ActiveVideo Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2020

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3.4
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ActiveVideo President, CEO, and Director Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller
35 Ratings
  1. "Innovative technology, mature collaborative team"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ActiveVideo has been around a long time and has gone through a bunch of changes. Their core technology is in cloud virtualization of video services for cable operators, etc. 5 years ago they were acquired by Charter Communications (#2 cable operator in North America) and Arris (now part of CommScope, a leader in telecom equipment and devices), so they have solid financial backing. Over the past 9 months they've been executing a pivot from hosting HTML5-based video apps in the cloud (paired with a thin client) to a new platform capable of running Android streaming apps in the cloud - essentially bringing the rich library of video apps to devices that are not natively Android capable (think millions of set top boxes) - while outperforming most native Android platforms and decoupling operators from the painful and expensive task of porting native apps to their devices and trying to keep up as those apps evolve. Very strong IP and product differentiation. The team is comprised of industry veterans who are smart and work together well in a highly collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Much of the core engineering is done out of the Netherlands, which means lots of early morning meetings and the potential for cultural missteps. But there's an advantage to the team there working while the U.S. team is sleeping and vice-versa. Things move very fast.

  2. "Cliche, but company really is all about the people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People, colleagues, coworkers....how many other ways are there to say this? I thought it was just another marketing/sell during the interview process but after working with everyone for almost 2 years, everyone really is genuine. +Flexible & wonderfully family-oriented

    Cons

    lack of long-term incentive plan, communication can be slow at times but ramps back up pretty quickly,

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with great people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Care Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and growing company.

    Cons

    Traffic during a large venue.

  4. "Too much turnover"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, normal workload

    Cons

    Company hire and fire at high speed, the management has no clue about the which directions to go and how to control the spending

  5. "Steady growth"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    After grinding through years of deployment delays and slow customers, the company is profitable and growing. The product is solid and used by customers all around the world. A new Android product is coming and seems to open up new opportunities. The work can be very challenging but fun, and many employees get to interact with customers. Colleagues are smart and committed and the company environment is pleasant. Good salaries and benefits and a good location top off the experience.

    Cons

    Since the company was acquired by a joint venture, there has been no equity for employees. A promised long term incentive plan has been slow to come, although the company does implement an annual bonus plan which is usually earned and paid. The pay TV industry is a tough one and customers are challenging to work with. Slow growth has limited career growth opportunities, but that seems to be changing as there has been quite a bit of recent hiring.

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    "Ineffective CEO"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Capable and well trained employees Easy commute and close to CalTrain Good lunch places around the office Wonderful park across the street

    Cons

    Executive Management team is good, but CEO impedes their progress due to absenteeism and obstructionism Plans are not carried through because CEO changes plans last minute Board Members do not care about holding team accountable CEO never keeps commitments or promises to team or to Board

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Was a good company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, interesting technology, fun company events. Good compensation and health insurance benefits

    Cons

    Limited resources and opportunities to advance. Business opportunities were scarce. Parent company not willing to drive new customer sales (which they controlled) and to invest in the JV long enough to allow it to be successful.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paycheck and break room.

    Cons

    Backstabbing: When you witness people with more than ten years experience get removed without a word, beware it could happen to you. Death by meeting. Too much management. Every engineer has two to three managers. The company relies solely on putting out fires caused by outsourcing. They claim the outsourcing is to improve quality, but nothing is working that comes back from those companies. Since the Arris buy, the company is laying off employees left and right. No one feels sure about their position and moral is low. There is anger among employees and many feel the writing is on the wall.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Just about average"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time for 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.

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