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blinkx Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
78 Reviews
3.0
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blinkx CEO S. Brian Mukherjee
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37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good compensation, good benefits, flexible hours and good opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • They also provide free snacks/beverages and do a staff lunch every Thursday which is generous of them (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Worst senior management team (at least from engineering perspective) I've ever worked with (in 7 reviews)

  • There is no one leading the company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at blinkx full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are good to work with.

    Cons

    No communication - upper management shares nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at blinkx

    Pros

    Free lunches
    Coworkers are generally cool unless they're at mid-management or higher
    A fully stocked fridge and kitchen
    Pay is decent

    Cons

    Everything else. If you like working in a boring, stuffy work environment with management breathing down your neck at every step, this might be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Realize that you don't actually know everything. Show your employees some respect and reward ingenuity and hard work instead of trying to bend them to your will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Job Ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at blinkx

    Pros

    My peers were top quality. Everyone was competent and good at their jobs. They all left and got better jobs elsewhere.

    Cons

    Terrible management. They yell and cuss at others in the office. They have no direction other than to do what they can to make good press releases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to relax and let people do their jobs properly. Try to actually develop a real product rather than "do deals" that sound good in press releases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'm so glad this place is behind me, wish I never joined

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    The senior managers have really cool accents. It’s like working for a mean little Hugh Grant. If you like senior managers who are bad at managing but have really cool accents, then you’ll love it here.

    Most middle managers and peers are good people. Their morale is low, but they’re good people.

    Cons

    The work environment is the worst. Senior management sees themselves as brilliant wiz-kids and all employees as vermin. Employees are disrespected and constantly reminded of their expendability. Folks are scared of the penalties of a bad decision so they don’t make decisions on their own. Their fear keeps them from investing any time in helping out fellow peers, it’s all about protecting yourself.

    It’s just no fun to be treated so poorly and seeing people you respect being treated even worse. There’s an uncomfortable, depressing feeling everywhere, in meetings, in conversations, in work habits that all stem from the awful senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It’s probably too late. No one from senior management understands good leadership. B-slap the top five and replace with smart, respectful, experienced leaders and maybe there’s hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you're thinking of applying for a job here, you may want to think again.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    Conceptually a great service, unfortunately not so great in reality.
    Some (but not all) wonderful co-workers, who give, and give, and give.
    Generally fair pay.

    Cons

    Paranoid, egotistical management, with poor people skills.
    Disorganized, lots of balls being dropped, in generally all departments.
    Low morale, many employees who would normally leave this company feel stuck because of the poor economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs an overhaul top down, especially at the top, but may be too late for that - doubtful if Blinkx could attract the right kind of management talent now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    incompetent senior execs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - blinkx in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - blinkx in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    cool idea, online video search

    Cons

    No regard for employees as human beings. No communication from senior management of corporate strategies - even though there weren't any real missions or strategies or goals they didn't even convey whatever foolish plans they were conceiving. Didn't trust employees, listen to them, or properly utilize their skills. Just head down into their own ultimate destruction. Very odd work environment, no one really seemed to like each other. The MO seemed to be share nothing and if you're forced to, share less than will help your colleague. The attitude trickles down from senior management. Whatever was happening in reality didn't seem to ever line up with whatever they're reporting to the world. Nothing worked as it was supposed to and results appear to be very inflated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't really help. You don't know what you don't know. I just don't understand how people like that get to those positions. It's one of those situations where failure is the norm and no one keeps track of anyone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fear-based management strategies are ineffective and inappropriate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ex-Blinkx Employee Who Left By Choice
    Former Employee - Ex-Blinkx Employee Who Left By Choice

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    an interesting techonology that has a lot of promise
    opportunity to get in early in the online video search space

    Cons

    paranoid executives micromanage ineffectively
    no recognition of talent
    childish vindictive and manipulative actions
    lacking self-confidence, management projects their own shortcomings onto their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect and reward your talent or they will walk away
    have a business strategy and plan accordingly
    establish core values and communicate them
    communicate with your employees
    don't think that you are above QA, documentation, and thoughtful planning
    treat employees fairly
    instead of blaming your employees, take a self-inventory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Indifferent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    Fast paced, great co-workers, interesting projects. Can make an impact to the direction of the company if you are willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    Total lack of respect from management. Lots of mis-truths, white lies, broken promises, public humiliation, indeifference, lack of leadership and indecision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like working in a third world sweat shop run by really angry robots...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at blinkx

    Pros

    Good location
    Free lunch on Fridays
    Some good people (management excluded)
    Helps you understand how not to run a business.

    Cons

    Really boring, lifeless, uninspiring management team.
    Totally overhyped PR. Most is completely fictional.
    Rubbish product. Lets face it, who in the real world has ever heard of blinkx!! Where are these users? If you take out the porn there is no one left...
    Useless management team with no idea about the media industry.
    Culture of aggression, secrecy and leadership through fear.
    Do not work for this company.
    They don't promote people... period...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some management training asap or resign
    Start behaving like humans
    Sort out the content on the site. Its rubbish..

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

    no chance under current management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at blinkx

    Pros

    decent pay and good colleagues (junior/middle management)
    easy job (but boring)
    shiny powerpoints (!!!)

    Cons

    senior management unable to steer the company with clear strategy, keep releasing different products diluting company's mission, none of which really work that well anyway.
    Poor trade PR - no consumer PR
    no industry knowledge
    No HR whatsoever, people terminated without any reason, and immediately escorted from building so that they can't even collect their own stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change of senior management seems necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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