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Updated August 19, 2017
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  1. "A place to work"

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    Former Employee - Unknown in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Unknown in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The weather is great. Good people and relaxed atmosphere. If you have a good rapport with your group, you can be free to execute within your domain.

    Employees tend to be very active. Volleyball, surfing all sorts of other activities. Trade shows can be very rowdy and spirited if you get to go.

    Cons

    DivX once was an exceptionally open office. A couple of years ago openness began being shut down. The information vacuum turned to gossip.

    The inability of the new generation to be frank and honest with employees created an acidic environment. If you can avoid this, it is as good a place to be as any, but in contrast to what it once was, DivX can be a bit sad.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it off and move on.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment, Friendly Coworkers, Confusing Organizational Structure"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, cool coworkers, easy-going atmosphere. Really, the folks are friendly, energetic, and interesting. Good benefits. DivX tries to recapture the feel of a 90s Silicon Valley startup with considerable success. There are the requisite foosball and ping-pong tables and Nerf gun battles. Compensation was good, and medical and dental were great.

    Cons

    Wandering project scope, ill-defined goals, a mystifying org chart. It was hard to figure out who was in charge of what--and well-nigh impossible to ascertain who was the "final word" on any particular aspect of a project. That being said, there was far more upside to working at DivX than downside.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify the org chart, clarify the titles, cut-down on the amount of Product Managers with seemingly overlapping duties.

  3. "It's party time...if you are a VP or above..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a fun atmosphere and very social if you are of the right mindset. Lot's of cool people and talent...

    Cons

    Watch your back...I didn't trust any of the management at all after seeing my boss' team cut without her knowing beforehand. Very closed, "open environment"... If you are looking to complete a project to add to your portfolio...think again...my projects changed scope every 3 weeks. The strategic direction changes everytime the wind blows.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management that cares more about the company's success than their cushy compensation packages... Layoffs in 2008 were taking place while senior management was cashing in on millions of $$ in stock...even at very low strike prices....Something very fishy is happening here...


  4. "Great company, TERRIBLE management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a chance to work with a lot of cool, talented people.

    Cons

    All the cool, talented people are getting laid off/fired/quitting.

    Advice to Management

    DivX had so much energy and drive but the management seems to have succeeded in beating that out of the company almost completely.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "You'll be one of the cool kids, until mom & dad decide you aren't so cute any more and they send you away."

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    Former Employee - Decline to State, IT Didn't Matter Since I Couldn't Do My Job Anyways in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Decline to State, IT Didn't Matter Since I Couldn't Do My Job Anyways in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sometimes is the "cool place to work", especially if you are the flavor of the month. If you want to meet some really neat people, make some friends, and learn about the dark underworld of movie encoding, this is a pretty good place for that. Working here is a labor of love for which everyone takes a pay cut. Sometimes you will get to do what you are good at, and sometimes you will get credit for it. If you want to test a crazy new haircolor, this is the time for it as this is the only company I know where you can get props for having a purple mohawk and tats, biking to work at 11 am, and going surfing for two hours at lunch. The place is jam-packed with great, eccentric, wild people who mean really well and are supercool (or super geeky) to happy hour with. Like another reviewer said, it really helps if you surf or party with the boss... but only at first. The underlying belief, I think, for management in their hiring and organizational decisions is that "anyone can do any job if they are smart," so this is great if you want a crack at something in which you have no experience or knowledge.

    Cons

    Back to that underlying principle here that "anyone can do it", the downside of it is that everyone thinks that even a monkey can do your job, and that it has nothing to do with anything you have learned or who you are. Overall, the company has very unpredictable politics and favoritism, no career path, no professionalism (no respect for your knowledge, experience, or skills set; your coworkers will likely be folks who have never held a serious, traditional corporate job or had to prove themselves at a professional level).

    If you want to beef up your resume, finally get to "do things right," complete some accomplishments for your career, or just collect a decent salary and coast along for a while, don't count on any of that. Although most of DivX is motivated by the best of intentions, because of that "anyone can do it" mentality, there is no consistent way to earn your kudos here, and somehow "marketing" yourself is one of the only sure (but temporary) things. If you don't own the random look, attitude, and prepackaged persona that would look "cool" on their company bio at that time in the company's mood swings, then consider anything you do professionally to be pretty much worthless and overlooked. This can be incredibly frustrating and insulting and your career will fizzle temporarily. It won't matter how good you are at what you do, how hard you work, how much you know or care about your job, or how right you are about how to make something better, you will someday lose favor (assuming you had it at some point), at which time you will be ignored and then sacked without warning because they decided to replace you with some other monkey (or end your position entirely). I saw this happen to every last one of my coworkers and myself, and most of them went on to much better paying jobs where they were challenged, respected, and nurtured as professionals.

    Also, although you might get reimbursed for a laptop (so you can set up a slingbox and work from a yam-powered trampoline boat as you sail around the world and videoblog to their latest video sharing community site), getting any additional job-related training or software to do your job will be nearly impossible. Most of us figured out that in this case, "shareware" and "freeware" were the operative words.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself and learn when to listen/ask for advice when you don't know what you're doing. The wheel has already been invented and there is a reason it is round. If you hire a specialist, secondly, then you have to encourage the person do what they do well, and never, ever assume that just anyone can do that job. While its true that a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters will eventually write the works of Shakespeare, that's still a thousand monkeys... kinda messy and takes a lot of bananas.


  6. "fun but lacks a sense of direction"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looking for a relaxing environment where the lowest denominator is rewarded. You can think of it as your social club with a pay check. Go surfing, play soccer, basket ball, hit the gym all on company time. The monthly get togethers are great ways to go see free movie premieres and relax on the company dime. Also the maternity leave package is one of the better packages that I have seen and you do not even have to have a child to take the time off. The company also has a great laptop program, which is worth doing, because it is pretty unlikely that you will be able to take the time off to attend any classes.

    Cons

    There is no way to make a difference and there are many around you doing little getting rewarded for making mistakes. It really gets you down and is very demotivating. Why work hard to fix things, when others show up late to work and play games and still have the ability to veto your work, because it makes them look unproductive.

    Advice to Management

    figure out what direction you want to go by asking your employees and partners for input. Set a good path and stick with it. Reward successes not fixed failures.


  7. "DivX was a fun place to work.... at one time"

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    Former Employee - Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    DivX has a wonderful group of bright engineers. The camaraderie in my team was superb and we made the best of the otherwise dismal situation. The HR department is better than most in that they truly seem to care about the needs of the employees. There is an opportunity to do something big, and that can be exciting as well.

    Cons

    I'm not sure where to start! The CFO Dan Halvorson has a reputation for layoffs and cash-outs. He was rumored to have said, "I love it when people quit". It's gotten to the point where Halvorson avoids the office and never sticks around at company events. I suppose he knows he isn't welcome. The constant layoffs and lack of openness to employees gives people an sense of uneasiness and all you can really do is speculate what they're upto. At least with Jordan, he would be straight with you. The Hell regime seems pretty secretive and sometimes dishonest most times. The Stage 6 debacle was a train wreck. So much of the company's resources were thrown at this pig and look what came of it? Nothing. A number of long time employees left around this time? Coincidence? Maybe, but not likely. I am guessing the founders got tired of the games and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Halvorson, he is dragging morale down all on his own. No one likes him or wants him there. Be more honest and forthcoming with employees.

  8. "Divx is a great place to work if you stay out of the politics."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, benefits, casual work environment, fun, laid back.

    Cons

    Ever changing strategy, and people are feeling a little uneasy. Alot of it has to do with the constantly changing technology market.

    Advice to Management

    Take stock in current employees and look at the talent you already have vs. hiring from outside.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good While It Lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture, when it first started was remarkable. There was a great vibe in the office and you constantly felt that you were being challenged and motivated.

    Cons

    After they went public, and Stage 6 launched, there was a massive series of mistakes that killed morale.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, cool product, interesting industry

    Cons

    Limited career growth path internally

    Advice to Management

    Find a strategy and stick with it.


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