blinkx
2.9 of 5 61 reviews
www.blinkx.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 31, 2014
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blinkx CEO S. Brian Mukherjee

S. Brian Mukherjee

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49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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After reading this review you should stop any communication with their hiring manager

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at blinkx

ProsGood place for those who don't want to do anything, and happy with industry mediocre paycheck.

ConsDouble check everything they tell you on interview. Unbelievably incompetent management. Zero task delegation. No product vision whatsoever. New software and improvements have flatline adoption curve. Heavy rotation, people run like hell from this festering pit, and management is even ashamed to report employees gone. There are some good people that trapped there with acquisitions, but they leave as soon as they can. I couldn't tolerate it anymore and decided to quit.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany needs a hard reboot.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst professional experience of career.

Directory of Engineering (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsA few very nice people there, people I respected and wanted to work with.

ConsWorst senior management team (at least from engineering perspective) I've ever worked with. No product vision or direction, tons of micro management. IMO, most of company is made up of C and D players. Very few high performers. My sentiments were not alone, this is a feeling at least some employees I worked with have themselves. Most telling fact, my contact at the company quit the same week I joined. This should have tipped me off that it was not a great place.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to what's really going on and who is making decisions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible place to work

Sales (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsSome of the people are good to work with.

ConsNo communication - upper management shares nothing.

Advice to Senior ManagementSee above.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst Job Ever

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at blinkx

ProsMy peers were top quality. Everyone was competent and good at their jobs. They all left and got better jobs elsewhere.

ConsTerrible management. They yell and cuss at others in the office. They have no direction other than to do what they can to make good press releases.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to relax and let people do their jobs properly. Try to actually develop a real product rather than "do deals" that sound good in press releases.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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incompetent senior execs

blinkx (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at blinkx

Proscool idea, online video search

ConsNo regard for employees as human beings. No communication from senior management of corporate strategies - even though there weren't any real missions or strategies or goals they didn't even convey whatever foolish plans they were conceiving. Didn't trust employees, listen to them, or properly utilize their skills. Just head down into their own ultimate destruction. Very odd work environment, no one really seemed to like each other. The MO seemed to be share nothing and if you're forced to, share less than will help your colleague. The attitude trickles down from senior management. Whatever was happening in reality didn't seem to ever line up with whatever they're reporting to the world. Nothing worked as it was supposed to and results appear to be very inflated.

Advice to Senior ManagementCan't really help. You don't know what you don't know. I just don't understand how people like that get to those positions. It's one of those situations where failure is the norm and no one keeps track of anyone else.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Indifferent

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at blinkx

ProsFast paced, great co-workers, interesting projects. Can make an impact to the direction of the company if you are willing to put in the effort.

ConsTotal lack of respect from management. Lots of mis-truths, white lies, broken promises, public humiliation, indeifference, lack of leadership and indecision.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow some respect.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I'd hesitate to call it "management".

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at blinkx

ProsAmazing location.
Fair compensation.
Friendly coworkers.
Stimulating work in the field of scalability and data aggregation.
High employee turnover means you can probably get a job there without much difficulty. Might be able to get a referral bonus if you could convince a friend to work there for a year. They might not be your friend anymore afterward, though.

ConsA complete lack of transparency on any level. Management would commit to specific deadlines long in advance but not tell engineering until days before. Maybe it was a motivational tactic; always keep your employees near an impending crisis and they'll work harder. Just promoted confusion and stress.

No visible product roadmap. Products, to the extent that there were any, were specced out on the spot by looming managers. No one had any idea what we'd be working on the next week let alone the next month. Much more time was put into the press release schedule than the engineering schedule.

Loud, bullpen-style office. No separation between PR, engineering, management, etc. Meaning often management will shout something all the way across the room and expect a response, distracting the hell out of everyone in between.

Many, many more fictitious demos and presentations than actual products. I'd call the driving force of Blinkx software development 'lie-based engineering' - hack up some demo for a product that might take months or years to complete properly, show it off to someone with money, then in the rare chance they actually bite, deliver the goods piecemeal until said customer gets fed up and stops paying. If more engineering time could be spent on the core product than these demos, Blinkx might actually be a usable website or search engine.

Shouting matches in the office from senior management. Multiple firings began with a manager calling someone "(strong expletive) stupid" repeatedly in front of the entire bullpen and ended with the employee escorted out that same day.

Most of the engineering team is hired straight out of college so they can pay the least amount possible to people too naive to know that a real company should have organization and direction. Meaning there's no senior engineers to fall to for mentoring or advice.

Showy displays of lame bonuses or gifts to certain employees at meetings. Eschewing a holiday bonus because "most would prefer a holiday party". (I don't know who comprised this 'most').

Advice to Senior ManagementIf at all possible, learn what the concept of respect is and start showing it to your employees. Just because you're paying someone doesn't entitle you to swear at them in front of their colleagues, passive-agressively jab about job performance, and keep them in the dark.

But realistically, never manage a company ever again. You don't deserve to be in charge of anyone or anything and to pretend otherwise is doing our economy, planet, and sanity a disservice.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Blinkx, A Regret that I can't afford again.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at blinkx

ProsCompensation
Nice view
Web 2.0 space
Free lunches

ConsNo Effective decision making
Keeping employees always in pressure
There seems to be no effective planning coming out from executive management.
Unprofessional attitude towards employees coming out from Executive management.
Lot of work that comes with stress because of no planning.

Advice to Senior ManagementReorganization is necessary at executive management where more skilled managers and senior executive needs to be put in place. Also, value your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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THE worst possible place to develop your career.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at blinkx

ProsThere is no good reason to work for blinkx, you will be expected to work long hours for peanuts.

ConsThe company is propped up like a fancy magic act. Lots of smoke and mirrors. They promise software that can turn the audio in a video clip and make it searchable. The software they use for this, from their parent company Autonomy, does not work. These people employ more lawyers than actual engineers. Suranga is bi-polar, some days he's pleasant, most days he's a jerk that will use his Cambridge education to insult you. The CTO Matt is better suited to be a comedy writer than to lead any engineering team.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a bridge and jump off it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's incredible blinkx is still around

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at blinkx

ProsI could have stared out the window for hours.

ConsI couldn't wait to jump out that window.

It's amazing that you can find some of the most despicable people in the industry, lump them together, and put them at the helm of a software company. There is absolutely no upside working for blinkx. The CTO is inept and has no management skills. The CMO keeps the fake hype floating, the COO isn't afraid to show preference certain folks, and don't get me started on the CEO. Wow, he needs to go to therapy to fix his feelings of inadequacy.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some business and management courses at the local community college.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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