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Fantastic opportunities for career growth at a fast growing company

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Former Employee - Engineering  in  Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Engineering in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Brightcove

Pros

The following was primarily about my experiences working at Brightcove's engineering org:

* Great opportunities for growth. Brightcove promoted people fairly aggressively and tailors careers individually versus trying to fit them into a mold.
* Challenging large-scale projects. The engineering org was less than 100 people, but the product reaches millions of viewers. This allowed a great sense of individual influence -- there aren't many other companies at this modest size with this many customers.
* Non-political, non-micromanaged environment. There was a high emphasis on self-directed teams, which means that decisions were not oppressively top-down. Teams came up with their own deadlines and defined how they approached their work.
* Mature processes. The engineering organization had very mature processes in terms of how Agile, QA, etc. The engineering process overall works very well.
* Fun perks. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked with free food. Some teams regularly have nerf gun wars. There's lots of free lunches. We got free beer during our demo Fridays and often had spontaneous beer or birthday parties. There were crazy off-site meetings with talent shows and partying. We got money to dressup for Halloween. Brightcove hosts a huge yearly conference which includes a harbor cruise with free alcohol and food.
* Financial success. Brightcove is doing very well financially, which is reflected in bonus payouts, salaries, and other financial incentives; and Brightcove IPO'd in 2012!
* Experienced leadership. Many of the senior leadership had worked together previously in building up large successful companies. Overall, the leadership competency here is very high compared to the size of the company.

Cons

* Brightcove has immense challenges to overcome. Part of this is because of the scale of the organization versus the immense number of customers. It's both exciting and terrifying at the same time. This is not a true "dislike", but be prepared to be challenged.
* Brightcove is a big target for competitors because it's the market lead.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep reminding us of our position and vision. Sometimes it was easy to lose sight that I was working at a top company because my day to day life involved fighting fires and handling issues. Continually celebrate successes so that you can keep taking pride in what you're accomplishing.

As Brightcove grows, make sure that the core values are maintained. Brightcove has built up a fairly unique culture of smart and easy-to-get-along with employees. Having a nice salary and working on cool stuff is great too, but the emphasis on employees is a huge part of why it was exceptional to work here.

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Other Reviews for Brightcove

  1.  

    Just a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Brightcove

    Pros

    * Smart people.
    * Amazing, fun, collaborative workplace environment
    * Challenging, interesting, and meaningful problems
    * Just went public!!
    * Moving to the newest building on the Boston waterfront
    * Great to be part of a winning environment - people are positive and in good spirits.

    Cons

    * People are almost too nice!
    * Some growing pains, both in terms of technology/scale and as a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your engineers and give them more freedoms. They often have some of the best insights into the product.

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  2.  

    Energetic and friendly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Brightcove

    Pros

    - People are consistently friendly and helpful, not because they have to be but because they want to be. Questions are welcomed and encouraged; the environment is very positive and laid-back, but at the same time, everyone works hard and gets things done.
    - Management is proactive and really tries to listen to what employees are saying and translate that into action. Employees are encouraged to speak up if they feel they are not being heard.
    - No politics to speak of. This is where the emphasis on building culture has really paid off.
    - Work-life balance is important, and time off when necessary is seen as a good thing.

    Cons

    - Sometimes being nice ends up above speaking up. Creative, constructive conflict is a good thing.
    - Close quarters. Moving to a new office will probably resolve this, but there's minimal privacy to do things like take a phone call.
    - Inter-team communication isn't quite what it ought to be, though effort is certainly made
    - Different departments (e.g., sales and engineering) are out of touch with each other for the most part - there are areas where each could help the others improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very careful of ending up out of touch with your rank-and-file employees as the company grows, and putting customers' happiness above your employees' - if anything kills the company culture, it will be bureaucracy and becoming distant from the little guy. The flexibility within the company is a great asset, and the servant-leader paradigm works extremely well. Don't let that slip.

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