Digimarc

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Digimarc Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Digimarc

    Pros

    Digimarc has a culture of treating employees with respect and trusting their judgement. Mid level managers are very respective to work life balance of all employees. Generally only the best are hired after a reasonably grueling interview process. While there is a cubicle environment the overall atmosphere is well done with high quality cubicle hardware and large spaces.

    Cons

    The benefits are decent but not great. There is almost no 401K matching and bonuses are very spotty. Digimarc almost never gives out significant performance perks like spot bonuses. There is often a big company culture even though at its core Digimarc is still a relatively small company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find new ways to leverage the incredible IP the company has. Let the thought of selling the watermarking business to another large company fall by the wayside.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Generally Positive Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Tualatin, OR

    I worked at Digimarc

    Pros

    Excellent intellectual property team. Fantastic engineering team. Good people working at the company.

    Cons

    Huge gap between employees and CEO. CEO quite introverted with little willingness to finance productization of his technology. However he has created quite a lot of value for shareholders through various non product related business deals so can't complain too much.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Digimarc, Loyalty is a one way street from you to the company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Digimarc

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Digimarc is the technology the company is centered around is very good. The IP is solid and the work is challenging.

    Cons

    The main downside to working at Digimarc is that there is too much cronyism in upper management. They come in and make bad decisions based on incomplete information and then expect top performance inspite of the bad decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that all members of management Sr. Director and about actually sit down and read the company values and then actually practice them and take them to heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A quiet place to earn a decent income

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Digimarc

    Pros

    Good salary and an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    There's no adequate carreer growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management makes a great deal of trying to communicate with the dispersed teams. However, sometimes it can come across as condescending, particularly all of the recent communications dealing with L-1 acquisition. Again and again it is repeating the same language to us "now is the time to focus," "This is a recognition of your efforts,", "Until done it is a business as usual", and repeating our "purpose" over and over has worn out and become meaningless when it appears the same way in coutnless meetings. With expectation of the reorganization and a real possibiltiy to go through layoffs again it does not make everyone feel better.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A small company that feels like an Aristocracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Digimarc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Digimarc has a friendly atmosphere and free coffee. The management style is mostly hands-off and their technology is interesting.

    Cons

    Most small companies can move quickly. At Digimarc, this was not the case. The company has a chain of command that feels like the military, where too often, ideas that would increase work quality, organization and employee satisfaction would be shot down without debate.

    Workstation policies were frustrating, an example was not being able to get a second monitor. More frustrating was that management didn't understand or care about the productivity increase that a 2nd screen would bring.

    Management favors written policy over common sense and makes employees take multiple choice exams to prove that they've committed the policies to memory.

    If you are a high performance worker then look elsewhere for a more performance-based compensation plan. At Digimarc, more value seemed to be placed on looking busy and being available for meetings than on producing output.

    Pay raises were not given despite excellent performance reviews. Instead, employees are rewarded with company stock whose 2 year vesting date is contingent on them still being an employee.

    401k matching was 3%.

    Meetings were overbooked with very little relevant content.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your engineers drive more product features, they're your biggest fans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Think Twice

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Digimarc

    Pros

    Interesting concept, but odd execution. They may send you to places for support of the clients, but it will be badly timed and for unknown duration. It's a very diverse workforce, so that's interesting...getting to know people from other cultures and lands.

    Cons

    lots of unscheduled work, missed deadlines, etc. They are very dependent on clients purchasing their solutions, but these solutions are older and retrofitted in many cases. Clients are choosing larger national companies, rather than sticking with these guys. They have taken senior managers and made them individual contributors, because of the bosses inability to understand their markets and customers.

    Here's a good example of the management's problems. A few years ago, the company came to within a few weeks of having their stock symbol delisted by their exchange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say you are Six Sigma ... but what do I see? Zero Sigma!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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