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Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
31 Reviews

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31 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    The people are great and understanding. They know the system is complex, and are willing to give you the time to learn. The environment is laid back and very eco-conscious. It fits the Seattle vibe perfectly.

    People tend to stay here for a long time, which is nice if you are mid-career and looking for challenging work that you can rely on.

    The hiring process sets a high bar, and I think that helps the company maintain high quality employees.

    The managers listen and respond to concerns and the entire team is open to new ideas.

    Cons

    The work is complex and obscure. Good luck explaining what you do at a dinner party.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People and Interesting Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Benefits of a large company (Comcast), but it feels like a small company. The work/life balance is great. For the most part you can go home at the end of the day and not think about work until you come in the next morning.

    Cons

    There is some hr bureaucracy that we have to deal with because of Comcast. The web portal to track vacation days only works in Internet Explorer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool people, interesting problems, great technology

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

    Pros

    I really like the people I work with: they're smart, they're rational, and they're motivated. When you're trying to decide what to do or how to do it it's a discussion based on merit, not on seniority or politics or random executive "gut feelings". I've made some great friends here and it's cool to work with people you'd want to hang out with outside of the office.

    The people would probably be enough to keep me here, but I also think it's a fun space to be working in: there's so much to figure out in online video and how the TV industry is evolving and to be involved on the cutting edge of it, as people are experimenting and trying new things, keeps you fresh. And we've got a lot of blue chip customers so it's fun to brag about which web sites and events you're behind.

    Lastly, the underlying services we've built are just really strong. At some software-as-a-service companies it's a constant panic to keep everything up and running, long nights, getting woken up at 3 in the morning to figure out why something is jammed in the gears: that happens everywhere, of course, but here things feel more solid (knock on wood)

    Cons

    When you tell people where you work, don't say you work for Comcast, because everyone has an opinion about Comcast. But we've got our own culture. The only time you notice the ownership is when you're stuck watching a backlog of mandatory training videos for an hour or you're battling with their SAP portal to put in vacation time.

    It's also a really lean organization, both in terms of using lean/agile methodologies and the # of people. You'll be asked to do a lot, and you'll have to be good at prioritizing what you work on and to have the strength to push back and set boundaries with your manager when there just aren't enough hours in the day.

    The other part of being a smallish company is that there aren't that many management positions to start with, so if you want to climb, you're not going to make it to the peak unless a manager decides to move on. Instead, you advance by taking on bigger projects and more leadership on those projects, and that's how you get your salary bump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and make some space for the rest of us! :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair in all respects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Large company benefits, small company feel. As a subsidiary of Comcast benefits include subsidized cable and stock options. The teams are small and Agile. Management is accessible, including the CEO. Improvements to the product influenced from the entire organization. Product is of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Small company means the "corporate ladder" is short for some roles. Unless you move to to another part of the company it can be hard to advance. Management roles are filled by people who have been here for a long time and show no signs of leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways for employees achieve or advance within the company. It's to easy for people stagnate and not improve. Find ways to cross pollinate the teams in ways that break up the knowledge silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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

    Pros

    Smart management team with some talented employees. Strong engineering focus and product vision.

    Cons

    Overly opinionated with old school ways of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Startup culture backed up by a large coporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Support Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Agile work process
    Friendly, smart co workers
    Free snacks and drinks
    Awesome location
    Comcast benefits

    Cons

    Slow turnaround times due to bureaucracy
    Not many chances to advance
    Growth spurt slowed after initial burst

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Lots to learn and people here want to help you learn. Constantly raising the bar of what we have to know just to keep up.

    Cons

    Need to hire more people, as the company is growing very quickly, so currently fewer people to handle the work almost double.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to let people know they are needed and get Corporate to keep on track better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    long term employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and interesting product.

    Cons

    Started out as a great place to work but culture has changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    I felt compelled to write this review after checking out thePlatform's profile on glassdoor and wanted to voice some of my observations/opinions.

    I've seen some reviews for thePlatform here that are just blatantly untrue. I've worked with the company for a substantial amount of time now and feel that I have a pretty good idea about the competencies and culture. I started working at thePlatform at a low-level position and was able to "raise the ranks" as it were. Granted, it took some self-motivation and work to be able to do so, but I would never be one to expect that a position be handed to me.

    It is true that there has been some movement with administration in the past couple of years. Largely this was due to individuals finding greater opportunities be it personal or professional. Which, may I add, was always met with support from the company in whole. Our company does it's best to handle any kind of departures such that it doesn't affect the business/department/individuals and I think it has done an exemplary job.

    I feel like despite the above, management does take the proper actions when an issue is voiced.

    Cons

    Let's see, about 6 months ago it would have been transit compensations... but that has been resolved.

    I really do not have any issues with thePlatform. If I do, I usually voice it to management and they are pretty good about addressing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe anything they tell you.

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

    Pros

    Seattle office is super cool, modern and hip with nice perks like free sodas and snacks. The actual technology is quite interesting and online video is a cool space to be in. The company makes an effort to boost sagging employee morale with events and functions.

    Cons

    ThePlatform is not a company with the culture of a startup backed by the power of Comcast, as they would have you believe. Rather, it has the same corporate culture one would expect from a subsidiary of Comcast. It's quite tragic how little employees are valued in the "churn and burn" mentality they operate with. Opinions, suggestions and ideas are not valued. Management controls with old school, iron fist, fear-based strategies. If you dare to voice a complaint today you'll be gone tomorrow. Sadly, this results in a company full of very innovative, talented people that for the most part are woefully underpaid and almost unanimously oppressed. All the good reviews on Glassdoor.com? Trouble attracting and retaining talent leads management and HR to push employees to write these positive reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people. Listen to their ideas and support them. People truly want to succeed, they just need to be given the opportunities and the tools to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    thePlatform Response

    Aug 20, 2013Recruiter

    I am very sad to hear this review. I will say that I know that you are in the minority when it comes to your perspective on thePlatform.

    Yes we encourage our people to post reviews on Glassdoor
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