MobiTV Reviews in Emeryville, CA

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company culture at the beginning when still was in Startup mode

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome group of people , many perks. There was room for growth and great company events.

    Cons

    New CEO , ruined culture and started removing slowly removing employee perks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, with a somewhat muddled focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There were many opportunities for internal advancement for employees willing to put in the hard work and effort. The technology and space is really interesting and allowed for an ever-changing environment, with a lot of opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Dynamic and challenging customers and timelines provides an exciting work environment with many opportunities to shine.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities were at times very disruptive, especially when not well communicated across organizations. Occasional power struggles among executive staff created at times a chaotic environment. Emeryville location, although growing in popularity with tech companies, is not ideal for attracting high quality talent or for utilizing public transportation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The many shifts in priorities created a lot of distraction and lack of trust in company leadership at the working level. Advise management to get on the same page in terms of the direction of the company and try not to be too influenced by every (potential) customer opportunity.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No future there, keep looking

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It has a nice view, very friendly people, bagels on tuesday and the pay is actually competitive.
    It's a tough place to get to especially driving 20+ miles but there are plenty of food joints around.
    Thursday happy hour and it's very diverse.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company is stuck in the past trying to become competitive.
    Old technology and very buggy software, monthly outages impacting customers.
    Not sure how they still manage to generate money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Out with the old in with the new. The company needs to innovate instead of dragging the same old technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a great workplace

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    Former Employee - Testing Contractor  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Testing Contractor in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Lovely view of the bay from the MTV office.

    Cons

    Too many cooks spoil the broth.
    Lack of clear corporate direction.
    Unhappy customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A mature company that still learning

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at MobiTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have a really good engineering manager that shield me from all the chaos in the company. I have the opportunity to learn new things things that makes me a better developer. The office view is awesome. And the company still has a good chance to make it big.

    Cons

    There are really friendly but also really difficult engineers in this company. There are smart people, but also plenty of below average engineers. For years they made us write code in Lua and it really kept us out of touch with the latest in Android/iOS development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more smart people with technical leadership. Let go of the experienced, but slow, engineers and don't hire them back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not so good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredible views, very gay-lesbian friendly environment with lot of them as senior engineers and directors, weekly social events. Had some good engineers and mobile technology.

    Cons

    No direction, decades old technology, frequent shelving of projects, many clueless managers and directors, recent layoffs and lack of clarity on company's financial future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote worthy people as directors and focus on scalable futuristic products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Mobi was a lot of fun when I was there, everyone was easy to get a long with including management.

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    Former Employee - NOC Administrator  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - NOC Administrator in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get along with people, if you know what you're doing you'll be treated as such.

    Cons

    The NOC received a lot of blame for things out of their hands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the NOC up to be actual candidates for Sys Admin positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Cool people, cool technology

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    Former Employee - NOC Operator  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - NOC Operator in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It never seemed to be too political heavy. Most people wanted to come to work and just do their jobs.

    Cons

    Mobi lost sight of what they really were during the push to go public. A lot of attrition after the last layoff made some upper management folks to leave resulting in even more attrition. It's actually kinda sad because we lost some key people who knew what was going on behind the scenes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No longer ahead of the curve

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, fun TV-based products (if you like TV), generous perks. Amazing views.

    Cons

    Frustrating lack of focus and consideration for all stages of the product process by higher-ups and those who are in charge of company direction. Also, constantly changing priorities and lack of follow through with projects results in killing the drive to make something great. Why bother working very hard if what you're doing will likely never see the light of day or will change dramatically next week?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MobiTV worker bees truly want to make great things. Give them time to do it and a reason to do it, and stay focused in one viable direction long enough so that the results aren't so often for nothing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stalled and bored

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at MobiTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's easy - no one expects you to actually be able to complete anything, so it's not hard to float on by without doing anything substantial.

    Cons

    See above - it's so easy to be bored, but unable to actually do anything productive. It got frustrating going through the ridiculous management chain to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know what I'm talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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