Ooyala Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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Ooyala President & CEO Jay Fulcher
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Pros
  • Most of the employees are really good people (in 6 reviews)

  • Free food, unlimited PTO, work hard/play hard culture (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Seems like they promoted a lot of people to counter the attrition problem, so they may pay you well to keep you if you are looking for that (in 2 reviews)

  • They don't appreciate talents within the company because they think that people are dying to come work for them, so no one is really irreplaceable (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    - Great Vision and great people for the most part
    - Hard driving, results oriented culture
    - Video space is interesting and presents a ton of unique challenges
    - Solid leadership for the most part

    Cons

    - A lot of junior engineers that have a very entitled outlook and have trouble adjusting to a rapidly growing company and the changes that come with that
    - Moved to a new office away from downtown - so not much to do locally

    Advice to Management

    - Remove the negative people from the organization and keep driving towards the vision
    - Liven up the new building
    - Bring back some of the perks


  2. Helpful (3)

    Senior software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ooyala full-time

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

    Pros

    Great culture and nice people

    Cons

    Lots of attrition after the Telstra acquisition. Projects are not well defined. Lack of passion.


  3. Helpful (4)

    very average

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible hours, fun people, free food (sushi thursdays!)

    Cons

    people come and go quickly.
    compensation isn't great.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    A Company In Transition... to Borg.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Overall great people, smart, friendly, genuine.
    - Approachable CEO and Executive Management
    - Nice "tech" perks (commuter pass, catering, gym, etc)
    - Interesting problems to tackle in an evolving industry
    - Cool internal events and videos, fun atmosphere
    - Great Health/Vision/Dental Benefits
    - Unlimited PTO (for most, though certain departments can't take advantage due to their role)

    Cons

    - Lack of career growth/progression
    - Talented contributors are routinely isolated and often silenced
    - Advancement happens through politics
    - Internal Comms is non-existent, lots of redundant efforts due to previously poor HR leadership
    - Green managers, hiring new layers of management instead of promoting from within runs rampant
    - Bad sick/disability/maternity policies. Not competitive with other Valley offerings.

    Advice to Management

    The people that work the hardest to make a difference are marginalized and kept under the thumb of weak and ineffective middle or upper management in many departments. It's no surprise so many people have started coasting and just collecting a paycheck. If you want that to change, empower your employees that are experts in their respective fields to lead.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Company is just cruising, not going anywhere in the next few years..

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ooyala full-time

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

    Pros

    Don't need to work hard because the company doesn't have a vision anymore (good if you want to have 9 to 5 job & relax!!). Free lunch, snacks, drinks, and dinner. Very laid back culture.

    Cons

    No product vision, upper management just looks out for themselves, management doesn't care about its employees.. just a headcount game to them. Most of the good engineers already left and the remaining ones are leaving left and right! A lot of budget cuts, equity thats nearly worthless, poor engineers, a product thats behind its competition by at least a year, major tech debt issues. Management is just a close group of buddies who are just cruising along and just waiting for the acquisition payout in 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to keep the best employees happy, get rid of the dead weight, and have a clear product vision/roadmap.


  7. That's awesome place to work in !!!! i really love it, place looks cool, the food is great and the people are fantastic.

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    Current Employee - Functional Tester in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Functional Tester in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    That's awesome place to work in !!!! i really love it, place looks amazing, the food is great and the people are fantastic.

    Cons

    no downtown, no place to go out around

    Advice to Management

    Please put some lemons in the fridge :)


  8. Helpful (4)

    You need to have thick skin

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Ooyala

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

    Pros

    Good, free food.
    Competent salary.
    A few coworkers are nice.

    Cons

    Angry coworkers who get annoyed at everything. You'll need to have thick skin!

    Advice to Management

    Advice those who get annoyed too easily that they shouldn't. If they still do it, fire them.


  9. Great place to work, awesome culture

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

    I worked at Ooyala

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

    Pros

    Open communication environment, office culture was really awesome, great perks

    Cons

    Work life balance may not have been the best, but it was crunch time and we had to get things done. That's just a startup environment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Company with Great People

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Ooyala full-time

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, lots of people hanging around after work to play games, watch movies, chat, or do various activities like ultimate frisbee. We get unlimted time off, fully paid medical benefits , and lots of other benefits that are based on individual needs. The company really goes out of their way to make their employees happy and allow them to maintain a good work/life balance. There is lots of challenges across the board, so the job is always interesting and challenging. They promote innovation with hackathons and allow people to come up with new cool ideas through patents or future projects. They provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most of the people are pleasure to work and interact with. Lots of people during the day are laughing or smiling while chatting together and everyone is working hard. They have a strong get stuff done attitude and allow people to arrive late or leave early if they are meeting all their deadlines. They also have some great managers that really empower and treat their employees well and with respect.

    They also proved and promote a very collaborative environment and hire really smart people who have no egos. This allows everyone to learn something new everyday and respect each other as employees. HR is very down to earth and very much works hard to stay competitive. Salaries are competitive in the current market and are adjusted every year to make sure their employees are paid appropriately. If you get a promotion you can get a big raise, but even if you don't get prompt and your salary range increased, you will see a bump. They also give out quarterly bonuses based on performance. The company is very much career and employee focused. If you don't like the role you are in and see one in the company that would be a better fit or want to try something new, then you can transfer, if that team has a role available.

    Cons

    There are some bad apples at the company that while smart have a very poor attitude towards other employees. These employees can make it very hard to work with them or interact with them. However, there are only a small number of these people.

    Advice to Management

    Consider letting someone go even if they are a rockstar, if they are really destroying moral or making it impossible to work with them. Also having more moral boosting offsites or company events to get departments that normally don't interact with each other to meet and interact in a friendly environment to help all employees to get to know each other.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Different strokes for different folks

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

    I have been working at Ooyala full-time

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

    Pros

    - Everyone's relatively friendly and easy to work with
    - Great compensation, benefits/perks, parties, after-hours events
    - Flexible work hours
    - Ability to work with a variety of technologies

    Cons

    - While the industry and market space that Ooyala operates presents many challenges to the overarching business, the actual technical challenges seem to be concentrated to only a few spots. What used to be 'working with a bunch of smart engineers' seems more like 'working with a few lead engineers and a bunch of reliable code monkeys with an endless supply of duct-tape' now.
    - Cross-team gridlocks in engineering are very real.
    - Career growth/progression can be questionable; Not many advancement opportunities.
    - Amount of technical debt/legacy code to maintain can be painful (depends on the team).
    - Engineering onboarding ranges from very bad to passable (varying on team). It can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    - Hard decisions really need to be made with regards to product and engineering. Technical debt must be paid down/made sustainable in the long-term.
    - Throwing more warm bodies at problems does not always make things better.



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