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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    You'll be one of the cool kids, until mom & dad decide you aren't so cute any more and they send you away.

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    Former Employee - Decline to State, IT Didn't Matter Since I Couldn't Do My Job Anyways in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Decline to State, IT Didn't Matter Since I Couldn't Do My Job Anyways in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    Sometimes is the "cool place to work", especially if you are the flavor of the month. If you want to meet some really neat people, make some friends, and learn about the dark underworld of movie encoding, this is a pretty good place for that. Working here is a labor of love for which everyone takes a pay cut. Sometimes you will get to do what you are good at, and sometimes you will get credit for it. If you want to test a crazy new haircolor, this is the time for it as this is the only company I know where you can get props for having a purple mohawk and tats, biking to work at 11 am, and going surfing for two hours at lunch. The place is jam-packed with great, eccentric, wild people who mean really well and are supercool (or super geeky) to happy hour with. Like another reviewer said, it really helps if you surf or party with the boss... but only at first. The underlying belief, I think, for management in their hiring and organizational decisions is that "anyone can do any job if they are smart," so this is great if you want a crack at something in which you have no experience or knowledge.

    Cons

    Back to that underlying principle here that "anyone can do it", the downside of it is that everyone thinks that even a monkey can do your job, and that it has nothing to do with anything you have learned or who you are. Overall, the company has very unpredictable politics and favoritism, no career path, no professionalism (no respect for your knowledge, experience, or skills set; your coworkers will likely be folks who have never held a serious, traditional corporate job or had to prove themselves at a professional level).

    If you want to beef up your resume, finally get to "do things right," complete some accomplishments for your career, or just collect a decent salary and coast along for a while, don't count on any of that. Although most of DivX is motivated by the best of intentions, because of that "anyone can do it" mentality, there is no consistent way to earn your kudos here, and somehow "marketing" yourself is one of the only sure (but temporary) things. If you don't own the random look, attitude, and prepackaged persona that would look "cool" on their company bio at that time in the company's mood swings, then consider anything you do professionally to be pretty much worthless and overlooked. This can be incredibly frustrating and insulting and your career will fizzle temporarily. It won't matter how good you are at what you do, how hard you work, how much you know or care about your job, or how right you are about how to make something better, you will someday lose favor (assuming you had it at some point), at which time you will be ignored and then sacked without warning because they decided to replace you with some other monkey (or end your position entirely). I saw this happen to every last one of my coworkers and myself, and most of them went on to much better paying jobs where they were challenged, respected, and nurtured as professionals.

    Also, although you might get reimbursed for a laptop (so you can set up a slingbox and work from a yam-powered trampoline boat as you sail around the world and videoblog to their latest video sharing community site), getting any additional job-related training or software to do your job will be nearly impossible. Most of us figured out that in this case, "shareware" and "freeware" were the operative words.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourself and learn when to listen/ask for advice when you don't know what you're doing. The wheel has already been invented and there is a reason it is round. If you hire a specialist, secondly, then you have to encourage the person do what they do well, and never, ever assume that just anyone can do that job. While its true that a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters will eventually write the works of Shakespeare, that's still a thousand monkeys... kinda messy and takes a lot of bananas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    fun but lacks a sense of direction

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    Looking for a relaxing environment where the lowest denominator is rewarded. You can think of it as your social club with a pay check. Go surfing, play soccer, basket ball, hit the gym all on company time. The monthly get togethers are great ways to go see free movie premieres and relax on the company dime. Also the maternity leave package is one of the better packages that I have seen and you do not even have to have a child to take the time off. The company also has a great laptop program, which is worth doing, because it is pretty unlikely that you will be able to take the time off to attend any classes.

    Cons

    There is no way to make a difference and there are many around you doing little getting rewarded for making mistakes. It really gets you down and is very demotivating. Why work hard to fix things, when others show up late to work and play games and still have the ability to veto your work, because it makes them look unproductive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out what direction you want to go by asking your employees and partners for input. Set a good path and stick with it. Reward successes not fixed failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    DivX was a fun place to work.... at one time

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    Former Employee - Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    DivX has a wonderful group of bright engineers. The camaraderie in my team was superb and we made the best of the otherwise dismal situation. The HR department is better than most in that they truly seem to care about the needs of the employees. There is an opportunity to do something big, and that can be exciting as well.

    Cons

    I'm not sure where to start! The CFO Dan Halvorson has a reputation for layoffs and cash-outs. He was rumored to have said, "I love it when people quit". It's gotten to the point where Halvorson avoids the office and never sticks around at company events. I suppose he knows he isn't welcome. The constant layoffs and lack of openness to employees gives people an sense of uneasiness and all you can really do is speculate what they're upto. At least with Jordan, he would be straight with you. The Hell regime seems pretty secretive and sometimes dishonest most times. The Stage 6 debacle was a train wreck. So much of the company's resources were thrown at this pig and look what came of it? Nothing. A number of long time employees left around this time? Coincidence? Maybe, but not likely. I am guessing the founders got tired of the games and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Halvorson, he is dragging morale down all on his own. No one likes him or wants him there. Be more honest and forthcoming with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Divx is a great place to work if you stay out of the politics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at DivX

    Pros

    Work/life balance, benefits, casual work environment, fun, laid back.

    Cons

    Ever changing strategy, and people are feeling a little uneasy. Alot of it has to do with the constantly changing technology market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock in current employees and look at the talent you already have vs. hiring from outside.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good While It Lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    The culture, when it first started was remarkable. There was a great vibe in the office and you constantly felt that you were being challenged and motivated.

    Cons

    After they went public, and Stage 6 launched, there was a massive series of mistakes that killed morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    Great company culture, cool product, interesting industry

    Cons

    Limited career growth path internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a strategy and stick with it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    overall an interesting place to work at..not a good match for everybody though..

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    Former Employee - Product Development in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    active culture encouraging employee interaction..many options for taking a break with fussbal table, xbox etc

    Cons

    lack of a solid career advancement program for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get intimate knowledge of your product, get to know your customer and consumer, deliver real solutions that matters

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun place, with crappy pay.

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    4 weeks paid vacation and 4 weeks fully paid maternity/paternity leave.

    Cons

    The salaries are very very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone take charge...there are 'too many cooks in the kitchen'. Someone needs to stand up and say this is how it will be and move on.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Grow up

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    Location only 10 min from beach. People were nice, but most of the cool ones got laid off.

    Cons

    No flexibility, feels like High School. You have to ask for a hall pass to go anywhere..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You work mostly with professionals, not with kids. Give them opportunities to develop and enhance in their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A lesson in why not to go public

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    Used to be the culture before the company went public and the CEO and co-founder Jordan Greenhall left - see TechCrunch for details. The vacation is good at 4 weeks for new employees and the benefits are good. Some remnants of the culture are still there like movie nights, video games and happy hours but the atmosphere is nothing like it used to be.

    Cons

    DivX doesn't pay their employees enough - some engineers do alright and obviously senior management are making away like bandits but the vast majority of the staff is underpaid compared against industry norms. The used to be able to get away with paying people less when they were private and stock options still meant something but not now that they're public and the stock price is unstable. Reviews are few and far between as are raises - a huge problem. Management tries to make it look like they involve the employees in decision making and keep them in the loop but that only keeps up as long as it's something trivial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your CFO and accounting departments and hire competent people. Middle / upper management need to involve engineers more and get decent product managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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