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5 people found this helpful  

Working for blinkx is like running without legs.

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

Pros

The location is good and the co-workers are great. Seriously the only reason I stayed at blinkx for as long as I did was because of these two reasons. The salary is relatively decent.

Cons

Managers. They have no regard for any creative input, or any input in general. There is no project management and projects are incredibly rushed. There is no time to refine and polish ideas to generate good products. You start off really excited about a project, invest blood and sweat into it and then management ends up canning it due to poorly planned timelines. In the end you feel like you've accomplished nothing. As a result blinkx is a hodge-podge of mediocrity.

There is no transparency in the company. Everything is done cloak and dagger, need to know basis, so no one knows what is going on. Half the time you find out what the next product is going to be from press releases. Also there is no business model. I worked there over a year and still have no idea how they plan to make money.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to the input from your employees. They have good ideas every now and then. Let the employees make a product that they can be proud of.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A waste of several months.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    For some reason other companies seem to think Blinkx is some inventive/good company. This made it a lot easier to get a better job somewhere else. They did pay pretty decent, and it wasn't really hard to get the job. Most of the entry level employees are really nice, however socializing with them is minimal.

    Cons

    Dealing with management. Talk about a bunch of ignorant dudes that don't know squat. It's like talking with a computer. Except they get mad and loud a lot easier. Most of the employees are right out of collage. There is no room to learn anything because everything should have been completed yesterday, and brainstorming with colleges is just a waste of time. Also, a lot of promises and lying goes on internally and externally to customers/press.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strongly consider a new career path.

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

    Relatively fun job, but bad management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Interviews that are easy to ace. Makes it an easy tech job to get as a recent college graduate.

    Blinkx is a company that boasts "new cool technologies" so it's easier to advance your career after you leave the place. You also learn a good mix of new tools and technologies while you are there.

    Most co-workers are the young and hip crowd so they are fun to hang out with during non-working hours.

    The location (financial district of San Francisco, CA) is also nice. Lots of activities in that area before, during, and after work. Free diet coke, peach vitamin water, orange juice, sparkling water, and Friday lunches.

    Cons

    Cursing is okay in the office so there is almost daily verbal abuse (rated MA-17) from middle and upper management. Nasty-gram emails also gets sent just as often. No feedback or constructive criticism, but rather personal criticism targeting the employee. Also, there is no main Human Resource person to talk to about these issues. We had a loaner HR person, and also nothing can be done if this abuse comes from the CEO, CTO, or CFO themselves.

    Bonus compensation depends whether the CEO is having a good day or not when he is writing the checks. When I asked why I did not get the full bonus, no answer is given. There was no criticism on how I can perform better so that I can achieve the full bonus.

    Management expects you to work longer hours, on weekends, and during vacation. They also expect you to be at work 5 minutes before 8:30am everyday.

    Cramped workspace with 2-3 feet of elbow room between you and the next employee.

    There is no serious internal documentation on any proprietary technology.

    A lot of lying to the customers about features that are not there, demos/prototype that are mostly fabricated, and blatant copying of other company's products.

    Lastly, when you put in your 2 weeks notice for leaving, there is a good chance that they will just tell you to take your stuff and go home on-the-spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should ease up on the strictness a little and boost your employees' morale. Give them more incentives to work for you. Lastly, please no more nasty-grams or verbal abuses!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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