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Amazing people, amazing work... Management is improving.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Ooyala full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Ooyala has a thoroughly first-rate group of engineers. They're usually very experienced and from good schools. Many are very good at communicating and teaching. You get to pick most of your own tech stack, and you're working on cool tools that can get you a nice salary bump when you move on to your next company (examples: Hadoop, Cassandra, EC2, Scala).

The work is varied because Ooyala does so many things with video and analytics, and it's interesting because every section of the company has hard problems to work on.

There are also good perks -- always-available snacks and soda, catered lunch and dinner every day, discount massages and sushi every other week.

Cons

Management doesn't know how to handle promotions for senior engineers. Almost nobody makes Staff Engineer, while many, many become Tech Leads. Does management *really* think that's because every senior engineer would rather be a manager?

The Ops (and DevOps/SRE) group is pretty screwed. Executive management doesn't really care about fixing it, so it's been awful for years. Most groups do some ops themselves but engineers aren't better at it.

2013 is a "tighten the belt" year. Fair enough, it's time. But still not as fun a time to join. Some of the perks may go away.

Advice to Management

If you want more of something, stop telling people they can't get a promotion because they do it. Anything you cite as "here's why you're not getting promoted" isn't just stopping the person you told it to. It's stopping anybody they talk to -- and that's probably everybody.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work at with a fun culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Ooyala full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free food, unlimited PTO, work hard/play hard culture.

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Continue to go after the small-mid size market.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great company, smart people, driven and motivated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Ooyala full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, motivated people.
    Good leadership.
    Fun environment.
    Interesting history of employees leaving to form their own startups.
    Good work/life balance.
    Nice perks including free breakfast/lunch/dinner.

    Cons

    The development team is a little young/green.
    The office space is really crowded.
    Loose ends aren't always tied up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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