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Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Fast paced environment and very exciting industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA

    I have been working at Fullscreen full-time

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

    Pros

    I currently work at Fullscreen and I was very surprised to read some of the bad reviews on this site, so I felt compelled to write! Fullscreen is an awesome place to work. It is a fast paced environment in a new industry. I guess that makes some people uncomfortable, but I like it. Most of the people are cool and the new Playa Vista office is quite nice.

    Cons

    Most decisions get made at the senior level and they aren't always communicated to the rest of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit more feedback from the staff and communicate important decisions to everyone so they don't have to find out for themselves.

  2. Lots of growth, technical challenges abound

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Playa Vista, CA

    I have been working at Fullscreen

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

    Pros

    FullScreen has several lines of business related to video content and supporting creators and this leads to a varied work environment where the engineering and product teams get to interact with and support a wide variety of projects. The company feels like it has momentum and the scale of the projects are growing. The engineers are very sharp and a pleasure to work with and learn from. There is a brand new office in Playa Vista that is fantastic and it is great to have all the teams under one roof.

    Cons

    A recent large investment in the company means a lot of options were bought out and a lot of great people on the early team had little incentive to stay. There seems to be some turmoil in re-focusing the business towards the new parent company's overall strategy, but I think it is just the regular growing pains of a successful start-up. Headcount has grown quickly and the kitchen could be a little better stocked.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating and securing the best content. If you do that right then you get to have the really fun technical challenges that widespread success brings.

  3. A very fun and informative internship for college credit.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Culver City, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Fullscreen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People were very helpful in teaching me how to complete my tasks, and it was a positive environment.

    Cons

    The internships are unpaid at this company so between cost of living in LA and gas, it was tough.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Misogyny is rampant, "Leadership" can't get out of it's own way, Employees are expendable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Fullscreen full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you are just starting out your career, this will be a good place to get your feet wet and learn all the ways to not do things. It only gets better from here.

    Cons

    If you are the bread winner of your family or care about building your career, my advice is to avoid this company at all cost as they will dispose of you without a second thought. If you are a woman, you really should look elsewhere or be prepared for daily harassment, discrimination, exclusion and belittling. And yes, I agree with the other reviewers that office politics has ruined the environment and that this company does not execute, just a lot of hot air.

    Advice to Management

    George, your company should not be a fraternity. You have squandered the true talent you have had in favor for your boy's club. Your leadership team should consist of people that have actually been leaders before of companies the size you wish to have, not the startup you used to be. Your tech leadership is especially non-existent and you seem to not even care that it is that way. "Ince is always in crisis" because you made it that way. I really feel for OTTer Media, your new parent, as they must have no idea how FUBAR things actually are. P.S. Stop obsessing over Maker.

  6. Helpful (1)

    No Clear Path

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of nice coworkers. Fun moral lifting activities such as parties and sports.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they're doing and they are almost never on the same page with each other. They pretend to be transparent with their employees but there's actually a ton of secrecy. Feels like there's always a new plan to get rid of a department and person to make way for a new idea rather than trying to fix an issue or build on what is already working. Very unpredictable. No clear path on how to rise up in the company. Definitely doesn't feel like a place you can commit to for many years due to being unreliable. Not to mention they are basically stealing from YouTube channels that they "manage". I'd advice most channels to not sign with this company. If you aren't a big hitter on YouTube you will be just another number to them.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you're actually doing with your company and get everyone on the same page. Nurture ideas and employees. Don't sign more channels than you can manage.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A disgrace to the industry.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fullscreen

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

    Pros

    The value proposition of the company has alot of potential and has some great investors and a worthy board. However, the board needs to focus on building a solid leadership team to get the organization focused on quality.

    Cons

    Human Resources and recruitment is poor quality. The candidate experience was extremely dissatisfactory. The interview process was horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an entire new HR and Recruiting operation, they are making this company look bad.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Chaos and Low Pay Inc.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fullscreen full-time

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

    Pros

    Free coffee, water, and the plumbing is occasionally functional.

    Cons

    No discernible leadership, constantly shifting "strategy", little to no opportunity for promotion, poor inter-departmental cooperation, zero transparency at every level, and ridiculously low compensation. Ask any two Fullscreen employees what the company does and you'll never get the same answer.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy for the company, stick to that plan, measure steps towards the goal, quickly fix whatever is keeping goal from being achieved, communicate to employees what they need to do for goal to be achieved, achieve goal. Radical advice.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Future minded on paper, short sighted in action.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is positive and fun, the product is great and the future looks bright for this company.

    Cons

    Very little invested in personal growth or training, you are definitely treated like a commodity and not a person. You can be fired for almost anything, up to and including not being happy with other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about getting touchdowns than making first downs. Give managers training so they know how to leverage the resources they have, because this place is full of them. Be loyal to your staff and they will return that loyalty.
    Show some compassion to staff as well, even when you fire them or let them go. Respect staff as individuals and respect their choices to stay or go, dont take it personal. I've witnessed several brash displays of extreme unprofessionalism from the senior management, they should keep it a tad more dignified. When you fire people, don't do it in the middle of a party.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Office politics ruin the environment and culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are really talented and smart. It's a shame that they didn't get put to good use. In the earlier days I would say this was a really great place to work but after Fullscreen got funding everything went downhill really fast.

    Cons

    Leadership/management in this company is very weak and has no idea what they are doing. The office politics are what really kills this company. If there wasn't so much backstabbing and grabs for power, this would've been a really great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fighting each other for power and start actually doing what's best for the business and its employees.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Learned a lot but unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fullscreen

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

    Pros

    - flexible scheduling
    - personal growth
    - learned a lot

    Cons

    - lack of communication
    - more than one vision

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