DivX

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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

Cool flexible place to work with a lot of very smart people. I'm sure a little bit of the old DivX is reminiscent, but it's seemed to have devolved into what is the competition doing, let's do that too. It has a nice open work environment.

Cons

It used to be an open and transparent place wtih lots of enthusiasm, but I think the mgmt now is too concerned with counting their money and playing it safe. They hire really talented people and don't let them shine. The place is ugly with gossip and politics and the "social club" promotions don't put the best people in the best positions. There is also a lack of leadership and decision making on projects. Plus, often work would get farmed out while senkior and competent people are stuck doing low level catch up work on the infamous DivX "fire drills". Almost all of the original visionaries are long gone.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start recognizing talent. You're not Sony so start moving quickly like a small nimble company. Bring back transparency. Give people some authority to make calls on projects and lose the group decision making that generally leads to people casting doubts instead of building products. Maybe senior mgmt needs a shakeup. Move in a spirited direction that says DivX and let people shine instead of becoming generic copycat company x with a $3 stock share.

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    Fun place to work...

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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

    The people at DivX are great to work with. Most of them are people you would enjoy spending time with outside of work. They have a cultural interview mixed in with the technical interview where they essentially assess how well you would fit in with the rest of the employees. This cultural interview tends to assure that the people that get hired are a good fit and will get along with everyone else. It is a fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    The management only manages, they do not lead well -- there is not a strong awareness among the "general population" of where the company is going or how it's getting there. Salaries tend to be below industry averages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead more.

    Recommends
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    A place to work

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

    I worked at DivX

    Pros

    The weather is great. Good people and relaxed atmosphere. If you have a good rapport with your group, you can be free to execute within your domain.

    Employees tend to be very active. Volleyball, surfing all sorts of other activities. Trade shows can be very rowdy and spirited if you get to go.

    Cons

    DivX once was an exceptionally open office. A couple of years ago openness began being shut down. The information vacuum turned to gossip.

    The inability of the new generation to be frank and honest with employees created an acidic environment. If you can avoid this, it is as good a place to be as any, but in contrast to what it once was, DivX can be a bit sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell it off and move on.

    Disapproves of CEO
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