thePlatform Reviews

Updated April 11, 2014
Updated April 11, 2014
31 Reviews

4.3
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair in all respects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Large company benefits, small company feel. As a subsidiary of Comcast benefits include subsidized cable and stock options. The teams are small and Agile. Management is accessible, including the CEO. Improvements to the product influenced from the entire organization. Product is of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Small company means the "corporate ladder" is short for some roles. Unless you move to to another part of the company it can be hard to advance. Management roles are filled by people who have been here for a long time and show no signs of leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways for employees achieve or advance within the company. It's to easy for people stagnate and not improve. Find ways to cross pollinate the teams in ways that break up the knowledge silos.

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

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart management team with some talented employees. Strong engineering focus and product vision.

    Cons

    Overly opinionated with old school ways of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    great people to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at thePlatform full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots to learn and people here want to help you learn. Constantly raising the bar of what we have to know just to keep up.

    Cons

    Need to hire more people, as the company is growing very quickly, so currently fewer people to handle the work almost double.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to let people know they are needed and get Corporate to keep on track better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great way to find out if you like graveyard shifts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Mediocre pay
    Great location in downtown Seattle and International locations
    Benefits after 3 or so months
    Interesting employees

    Cons

    Since it is a subsidiary of Comcast you have to deal with corporate issues, that can be a pain.
    Departments treat the support department with very little consideration.
    Many departments have very different tools and procedures which make integration among them difficult.
    There is a bit of departmental behavior to create extra work to appear busier to management tools.
    HR was one person when I was there, so getting things done sooner than later required constant attention.
    Management seemed to be in a constant flux.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more care and hire management that doesn't have to look at numbers and which way they are changing to report if the department is improving or regressing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at thePlatform

    Pros

    Smart people
    Interesting technical challenges
    Good work/life balance
    Really good benefits package
    Backed by Comcast so there are resources for longer term goals

    Cons

    Low turnover rate can sometimes lead to stagnation.
    Lack of career path
    Lack of coordination at senior levels for strategic vision
    No training opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider brining in more outside talent
    Ensure that employees have a clear career path
    Offer more training and conference opportunities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at thePlatform

    Pros

    thePlatform hires really good people... smart, dedicated, engaged employees. That it is a good place to work is shown by the very low turnover of the staff.
    Good benefit package.
    Being backed by Comcast helps in a slow economy.

    Cons

    Slow to learn from mistakes.
    Little evidence of business analysis.
    Unwillingness to negotiate from a position of strength with customers.
    Unorganized and ad-hoc processes across the company.
    Opportunities for career growth are unclear.
    Lack of training.
    Laissez-faire management style allowing some people to get away with more than you would hope would be allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Solicit feedback.
    Train employees to be better able to hit the ground running.
    Offer more opportunities to move up within organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work, but repeated problems should be fixed

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at thePlatform

    Pros

    Good compensation, great work/life balance, interesting projects

    Cons

    A large portion of the organization does not appear to learn from their mistakes. This seems to be par for the course in professional services organizations; however, if the data and resource talent is there, the situation should not happen a second or third time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spent time improving your department. Just because it has worked in the past does not mean it could not be improved for the future.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity to improve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at thePlatform

    Pros

    Senior leadership and vision for making great products.
    Committed to doing the right thing for the customer.
    Honesty from CEO
    Open door policy
    Small side benefits like soda, snacks, employee lunches once per month
    Quarter company outings (baseball, golf, etc)
    Intelligent and diverse co-workers

    Cons

    Sometimes environment feels like a popularity contest
    No method to provide feedback about direct manager
    Lack of ability to work from home
    Company can sometimes seem arrogant since we are the industry leader
    Middle management is selected based on time at company, not who is best qualified
    No clear career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees (and sometimes allow them to work from home).
    Provide a method to review your direct manager or direct management chain.
    Maybe have an anonymous comment box.
    Continue to be agile and reactive to the marketplace
    The company has hired some VERY bright people, ask their opinion about the companies position in the industry.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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