparency and overall sense of responsibility to give to the employees as well as to the community. Employees are given the opportunity to learn and advance their careers. Employees have a voice.

    Cons

    It would be nice to have a better parking arrangements and more generous parking reimbursements.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make the employees feel appreciated and keep us up to date on the good, the bad and the ugly. It fosters the transparent environment that all of us really appreciate. Add more opportunities for flex hours and remote days to be competitive in the hot Portland Tech community.

    Jama Software2019-01-03

    Jama Software Response

    January 4, 2019Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you very much for your review - I'm glad that you are experiencing many of our core values in action. I agree with your comment on parking, it is unfortunate that we don't have a garage in our building. We used to have a transportation benefit in the past that we removed in ...

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    "Best company I ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Tech Lead In Engineering in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jama Software for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Best company I ever worked for (may be the best company I ever work for) - Great people. Smart, dedicated Engineering team - Taking relatively good care of employees (benefits, etc.) - Great downtown office location

    Cons

    - Lost its startup appeal; processes are now often elevated above results. This is probably the right thing for the clientele and the direction, it may just not be right for everyone (it wasn't for me, anymore, but if you come from a larger company, you will feel the opposite) - Lack of technical leadership, priorities are set by Sales and Marketing instead, glossing over the technical basics - Collaborative, consensus...

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    Jama Software2018-11-13

    Jama Software Response

    November 14, 2018Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for the review. I'm glad to hear that your time at Jama was so positive overall and I truly hope that the experiences you had here have set you up to be a key contributor at your current and future places of work. As we continue to grow, I will be sure to make sure our transparency ...

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    "Fantastic Growth Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time

    Pros

    For those that are committed to showing up, working hard, driving results, and remaining a little patient, Jama provides some great opportunities for career advancement. I've seen many people (myself included) come into the business at sort of an entry-level and move into more pivotal roles over the course of several years. Benefits are great. Work-life balance, inclusion, and community involvement are well-supported....

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    Cons

    Make sure you are up for the challenge that comes along with working in a rapid growth environment. Things are constantly evolving, so you should have the ability to adapt and be committed for the long-haul.

    Advice to Management

    Continue getting in front of our customers and socializing ideas. They are our best source for input & feedback on the product strategy.

    Jama Software2018-10-03

    Jama Software Response

    October 8, 2018Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for the review. I'm glad to hear that Jama has been a good environment for you. A growth orientation isn't easy, but it can be very rewarding - sounds like you are leaning into the opportunity. Will take your advice about continuous customer feedback to heart as we go forward, ...

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  5. "Fast growth and career opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Customer Facing Role in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun company Great benefits and office Smart colleagues Transparent management Especially for customer-facing roles, this is a great place to work to expose yourself to a variety of industries like avionics, medical devices, complex system development. You'll gain lots of experience to grow your career internally or after your time at Jama Software

    Cons

    Not a con - just a note to echo another review. Company is very focused on growing revenue and being growth stage company so you'll want to be ok with fast pace and ok with change/taking initiative

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on transparency of company financial health and situation. DOn't try and "boil the ocean" on product strategy - often customers just want to see incremental improvements to buy in further.

    Jama Software2018-08-02

    Jama Software Response

    August 3, 2018Chief Executive Officer

    Thanks for your review. I'm glad that overall things are well for you and I agree with your comment that being in growth mode is not for everyone, but it sounds like you are appreciating the journey. I will take your advice to heart and continue to be as transparent as possible and ...

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  6. "Jama a good place to be"

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

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful workspace. Very skilled and talented employees in an environment of respect, trust and possibility.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but good to be aware the company is in a phase of rapid growth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, continue to cultivate a comfortable and safe place for brilliant people to be creative.

    Jama Software2018-07-15

    Jama Software Response

    July 15, 2018Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for your review. I'm glad that overall things are positive and I can assure you that maintaining and improving our strong company culture and environment while we continue to grow is a top priority for me and my team.

  7. "pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jama Software full-time

    Pros

    office is nice and benefits/pay are excellent

    Cons

    product team is disconnected from the reality that customers experience

    Advice to Management

    focus on product quality and fixing the growing backlog of defects

    Jama Software2018-07-12

    Jama Software Response

    July 15, 2018Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for your review. It's unfortunate to hear about your perceived disconnect from the product team - I'm not sure if it has been well communicated cross-functionally but they do intentionally invest in a lot of things to stay closely engaged with our customers - many calls, ...

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    "Ups and Downs and Downs"

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

    I worked at Jama Software for less than a year

    Pros

    - great work/life balance - no pressure to work long hours. - a minority of the employees are really engaged and kind and working to make life at work better. That minority rules! - software has some innovative features, even if it struggles in quality sometimes.

    Cons

    - a product that is not well-loved by the company or its customers (let's be honest: nothing in this space is "loved by customers"; it's just less crappy than its competitors) - politics between departments can be pretty crappy; there is a definite "us vs them" mentality at play. - the good parts of company culture are entirely bottom-up: game nights, social bike rides etc are organized by employees, not management....

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. There are plenty of other tech companies in town who do. Transparency isn't saying "rah rah the future is exciting, there will be no changes!" and then laying off 10 people the next week.

    Jama Software2017-12-20
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    "Enterprise Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jama Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Kind, helpful culture, innovative and exciting, excellent product with innovative and motivated product development team, helpful management and peer groups, genuinely super people

    Cons

    If you are used to a large enterprise, moving to a smaller company has it's challenges - many new processes in flight which is natural, less infrastructure support, smaller departments like marketing, sales is largely green field hunting depending on region and vertical

    Advice to Management

    Maximize sellers potential, avoid competition within sales roles

    Jama Software2017-09-21

    Jama Software Response

    September 22, 2017Chief Executive Officer

    Thanks for the review! We've evolved our go-to-market strategy and tactics a fair amount over the past year and will continue to do so in order to maximize our opportunity in the market, so this feedback and advice is much appreciated.

  10. "Junior AE Salary"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Jama Software

      Pros

      Great culture, office location, and flexibility!

      Cons

      Too much change in Sales Leadership

      Jama Software2017-09-04

      Jama Software Response

      September 22, 2017Chief Executive Officer

      Thanks for the review - our sales leadership team has been stable for almost a year now so I'm confident that we are headed in the right direction. Glad you enjoy the company culture, Jama is a special place!

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