Invodo Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, Room to Grow...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Invodo full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A unique product in a market that is light on competition and high on barriers to entry. Due to both, it provides employees an opportunity to help define and shape the direction of the company. Lots of autonomy, yet also the chance to work hand in hand with a talented group assembled from wide ranging backgrounds.

    Creativity is off the charts as compared to any company in Austin.

    Cons

    Defining the direction of an industry and shape of a company also brings paralysis by analysis. Understanding video production doesn't feel like or operate like other technology companies in Austin - high volume of contractors.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Poorly managed, sexist, immature company on its last leg

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

    I worked at Invodo full-time

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

    Pros

    The only good thing to come out of this place is unlimited vacation.

    Cons

    Things Invodo Does and Does Not Do: a Short Story.

    Does:
    Make you feel like you are disposable
    Condone rampant sexism and discrimination
    Hire inept and under qualified management and provides them with bloated salaries
    Keeps said management around even after their department has fallen apart and their ineptitude has seeped out of every pore
    Hires under-qualified people into high ranking roles from within because it is easier than the hiring process to find a qualified employee
    Promotes a hostile work environment when concerns are raised about unfairness, sexism, discrimination, want for salary/title promotions to direct supervisors
    Drags you along for years as a contractor until finally offering you a lowball, flat out insulting offer for full-time employment
    Prides itself on self-importance
    Employs C-level executives and mid-level managers with egos big enough to choke a horse
    Mistreats contractors, whom they employ full-time and treat as employees without hiring them on and giving them benefits (WHICH IS ILLEGAL)
    Promotes a 'boys club' from tip to tail -- if you're not in it, you're SOL when it comes to fair and just performance reviews, compensations, and more
    Placates employees when things are bad by lying that everything is OK
    Refuse to acknowledge what the company is or should be
    Hire employees who have no previous experience in art directing / creative directing / agency experience / production / etc.
    Reward misogynistic behavior
    Lay off people in a group setting because they are too cowardly to do it 1:1
    Reward employees who have constantly failed in their job by promoting them
    Promise career growth only to never follow through

    Does not:
    Accept new ideas if they come from anyone that is not in the boys club
    Listen, engage, or proactively act on complaints of sexism and harassment in the workplace
    Hire qualified people
    Communicate. Period.
    Understand the company's vision or mission
    Have management who are in touch with what is new, hip, cutting edge
    Have management who treat employees like humans
    Have managers that don't favor blatant nepotism for their drinking buddies and friends
    Follow through on promises of growth in the company
    Lay off people who have constantly underperformed or failed in their role because more than likely they are drinking buddies with their supervisor so it's all good
    Appreciate loyal employees who have spent years breaking their back for the company
    Tell the truth or understand the importance of transparency

    Advice to Management

    If you want Invodo to stay afloat, get some executives at the helm that actually have a vision and understand what treating employees like actual humans is like. This is a production and technology company. If you had anyone on the exec team who actually had technology or production experience, maybe this company wouldn't be going down the toilet. None of the management know anything about any of the things they are in charge of, which is probably why this company is failing so miserably.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Tight Knit Broken Community

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

    I have been working at Invodo full-time

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

    Pros

    - Wonderful setting for teamwork and groupthink
    - Promotions with great benefits for drinking buddies who have constantly underperformed
    - Old boys club with strong principles to ensure longevity in their beliefs
    - Endless claims of innovation and financial growth without properly compensating or promoting the employees who perform well
    - Phenomenal job at treating employees as expendable resources (Since robots are the future, why not start by treating the employees as such. Talk about innovation and being ahead of the game...right?)
    - Open door policy ONLY if the management team is directly affected
    - A great place to vocalize your ideas that are then ignored ... until the management claims to come up with the same ideas a few days later
    - Creative wordplay such as "paralysis by analysis" from executives who do not actually answer your questions about the rationale for several company decisions

    Cons

    Since members of the management team "cannot think of any," here are a few cons:
    - Mistreatment of contractors [A LOT if mistreatment over the years]
    - Low wages regardless of their constant claims about how well the company is performing financially
    - Lack of transparency
    - Misogynistic and sexist attitudes
    - Inexperienced management team with almost no accountability
    - Nepotism amongst drinking buddies
    - Lack of parking
    - Cheapskate executives
    - This company had a fun working environment and vision but it declined. Many of the employees are talented hard working people but unfortunately, the management does a poor job at promoting and properly paying employees based on their merits. On the other hand, the executives do a great job at convincing you that they “care” but their actions do not reflect their empty claims. This company may do well in the future but they took advantage of many people to get to where they are today. If you decide to work for this company as a contractor, make sure you are at least compensated at the industry standard rate that pertains to your role.

    Advice to Management

    Looks like it is time for you to write another 5 star Glass Door review about how well the company's core business is doing and how much you "care" about your employees without actually rectifying the problems in the workplace.

    There is no point to give them advice since they may find a penny for YOUR thoughts to be expensive.


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  5. Sexist, irrational, what a shame

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

    I worked at Invodo 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 employees are brilliant and hard working. Had a great vision and a great product. Great vacation policy

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about employees or even about doing anything to move the company forward. There is no diversity. Good luck if you are a woman or one of the token minorities hired to the team.

    Advice to Management

    Get out and bring in some people with actual leadership skills and the ability to make decisions


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not What I Expected

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

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

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

    Pros

    Fun group of people. Nice office location with parking. Flexible schedule. Started off as a great company with creative ideas.

    Cons

    Low wages without career advancement. Missing strong leadership and company direction. Mostly a stressful environment which was reactive instead of proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that are still there! Listen to the people who left!
    And mainly do what's right in order to grow the business rather than being cheap.


  7. Helpful (5)

    What in the world did I sign-up for?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worked With Clients - Too Many Title Changes to Count in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Worked With Clients - Too Many Title Changes to Count in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Want to work from home, do it. Want to hang out and drink during the day with fun people, do it. Want to come in after 10 a.m. Do it. This is a very laid back non-structured work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of structure, Old Boys Club,Egotistical management that are all working on their own separate agenda so nothing gets done. Meetings about Meetings about starting unrealistic products, when the current products are half-baked.

    Advice to Management

    No Point they don't listen anyhow. Maybe they should practice those empty words they write on their walls and call it culture.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company. Passionate team. Caring 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 Invodo full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for. Management at a lot of other companies say they care about their employees, but at Invodo they really do. Both employees and management here are very passionate and caring. The invodo code is one of being accountable, ethical, innovative, open, passionate, and respectful. I've never had the pleasure of working at a company like this until now. Don't get me wrong. You will work hard. It is a work hard, play hard mentality driven by belief and passion for what we do. This is the best career experience i have had to date. If you get an opportunity to work for Invodo, take it. You will be glad you did.

    Cons

    I really can't think of anything.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be true to the company code and communicate with employees. Everyone appreciates your efforts to create a culture of high morale and passion. Please continue these efforts as well as creating career paths as we grow.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Invodo or Invodon't

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nice Laid back culture with ambitious aspirations.

    Cons

    Company suffering from a critical Identity crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Listen.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Cracks in the talent pool

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

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

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

    Pros

    Invodo is able to attract top talent because of interest in the video industry, impressive growth and a downtown Austin location. They have a very lively, infectious culture and most of the team is young and bright. Their software is developing nicely and they're invested heavily in proprietary technology and good facilities.

    Cons

    Top talent keeps leaving due to frustrations around client satisfaction, work/life balance and compensation. Invodo is not keeping up with an aggressive Austin market and the stars of the company get seduced away very easily. We joked that they played "MoneyBall" with employees. Meaning, they would attract young people moving to Austin from other cities and then let them leave the company when they demanded their fair market value.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize top performers to stay at the company in order to reduce churn, improve morale and facilitate knowledge transfer. This market will continue to grow, don't just float with a rising tide. Be aggressive and capitalize. Spend credit, invest in talent, don't overanalyze every little thing.


  11. Helpful (4)

    It's a mixed bag

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture among the rank and file. Smart and dedicated people. Interesting customers and projects to work on. Accelerated learning due to the size of the company and the variety of work you get to do. Invodo fundamentally has a good service that is gaining market traction and broader acceptance.

    Cons

    Mediocre executive team that is heavy on management and almost devoid of leadership. Decision making takes forever and requires tedious analysis well beyond the point of providing new insight. Often, the answer was apparent from the beginning but the executives, particularly the two C-levels, lack the boldness and resolve to act until they have over-analyzed. This robs the company of the nimbleness that is the hallmark of a transformational start-up. Investment capital is readily available, but the company refuses to make big bets on growth or acquisitions. Progress moves at a snails pace instead of by leaps and bounds. The employees are left to cobble together solutions to make things work instead of tapping into innovation. compensation is just adequate, especially for a competitive Austin market. Old school mentality about pay, perks, and benefits pervades the attitude of management. That creates a churn and burn cycle among the best and brightest employees. There is frustrating friction and lack of trust between departments which results in missed deliverables, hard feelings, and sometimes a loss of business.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip - wake up. If you believe in this company and want it to grow to achieve an IPO or merger / acquisition, you need to facilitate that through accelerated investment. You can't keep making it easy for our best talent to leave because of frustrations with comp and the pace of innovation. Quit focusing so much on management and learn how to lead. Get your head out of all the books you read and actually put some of those concepts into action by connecting with your people. Empower decision making and support action by giving your employees and line managers the resources and the authority to go along with the responsibility.



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