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Updated May 22, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Was a good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ActiveVideo full-time (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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at ActiveVideo full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting accountants make stupid decisions based on spreadsheets. All it is causing is low moral and that leads to no loyalty to you. Having a nicely stocked break room or catered lunches does nothing to make employees feel good about their jobs if they think they can lose it without warning.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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


  10. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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