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Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great people, great management, fun atmosphere, and good pay (in 4 reviews)

  • Fun atmosphere, great coworkers, young company, fun team outings and adventures (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Like with a lot of tech companies, maintaining work/life balance can be a challenge (in 3 reviews)

  • Going through major growing pains, but until they have the right leadership in, will continue to get it wrong (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Unparalleled growth and learning opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Every team member, at any level, is encouraged to innovate and create. Tremendous support is given to help team members not only produce superior work but also to foster ongoing growth and learning in one's own career.

    Maintaining a sense of fun and play in the workplace is also something Hulu does extremely well. All offices have game rooms; team events and social events are given top priority with each event getting bigger and better every time in an effort to continuously strive to delight Hulu team members.

    Cons

    The company still moves at a start-up pace and urgency while the culture continues it's gradual shift towards becoming more corporate. Maintaining the drive to want to still do the late-night pushes and never stop iterating, even if it means never stopping for a breath, becomes more and more difficult without a tangible ownership stake in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Although process automation and elevating operational efficiencies is always a great thing, don't forget that being agile and open to new and sometimes unplanned projects or ideas is what makes Hulu so exciting. That feeling that around the corner could be the opportunity to do something completely new has always been the lifeblood of Hulu - let's not lose that.

  2. CSA, Escalation Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CSA, Escalation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - CSA, Escalation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great mentoring
    great coworkers
    promotes within
    treats employees well
    generous vacation time (unlimited)

    Cons

    somewhat disorganized
    hard to get promoted to what you actually want to do
    competitive, gossipy
    not great pay

    Advice to Management

    make clearer paths for employees to get where they want to go

  3. Great company that is still young in it's development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Hulu is still a young organization. I came from a fortune 100 company because of the opportunity to make an impact with new ideas and recommendations. Hulu has provided me just that... Due to the organization's age, the changes that have been made were immediately noticeable and profound. This company rewards it's employees off of performance and does a great job at that.

    Cons

    At this time, the only con I can think of is the sense of entitlement some of the people that have been with the company for awhile think they have. If you don't preform, be open to new ideas and recommendations...This is the tech environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on with your vision. Never get to big to take the time to say hello and thank you to your employees.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run, don

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Hulu full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation, stocked kitchen, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Rampant cronyism, disengaged employees, aging and rickety technology. hulu is simply not the company it thinks it is. there is absolutely no career growth opportunities -- management is inexperienced and does not advocate for their direct reports. the program management leadership is indecisive, withdrawn and micromanages random details while failing to see the big picture. the product management team is non-existent (there are like 5 of them and they are always on vacation) .

    Advice to Management

    clean house. train your managers. really establish career paths.

  6. Helpful (1)

    It was awesome...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Hulu full-time

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

    Pros

    - Mike is a stand-up leader who has a vision and is always encouraging
    - A lot of great people and lots of flexibility
    - Everyone is passionate about what they do and believes they can make a difference

    Cons

    - Our leader is full of smoke and mirrors
    - Would be great if the sexual harassment course that everyone was required to complete would actually be used - not sure why the head of our org still gets to make inappropriate sexual jokes as if she is an exception to the rule
    - No career growth

    Advice to Management

    Mike, Elaine, Peter, and Craig are doing an awesome stuff! Keep it up....As it relates to the perverted head of marketing...would be great to have a leader driving growth who everyone respected.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Fun but not a lot of runway to get things done.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSA II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - CSA II in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment, stocked kitchen, games, pingpong etc. Flexible work-space. Flexible hours. No micro-management.

    Cons

    Negative attitude from the majority of employees. Entitled employees. Lack of experienced leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some professional trainers. Invest in development.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Fun Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture, great people in hulu

    Cons

    Can get poor work life balance sometimes

    Advice to Management

    work life balance

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great to work at Hulu

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Dev Lead in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Dev Lead in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture is great.
    Very smart people

    Cons

    Private ownership without access to shares

    Advice to Management

    Doing good job

  10. Helpful (4)

    Not as strong as they think they are

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, unlimited vacation, good work life balance

    Cons

    The company moves as slowly as most of the large media companies; the tech team feels like total chaos with multiple people on the same projects, decisions are rarely made and, when they are, they are changed frequently. Teams are extremely cliquish and seem to go out of their way to ostracize/embarrass newbies. There is a large contingent of "back in the good old days" feeling -- lots of OG hulu this, OG hulu that. Employees are being poached every which way by other companies. Cross-team collaboration is hard. Career growth is talked a lot about but it just doesn't happen. I've been getting stellar reviews for years and been told "there just isn't a role for you to grow into, you've hit the limit".

    Advice to Management

    Stop all the PR around career growth and actually do something. Hold managers (and I'm talking about Biz Leads and line managers) responsible for growing and managing their team.

  11. Helpful (2)

    I love Hulu!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working at Hulu has been the most rewarding experience of my career. I feel like my contributions matter, so I want to make the most of every day. I like that Hulu invests in its employees, because it has allowed me to develop my career. Furthermore, employee feedback is valued here, as Hulu is always striving to be the best place for employees to work. I also love that Hulu promotes a fun culture and is not hierarchical. This is a great company to work for, and I am proud to be a part of it.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture alive. The fun culture is what keeps employees happy and attracts top talent. Also, continue to value hardworking employees.

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