Sling Media Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Great team, great product. Not so great parent company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Various in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sling Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good technology and products, still a lot of talented, smart, motivated people. Little or no politics. Wide range of technologies to learn (for an engineer). Interesting products in media space, lots of opportunity for innovation.

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Parent company (Echostar) doesn't understand (more accurately doesn't care) how to motivate and retain key talent in the Valley. Closing window of opportunity for core placeshifting product, industry is quickly transitioning to OTT video.

    Advice to Management

    Glassdoor requires 20-word minimum for this, but it's either "I don't know" or 10-page memo. I'll just say keep fighting for Sling culture, allow Sling team to operate as independent from parent company as possible. And Good luck!


  2. Product manager

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Technology, Great Team

    Cons

    company needs to evaluate business opportunities


  3. Sling Media

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good team, good location

    Cons

    Pure benefits , slow managment


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  5. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sling Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty flexible working schedule. Very nice coworkers

    Cons

    Whole management is horrible. Benefit is below average.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management.


  6. nice company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good people nice location good work

    Cons

    no cons everything very good, best work

    Advice to Management

    no advice to management very intelligent and sharp


  7. Helpful (1)

    Laid back, friendly place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Cool technology/great product 2. Flexible work hours and good work/life balance 3. Really nice coworkers

    Cons

    1. Parent company that is culturally the total opposite of Sling 2. Average benefits package

    Advice to Management

    We need better communication with the Bangalore office - and we need to hire or train employees on project management skills to avoid production problems. Also need to make sure the benefits are equal to other companies


  8. Great to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool, innovative, bleeding edge products. Always something new and a deep pipeline filled with lots of exciting technologies. Lots of opportunities for personal growth, if one seizes them.

    Cons

    Sometimes trying to run faster than the company has the resources to support. Business environment is dynamic and industry is constantly shifting, requiring quick thinking and change in directions.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focussed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    solid technology, but poor management and lack of direction is making this company a sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    complex and pretty interesting technology some good people to work with

    Cons

    All the negatives of a large company in a small package terrible benefits (worst I have ever heard of) Below average pay; no bonuses High degree of politics and favoritism from Sr Staff for such a small company high and frequent turn over non-existant team building with lack of company sponsored events lack of any culture

    Advice to Management

    lack of clear direction from Sr. staff. Throwing darts mentality will only carry you for so long.


  10. Sling is a great company but has no future.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sling Media full-time

    Pros

    Nice and easy culture. A great place for work/life balance (or work and 2nd work balance). Work from home policy is pretty relaxed. If you are in company's inner circle, you do not need to show up at work. Even you can combine a vacation with a not-so-needed business trip, and have most of your expenses paid.

    Cons

    Company is struggling to reinvent itself. No bright product roadmap. Keeps recycling the old technology and getting same poor results. Favoritism is pretty obvious. VPs see the rest of employees as dumb and disposable workers. VPs do not value ideas that are not theirs. Salary and benefits below the market rate even for interns. Sling executives are great individual contributors, but have absolutely no management skills. They struggle giving directions to their own first level of direct reports - let alone leading a company.


  11. Painful tenure at Sling Media

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful to work in consumer electronics. The concept itself for the product and technology is great, but it's not marketed with any effort. Compensation is decent.

    Cons

    Management does not know how to lead. Direction of the company is always uncertain. Evident executive team shows favoritism. Poor communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Opportunity for this company to grow and perform well has passed you by. You no longer have a hold on the marketplace for this technology. You need to listen to your people and value their opinions. Provide an opportunity for personal growth and development.



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