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Good Job, Good People, Losing its luster.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Getty Images

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    You have to carve your own way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Getty Images

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    The Honeymoon is over...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT - Job Title Annon in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT - Job Title Annon in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Getty Images

    Pros

    On the surface, Getty provides a 'cool' and 'flexible' environment that rewards people for being innovative, hard working and mindful of the company's mission statement, principles and goals. People are friendly, helpful and see to truly love the company, what they do and are driven to do what's best for the 'greater Getty good'. This is, of course, what you see when you take your 1st sip of koolaide and browse through the very brief and casual NEO. It's a lovely vernier of hip workplace with a purpose and, at times, it really does resemble this picture. But more often than not the reality of this company isn't what it seems.

    Cons

    There is a force of passive aggressiveness in the company culture that is beyond the pale even for the Northwest. No one ever will come right out and say what they mean and when they do it is long after the knife is in your back.

    There is no career growth. Instead there is this kind of half-assed professional growth support that is really in name only (no budget, no formal training, etc).

    The company's motives and actions with regard to their staff have appeared to be less than honest and frankly ill-conceived. In the past year, there has been an obvious reason to tighten belts. It's something that everyone expects. We went without pay increases, had our 401K matches eliminated, etc. All of this was done so that they could afford to keep the current staff. Less than 6 months later, they are shelling out close to a million dollars annual to increase staff but can't understand why people are not as excited about it as they are. If had kicked part of that back to the dedicated and hardworking staff they already have, it would have easily increased throughput enough to make a huge dent in that project work and would have saved more money in the long run. Instead, they are now just adding new staff to a group with already low morale and an ambiguous project list. Sound like a fun place to work now?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop. Take a deep breath and figure out what direction you want to go in. Make a commitment to it (even if it is just to try it on for size) and lead people through it.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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