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Updated August 17, 2017
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Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman
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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
  • We were asked by our management via email to file favorable glassdoor reviews because our HR is having a hard time recruiting people (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Jawbone is Going out of Business"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jawbone as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Good Team Leads
    Customers
    The products
    Colleagues

    Cons

    Underpaid
    Overworked
    Unorganized
    Management isn't freely accessible
    Company going out of business

    Advice to Management

    One advice to management is the pay needs to go up for one of the


  2. "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

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of focus kills"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, talented, energetic people.
    Innovative technology.
    Focus on making lives better.
    Employees were always given the higher priority

    Cons

    Lack of process - poor execution and quality results
    Decisions made without all stakeholders present
    Poor marketing strategy

    Advice to Management

    Don't just listen to your directs. Pay more attention to the people in the trenches who just might have a better sense of things.


  5. "A 15 year old startup"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Interesting problems
    Lots of opportunity for ownership
    Access to executives

    Cons

    Everything is constantly changing
    Currently a lot of the best talent is transitioning out
    Executive leadership has challenges making decisions
    Pay is less competitive than other similar companies

    Advice to Management

    Make clear and concise decisions. Do more to make your A players happy. While the talk about opportunity is great, you need to pay more competitively.


  6. 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


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Inspiring yet Frustrating"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Greats perks, upper management indecisive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The department I worked for was fantastic. I had a manager who was invested in me and made time to grow my skills and was encouraging.

    Cons

    Upper management was gripped with indecision so nothing would get done. Human Resources (aka people ops) was horribly unhelpful. If you had any HR related issues they only cared about the company and did nothing to help the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do some advertising so people will know you're out there.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Hardware is hard, and Jawbone makes it harder"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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