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Jawa Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  1. "Pretty good time at JAWA / Digital Madhouse"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    JAWA owned many different companies and projects, so great opportunity to work on diversified projects from Facebook games to android apps. Great writing and content staff with huge diverse backgrounds from entertainment, music, arts, etc.

    The free lunches were great, but not unusual for startups

    Cons

    Workloads at start ups can be stressful. If your not use to changing projects or strategic direction on a dime, then larger matrixed companies are probably better for you. Senior management kept direct reports always in the loop but it didn't always trickle down to the front line programmer or customer service rep.

    Advice to Management

    Keep projects a little more consistent. If something is working and successful the right effort is made, but if one of your projects is lingering its best to retire it faster then holding out.


  2. "Interesting Experience"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Scottsdale, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jawa as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with! Great company culture, philanthropy was very important to all at the company, provided meals daily, including snacks! Sleeping/Napping room complete with a nap pod, Museum of Star Trek memorabilia

    Cons

    Shady business - several companies operating under the same office but had very shady business operations that seemed to be going on

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Like family"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere
    Great employee benefits
    Fun place to work
    Challenging place to work
    Great rapport among employees
    Lots of new technology

    Cons

    Lack of organization at the upper management level
    Lack of project organization
    Lack of clear direction
    Lack of communication to employees

    Advice to Management

    It was a great place to work, wish it could have lasted even longer. I will always treasure my time there.


  4. "WARNING: Don't be fooled by all the perks!! (Watch the movie "Boiler Room")"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance-Marketing-Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Finance-Marketing-Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    -Free Food
    -Free Snacks
    -Huge Game Room
    -Wear whatever you want

    Cons

    -Mysterious Business Model
    -Very shady and secretive, No communication between departments, Everyone works in silos
    -Leadership does not have any experience (resumes show it!!)
    -Does not work well with other external business (vendors and customers)

    Advice to Management

    1st: Let's work on doing a legitimate business...something that's not a scam.
    2nd: Your IQ test isn't fooling anyone...or it isn't working because the talent pool is very shallow
    3rd: Start hiring folks with experience (not straight out of high school or jail)


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Jawa is an amazing place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends

    Pros

    Jawa offers fantastic employee benefits and perks along with a positive work environment that rewards employees for their hard work. The company truly believes in the "work hard, play hard" mantra reminiscent of how Google operates. Breakfast and lunch are brought in everyday and the office boasts and game room complete with pool tables, video games, foosball and comfy couches.

    Cons

    To work at Jawa you need to be a self-starter and an outside-of-the-box thinker. While management at the company is great, one must be competent enough to come up with ideas on his/her own to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Jawa boasts a great management team. All are very competent in their respective departments and are straightforward leaders. In my experience, there has been no passive, aggressiveness (one of the worst traits a manager can have, in my opinion).


  6. "Best Company in AZ, Ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jawa full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, great perks - owners cared about the employees to no end. Upper management encouraged individual thinkers and rewarded them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Jawa went out of business due to a change in the industry climate.

    Advice to Management

    None. Most forward thinking business owners in Scottsdale.


  7. "Employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jawa full-time

    Pros

    No pros I can think of to mention other than catered lunches

    Cons

    Company wasted money on bright and shiny things while letting employees go left and right

  8. "Petrophysicist"

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    Current Employee - Petrophysict in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Petrophysict in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    its time to adventure in arabia

    Cons

    petrophysic analist is interesting thing to do


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Young start up firm, with a non accountability culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    There's enough freedom, but need to make sure you're not identified as a risk to superiors

    Cons

    Lack of communication, no processes, no strategy

    Advice to Management

    Find jewels before they take off, re-assess current managers