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

  • Great people, everyone in the company was was committed to making the product great (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • This company tends to drag its feet when it comes to decision making and I think it has hurt them and hindered their employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor Leadership, decision making, too much politics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering"

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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with interesting opportunities

    Cons

    Unclear direction during some of the new product introductions

    Advice to Management

    more direction


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great products and people, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Product Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Jawbone has a really great mission: helping people live healthier and longer. Despite some setbacks, the Up products have a lot of potential. The other individuals you work with on a day to day basis are talented and really nice. Company culture is very relaxed these days

    Cons

    The. Company is poorly managed. Roadmaps and goals are not set and/or followed. The bloated and lazy executive leadership structure is not setting the company up for success. Too much vision with no leadership expertise to actually make it happen. The company has reduced to half its size over the past year. Executives refuse to allow teams to recruit replacements while the team's workload remains the same.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the "directors" and "VPs" that dont perform. Reduce product scope or allow for more headcount. Do more to value current employees through raises and promotions


  3. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Township, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jawbone (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay
    good benift and other things
    candy jar and cookies in loby

    Cons

    long hour have work on each day of week except two on weekend sometimes is tiring

    Advice to Management

    give more than just two day of weekend off maybe half day friay and monday


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Inspiring yet Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jawbone (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some amazingly bright and genuine coworkers
    Exciting space to be in to make a difference in the world

    Cons

    Continually fail to execute on potential
    Lack of focus and direction
    Exec Staff is full of studs and duds

    Advice to Management

    Bring Sameer back as a consultant. Focus on one thing at a time and openly track progress to that goal.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Hardware is hard, and Jawbone makes it harder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really interesting space to be in with wearables taking off. Even though Jawbone has not had the same commercial success as other companies in the space it is still very innovative. There are a number of really smart, dedicated employees, and the employees are good, fun people.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Almost complete lack of accountability, especially at the executive level. There is an inner circle of executives who are untouchable and completely unaccountable. The result is that quality, professional executives rotate through constantly and the clear lack of accountability sets the culture for the entire organization.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, is that 20 words yet? quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit, quit.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Unable to execute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I wish there was more, but the only upside was the people I worked with and the audio products were top notch

    Cons

    There were lots of smart people working at Jawbone, but for what ever reason, we were unable to execute when it really mattered. Two major design flaws crushed a timely product release. Lastly, we had terrible marketing strategy as we tried to target non-tech users.

    Just hearing the loss of the President will also hurt as he was the only one seemingly able to make the difficult decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking you are so clever in your design and marketing.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright people and good company culture. Lots of freedom to be involved in many projects.

    Cons

    Poor execution as a company. This company tends to drag its feet when it comes to decision making and I think it has hurt them and hindered their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision, stick to it, execute, meet your goals and get back to making great products that consumers can be excited about.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Inspiring vision, wildly smart and talented colleagues, bad management"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a designer, I was inspired by the caliber of each individual person in our twenty person design team. Everyone was at the top 1% in terms of talent, drive, and imagination.
    The environment allowed for wild exploration at the frontiers of design beyond the screen. It was a unique opportunity to explore new forms of interaction design at the cutting edge.
    The people around me welcomed deep discussions about fascinating topics like: behavior change, the Internet of things, voice interfaces, machine learning and data-infused design.
    I consider my time at Jawbone as a place for both creative and intellectual incubation.

    Cons

    It was hard to connect all the creative exploration with an organization that could execute cleanly on those ideas.
    The management failed to scale their thinking and organizational design to accommodate the doubled workforce, failing to harness talent in an effective way.
    At the apex of dysfunction, there was a constant lack of communication to the rank and file. Jawbone always had integrity on its high level vision but issue with converting that into actionable marching orders for the teams.
    On the execution front, constant churn, false starts, key pieces of the experience fail to come together. This created mounting frustration and soon, loss of morale. Certain projects were just flat out tossed and ignored despite the design team being told to work on it for months.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify the goals of the company beyond just the high level mission. Get the execs of the different departments to talk together. Communicate key initiatives clearly. Get concrete on this.
    Instead of constantly re-inventing or hoping to create new product categories, figure out the business alongside the products. It was very hard to create designs that align three totally different products.
    Separate out R&D efforts with product teams but have a pipeline so that those efforts can have an opportunity to ship. Before this can happen there needs to be a more believable actionable roadmap that supports both business and user needs.
    Execution on certain product areas are lacking. This may be due to the mashing of R&D and product processes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, dog-friendly and good benefits including lunch everyday.

    Cons

    Very disorganized and HR department is not there to protect the employee only the company.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Things use to be better..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunches, transportation compensation, free products, and forward looking company.

    Cons

    Apathetic management team, dwindling employee numbers, and remote branch kept out of the loop on corporate decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Care more or move on.


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