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Jawbone Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, everyone in the company was was committed to making the product great (in 10 reviews)

  • This company is filled with smart people, game changing products and learning opportunities everywhere you look (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Executive leadership has challenges making decisions (in 3 reviews)

  • The executive staff is gonna be the demise of this company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good product needs better management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team was full of good talent, innovative, energetic

    Cons

    management didn't have the skills to coordinate well or deal with the downs of ups and downs well

    Advice to Management

    focus on the nuts and bolts of operations, if these don't work, it doesn't matter how well designed the product is


  2. "Hardware Intern"

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

    I worked at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good locations, nice snacks

    Cons

    Structural issues, poor management, bad strategy

    Advice to Management

    Pick a product and create business strategies to successfully sell it.

  3. "Same company (Jawbone) and same staff just different name."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are still getting paychecks. Investors are still investing. And Glassdoor has a record of what people said before about the company and current exec team.

    Cons

    Management can't decide on their product direction. Bluetooth headsets? No. Jamboxes? No. Heath bands? No. Health apps? Sure. Next year >> who knows? Adding the word "Health" to a company name doesn't take away the glassdoor reviews from before especially when the same team is driving decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. If your exec team hasn't made a profit since it started Jawbone in 1999 and keeps rebranding (Aliph >> Jawbone >> Jawbone Health) maybe they aren't meant to be execs. They're only as good as the company they barely keep.

    Jawbone Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Head of Recruiting

    Thanks for taking the time to review your experiences. Jawbone Health has only been a company for 5 months, so it looks like you are reviewing the former company that you worked with for 3 years. We... More


  4. "A lot of potential...wasted"

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

    I worked at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    Exciting industry, good software/app, solid brand, flexible work, successful building new categories and markets, close collaboration between groups/peers

    Cons

    Unable to succeed in markets Jawbone created due to many friction points - Inability to execute, scale, launch on time, manage COGS, do what you say you will do, keep retailers happy, develop good strategy and stay on plan.

    Advice to Management

    Does it matter anymore?
    Congrats on building the company to be a significant player, and one with tremendous promise. Would have been fun to see what could have been.


  5. "A 'sixteen year old startup' is not a bad thing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has grit beyond any expectation. It has created market changing products, and in my experience has always produced a compelling vision of making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    At least previously, it has had the vices of a small startup, often beyond the time when it needs to move past them. The point in time where it needs to leave behind the execution strategies of a startup and become in a sense 'boring' is hard for any company, but particularly for this one.

    Advice to Management

    Recheck your actions against your vision regularly. Treat the company the same way you treat the product. It is the most important product.


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great perks and flexibility. You also get cool products

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now


  7. "grand plans"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jawbone (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    competitive pay. some good equipment.

    Cons

    sometimes too grand plans. expense report process

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Like Bob Dylan says - Times They Are A'Changing"

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    Current Employee - Undisclosed in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Undisclosed in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jawbone full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ground floor growth - like a start up. But wait there's more! Industry connections worldwide. Unbeatable medical leadership....this is waaaaay more than fashion or fad. If you can handle ambiguity, uncertainty, and excitement - Jawbone's got it! If you need security, predictability, an easy ride, a secure future - keep looking. No whimps!!!!

    Cons

    unpredictable. Leadership very ego-based and inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Get over your differences and shake hands. People may admire you individually - but do they admire you as a team? Not yet. Get help. Great individuals, and as a team you suck. Get over it. Get on with it.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay far, far, far away."

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

    I worked at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    Talented, intelligent employees with great ideas. Quiet work environment. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Worst possible executive staff. Aimless vision. Company has markets several times every couple years and has failed to be profitable. Perpetual startup. Executive staff does not seem to care about anything beyond their own ideas. Execs claim to put their people first but do not provide transparency, guidance or avenues of development. Nearly everyone is unhappy and wants to leave. I highly recommend that you do not apply to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop supporting the CEO's daydreams, and move on. CEO needs to get a grip on reality and to stop deluding his employees. CEO clearly cares more about his vision than about anything, or anybody, else.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Everything is no longer UP. All downhill now."

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

    I worked at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    No projects which means no hard deadlines. Work from home twice a week. Happy Hour at 4pm Thr, then go home early. Friday's are chill days. Most people go home early.

    Cons

    Management is very unfocused and lack of experience. Doesn't know how to make decisions, commit and execute. Funding dried up and company is running on fumes. Fitbit KO'ed Jawbone badly and employees are leaving. Anyone good is now gone to better opportunities. The company is deeply in debt to vendors, contractors, AWS, etc... even janitors are only working a few days a week. Any company perks are now gone. No lunches, snacks, drinks, events, etc...not even heat to warm up the office. Any future with Jawbone will be a very long rough ride with little upside in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Need more transparency and be truthful to your employees. Learn to execute to dates and be accountable.


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