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Updated January 25, 2017
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  1. "Decent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at iRunway (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to grow in, good peer group

    Cons

    work life balance can be an issue at times

    Advice to Management

    ..


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Do not work here"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The health insurance is good. Other than that, it is proving quite difficult to think of any pros of working at iRunway.

    Cons

    Grossly over worked and under paid.

    Higher-ups expect you to be available all hours of the day (we're talking 11pm, midnight, 2am) without fail or you will be deemed 'unwilling to work'. You will also be deemed 'unwilling to work' if you mention that you are staffed on a project that does not match your skill set at all. Rather than try to correct the errors in staffing or management to prevent the same errors from recurring, the Associates are scapegoated despite being the ones who were set up for failure. When review time comes around, nobody cares that you were put on a project you never should have been on in the first place. All anybody will hear is that you were defiant in constantly 'speaking out' against the project and that you 'under performed' in terms of deliverables.

    You will be paying rent for an apartment you won't actually live in. iRunway bills the position as having 25% travel requirement. However, once on a project, the typical travel routine is: gone for the week, back for the weekend, gone for the week, back for the weekend, and so on for the duration of the project. It is not uncommon to do this for three to six months straight.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening more to the Associates. Rather than viewing them as peasants, see them as what they really are - the vast majority of the company who are responsible for finishing the vast majority of the deliverables, a.k.a the thing that makes you money as a company. Otherwise attrition will continue to plague iRunway.

    Realize that the type of work coming in to the company is changing. Gone are the days when iRunway was seen as just a code review company. Semiconductor and reverse engineering demand is equally as high but they are the least staffed. Either hire more people capable of semiconductor/reverse engineering work or train the current employees on how to perform those jobs.

    Stop making it so employees have to work above their pay grade but receive no compensation for the additional work. Not only is no additional pay received, there is not even internal recognition of that person going above and beyond the call of duty.

    Employees need to have the right to refuse to sign a protective order (PO). We, the employees are the ones who will have to carry those restrictions until the PO is no longer in effect, not iRunway the company.

    Guess this ties into staffing projects. That process has to change. Stop seeing people who say they do not have the skill set to benefit a project as negative. All that employee is trying to do is maintain the integrity of the project for the benefit of the company as well as protect him or herself from, very unjustly, being viewed as an 'underperformer'.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Wouldn't recommend.."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at iRunway full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay with room to learn interesting tech

    Cons

    Overworked employees, back-ward thinking management

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to run your company like you are still in India. This is US, learn about 401(k)s.


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  5. "Good for those interested in analysing technology rather than engineering it"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at iRunway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great peer group, flexible hours (to some extent), opportunities to work with industry experts and legal professional, competitive pay package, opportunities to travel/work abroad frequently, merit based review.

    Cons

    Can be asked to work extended hours, weekends with no work-life balance. Of course this is duly compensated. Skill-Will match is poor, grinding work, good hard-work is recognized very slow but a small error is taken very seriously and punitive action taken immediately, High attrition rate, supervisors sometimes are unaware of the technology and are less useful when it comes to guidance. Can be forced to overstay overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Hire Masters/PhD candidates for the respective technology areas for better skill-will match, take measures to increase employee retention


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at iRunway full-time

    Pros

    Wealth of potential knowledge; flexible work style; closed community;

    Cons

    Heavy workload without proper guidance; No work-life balance; intermediate training; lack of structure;


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, flat hierarchy. Senior management is really supportive. Get to learn about diverse technologies. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Very niche domain. Exit opportunities are hard to find.


  8. "Think before you join this industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at iRunway full-time

    Pros

    Great peer group, good management, and HR. Policies are people friendly. The company as a whole is good, but the industry, in general, is what you should be worried about.

    Cons

    Join this company if you really like this job because there are very little opportunities once you have spent 2-3 years in this domain

    You'll probably have to start as a fresher if you want to change functions or vertical

    IT IS NOT A CONSULTING ROLE. DON'T LET THE CONSULTING TAG SWAY YOU

    Advice to Management

    Most of the people are anyways leave after 2-3 years. Please try to align the workforce in a way that people have some marketable/transferable skills after they leave the organization


  9. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible timings.
    Friendly atmosphere
    People are very easy to approach.
    small company hence easy to settle down.
    No hierarchy.
    Less pressure of work.

    Cons

    Limited type of work.
    If u are a technical sort of guy you might want to look for other opportunities.


  10. "Very good experience initially but the joy doesn't last long"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus-like work environment at the workplace is amazing. There are so many avenues for fun outside of work including an XboX at the office :)

    Cons

    The company pursues a socialist culture and tries to minimize the variable pay component for high performers. Certain projects require working at odd timings to match US time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the variable pay and link salary increments to performance and stop pursuing a socialist culture at the company


  11. Helpful (1)

    "It's a sweatshop with an Xbox"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good young people. Xbox & 8-ball pool.

    Cons

    The Bangalore center is run like a sweatshop. The monthly in-hand salary for associates is around 50K (after taxes). Compare it with the salary that the associates in Austin are given (who do the *exact* same work, and no, there is no difference in quality). If you have any friend in Austin/US, ask him/her what the cost of living is, or compare the cost of living online. You will find that your Austin colleagues can easily afford all the modern amenities and still have more than enough money left to take frequent vacations while you are struggling to have a decent quality of life in the outskirts of Bangalore. They will put a non-compete in your employment agreement even though non-competes are not valid in India, just to intimidate you. They will warn you about pay cuts if you are not punctual to the office in the morning but will expect you to stay late without proper compensation (by the way, pay cuts can be done if you get wages, not if you get salaries; they *can* fire you for being late, but they can't deduct your pay; they will still tell you that just to intimidate you). If you have any other option, don't join iRunway; if you don't have any other option, join, but leave as soon as possible - the attrition rate is already sky high, now you know why).

    Advice to Management

    If you have any regard for your fellow humans, stop running the Bangalore center like a sweatshop.


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