Aspera

www.asperasoft.com
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3 people found this helpful  

High growth companies are not for everyone

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Aspera

Pros

There has been a string of surprisingly negative reviews posted here so I felt compelled to comment. It sounds like each of these bad reviews were written by the same disgruntled former employee.

 Aspera's company culture is built on hard-working, engaged, smart people driven to excel. If you consider the 40 hours/week working at a job to be a necessary evil, high flying companies like Aspera are not for you. If you want a predictable routine everyday there are plenty of staid, established companies to work for. Some people are just task oriented and do not do well in situations where you need to focus on the goal and be able to adapt quickly when objectives change.

For ambitious job seekers, you want to look for a good company, a good product, and a growing market. Aspera is financially solid with an energetic, enthusiastic company culture. The product is untouchable - well developed, well supported, and an patented unfair advantage over all competitors. The market has barely been touched outside of the media industry. Nothing but upside.

Cons

Some stops and starts trying to keep up with the growth. To be expected and nothing major. Posted comments about a toxic work environment and bullying is just utter nonsense. Employees are held accountable, from the college interns all the way to senior management, but to call that bullying, toxic, or suggest favoritism is the sign of an under-performing employee making excuses.

I am not in HR or management. Just a grunt on the line calling it as I see it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep pushing.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth Organization! Lots of Opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Aspera is in a growth mode and an exciting company to be working at with great products and employees. Many of the jobs have great opportunities for employees to grow into other roles and responsibilities.

    Cons

    There's more room for more hiring in almost all areas of the organization. The key people are stretched to support the growing demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take on some risk by hiring ahead of the growth.

    Recommends
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  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    So much potential being squandered by erratic, stubborn founders. Really awful work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Aspera has grown fast and profitably, the core technology is good and the adoption in certain industries has been impressive. Surprisingly, great talent has been attracted to Aspera (despite the average salary/benefits), so there are plenty of amazing people to work with.

    Cons

    The worst thing about Aspera is its toxic work environment. Employees are really unhappy here, many have stayed through the economic downturn, key talent is starting to leave. There is no structure, no strategy, no plan, no communication, no goal setting, no individual performance evaluation, no salary increases. Everything is ad hoc and all work is done in a sense of urgency. Everyone in the company has been threatened that they might lose their job at some point or another. Salaries are average and do not increase (promises on increases and bonuses are very often forgotten), benefits are way below par. The founders spread a culture of fear, overwork and only seem to value folks who follow blindly and work 15-hour days at the detriment of their families. While there has been great vision on product development, there is no structure to where the company is headed, no concerted effort to understand market needs, respond to new opportunities and execute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aspera will only succeed if the founders get out of their way and let their organization grow up. The company needs strong leadership with experience growing a business this size and taking it to the next level. They need to form a real executive team and listen to their direction (actually having a regular exec team would be amazing, it pretty much never happened). They need to put good middle management in place, delegate, let processes be implemented so the organization can scale. Step down, bring people in, you can still play a strategic role and actually help the place thrive. Care about your people, because you obviously don't. Also, put a board in place, get good perspective from outsiders with experience. Unfortunately, I am one of many who know none of these things will ever happen, and at this critical junction in Aspera's growth, the company is likely to start stagnating and marginalizing itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
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