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Jawbone Reviews

Updated Sep 18, 2018

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Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman
Hosain Rahman
71 Ratings
  1. Helpful (7)

    "Lacking integrity"

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

    I worked at Jawbone for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and teams, exec management lacks integrity and are not honest. There's transparency but a high degree of politics and focus on controlling decision-making.

    Cons

    Business rigor arrived too late, business completely contingent upon funding, revenue not growing to meet needs.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, transparent about people, teams and processes. Support people and teams and if business is challenged, give people the opportunity to transition.

    Jawbone2016-01-24
  2. Helpful (7)

    "As good as the UP3!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    Very smart engineers and friendly colleagues in general.

    Cons

    Executive team (not just this current iteration) has made some very bad decisions, and there's no sign that this will change any time soon. The system of checks and balances seems broken. Consequently, many untested ideas don't get adequately vetted and are placed prematurely into the product roadmap. The results are products full of promises, but deliver very little.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to recognize and, more importantly, to say no to bad ideas. Base decisions on solid empirical evidence and do thorough vetting instead of believing that something will work simply because it says so on paper.

    Jawbone2016-01-24
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Don't let the wearable hype fool you"

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

    I worked at Jawbone full-time

    Pros

    The wearable space is interesting and will eventually get more mainstream. If communicated in the right way, the data about how people live is incredibly useful. Most ICs are smart and fun to work with. Plenty of learning opportunities to understand how not to treat employees and run a business. The company is more focus than I have ever seen it in the 2nd half of 2015, mainly due to a new President.

    Cons

    Egos/arrogance and top down structure from passionless leaders. Not enough focus on what needs to be done to help create the wearable space in a meaningful way for users. It is very clear that a few people are part of the "boys club" that make decisions and the work you do will most likely be set aside for a fashion or design focus.

    Jawbone2016-01-12
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Better"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

      I have been working at Jawbone for more than a year

      Pros

      Finally some good leadership, great product that will get better this year, interesting projects, lots of ownership

      Cons

      Too small of teams, seems like everything is being demanded without the required man power

      Jawbone2016-01-05
    • Helpful (3)

      "Used to be great"

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

      I worked at Jawbone full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Free food every day, lots of really smart people, great compensation, flexible schedule and uncapped vacation, freedom to work in SF or Sunnyvale for most people, used to make really cool products, used to be really fun.

      Cons

      Went off the rails a while ago: stopped making headsets and speakers in favor of health bands (at least Oprah likes them); gotta be the world's oldest startup (17 years?), and the odd terms of the latest funding effort suggest that the well has run dry; two rounds of layoffs within 6 months (June and November 2015) - 19% total; rumors that more are coming, and that the Sunnyvale location might close. No fun.

      Advice to Management

      Don't kiss the products that made you famous goodbye. Keep a headset in the pipeline, and keep at least one Bluetooth speaker going - you invented that market, after all.

      Jawbone2016-01-13
    • "not quite good enough"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        its a cool office.they have interesting products. for sure some talented people across all functions. strong brand awareness

        Cons

        just not business savvy enough, too many priorities with insufficient learning taken when things go wrong. almost but not quite as successful as it could be

        Advice to Management

        try to be more honest about limitations, review and learn then act upon those , try to restrict activiies

        Jawbone2015-12-18
      • Helpful (3)

        "QA Engineer"

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

        I worked at Jawbone full-time for 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.

        Jawbone2015-12-02
      • Helpful (7)

        "Terrible executive leadership; won't make the hard decisions"

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

        I worked at Jawbone full-time

        Pros

        Some product managers are solid. Product design team is great. Customer experience doing the best with what they've got.

        Cons

        Executive product and technical leadership should have been let go long ago. Their inability to focus sets their teams up for failure. The layoffs which have recently taken place are directly the result of piss-poor product strategy that these guys are responsible for. Financial leadership is also suspect, given prior history. There is leadership with the right idea, but there's so much that's broken that needs fixing....

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        Advice to Management

        Getting rid of the New York team was something that needed to happen years ago. Clearing house of ineffective executive management should have happened already. The inability to do the necessary things to right the ship demonstrates why the company will ultimately be unsuccessful.

        Jawbone2015-11-30
      • "Nice office, great team, convoluted ideas"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Jawbone full-time

        Pros

        Based in both Seattle & the Bay Area. I love both the offices and the coworkers I had. There is a feel of a startup scene at Jawbone.

        Cons

        There are many ideas going on at Jawbone but it has been difficult to nail them down and to finalize on a direction of where the company wants to go. This causes delay in shipping timeline.

        Jawbone2015-11-18
      • Helpful (5)

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

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

        I worked at Jawbone full-time for 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...

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        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...

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        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...

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        Jawbone2015-10-17
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