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    Former Employee - Manager in Saratoga, CA
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    I worked at Roku full-time (More than a year)


    I came from a big blue company and this place isn't too different from it. The pace is reasonable and the people are mature. The stress level is quite reasonable, but of course, that really depends on the team and the manager you have. As long as you pick the right team and the right manager, everything should be good. The management layer is pretty flat, and that is a great thing because it reduces people infighting to climb the corporate ladder, such as I observed in my previous company. We had stack ranking and lots of politics, and I blame that on the huge corporate ladders and levels in the company, as well as the company size. There is no performance review process at Roku because the CEO says it's a waste of his time and other people's time. The culture is very laid back and the pace is not too different from my previous employer. Very mature, very senior people, and that makes managing them more predictably. Though at times, the company can be slow and you can get boggled down to processes, paper work, and procedures that were established due to legacy reasons. The pay is pretty good, unfortunately the options are currently worth nothing unless the company exits. Acquisition or IPO? Nobody knows when that will be.


    First and foremost I agree with previous posters about the terrible insurance plans that Roku offers. I have had horrible experiences with Kaiser, and when I switched to Anthem Blue Cross tThey have pretty much denied every single cost that used to be covered under my previous employer's PPO plans (again, I used to work at a big blue company with wonderful wonderful insurance plan). The deductibles for Blue Cross Basic plan is extremely high, so that's not ideal to pick. On the other hand the deductibles for the Premium plan is quite low and that's good, but I end up paying over $1600 A MONTH out of pocket for the plan (Roku pays additional $900 to that amount, so a total of about $2500/month payment to Blue Cross and VSP and dental every month). So every year, I take my salary, and subtract $19,200 from it. That's how bad the insurance plan here is. Before you join, you should google for "Anthem Blue Cross reviews". It is the only insurance plan with only 1 star (the lowest). Consumer Affairs accreditation rates Blue Cross the lowest of them all. Second con: the stock options could very well be worth nothing. Nobody seems to know the valuation of the company or how much each stock is worth. For all I know, it is zero unless the company exits, and they've been talking about that for several years already.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate you keep the culture mature and there is definitely a lot less politics than what I observed in my previous employer. Great job! However, your attempt to save money by choosing Anthem Blue Cross comes at a cost. While the CEO is laughing his way to the bank, us rank and file employees end up footing a huge amount of our medical bills. That is just not nice. Also please be transparent about your company valuation and how much stock options are worth. Every single startup in the valley discloses that information. Many of the people we gave offers to are completely turned off by our secrecy and simply treat their secret Roku options as if they're worth almost nothing. It is not a surprise why they turn down our offers.

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