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Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance for employees (in 4 reviews)

  • You will be working on cutting edge technology (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance can be uneven (in 7 reviews)

  • The biggest con has to be the senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Phun place to work with co-workers who Pheel like Phamily"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It really was about the people. Great coworkers and startup vibe in the Newport office. Always cool to work at a company that has a variety of technical capabilities and works with very cool clients (e.g. CBS, The CW, FOX). Amazing culture and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Marketing all of PW's capabilities can sometimes be a challenge (not entirely a bad problem to have though). More office-to-office collaboration (e.g. Newport + Austin + SD + Miami) and transparency would help.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "smart company, but bad management."

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

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

    Pros

    being able to work from home

    Cons

    customers suffer due to inconsistencies.

    Advice to Management

    They need to value people more, there is no sense of family.

  3. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phunware full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some great people and was allowed to grow as a developer.

    Cons

    Communication between management teams and developers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to start."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent teams, excellent culture and good ambience.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than regional salaries.

    Phunware Response

    Feb 1, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoy the culture and environment at Phunware. We regularly evaluate our total compensation package (including stock options and benefit offerings) and are... More


  5. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phunware full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, open to new ideas, friendly atmosphere, engaging projects to work on. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Small company problems like lack of process in certain situations can cause some issues, but we're actively working on improving that.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for keeping us informed about how the business is going and how our product is evolving. Continuing to invest in training will help us make the product even better. Keep up to great work!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Still having Phun"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge growth in revenue every year
    Casual atmosphere
    Flexible hours
    Rewards those who work hard, are proactive and keep a positive attitude
    Working with cutting edge technologies in mobile and big data world.
    Flexibility to work with new programming languages and frameworks

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like we are trying to do too much too fast.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Phunware Response

    Aug 10, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thanks for the note and glad you are enjoying Phunware.

    We are always trying to improve so if you have more ideas shoot me a note or stop by my office or grab me while I am at your location.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome people, interesting projects, great tech"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phunware (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved working at Phunware. The leadership is transparent and employee first, the people around you are the best in their respective roles, and the various customers/industries you work with keep thing interesting and 'sexy'.

    I developed very real relationships with my boss and the people I worked with, and for me that translated into a high quality of life and a great work environment. Phunware's approach is to focus on the work, not on arbitrary constructs, which translates to flexible work hours, unlimited PTO, ability to work from anywhere, etc as long as you were performing.

     The only reason I left PW was because I was recruited into a once in a lifetime role, and the only reason I got that was because of the experience and training I got at Phunware. I highly recommend considering Phunware for any and all interested.

    Cons

    Let's be honest, work is work. Sometimes we had to go the extra mile to get projects out the door, but even then it wasn't painful and we were doing in a positive team environment. The connection to the customer (and in my case the product) made it all worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on your vision and continue to kick butt!

  8. Helpful (12)

    "I'm so happy I left this place"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me i networked and made a lot of relationship with good big clients to benefit me in the future.

    Cons

    Executive management flat out lies to your face and will not honor commitments to employees
    Employees are not treated as humans, rather resources
    Poor compensation
    Poor benefits
    Poor work / life balance
    Unrealistic schedules
    Office environment is like a sweat shop

    Advice to Management

    Hateful attitudes produce hateful results.

    Phunware Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    I'm sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience working here.

    Phunware is not the place for everyone but clearly you had a different experience from our other Miami employees. In our Miami... More


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Build a Product. Please!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool people, big office, paycheck, ping pong

    Cons

    The company has no product to sell so you are basically out over-promising to clients and brokering deals on the back end. Not a good place to be at all.

    Pretty sketchy set up to say the least with publishers aka Ad Networks and CPI vendors waiting for checks and senior management on a different planet with no understanding of the space.

    Advice to Management

    if you want to sell advertising, invest in a product. And pay your publishers/ ad networks.

    Phunware Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for recognizing we have a great team and culture.

    I am curious you state all the things you don't like about the product and it's not a good place to be but you have worked here for... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A Strong Company Getting Stronger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Phunware full-time

    Pros

    Revenues are growing more than 50% YoY while bookings are growing even faster.
    Record backlog, A/R and deferred revenues.
    Who's who customer list by vertical globally.
    650M monthly active users and 700TB of indoor outdoor data for 1:1 targeting.
    90%+ of revenues are subscriptions or transactions.
    Defining the future of Fortune 5000 application portfolios.

    Cons

    Working with the biggest brands globally challenges everyone to be at their very best at all times.
    Hyper-growth creates stress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep holding people accountable for their performance. Having and enforcing high standards is amazing for morale. Recognize that some people just aren't up to the high standards and help find them alternative employment opportunities.


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