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OpenTV Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
24 Reviews
3.3
24 Reviews
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André Kudelski
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  1.  

    Software - Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenTV (more than an year)

    Pros

    The boss was fair and reasonable. Hourly pay was reasonable for the work expectation.
    Some of the regular dev employees had much higher time demands than I, so in that sense I was happy to be a contractor.

    Cons

    The projects I saw were not in the WOW factor grouping, like you really want to work on that project.
    There is some favoritism in this place around shared foreign nationalities in my view.
    I have seen it in other companies as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place is a unique in that it is owned by the son of Swiss billionaire who uses the company for a tax write off.
    He is hands off which is good, but occasionally flies in on his private jet, has lobster with his top management, lectures the troops, then gets back on his plane and flies out of town only to redo the same six months later.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was a great place to work before Kudelski!!

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Golden, CO

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place to work before Nagra (Kudelski Group) bought our company. We had multiple products, an office full of employees. Our teams were making huge goals such as our middleware team had implemented a milestone of over 200 million set-top boxed with OpenTV middleware worldwide and everyone in the office was a team. Advertising signed 3 major MSO's to its Eclipse Product and rolled out a new product Eclipse Plus to the market.

    Cons

    After Kudelski did a hostile takeover of OpenTV back in 2010, departments were split off, personnel were shrunk and the old remainder of OpenTV was the Advertising Software group. Inevitably like all the other divisions of OpenTV, it was sold off in Oct 2014. The remainder of OpenTV's products are now Imagine Communications. OpenTV was a great medium size middleware, software company that had positive cash reserves and happy employees. Nothing positive came out of the Nagra/Kudelski take over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to discuss, companies are now Nagrastar for middle ware (a joint-venture with EchoStar, and of NagraCard) and the advertising solutions is now part of Imagine Communications. Kudelski should not purchase a company that he does not plan to do anything with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not so good

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and Perks are good. They have generous 401k plan and a hand full of personal days. Most of the people are good except for few managers. The work is pretty relaxed.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth. Most of the times the middle manager would not let you know and would like to have you as your personal assistant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great corporate culture, excellent technology!

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at OpenTV as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, pleasant environment, a European company. They treat their employees excellently.

    Cons

    Unstability, OpenTV's position in their market, not a strong one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth to contractors, short-term isn't temp to perm.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work with talented hard working team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenTV full-time

    Pros

    I've never met a more dedicated group of people. The team is 100% customer focused, Support, Training, Product, Sales, Engineering, QA and Management. The Cable Traffic and billing industry has unique needs and the current staff has extensive experience. Our customers respect us.

    Cons

    The Cable industry is changing and consolidating, thus the marketplace shrinking. The Comcast and Time Warner Cable consolidation will make like difficult for OpenTV

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've always been treated fairly and respectfully. Continue!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good benefits, rest is all bad if you are in AA team

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer

    I have been working at OpenTV full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, vacations, Work-life ratio, HR is great, people are pretty easy going/laid back

    Cons

    In the advanced advertising group, its a mess - projects are badly managed and there is no accountability by product management or any management! No trust on engineering team higher management didn't seem to get along well with each other!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product Management - Get your ducks in a row - go out to the industry and find the real requirements
    Management - Learn to listen and trust engineering
    QA - Just way too mana QA engineers in the team!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment, good people, good mixture of old and modern technologies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenTV as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great office culture, great colleagues, varied talent

    Cons

    The vast talent pool can be utilized better with introduction of new innovative products and solutions. The ideas are always with the people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    OpenTV had a great environment, awesome people, competitive pay!

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, competitive pay, great people and state of the art technology.

    Cons

    Uncertainty about the future, possible downsizing in the future. Job security may not be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to the management, they are on a course of restructuring; you do what you have to do!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    my experience at Nagra Opentv

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenTV

    Pros

    best team with amazing talent.

    Cons

    need focus and pursue the drive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's exciting to help re-invent how people want to watch audio and video content on the TV.

    Cons

    Technology was exciting 10 years ago. Nowadays, audio and video content can be streamed from mobile devices and web. The company needs to somehow show customers watching TV using the set-top box is till the best experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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