Corbis - Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory | Glassdoor
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"Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

First, until recently, the company attracted very talented technology resources (unfortunately, as inside stories are coming out, this may be one the decline). Second, the company owns motion and still content that museums and competitors would die for (and I am sure our founder paid a fortune for). Last and not least, the sole shareholder/benefactor has as deep pockets as it gets and the wherewithal to standby the proposition.

Cons

Other reviewers have pointed out the incompetence of IT leadership. I can't improve upon it, except to say it is only the top IT gal and the head of each department under her, except operations, that needs to be replaced by competent people.

Advice to Management

First order of business, please stop the bloodletting, that is, letting go of the most senior people. Second, go beyond copying competition; be the leader that you are! Finally, for God's sake, buy a text book on management; all the advise you need is already in the text book ( or hire a couple of MBA's).

Other Employee Reviews for Corbis

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Corbis in the toilet!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - General Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome sans upper management.

    Cons

    Frankly, Corbis is circling the drain. Out of touch individuals are being allowed to make architectural and infrastructure decisions with little to no experience or understanding of the impact of those decisions. 2 rounds of layoffs in 2 weeks equaling 40% of the workforce cut while 1/2 million dollars worth of gear goes unimplemented and millions in gear are on the docket to be purchased.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, just quit. You are over your heads and the ship is sinking fast.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "unending funding - the only safety net!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    global Presence
    good compensation benefits
    good place for work-life balance
    good benefits (not great benefits)
    good source for funding (never ending)

    Cons

    perishing industry
    poor IT and no sr management in IT
    people leaving
    promotions are unfair
    professional hiring team unable to attract talent

    Advice to Management

    give the board the real picture and not hide under 'consultant slides'. hire sr management talent in IT

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