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Great people and great work

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Former Employee - Engineering  in  Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Engineering in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Some of the smartest people with whom I have ever worked will doing some of the most challenging and interesting work I have ever done.

Cons

Cowboy culture with little to no adult supervision.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They know what to do and are doing it.

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    Great company, bad management

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    Former Employee - Human Resource  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resource in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Ooyala as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great perks, fun culture
    - Smart people
    - Exciting work

    Cons

    - Boys club
    - VERY few people get promoted within the company. You can slave away days and nights, do the work, but you're not going to get promoted. They rather go out and hire someone else to fill the position than promote within.
    - They don't appreciate talents within the company because they think that people are dying to come work for them, so no one is really irreplaceable.
    - Management makes a lot of empty promises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure if they would care for any of advice given here.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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