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Roku Overview

Los Gatos, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2002
Company - Public (ROKU)
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Roku pioneered streaming for the TV, and we aspire to power every TV in the world. Roku has 15 million monthly active accounts which streamed nearly 7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the first half of 2017.

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Roku – Why Work For Us?


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Roku pioneered streaming for the TV, and we aspire to power every TV in the world. Roku has 15 million monthly active accounts which streamed nearly 7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the first half of 2017.

We developed a streaming platform that delivers a best-in-class user experience. At the heart of the Roku platform is our proprietary operating system, the Roku OS, which we built from the ground up. We believe that all television will be streamed, and that all TVs and set-top-boxes will be powered by software-based operating systems that provide a dramatically better user experience than has existed historically for the TV.

We generate revenue from selling Roku® streaming players in retail, licensing to TV OEMs and service TV operators, and enabling content consumption, promotion, and advertising on the platform.

Roku employs top talent with advertising, billing, data, mobile, marketing, TV and software expertise. The company is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA and was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. We have R&D offices in Silicon Valley, Austin and Cambridge, England; and media and advertising teams, and operations in New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

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Roku pioneered streaming for TV, and we aspire to power every TV in the world.

We're hiring. Be a part of the best TV streaming team in the industry.

At Roku great talent is everywhere. Employees are independent thinkers who are able to take action and accomplish huge things by working as a team. 

Our culture is simple – great individual contributors who are even stronger together as part of the team, independence and leadership abound, politics are minimized, and employees are proud of their and Roku’s accomplishments.

We believe there is no contradiction between being highly productive at work and having families and other interests outside of the office. We have a generous unlimited time-off policy.

Come Join Us!

Roku Culture

Anthony Wood | CEO & Founder May 2015


High Performance

Working at Roku is like being part of a professional sports team. We put extreme care into recruiting the best people; we pay well in a competitive market; encourage excellent teamwork, and expect everyone to perform at a high level. We are independent thinkers who are able to take action and accomplish huge things by working as a team.

Proud to Work Here

Roku endeavors to be a great place to work. Not through lavish perks (alas no massages, dry cleaning, concierge or volleyball courts - although we have classic arcade machines). Instead, we provide a workplace where the company is a recognized leader in its market, the team plays to win, great talent is everywhere, politics are minimized, and employees are proud of their and Roku’s accomplishments.

We value ability. Our culture and the complexity of our business call on employees to walk in to Roku and contribute immediately. You need to have the experience and the maturity to be able to make independent decisions, work quickly and be able to perform in a team environment. We see no contradiction between being highly productive at work and having families and other interests outside of the office. We aspire to maintain a good work / homelife balance.

Trust & Responsibility

Employees at Roku are trusted, encouraged to make decisions, and to be leaders. Strategic decisions at Roku are inclusive with an appropriate amount of consensus building. Employees, managers and executives make use of the broad talent base at Roku for advice and diverse points-of-view. If consensus cannot be achieved (often because of legitimate different points of view), decisions are still made quickly. Difficult decisions are not delayed. Once decisions are made, everyone supports them and takes appropriate action.

An example of trust is the Roku vacation policy. For salaried employees, we don’t track vacation or have official holidays. Employees can take as much vacation as they think is appropriate, so long as they get their job done and do not block others’ work or deadlines (We simply check and give notice before taking vacation).

Roku expects you to take responsibility for your career, yourself, and your outside interests. R

oku generally doesn’t support charitable or political causes, though many of our employees do. Our employees have diverse interests and beliefs, and so we believe that individuals are in the best position to decide which causes they wish to support.

Talent

Roku endeavors to hire the most talented individuals possible. We like working with people who are great at their jobs. We also want co-workers who are easy to work with, and who keep their egos in check. We appreciate a sense of humor. We believe a fewer number of very talented folks can do more for less cost than a larger number of less talented teams.

We pay well and at “market” rates for top talent, and review compensation quarterly to proactively ensure employees stay paid at market. Pay is not tied to performance reviews; it is tied to “market” for a particular individual. Other than a few sales-oriented jobs, Roku does not use bonuses tied to “MBOs” (objectives). We have objectives and goals, but they often change in our dynamic market. And the type of employees that work at Roku want to do a great job, regardless of a bonus. Instead, we pay a “total comp” that is market (matching other companies total compensation that might include a bonus component and benefits). We prefer to pay employees cash+stock, rather than offer specific benefits or perks that might be valued differently by different employees. We provide our employees with benefit options, but maintain the philosophy that employees should have the ability to use their cash for whatever purpose they want (Some might buy a gym membership, others might prefer donuts.)

We interview rigorously to hire talent that matches our culture and is top of market. We don’t “settle” to close a position quickly. If we make a mistake, we ask people to move on with a generous severance package. There are lots of companies in the world, probably one that is a better match.

Communication & Context

Roku teams communicate clearly, in real time with each other and with other teams across the company. Plans, milestones, and strategic context are broadly known. Leaders provide the context to allow co-workers to make the right decisions (we believe that talented people, given the right context, usually make the ‘right’ decision). Email is used heavily at Roku. Wins are celebrated, and bad news isn’t hidden, so that we can course correct and improve.

Employees understand that much confidential information is communicated, and are careful to make sure it stays confidential.

Be present in meetings and only attend if you need to – if you use your laptop during the meeting for email or other non-meeting activities, that’s a sign you don’t need to be in the meeting.

Ask yourself which decisions your boss wants to be involved in, and solicit advice on those issues. Learn and judge what decisions need approval, which needs to be communicated, and which should just be handled.

Roku relies on everyone to identify problems and opportunities, propose solutions, and try to build consensus – even if it's not clear it's your job.

World Class Product

Our success is based on building and shipping the best consumer products in the world. We focus on ease of use, great value for the customer and having the best content. This focus on exceptional products permeates everything we do.

We value and try to protect our intellectual property. We are especially careful (particularly in engineering) about unnecessarily sharing our innovations with partners that may pass them along to our competitors.

Process

Process is as simple as possible, but no simpler (to paraphrase Einstein). For example, when we release software it goes to millions of customers so checks and balances are in place to prevent a disastrous mistake. But if you need to buy a simple piece of equipment to do your job, you should do so without “asking”.

Ask yourself, “What is this the simplest, but effective, way to do this?”

Partners

Much of our success is based on being an excellent partner (for example, with media companies, OEMs, CM’s, retailers and suppliers). We endeavor to be a great partner for them, easy to work with, transparent, and value building (for them and us). Partners may not always reciprocate, but we still treat them with respect.

Content

Standards As an “open platform” there is a broad range of content on our platform. We believe in free speech (which means speech that may offend someone). We don’t censor content, except in these cases:

  • Illegal content (in the region it is published)
  • Pornography
  • Content encouraging violence

Ethics

We have high ethical standards for ourselves and our vendors. Lying, either overtly or through holding back information, is not something Roku teams do. To avoid being conflicted, we don’t accept material gifts, tickets or trips from partners and vendors.

Our sole standard for hiring an employee is “How good are they at their job?” and “Do they fit into our culture?” It goes without saying that race, age, religion, gender, political beliefs, sexual orientation, country of origin, being a nerd, and the like don’t factor into our hiring or pay policies.


Okay, we prefer nerds, but don’t tell anyone

Roku employs top talent with advertising, billing, data, mobile, marketing, TV and software expertise. The company is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA and was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. The company is backed by top-tier investors including Fidelity, 21st Century Fox, Hearst, Sky, and Menlo Ventures. We have R&D offices in Silicon Valley, Austin, and Cambridge, England. We have media and advertising teams, and operations in New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

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    Pros

    1. Pool of talented people, you can learn a lot.
    2. Amazing products. Millions of customers are using. Just imagine how tough the competition is now in OTT market. Still, Roku is #1 streaming player in the market. Maintaining #1 spot is not a joke!
    3. Lunches are THE best, I never experienced such lavish lunches in anywhere. Dinner also served people who stay after 6 pm.
    4. Above market pay.
    5. Free snacks and Beverages.
    6. Visionary CEO knows what the best for the company. The Roku TV is next big thing.
    7. Customer-centric products.
    8. Treats employees like adults. Don’t join here if you are expecting to be spoon feed. At the same time lot of "boot up" material for new recruits, which help them to kick start.
    9. THE Best location. Opposite traffic.

    Don’t know why there are many negative reviews here. There may be some ‘bad’ apples in the company. Perhaps these reviews are due to their unpleasant experience working under them. Otherwise, Roku is one of the best Silicon Valley company that you can work for.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. 401k match is not available. And no stock benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Roku core strength is affordable products. We can’t rely on Roku players alone forever. Platform business is ok but Invest more in new products business.

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Roku Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Roku (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    The first phone interview went well with the interviewer asking good audio-relevant questions. That's what got me excited about the position the most. Then came the F2F which didn't go well. They couldn't find audio experienced folks to interview me. Instead they asked me some generic questions from Cracking the Coding interview. Was hitting myself in the head for not reading up on CtCi completely. The face-to-face lasted from 10 till 4 PM WITHOUT LUNCH. Yep, just one person after another without a break for lunch. "This is fairly typical around here", thanks for the warning HR lady.

    The worst part was the horrible co-ordination between HRs. The HR lady tried to force me into giving my salary details, very aggressively. DO NOT GIVE YOUR SALARY DETAILS no matter who you're dealing with. Simply say "I understand where you're coming from, but I'd rather not disclose". When pushed, say "What would you say is the typical range for this position"? Having dealt with multiple companies, professional HRs typically back off when hearing this line. She, otoh, was very aggressive and unprofessional, even suggesting that I could take a lower title. Dear Roku's HR - if you want to hire the best, leave your shady aggressive tactics behind you and treat your future employees with respect and consideration. Don't come across like you're doing a huge favor for the candidates by hiring them. Without good talent (who love what they do) and good hiring practices you'll be eaten alive by the competition.

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Roku Awards & Accolades

  • Market Leadership Award for Streaming Media Devices Market, Frost & Sullivan, 2015
  • Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award(Television Enhancement Devices), The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2014
  • 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2013
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