Brightcove Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
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  1. Excellent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brightcove

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good pay, and great teams

    Cons

    very shark tank style when working


  2. Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brightcove

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great office. Supporting staff are top notch (HR, IT, Facilities...) Very smart and nice people. Excellent tools and equipment.

    Cons

    CEO is a bit of a micro manager as well as a mini dictator. I wish the stock price is a better performer than it is.


  3. Laid-back culture but little room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brightcove (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule--doesn't require you to punch in and out
    Laid-back office environment (Boston, at least) with no dress code
    Free snacks, ping-pong tables, etc.
    Generally smart coworkers

    Cons

    Awkward medium company size is bad for advancement opportunities
    Company prefers hiring to backfill rather than promote
    401k match only about 1%

    Advice to Management

    Hire/promote from within
    Consolidate multiple offices around the world--we offer a cloud-based solution; why do we need so many physical locations?


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  5. Helpful (2)

    loved working for this innovative tech company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good strategic direction
    unlimited vacation
    decent pay
    room for growth for employees achieving their quota
    sales training +++

    Cons

    cultural change after IPO in 2012
    very competitive and saturated market to compete in
    inside sales requires very high volume of calls/emails


  6. Very good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Brightcove as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work culture and team work. Very experienced and knowledgeable staff, eager to share knowledge and help. Good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Perks and salaries are less compared to other companies. Some departments are not given equal importance to that of others


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work and learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HR team is top notch. Surrounded by smart people who work hard. Learned a lot there. Clients push hard and motivate everyone for success. Benefits package was not over the top but was fair and competitive.

    Cons

    Clients had super high expectations which were sometimes not very realistic. Not always a consistent message coming out of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Generally things were great. Keep up the culture and high expectations.


  8. Learned a lot but Exhilarating

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Brightcove full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are really doing software development, all the best thing such as CI, automated test, Java Spring, Hadoop ... all the buzz word.

    Cons

    Too much code debt that make developers feel exhausted, they are not brave enough to start the code base from scratch.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Solid software company with strong forward momentum

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mature software development practices. Smart software engineering staff with good management.

    Cons

    Brightcove has grown beyond "start up" phase, and this is out of whack with what some people want in a workplace. Management works hard to instill a lean/startup mentality along with the benefits of a more mature, public company.

    Advice to Management

    Support the product organization in focusing on the important goals while narrowing the list of priorities.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Good, but has growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice and friendly people.

    The product is pretty solid and viable with a wide customer base.

    Problems to solve abound.

    Free coffee/tea/snacks/sometimes beer.

    Can't speak for supervisors outside of engineering, but in engineering, management treats their employees as peers and listens to what they have to say. This doesn't always translate up to C-level execs, but they do their best.

    Benefits are pretty good.

    All in all a pleasant place to go to work.

    Cons

    Speaking for engineering, there is sometimes bickering between teams when a legacy or undesirable part of the product falls between two teams' purview and neither wants to own it for whatever reason.

    Not enough people to do jobs sometimes.

    Still requires a degree for engineering and will offer you an extremely low salary compared to similar positions if you don't have one.

    For the company as a whole, they're suffering the growing pains of a post-IPO company. Finance is starting to tighten their belt, and it's being felt in terms of lack of personnel and perks that were once had but are starting to go away. That is to say, their budget constraints are being worst felt by their rank-and-file employees. Had they never been there in the first place, that'd be one thing, but it feels almost like punishment in a subconscious sense.

    They also don't seem to really know what they're doing anymore. The original product is still good and will ostensibly be around for a long time at this rate of growth, but the "now what?" phase has arrived and the push-pull is being felt, particularly with the departure of the CEO, Jeremy Allaire.

    Starting to become a bit bureaucratic because of that, though internal forces are working to mitigate it. Things that don't make sense start to crop up and it's much more difficult to get answers now than it was previously.

    Career growth opportunities are minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so reliant on a degree to evaluate competence in hires. Also: DON'T forget about your people. Happy people means productive people, and you are starting to ignore them. Don't backslide into being a meat grinder.


  11. Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brightcove

    Pros

    Great company to work for, flexible hours, interesting staff. The new office is modern and spacious. It's a nice environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides to share currently. The environment and the industry are engaging and fast paced. Good stuff.



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