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Updated Jul 25, 2014
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4.2 31 reviews

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Ian Blaine

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    Great place to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe people are great and understanding. They know the system is complex, and are willing to give you the time to learn. The environment is laid back and very eco-conscious. It fits the Seattle vibe perfectly.

    People tend to stay here for a long time, which is nice if you are mid-career and looking for challenging work that you can rely on.

    The hiring process sets a high bar, and I think that helps the company maintain high quality employees.

    The managers listen and respond to concerns and the entire team is open to new ideas.

    ConsThe work is complex and obscure. Good luck explaining what you do at a dinner party.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People and Interesting Work

    Software Development Engineer In Test (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsBenefits of a large company (Comcast), but it feels like a small company. The work/life balance is great. For the most part you can go home at the end of the day and not think about work until you come in the next morning.

    ConsThere is some hr bureaucracy that we have to deal with because of Comcast. The web portal to track vacation days only works in Internet Explorer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cool people, interesting problems, great technology

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI really like the people I work with: they're smart, they're rational, and they're motivated. When you're trying to decide what to do or how to do it it's a discussion based on merit, not on seniority or politics or random executive "gut feelings". I've made some great friends here and it's cool to work with people you'd want to hang out with outside of the office.

    The people would probably be enough to keep me here, but I also think it's a fun space to be working in: there's so much to figure out in online video and how the TV industry is evolving and to be involved on the cutting edge of it, as people are experimenting and trying new things, keeps you fresh. And we've got a lot of blue chip customers so it's fun to brag about which web sites and events you're behind.

    Lastly, the underlying services we've built are just really strong. At some software-as-a-service companies it's a constant panic to keep everything up and running, long nights, getting woken up at 3 in the morning to figure out why something is jammed in the gears: that happens everywhere, of course, but here things feel more solid (knock on wood)

    ConsWhen you tell people where you work, don't say you work for Comcast, because everyone has an opinion about Comcast. But we've got our own culture. The only time you notice the ownership is when you're stuck watching a backlog of mandatory training videos for an hour or you're battling with their SAP portal to put in vacation time.

    It's also a really lean organization, both in terms of using lean/agile methodologies and the # of people. You'll be asked to do a lot, and you'll have to be good at prioritizing what you work on and to have the strength to push back and set boundaries with your manager when there just aren't enough hours in the day.

    The other part of being a smallish company is that there aren't that many management positions to start with, so if you want to climb, you're not going to make it to the peak unless a manager decides to move on. Instead, you advance by taking on bigger projects and more leadership on those projects, and that's how you get your salary bump.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit and make some space for the rest of us! :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Startup culture backed up by a large coporation

    Applications Support Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAgile work process
    Friendly, smart co workers
    Free snacks and drinks
    Awesome location
    Comcast benefits

    ConsSlow turnaround times due to bureaucracy
    Not many chances to advance
    Growth spurt slowed after initial burst

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsI felt compelled to write this review after checking out thePlatform's profile on glassdoor and wanted to voice some of my observations/opinions.

    I've seen some reviews for thePlatform here that are just blatantly untrue. I've worked with the company for a substantial amount of time now and feel that I have a pretty good idea about the competencies and culture. I started working at thePlatform at a low-level position and was able to "raise the ranks" as it were. Granted, it took some self-motivation and work to be able to do so, but I would never be one to expect that a position be handed to me.

    It is true that there has been some movement with administration in the past couple of years. Largely this was due to individuals finding greater opportunities be it personal or professional. Which, may I add, was always met with support from the company in whole. Our company does it's best to handle any kind of departures such that it doesn't affect the business/department/individuals and I think it has done an exemplary job.

    I feel like despite the above, management does take the proper actions when an issue is voiced.

    ConsLet's see, about 6 months ago it would have been transit compensations... but that has been resolved.

    I really do not have any issues with thePlatform. If I do, I usually voice it to management and they are pretty good about addressing it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun and challenging place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsthePlatform still has a startup like culture with the added bonus of having the big company benefits that come from being a Comcast company. Since there is a high focus on product development, a consistent stream of new products and features help drive new business and keep the existing customer base happy. There is always an opportunity to work with new technologies and systems as there is still an effort to reinvent and improve wherever possible.

      There are many great people to work and interact with, and most make an effort to be a part of the many company sponsored events like baseball outings, bowling, trivia nights, summer picnics and catered lunches which make for a fun and interactive culture. The open door policy also allows for direct interaction and conversations with executive team who encourage feedback and new ideas.

    ConsWhile the focus on product development makes for an exciting environment, it can often lead to a complicated set of system dependencies, tight deadlines, and choosing new features over the stability of a product. There is also a tendency to overcommit to customers in terms of timelines and cost which often leads to constantly changing priorities as well as emergency fixes and deployments that might otherwise have been avoided.

      Quite often large initiatives get implemented in parallel without a good understanding of the resources needed to bring them to market in a way that's sustainable. This tends to leave them unstable, partially finished, or not profitable. This is likely a result of the constant push for the starting tomorrow's work while not leaving adequate resources to nicely finish up yesterday's work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should continue to encourage the fun culture and the open door policy, as well as consider doing fewer projects with more focused resources to enable more success overall.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing people and a company that cares!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsCoworkers are fun to be around as they are smart and talented at their jobs and also have interesting hobbies and passions outside of work. Even as company has grown to 165+ employees it still seems to have that small company feel. thePlatform does a great job of keeping it's employees happy:
    -Genuinely fun all-company activities that range from monthly catered lunches and birthday celebrations to art-walks, baseball games, bowling, mini-golfing, scavenger hunts, company picnics, CEO breakfasts, BINGO, Trivia Nights, Holiday party... Lots of fun stuff all the time. Heck, just last week for Valentines Day everyone got valentines day cards saying how the company loved us a "latte" and that the company had brought in two traveling Batista to make complimentary drinks all morning.
    -Awesome snack bar with lots of options ranging from healthy stuff like fresh fruit, nuts, cheese to indulgences like chocolate and jelly beans. And of course fully stocked refrigerators with juice/soda...
    -Sweet office location, on 10th and 11th floor of building on 2nd/Madison. In addition to all the nearby lunch spots (and bars) there is an outdoor terrace that stretches the entire south side of the building so you can soak up some sun and eat lunch why looking out at Mt. Rainier and the water.
    -Bicycle Lovers! Lots of folks ride/run/walk to work (I Bike) and it's really nice to have lockers, showers, a safe spot for bicycles to hang in the hallway (plus a bike cage on the bottom floor for those super sunny days when tons of people ride in). Not to mention an active group of riders who get together for rides during lunch.

    -Cohesive Teams

    ConsThe product is pretty complex and can take awhile to learn all the ins and outs. Even with the new-hire technical training and on-going product deep-dives it will take a long-time to get a good understanding of all the different capabilities within the system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's a great team and product headed in the right direction, looking forward to growing and maintaining that small-company feel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, Exciting and Fun Place to Work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsthePlatform is comprised of a great community of people, and fosters a "come as you are" office culture. Employees are valued here, whether it's management working with you to find a role that best suits your interests and skill-set, or through the HR sponsored employee appreciation events. We have our hands in interesting and relevant technology, which provides us with challenging and exciting work, no matter what your role is here. I love the "work hard, play hard" ethic thePlatform has adopted. The benefits, fringe and otherwise, are better than I've had at any other company/ organization.

    ConsAlthough I think HR puts forth a strong effort to counter this, our office isn't very ethnically diverse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A fun dynamic environment, with great people building great products for big customers.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsWe have a very strong team and work hard to keep it that way. We compete in a very dynamic market - online video - which is constantly evolving, so it doesn't get boring. We get to work with big, well known customers, so it's easy to tell mom and dad what our products do. We're growing into a global company, which is challenging but fun.

    ConsOur main product is powerful and complex (which our market needs) but it means that we have longer sales cycles, more demanding customers and a longer ramp time for getting employees up to speed than companies in other spaces. Growing naturally causes areas to get stretched thin which can put stress on the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep planning for growth, keep employees happy, stay in touch with the market.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic company with great employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsWorking at thePlatform is honestly really enjoyable. The work is interesting, the company puts forth a lot of effort into keeping its employees happy, and there are great opportunities for advancement. The management's actually really good, too. People are quite reasonable and approachable and are generally willing to consider making changes to the way things are done if there's a good reason to do so.

    ConsAlthough the location is very convenient for taking the bus, if you don't live somewhere that has a convenient bus route to downtown Seattle near Benaroya Hall, things could be kind of tough. Parking is insanely expensive in that part of the city, so your best bet would be to find a park and ride somewhere and hope it doesn't fill up too often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're doing a great job. Keep up what you're doing and we'll be able to keep growing. I'm looking forward to being able to see our products in use pretty much anywhere I watch videos on the Internet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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