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STAY AWAY - blinkx's hostile work environment is reminiscent of 3rd world sweat shops

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Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA

I worked at blinkx

Pros

Excellent technical, marketing, and creative services teams consisting of bright fun people to work with.

Cons

blinkx is nothing but a sweatshop, a hostile work environment where putting down the employees through insults and cursing is the norm. There is absolutely no communication between groups which results in projects being rushed and released without adequate testing - there is no formal QA process. Employees are overworked, underappreciated and underpaid. Morale is dismally low as management acts as taskmasters rather than advisors. Ideas are suppressed - the folks tasked with implementing managements' ideas (some of them are good) have no say in how to design and create said products. There is a high turnover rate because employees leave as soon as they realize the company is rotting from the inside out and any other alternative is likely going to be a good one. Finally, because the company is cheap, there is no official blinkx HR so there are constant issues with benefits - I heard there was a period of time where employees didn't have medical coverage. Maim an arm? You're screwed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Like a previous poster stated, go take some management courses. Reward your employees for the hard work that they put in. Cussing out someone is detrimental to their morale as well as everyone who sees such an encounter (everyone).

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Blinkx is a terrible place to work. Poor leadership and communication from management.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    Cool technology and hot industry. It's also a good location in downtown San Francisco near the Ferry building.

    Cons

    The management is very poor leaders and just puppets to the primary investors. Also a very competitive industry so not a lot of upside. They structure your salary as such: 70% base salary and 30% bonus salary. That's true for all their employees! So for example say you agree to $100k salary in your offer. You'll only get a guaranteed 70k!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some management training and understand why the company has such a high turnover rate. All your employees are unhappy but you have no idea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Shady, probably illegal, definitely immoral.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at blinkx full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good for senior engineers. Casual place without too much supervision or micro-management. Free food and free coffee.

    Cons

    It's hard to comprehend how this company is still alive. There are no actual products or services being produced here.

    You can actually "feel" the awfulness on people's faces, like everyone has just given up on improving the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    blinkx Response

    Jan 29, 2015Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We believe that we offer a robust line of products and work tirelessly to improve quality. If you would like to discuss further please email blinkxcares@blinkx.com

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