Rentrak Reviews

Updated April 2, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
26 Reviews
2.9
26 Reviews
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Rentrak CEO and Director William P. (Bill) Livek
William P. (Bill) Livek
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential but it depends on the department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Rentrak full-time

    Pros

    Overall there are many smart people. And may of them do work more collaboratively than competitively. There are some movie ticket perks. Good vacation

    Cons

    Some middle managers are just not good. You will see the high turnover from those departments.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to come into the 21st century in technology, culture and progressive thinking

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    Current Employee - IT Staff  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Rentrak full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off and vacation. Tons of free food on a weekly basis ( blessing or curse, not sure yet).

    Cons

    Culture is really off, i could go on about it forever. In a nutshell; Very backwards and old school thinking, not very progressive. Most all of the upper mgt and vp's are extremely unfriendly. CEO will not talk or acknowledge you if you are a new employee. Overly tight with $$ on so many levels where they NEED it, but when it comes to unncessary spending to get some dev's and new IT kids in they will spend STUPID amounts of money! Not a very "Portlandish" company or atmosphere you would expect. They are stuck back in the late 80's early 90's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    They underpay and micromanage developers. Serious management issues.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The week between Christmas and New Years is a company holiday
    Exciting amount of data
    Engineering-centric
    The business has a lot of growth potential

    Cons

    10-20 year old code base written in perl
    They target incredibly good developers, pay them mediocre wages, and have them work on a terrible code base
    Everything that can ever be done needs to be in a form of a ticket, each of which are individually approved by a manager. In practice, this makes it so engineers are essentially underlings, and managers hold the keys to all innovation and vision.
    No room for creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new ticketing system that isn't based on waterfall at it's very core. Allow developers some free time. The whole point of picking the best ones is because they are good at their job. Don't disregard that by forcing them to work on whatever management thinks is good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    good place to work if you have very limited choices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Rentrak

    Pros

    they don't interfere with your job

    Cons

    no communication from management, no direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technically challenging, but dysfunctional company

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    Current Employee - IT Staff  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Rentrak

    Pros

    Rentrak has a large contingent of very smart technical staff members working on challenging issues.
    Rentrak is competing against much larger companies like Nielsen Entertainment and grabbing market share all the time.
    The company has started to recognize some of the morale and communication issues that it suffers and is trying to address them as best as they can, with internal resources.

    Cons

    Very opaque structure with poor communication practices
    Almost no opportunity for raises or career growth
    Reluctant to bring in outside help to give the company a much needed re-vitalization across the board.
    Management is self taught and lacks training and mentoring system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on transparency and "too much" communication
    Relax and let people enjoy the office environment more
    Train managers or hire people who have management experience into these roles
    Give people a well defined method of growing their career.
    Don't tell people there is basically no way to get a raise.
    When things are broken fix them, take action and fix them. Don't just talk about it. Be bold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Decent tech environment, bad career possibilities

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Rentrak

    Pros

    Decently interesting problems with a lot of data. Good culture of test driven development, frequent deployment. Some smart coworkers.

    Cons

    The only real way to get a raise is to leave. Some teams have problematic management and silo information. Office location is terrible being way out by the airport with very few food options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a competitive salary and look into remote working since the office location is so bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    OK place to gain experience, not a great place for a long term career.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Rentrak full-time

    Pros

    Most of the developers, with a few notable exceptions, are laid back and easy to get along with.

    Most projects have a solid set of unit tests.

    Everyone gets a week off around Christmas plus an additional 3 weeks of personal PTO.

    You can work 40 hours a week if you don't care about career progression.

    If you are inexperienced, open minded, and actively pursue learning, this can be a good place to bootstrap your career.

    Rentrak is able to hire some decent talent using a no-BS write me some code hiring system.

    Cons

    The compensation package is relatively poor and there isn't any long term compensation upside as company policy is to not grant stock to developers.

    There are many intrusive and condescending policies like drug testing and required tracking of each minute of the work day in a time tracking system.

    New projects often get micromanaged by upper management and the quick decisions made under high pressure at the beginning of projects often lead to long term technical issues.

    Interactions with management and other departments involve a lot of politics and distrust.

    The office location is out by the airport and the internal building layout is poorly designed and crowded.

    The internal proprietary 10+ year old web-framework is decent enough for what it is but using it incurs a lot of hidden cost in terms of duplicating modern open source web framework functionality, maintaining that functionality and then teaching new hires the Rentrak framework.

    Rentrak culture is steeped in the entertainment and advertising industries and generally speaking upper management is cut-throat and disrespectful towards subordinates.

    For the reasons above and more, Rentrak has difficulty attracting and keeping good technical talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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