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Fun atmosphere with great people

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The developer community at Rentrak is great. Everyone is good at what they do, almost everyone is great at it. The problems tend to be interesting and dealing with massive amounts of data forces everyone to think about performance and code quality all the time. For most teams 40 hour work weeks is the standard with very little deviation except in emergency situations.

Cons

The internal source code control and site deployment strategies are not at all what they should be. Sometimes upper management can start to micromanage things a bit too much. The coffee is terrible. The building is far away from everything interesting in Portland and the only food around is a lunch truck with a habit of being poisonous or expensive fast food.

Advice to Management

They need to figure out what their priorities are and stick by them. Being beholden to clients' whims can be profitable but is not good for developer morale.

Other Employee Reviews for Rentrak

  1. Positive company with excellent CEO that keeps a consistent message to employees and customers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rentrak full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent product, vision, and roadmap

    Cons

    Cumbersome legacy software, but very capable technical and programming teams


  2. OK place to gain experience, not a great place for a long term career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rentrak full-time

    Pros

    Most of the developers, with a few notable exceptions, are laid back and easy to get along with. Most projects have a solid set of unit tests. Everyone gets a week off around Christmas plus an additional 3 weeks of personal PTO. You can work 40 hours a week if you don't care about career progression. If you are inexperienced, open minded, and actively pursue learning, this can be a good place to bootstrap your career. Rentrak is able to hire some decent talent using a no-BS write me some code hiring system.

    Cons

    The compensation package is relatively poor and there isn't any long term compensation upside as company policy is to not grant stock to developers. There are many intrusive and condescending policies like drug testing and required tracking of each minute of the work day in a time tracking system. New projects often get micromanaged by upper management and the quick decisions made under high pressure at the beginning of projects often lead to long term technical issues. Interactions with management and other departments involve a lot of politics and distrust. The office location is out by the airport and the internal building layout is poorly designed and crowded. The internal proprietary 10+ year old web-framework is decent enough for what it is but using it incurs a lot of hidden cost in terms of duplicating modern open source web framework functionality, maintaining that functionality and then teaching new hires the Rentrak framework. Rentrak culture is steeped in the entertainment and advertising industries and generally speaking upper management is cut-throat and disrespectful towards subordinates. For the reasons above and more, Rentrak has difficulty attracting and keeping good technical talent.


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