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Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn new stuff.

    Cons

    Not many software position in the US


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Just about average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'd say this place is just about average as Silicon Valley tech companies go. Some interesting technology. Some good people, some bad. OK work environment and compensation.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's a lack of resources or unrealistic deadlines. Communication between some teams, and between mid-management and executives could be better. Smallish company; not a lot of career development resources or opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you're getting honest feedback from team leaders, and respond with appropriate assistance. Make sure management is actively creating a positive team atmosphere through their management style, instead of just reciting rhetoric.

  3. "System Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time

    Pros

    Engineers are nice people to work with.

    Cons

    CEO sucks. He doesn't know what he is doing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, culture and disruptive technology with market leadership"

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    Former Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on the cutting edge and disruptive technology (vSTB/Webkit/HTML5/DRM)
    - Opportunity to work with industry's best talent in Pay-tv, video, content security and web
       technologies
    - Overall pay package is on-par with the silicon valley
    - Startup culture, fast paced
    - Jeff Miller's (CEO) patient yet decisive and relentless leadership; truly open door policy
    - Well backed and funded as the company was recently acquired by Arris and Charter.
    - Good HR policies with open and transperant communication

    Cons

    - Recent acquisition by big company may open the flood gate of opportunities and may overload the already small and overworked team
    - Working under some of the inexperienced executives/managers with inability to motivate/retain top talent

    Advice to Management

    - Provide training/coaching to executives/managers to improve their leadership styles and also to
      avoid high turnovers.
    - Create and nurture programs to retain top talent at the cost of ineffective executive/leaders
    - Revisit the existing customer engagement model and create opportunities to drive strategic
      dialogue at the product level
    - Increase the speed of execution by hiring in engineering and support dept..
    - Keep calm and finish strong


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Engineers/developers should be very very careful."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Centrally located to key bay area freeways with gym located inside the building
    Ok salaries for the area with good benefits
    Talented admins and studio people
    Company just got acquired by a joint venture group for $135 million
    We have a christmas party every year

    Cons

    General bitterness and resentment circulates through the halls.
    CEO is timid and resists transparency and conflict. Takes a lot of vacations.
    Lack of agreement among senior management creates slow progress and indecision
    Product team requires some training in product management
    Daily rhetoric around culture has reached the level of absurdity. Everyone makes fun of it.
    Very little accountability among C-Level.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone can see you


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Technical Program Manager"

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

    Pros

    Has good health benefits.
    There is a work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for upward mobility.
    Management team does not communicate well.
    Lacks consistent vision.

    Advice to Management

    Have a management team has cares and is dedicated to the company's success.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Shameful Acquisition"

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

    Pros

    Interesting and unique technology. Good customers. Not much more to say that is positive.

    Cons

    The latest acquisition left @6 senior managers with a ton of money, and employees and former employees left with very little. This is shameful considering the amount of work that many of the employees have contributed.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Zombie company - they don't know there dead yet"

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usually left alone for months

    Cons

    CEO has allowed the company to circle the drain for years now as he enjoys the good life. Must be one of the least inspiring places in the valley. An employee can do well if you smile a lot and stay under the radar. There is a lot of second guessing, so you will never know if you are a hero or the enemy. C level people do not take criticism well at all, and NEVER take responsibiliy.

    Advice to Management

    Read at least one management book! Any one of them, anything would be a revelation.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great people building an exciting product"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great chance to work with some people who really understand television technology in an industry that is changing quickly. There are some really smart people here who are willing to help you learn new things and grow your career. There are opportunities to move around in the company and try new things. Some people work remotely and the company accommodates them. The product works well and seems to be catching on with customers. For the first time several customers are installing the technology at the same time and they are very happy, but the downside is that it is a bit chaotic as we change from being R&D focused to a product delivery company.

    The company is spread in 3 locations, San Jose, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. That's unusual for a company this size and leads to some communication problems. All three teams have great people though, and the management team finally seems to be getting that under control with better communication between the R&D team in Amsterdam and the application and operations teams in LA and SJ. The CTO from Amsterdam spent part of the last year in SJ and helped close some of the gaps.

    Pay and benefits are good and include stock options and bonuses in most years. Good PTO and company holidays. Breakfast on Fridays, free snacks and drinks and a happy hour a couple of times per month. There is an all-hands meeting with the CEO that happens a couple of times per month that is an interesting time to learn about what the company is doing straight from the top. Company events are fun and I wish there were more of them.

    Cons

    Some of the cons in the other comments on Glassdoor are true, but way overstated. I sometimes wonder if they worked in the same company I do. Some managers don't communicate very well and don't spend enough time giving direction and recognition. There was turnover on the executive team last year that shocked the culture in SJ especially. Two COOs in one year. The new COO is rigid and driven by numbers. I like that but some don't. We seem to be chasing too many things at once which leads to a feeling of chaos. We don't spend enough time finishing the last thing before we start something else.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful not to burn out your employees. Your vision is good, but not worth anything if you can't execute it. Make sure your managers are communicating with each other and hold them accountable for their teams. Make sure we finish what we start.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Be careful when you want to take a job there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good location, salary is ok.

    Cons

    These years they constantly looked for replacements of certain positions due to big turnover rate: people stayed less than a few months then left due to various reasons, The issue is: if you have mid level experience they may not want to train you and if you are senior level they may be afraid of your potential taking away their job. BEWARE.

    Advice to Management

    You should send out anonymous feedback to current and previous employees for their managers' managing styles and let go those managers who constantly hiring people for the position with almost the same job description but different titles:=)


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