Phunware Reviews

Updated May 17, 2020

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3.2
49%
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Phunware Chairman and CEO Alan S. Knitowski
Alan S. Knitowski
64 Ratings
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  • "Sometimes "crunch mode" makes it hard to find work/life balance - not uncommon in tech(in 9 reviews)

  • "They are always changing the company's value proposition and people are always frustrated about upper management decisions(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good/positive place to work. You can have a good work life balance.

    Cons

    No bad experience working over here.

  2. "Plenty of opportunity"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Programming 
    Recommends

    I worked at Phunware full-time

    Pros

    work the cutting edge, fellowship, snacks.

    Cons

    Sometimes "crunch mode" makes it hard to find work/life balance - not uncommon in tech.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "They tried hard"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, many people with deep mobile experiences.

    Cons

    Their core vision is what was hot at that moment. Contract development generates insufficient cash flow, doing too much but unable to focus on the next big thing. Finally, no one knows what the next big thing is.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Nearly half of the employees were furloughed"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unknown in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and nothing beyond that

    Cons

    Very unstable work environment Since the company does not do a great job in providing job security, people are very scared to share their knowledge and resources. As It may make them replaceable. Not a good environment to be in!!!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Jobs are not very stable here"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are level headed and open to communicating about jobs and any issues.

    Cons

    The president of the company is not loyal to the employees. Phunware jobs are done on a project by project basis and if they lose a contract with any of their clients then your job will be immediately gone.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work despite the growing pains"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Phunware full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Flexible hours/schedule, in part due to working with other time zones -Cooperative atmosphere; Everyone really wants to help each other succeed Everyone I worked with was very friendly. It really was a pleasure to work with them.

    Cons

    -Growing pains -Small QA department At the time I was employed there, they were going through some growing pains due to a recent transition involving becoming a public company. This resulted in a series of layoffs. They tried to pin the reason for the layoffs on employee presence in the office, but I feel that was completely unrelated. I couldn't say what happened from then on, but I personally feel that trying to blame it on physical presence was a very poor move. In addition, the layoffs resulted in a large reduction of our QA team. Some of the team members were already stretched thin in terms of their work load already, so I hope they were able to address that.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "You are just a disposable number for them"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - All Departments 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay check was steady. HR is very good.

    Cons

    Buddy buddy promotions only. Overall very disorganized. The key people to make a great experience for clients only care about their own agenda. Lots of immature people that only play video games during working hours while customer sometimes wait for things to be fixed a year later. Bad programmers without audit.

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  8. "Fast paced startup"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn. Helpful teams.

    Cons

    Benefits could have been better.

    Phunware Response

    Director, Human Resources

    I'm glad you enjoy the learning opportunities and helpful folks at Phunware. We regularly evaluate our benefit offerings and are always looking for ways to improve, so please continue to share your feedback!

  9. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are flexible work hours and good coworkers.

    Cons

    Communication between departments may leave something to be desired, but they were improving when I left.

    Phunware Response

    Director, Human Resources

    We're always working to improve -- thanks for the feedback!

  10. Helpful (7)

    "Company lacks of identity and personality!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Phunware full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people sitting next to you.

    Cons

    Upper management still can't get out of startup mentality. They keep changing priorities and it is super hard to follow what are the goals. On top of that, it is well known that the company is short staffed. They have a developer being the director, the project manager and scrum master at the same time. They recently laid off a bunch of people and the Austin office feels like a ghost town. Stay away from this place, not worth the hassle!

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