Espial Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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Espial President and CEO Jaison Dolvane
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  1. Good Experience in IPTV

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Support in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Espial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure to work on mission critical system, and able to play vital role of solution architect to many tier-1 European customers as their IPTV business grew with our company product.

    Cons

    Poor strategic decisions of some products, leading to confusion and unnecessary anxiety on every day.

    Advice to Management

    Retaining existing customers, and respect to employee's skills. Communicate periodically company goals, and steps required to achieve with feedback on progress made on the goals


  2. Helpful (1)

    How Espial wasted the wonderful opportunity - acquisition of Kasenna so cheaply

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Espial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great place to learn IPTV technology, especially the VOD server technology. The middle management is really nice to work with, despite the senior management.

    Cons

    The executive management is not fully competent to navigate the complexities of the IPTV industry at the current time. The NIH syndrome along with limited experience in US will set the company back in till 3Q09.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to fully understand the implications of some of the product decisions - not make the decisions emotionally or based on location. They would also need to raise the morale of their engineering team.


  3. Chaotic Workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Espial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company pays for parking/bus passes. Benefits are good as well.

    Cons

    The company is a bit disorganized. The flow of information between management and employees and different departments is not very good. Often employees are left with little to no guidance on what is expected of them.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage your employees. evaluate managers and team leads to make sure they are communicating with their reports and passing along needed information.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Friendly environment and enjoyable work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at Espial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Espial treats their employees well and the products which they develop are truly interesting and fun to work on Lunch room dart games and other company wide events are a great break to get to know the other employees

    Cons

    Every so often employees will need to come in on the weekends whether it be due to crunch time or being behind on tasks Work somewhat relies on the company having contracts

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the company remains very flat so that employees can work directly with whoever they need to so that work can get done quickly without bureaucratic overhead


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great People, but poor decisions permeate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Espial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits Work is not overly hard. Customer relationships are good, well managed. Good opportunities for Junior level developers

    Cons

    Equipment is cheapest possible and getting IT to give what you need to do your job is a total struggle. Those making technical decisions are non-technical. There's an 'in crowd'. If you're not part of it, you'll never move up. People that leave Espial tend to become frustrated with the culture and incredibly bitter leading up to leaving. Sporadic management structure and process

    Advice to Management

    Make some tough decisions and fire those who aren't competent or doing their jobs. It doesn't matter if they're your friends.


  7. Working for Espial is great!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Espial full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm a new grad and working at Espial has been great. The work is varied and interesting and I've gotten a lot of support from management. People are friendly and helpful, with a small company feel, but because Espial is international you get to work with people all over the world. The environment is casual and flexible and the location, on Elgin, is easy to get to both for drivers and those who take public transit. Overall, my time at Espial has been wonderful.

    Cons

    The office is kind of chaotic and messy, but we're moving floors next month. Because the company is international meetings can be at all hours of the day/


  8. Great for someone just graduated.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Espial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People in the team are very helpful. The company is located in downtown Ottawa, which is a huge plus since major bus stops all go there.

    Cons

    As a engineer, you have to carry the support phone for one week. Depends on the number of people in your team, the frequency of carry the phone may be once a month or once every 2 months. This is a bit inconvenient since you can't stay far from the computer during the week that you have to carry the phone.


  9. Learned a lot, and a great team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Espial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology in a rapidly developing IP TV market that will stand the team there in good stead as the TV experience moves to open internet technology.

    Cons

    Espial is a smaller company size company that will remain susceptible to market changes and offers limited scope for career progression

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing...it will all come out in the wash.


  10. Slecht management! Bad management!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Espial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Kan geen bedenken.

    Can't think of any.

    Cons

    Geen 401K, geen zorgverzekering, geen teamgeest. Erg slecht management.

    No 401K, No Healthcare, No Teamspirit. Very poor management

    Advice to Management

    Slijp je managementvaardigheden bij!

    Shape up on management skills!



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