OpenSesame Reviews

Updated Oct 3, 2019

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OpenSesame President and CEO Don Spear
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10 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenSesame full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of freedom - Some ability to have input (which is way more than I am use to) - Ability to ask any question, any time and get an answer. - Transparent Leadership. - Book Club Dinners - Professional Development is encouraged - Friendly people - Godlike PTO Policy. Huge fan of it. - Management Staff is approachable and cares to give you an answer that is more than the standard "It's above your paygrade"

    Cons

    - Standard growing pains of a company looking to expand. - The coffee is too good, having a hard time enjoying my Keurig due to being spoiled.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to grow and collaborate"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -If you are willing to identify areas of improvement, align them with what you want to do, and put the work in, you can learn a lot and work on a lot of projects. OpenSesame actively invests in their employees (professional development and otherwise) and strives to grow and promote from within, I've always felt supported in making improvements and growing in my career. -Everyone is on the same page to improve a product or an experience and collaborate for a solution, there is very little arguing and most time is spent truly solving problems or doing our jobs. -Everyone works very hard while they are at work, but the work life balance is still excellent and work days are productive. -OpenSesame is constantly striving to improve the product and develop new features to stay competitive and stay ahead.

    Cons

    -The benefits and PTO policy are not competitive with anywhere else I have ever worked.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good not great"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly 

    I worked at OpenSesame full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, good people, good product

    Cons

    Wasnt given a whole lot to do, pay isnt competitive

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Chaotic"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    All decisions for sales are all over the place. No set standards or rules for the sales team to follow. Therefore it's a free for all with no consequences.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Wonderful place to learn and grow"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenSesame full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work on anything and everything - Provides challenges and learning opportunities - Not forced into one area of software development - Provides opportunities to lead others and your opinions feel heard.

    Cons

    - Every once in awhile requirements for projects are not defined well and it causes difficulties and stressful situations

  6. Helpful (6)

    "High level of employee engagement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenSesame full-time

    Pros

    Leadership does a good job of listening to employees. The company stands on ethics and transparency that is sometimes easy hard to find in high growth organizations. Professional development is not only encouraged it is required to move up in the company.

    Cons

    HQ is in Portland OR and leadership has been slow to expand outside the Pacific Northwest.

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  7. Helpful (10)

    "A place where you can make an impact"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenSesame full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I've come from much larger companies in the past where your role was very finite and you felt like just another cog in the wheel. This is absolutely not the case here. There is plenty of opportunity to add value not just for the role you were hired into but in other areas of the business as well.

    Cons

    If you need to be given constant direction everyday, this may not be the place for you. There is a lot of freedom. With that comes some ambiguity to your day. A successful employee must be able to prioritize responsibilities and own their day.

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "Fast paced, growth company with opportunity for contributors at all levels"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenSesame full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I've been with OpenSesame for almost 5 years, and it is a great company to work for if you enjoy working hard and like helping customers solve problems. Everyone is encouraged and empowered to take ownership of your responsibilities and to increase and improve upon the impact of your role each and every day. Our goal every day is to help our customers and their employees be better through training. Leadership is incredibly transparent, and encourages opportunities for growth and internal hires. We have a strong (and ever growing) onboarding process, and a generous Professional Development benefit for all employees. I was promoted from within and have seen many other employees (both on my team on from other teams) experience the same. My favorites things about it, are the team (solid teammates) and our company culture. Everyone is incredibly hardworking and helpful. The culture supports openness - we have full team meetings every Friday to discuss things like diversity, town hall/retrospective of current happenings, getting to know our new hires, and to review OKR progress from each team.

    Cons

    Our open office can be challenging and distracting at time. We also operate pretty lean, which can be challenging at times to prioritize workload while providing the quality of work that I expect of myself.

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  9. Helpful (8)

    "OpenSesame takes its training and development mission to heart"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenSesame full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    OpenSesame takes its mission of improvement to heart. The company has hired several people from its college internship program. OpenSesame offers employees the opportunity to grow by moving into new roles in other groups. The Customer Service group, in particular, has been a great place to launch a career within the company.

    Cons

    OpenSesame is a young company and is growing fast. Employees who thrive here are those who can find answers and get things done. Employees who have not made it here are those who wait for answers and don't figure out how to move the ball.

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  10. Helpful (17)

    "Where talented people go to leave"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OpenSesame full-time

    Pros

    -Absolutely amazingly talented and fun coworkers -Middle management is encouraging and supportive of personal growth -Free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    -Founders unapproachable and unaware of privilege -Beneifts are lacking for a tech company. High deductibles and copays, no parental leave besides short term disability (which employees had to practically beg for). -Very stingy company. -Talented people leaving/getting poached by other companies -Leadership claims “turnover is normal” however, 17 out of 80 people left so far in 2018. All extremely talented individuals who left for higher paying jobs and better benefits . -No HR and CEO referred to HR as “baby sitters” and states “we don’t need baby sitters.” -CEO also stated that it is not his responsibility to make sure all of his employees could afford a one bedroom apartment. -Middle management doesn’t get promoted like they should. -they do promote some people within but as a way to pay people less -Their 2nd floor mezzanine is not accessible to those with different abilities. Founders have no intention of correcting this unless they hire someone with disabilities or someone can’t walk up the stairs.

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