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Good Job, Good People, Losing its luster.

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Getty Images

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Getty hires good competent people wih generally good attitudes. Great health/dental/vision benefits. Allows domestic partner benefits at low cost. Great location in the heart of Fremont. Not your average company, very lively and much like Fremont. Spends money on new technologies instead of finding ways keep old technology alive. Every employee has their ideas considered.

Cons

Getty while still very successful seems to be using the economic downturn to make cuts, this may be due to the fact that Getty is now privately owned. Slowly starting to care more about the company and less about the employee. Overall employee moral is lowering. 401k matching has ceased. Bonuses are now 100% Company performance based(used to be 50% individual performanced based)

Advice to Management

It would be nice to see management stand up and not always simply go in the direction that senior management is telling them to go. Lately it seems like there is an attitude of "because I said so."

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  1. You have to carve your own way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Getty Images

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are many smart, competant, and funny people. The Red Door is across the street. You can tell an SVP what you really think over a beer and not be afraid you'll be fired.

    Cons

    Changing industry, too many promises, too many number one priorities. High performers are overshadowed and mis-directed by middle managers that don't have the training they need. Date driven death marches in IT in the midst of embracing Lean-Agile it taking it's toll on the quality of the work we do and morale.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the people. Reward and support your highest performers. Fight to keep a culture of rigorous debate among friends. Keep an ear to the ground and listen closely.


  2. Great Opportunity to Unprofessional Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Getty Images

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

    Pros

    Nice area Fremont, passable building.

    Cons

    So much to address but here are some of the low lights: Lack of Skill in Development: With the constant bug fixes, these are major fixes, mostly due to data corruption, one wonders if the code which is promoted to production is reviewed. The answer is no. Most the time code is reviewed on the basis of, "it looks okay". No actual functional testing. The reason for this lies in the fact most the developers lack the skill set to write enterprise level code. The previous is especially true on the Database side(Microsoft SQL Server). Most of database coding talent and experience resides on the operations side. Which make sense, as Operations has constantly bailed out developer mistakes every time. Lack of Core Infrastructure: If you are professional in Operations or Development and are expecting a Data Dictionary, an Entity Relationship Diagram or even a SCM which properly factored, you are out of luck. If you are looking a Disaster Recovery Plan, proper Hardware Resources for sustainability or even opportunity implement any aspects of the above, you are out of luck. Case in point, recently a major production database had been severely corrupted. Operations attempted to restore to a point of two days prior. However, upon examination of the tape backup it was found the same tape backup had failed and Manager of the Team responsible did not care nor did he feel the need to notify anyone. Next, there are several applications which require more disk drive room but rather than have money to do so, Management chooses to spend money on untested and poorly implemented applications. Lack of Planning: The company has adopted the model of pushing more features to market faster. However, there was no planning sessions on how to do this effectively. It appears someone in upper Management woke one day and said Getty needs to have super fast Time To Market. And each release to Production reflects this as there are atleast 20 patches deployed afterwards. And all suggestions from the sustainers, those in Operations, are ignored on purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be composed of those who have actual experience in working with Product or resources they are managing. If Getty Images pretends to be a major player in multimedia, Management should start acting as such; and stop thinking of itself as a company run by two guys with a case of Mountain Dew and chips. Respect the professional talent amassed. Herding them in to cubicles like a call center only seems to reinforce the thought, that the staff is not valued and expendible.


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