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Jawbone Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Nov 14, 2016

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Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman
Hosain Rahman
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great internship with a lot of cool people"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jawbone for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of good engineers and data scientists Cool ideas and products to work on Lots of freedom to explore new projects and teams Some freebies(up band and awesome jambox)

    Cons

    Not a lot of visibility for your project unless you advertise your work

    Jawbone2015-08-17
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, bad state"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees, good work culture and a worthwhile mission statement. Day to day, Jawbone is a great company to work for. It's the people that matter and Jawbone has some great people.

    Cons

    Company is currently in a bad state, caused by bad decisions made at the executive level. Only work here if you're tough enough to stick it out for a few difficult years. Risk is high, reward is also high too.

    Jawbone2016-11-15
  3. Helpful (12)

    "Dying a slow death"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jawbone

    Pros

    The worker bees are some of the most talented people you'll ever meet. A great set of thinkers, brain-stormers, and problem solvers. You'll learn a lot from each other. Great work-life balance! Benefits are good. 401k is ok.

    Cons

    The executive staff is gonna be the demise of this company. They do not agree with each other and are incapable of making a decision. As a result, products/projects never get to completion, quality of the products is poor, they lose market share to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    EXECUTIVE STAFF NEEDS TO GO!!! Hosain should be the first! They waste time and precious resources. They do not know how to utilize the amazing team they have working for them. They've already lost a lot of great people and are losing more as time passes.

    Jawbone2016-09-04
  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
    • Helpful (1)

      "Direction less"

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      Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Jawbone full-time

      Pros

      Free food. Free basketball and other events tickets (if you win lottery) in Oracle Arena. Good work life balance

      Cons

      Company is directionless about where to go. Some Seniors managers are very rude and unprofessional. They assumes that they own Jawbone and they owns employee worrking for them. Jawbone raised over 800 millions, almost 10 times more than fitbit, but still no where close to fitbit. Employees advises, ideas are not listened or respected. Rather scolded that whatever is there is good. That's is the prime reason of no...

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      Advice to Management

      Keep teams accountable. Respect and listen employees ideas. Be clear in direction.

      Jawbone2015-10-18
    • Helpful (3)

      "Rough 2014, positive 2015"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Jawbone for more than a year

      Pros

      * Building hardware and software experiences: Unique opportunity to work with hardware / firmware / software / platform engineers to push bounders on every end of the stack. * Constantly redefining the business (pro): Jawbone has the unique past of constantly pushing into new businesses. On the pro side, the company takes big swings to push the future. * Smart people: The company has many smart people that you enjoy...

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      Cons

      * Long decision times: In certain instances it has taken senior management too long to make a decision, leaving people to infer one. It's nice when the working team gets it right, sucks when we get it wrong. This has improved with Sameer's recent arrival but this change is still new so tbd. * Constantly redefining the business (con): Jawbone has the unique past of constantly pushing into new businesses. On the con...

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      Advice to Management

      Jawbone has a unique vision and opportunity. Management should plot a clear course for how we get there, continue hiring great people, get rid of the negative people, and deliver for our customers.

      Jawbone2015-07-27
    • Helpful (12)

      "Great Talent, Terrible Management"

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

      I have been working at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      * Smart, motivated people * Great perks * Great products and software that employees can be proud of * Beers on the Roof!

      Cons

      * Bad managers churn through talent, especially in Engineering and design, turnover is over 100% a year * Upper management unwilling to make tough decisions on which projects to cut / or augment. Most projects are in perpetual, half-staffed limbo. Top talent leaves because they aren't being allowed to perform to their potential. Mediocre talent sticks around. * Best efforts of Engineers, Data Scientists, Designers,...

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      Advice to Management

      Don't make people managers that don't have managerial skills. When managers don't perform (by hiring good talent, retaining them and allowing them to perform at their potential) let them go.

      Jawbone2015-07-16
    • Helpful (1)

      "Software engineer"

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

      I have been working at Jawbone full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Awesome work environment. Encouragement for new ideas. Relaxed, creative, focused and goal oriented work.

      Cons

      Executives don't have laser focused vision. Hence all the great engineering work doesn't get recognition.

      Jawbone2015-06-08
    • Helpful (10)

      "There are much better jobs elsewhere."

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      Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Jawbone full-time

      Pros

      Cowboy-style management - where you need to be the hero and save the day constantly - means that you feel personally responsible to fix everything that is wrong (and there is a lot of it). There is a lot of passion for the products there so it's fun to be a part of something that you believe can change the world.

      Cons

      Stressful work environment and not enough recognition for your heroic efforts. The execs don't bother to learn your name unless you sit in the room with them daily, so you feel like a cog in a machine that could go on very well without you. Senior leadership does not appear to be qualified to actually make sure the teams are planned and managed well to pull off such heroic releases.

      Advice to Management

      Bring in new exec team to replace the leadership that will never learn from their mistakes.

      Jawbone2015-05-14
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