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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits. Cool technology. Unclear strategy."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offers a competitive salary, and excellent benefits, including regular stock grants. The tech is cool as well. Nice working environment (even though it's a cube farm). Really nice people.

    Cons

    Super unclear at the time whether or not they were actually trying to bring the tech to market, or just prove out its value. Lots of business decisions that seemed short-sighted in terms of generating any long-term recurring revenue streams, so pointing to the latter--but internal communication on the topic would have been nice.

    There's also a fair amount of good ole boy cronyism in the top layer FWIW.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is not particularly inspiring, or friendly.


  2. "What you can't see is what you get"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digimarc (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation. Engineering, R&D & Licensing

    Cons

    Executive leadership unfit for new market penetration. Failure to understand consumer demand.

    Advice to Management

    Productization of invisible barcode technology has proven to be a costly, inefficient endeavor. Management lacks an understanding of both customer and consumer demand, and should stick to its core competencies, R&D, engineering & licensing,

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Established, Entrepreneurial, Extraordinary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digimarc full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly innovative, inspired and close-knit company
    Massive market opportunities on the horizon
    Generous stock offering
    Open culture that encourages interdepartmental interaction at any and every executive level, company-wide.

    Cons

    Beaverton, OR. It's fine, but unless you live in SW Portland, it's a commute. And the commute can be a serious drag. Podcasts, "books-on-tape" and on-demand video/audio courses can be a great distraction & better use of your valuable time than Top 40 & stop-and-go fume huffing alone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Continue to invest in innovation and promotion. Keep paying people what they know they are worth, and then some. And keep us informed on both what's happening, and what's *possible." It's strange to hear about major new developments through the press before we're aware of them in-house. It does limit the temptation toward "insider trading," but there could be a better balance there than there is currently.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Generally Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Tualatin, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent intellectual property team. Fantastic engineering team. Good people working at the company.

    Cons

    Huge gap between employees and CEO. CEO quite introverted with little willingness to finance productization of his technology. However he has created quite a lot of value for shareholders through various non product related business deals so can't complain too much.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Think Twice"

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting concept, but odd execution. They may send you to places for support of the clients, but it will be badly timed and for unknown duration. It's a very diverse workforce, so that's interesting...getting to know people from other cultures and lands.

    Cons

    lots of unscheduled work, missed deadlines, etc. They are very dependent on clients purchasing their solutions, but these solutions are older and retrofitted in many cases. Clients are choosing larger national companies, rather than sticking with these guys. They have taken senior managers and made them individual contributors, because of the bosses inability to understand their markets and customers.

    Here's a good example of the management's problems. A few years ago, the company came to within a few weeks of having their stock symbol delisted by their exchange.

    Advice to Management

    You say you are Six Sigma ... but what do I see? Zero Sigma!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Digimarc, Loyalty is a one way street from you to the company."

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Digimarc is the technology the company is centered around is very good. The IP is solid and the work is challenging.

    Cons

    The main downside to working at Digimarc is that there is too much cronyism in upper management. They come in and make bad decisions based on incomplete information and then expect top performance inspite of the bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest that all members of management Sr. Director and about actually sit down and read the company values and then actually practice them and take them to heart.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Digimarc has a culture of treating employees with respect and trusting their judgement. Mid level managers are very respective to work life balance of all employees. Generally only the best are hired after a reasonably grueling interview process. While there is a cubicle environment the overall atmosphere is well done with high quality cubicle hardware and large spaces.

    Cons

    The benefits are decent but not great. There is almost no 401K matching and bonuses are very spotty. Digimarc almost never gives out significant performance perks like spot bonuses. There is often a big company culture even though at its core Digimarc is still a relatively small company.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to leverage the incredible IP the company has. Let the thought of selling the watermarking business to another large company fall by the wayside.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A quiet place to earn a decent income"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    There's no adequate carreer growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    The senior management makes a great deal of trying to communicate with the dispersed teams. However, sometimes it can come across as condescending, particularly all of the recent communications dealing with L-1 acquisition. Again and again it is repeating the same language to us "now is the time to focus," "This is a recognition of your efforts,", "Until done it is a business as usual", and repeating our "purpose" over and over has worn out and become meaningless when it appears the same way in coutnless meetings. With expectation of the reorganization and a real possibiltiy to go through layoffs again it does not make everyone feel better.


  9. "An excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digimarc full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work, their is good work life balance. Good benefits and friendly peopl

    Cons

    A lot is changing at this company, so it's essential to be able to adapt

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work team!


  10. "Good culture, interesting technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good engineering team. They take their time hiring, so most engineers that make it have quite a bit of experience and work at a pretty high level. Focused environment. They care about and promote employee growth and training. Technology is interesting. They also authentically care and promote work/life balance.

    Cons

    A difficult result of their business model is that there are many projects that seem to pull in different directions, as they try to fill different evolving roles with different customers. This can be a good thing - keeps things interesting - but then also difficult because priorities are constantly shifting and engineers are constantly pulled off their primary projects to put out fires in other areas.


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