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Updated January 2, 2015
Updated January 2, 2015
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    The future of TV is now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roku

    Pros

    Great people, cool products, lots of challenges and creative work

    Cons

    Like any job it has its ups and downs but so far it has been an entertaining ride

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best companies I've worked for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saratoga, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saratoga, CA

    I have been working at Roku full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for career growth. You will likely be temporarily pulled into other work areas from time to time, due to understaffing (the company just can't hire qualified people fast enough to keep up with growth). There's a lot of "work family" attitude. Even during engineering-wide "pushes", you're likely to hear laughter during meetings. People are very driven and professional.

    Cons

    There will be occasional periods of high stress (not as much as most other companies, however, but some people may still have difficulty dealing with it). There can be a lot of noise due to hallway conversations, not necessarily work-related (I'd rather work in the silence of my home, but I'm somewhat of an introvert, anyway). Only a few people have the luxury of working from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone thrives in (or enjoys) an office environment; let more people work from home on a full-time basis as long as their production justifies it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roku

    Pros

    The people who work there really love Roku. It is impressive. I think it is one of the reasons why the company does well.

    Cons

    Too hierarchial. Things don't get communicated well throughtout the org. Also, office space is really depressing.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer for Test in Saratoga, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer for Test in Saratoga, CA

    I have been working at Roku full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Talented staff, Low stress, good work-life balance

    Cons

    growing pains, transitioning from small startup mentality to larger more structured company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    1st string employees, 3rd string management

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    Former Employee - Senior Dev Engineer in Saratoga, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Dev Engineer in Saratoga, CA

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

    Pros

    1. Good location
    2. Smart employees
    3. Lots of free snacks

    Cons

    The pros listed above is where it ends.
    1. no promotions from within
    2. high turnover rate
    3. no clear goal to make money -- just riding the wake from bigger competitors
    4. raises/reviews were hard to come by
    5. management very arrogant despite not being the market leader
    6. competing on sale counts while competitors are competing on ecosystems
    7. treat employees like they were expendable
    8. market is now saturated with competiting products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people. Define a clear focus to sustain the company long term. Get a better office/campus: you're overcrowding what you have. Diversify your products instead of being a one trick pony.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great product, Bad Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roku full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful area to work in, no bad traffic from surrounding boring tech offices. Many talented people work there, as much as they work hard, they play harder. Supposedly offers top market in salary.

    Cons

    -The CEO is involved in way too many things, however Senior Mgmt does not make a final decision on anything or often times fingers were pointed at different departments if anything went wrong.
    -Does not promote within/No growth. High turnover rate. Many employees left because a higher position was offered to an outside candidate
    -Poor benefits/Stock options.
    -No raises. They were few, far and between
    -Very poor communication. This is includes future projects, deals and even small changes within the company (like employees getting terminated or voluntarily leaving)-- extremely secretive.
    -Too many people "up top"--"many chiefs and not enough indians"
    -Extremely unprofessional environment, a lot of verbal arguments and outbursts. HR does not handle these.
    -A lot of favoritism, especially in departments. Engineering department was highly favored (probably because the CEO is an engineer) however, this meant other departments were not acknowledged for their hard work and also did not get their hiring needs met.
    -Employees treated like they were replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept the high turnover rate, but try to make a change by deterring employees from leaving, promote within. Realize that they are not the only "cool startup" in the Bay Area that great talent will work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warehouse is run horribly and no chance for raises

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    Current Employee - Shipping in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Shipping in Scotts Valley, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits after 7 months eventually happen.

    Cons

    No communication, sexist to both genders, hires convicted felons, no safety rules, no one is help accountable, and no raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing will not solve these problems they are enternal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    nice people + poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saratoga, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saratoga, CA

    I have been working at Roku full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    pays market rate. get free codes to lots of streaming services for my kids to watch. low amount of meetings. some people work from home 100 percent. ux team is good and easy to work with. lots of lunches.

    Cons

    a retirement home for engineers to come and talk at times and i am not a spring chicken, this is my last job.

    ceo is seen to make all the decisions but often too late in the project

    options are not worth anything as are heavily diluted.

    products are suffering because the other sw team never proves a cpu before it gets used and trusts a vendors marketing materials. some idea that we can always fix things but end in have to ship now type situations and poor product experiences.

    every product ships by all sw engineers working long hours and 6/7 days weeks for 2 or 3 month.

    i was interviewed google question style, but the work doesnt need any of this and is really using basic like language called brightscript from the ceo again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the decision making happening the night before a product ships. innovate and not copy previous product all the time. plan and schedule so every product we dont all end up working 6 day weeks.

    worry about google as they will franchise their platform and win.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Solid and Serious

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    Current Employee - Developer in Saratoga, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Saratoga, CA

    I have been working at Roku full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company is stocked with committed people who know what they're doing. There's a sense of a shared vision, and little or no nonsense.

    Cons

    It' a gamble, but so is every business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Secret Handshake Society

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cool products and smart people

    Cons

    The CEO, has way too much control how the company is run and company information ( like when are we moving?)is not freely shared, no one gives feedback openly for fear of retribution...sort of the emperors new clothes effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop some leadership so you can grow, make sure you hire really strong leaders to bring the company forward. communicate expectations clearly and back your people up so they can learn something as they work for you there are many other places for great talent to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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