Rentrak

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

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Former Employee - Software Developer
Former Employee - Software Developer

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.

Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Working at Rentrak is exhilarating and challenging.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rentrak

    Pros

    It's an exciting company "inventing new science" in audience measurement. I get to work with many smart, engaged, enthusiastic people every day.

    Cons

    We are faced with many marketplace pressures and have to work above and beyond to get the job done. Prioritization can be a challenge.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An excellent place to work, especially for Software Engineering

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Rentrak full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rentrak is a great place to work. You work on interesting problems with cool data and awesome people. Management treats employees with respect. Even C level officers are happy to make time to discuss ideas and projects with engineers.

    The work environment is fantastic, with great fringe benefits. The people are amazing; the whole of IT has brilliant people who are also very friendly and willing to help. Excellent work life balance. Good perks for Senior Engineers and higher.

    Senior management has done an excellent job moving the company with the market and anticipating where business needs to go.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are only adequate, though they've both been improving lately. 401(k) is OK. 3 weeks of PTO (to start) includes your sick time. Medical was slightly below what I'd expect.

    There's a fair amount of issues related to being a rapidly growing company. Expanding bureaucracy and change issues. While those are annoying, they are at least being addressed by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire top notch people, spend the money and resources to keep them.

    Work harder towards making systems that should be legacy into actual legacy systems. Software Development is dramatically slowed by the mountain of legacy code. Longer term strategic development in engineering would really pay dividends.

    Try to streamline the bureaucracy a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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