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How Espial wasted the wonderful opportunity - acquisition of Kasenna so cheaply

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Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer

I have been working at Espial

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It was a great place to learn IPTV technology, especially the VOD server technology. The middle management is really nice to work with, despite the senior management.

Cons

The executive management is not fully competent to navigate the complexities of the IPTV industry at the current time. The NIH syndrome along with limited experience in US will set the company back in till 3Q09.

Advice to Management

The management needs to fully understand the implications of some of the product decisions - not make the decisions emotionally or based on location. They would also need to raise the morale of their engineering team.

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    Great People, but poor decisions permeate

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Espial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Work is not overly hard.
    Customer relationships are good, well managed.
    Good opportunities for Junior level developers

    Cons

    Equipment is cheapest possible and getting IT to give what you need to do your job is a total struggle.
    Those making technical decisions are non-technical.
    There's an 'in crowd'. If you're not part of it, you'll never move up.
    People that leave Espial tend to become frustrated with the culture and incredibly bitter leading up to leaving.
    Sporadic management structure and process

    Advice to Management

    Make some tough decisions and fire those who aren't competent or doing their jobs. It doesn't matter if they're your friends.

  2. Bad management!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Espial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of any.

    Cons

    No 401K, No Healthcare, No Teamspirit. Very poor management

    Advice to Management

    Shape up on management skills!

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