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I worked at Digimarc full-time (more than a year)Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookApproves of CEODoesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Digimarc has a friendly atmosphere and free coffee. The management style is mostly hands-off and their technology is interesting.
Most small companies can move quickly. At Digimarc, this was not the case. The company has a chain of command that feels like the military, where too often, ideas that would increase work quality, organization and employee satisfaction would be shot down without debate.
Workstation policies were frustrating, an example was not being able to get a second monitor. More frustrating was that management didn't understand or care about the productivity increase that a 2nd screen would bring.
Management favors written policy over common sense and makes employees take multiple choice exams to prove that they've committed the policies to memory.
If you are a high performance worker then look elsewhere for a more performance-based compensation plan. At Digimarc, more value seemed to be placed on looking busy and being available for meetings than on producing output.
Pay raises were not given despite excellent performance reviews. Instead, employees are rewarded with company stock whose 2 year vesting date is contingent on them still being an employee.
401k matching was 3%.
Meetings were overbooked with very little relevant content.
Advice to Management
Let your engineers drive more product features, they're your biggest fans.
I worked at DigimarcDoesn't RecommendDisapproves of CEODoesn't RecommendDisapproves of CEO
Interesting concept, but odd execution. They may send you to places for support of the clients, but it will be badly timed and for unknown duration. It's a very diverse workforce, so that's interesting...getting to know people from other cultures and lands.
lots of unscheduled work, missed deadlines, etc. They are very dependent on clients purchasing their solutions, but these solutions are older and retrofitted in many cases. Clients are choosing larger national companies, rather than sticking with these guys. They have taken senior managers and made them individual contributors, because of the bosses inability to understand their markets and customers.
Here's a good example of the management's problems. A few years ago, the company came to within a few weeks of having their stock symbol delisted by their exchange.
Advice to Management
You say you are Six Sigma ... but what do I see? Zero Sigma!