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"Crazy little dysfunctional company where decisions are made in the vacuum of space."

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Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Corbis as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Many really good, hard working people at an individual contributor level motivated to do their best for the customers, the products and ultimately the company. A company that is willing to try new business ventures, even if it appears they don' t have a clue what they are doing. Given good background information decisions can be made quickly. Those decisions won't stick, but at least they are made without much fanfare and triple justification. Decent location, casual work style, funky, (perhaps even cool?) building. I enjoyed working with nearly everyone @ Corbis and the work I did, I also enjoyed.

Cons

Dwindling business model, dysfunctional company and hire/RIF waves every 6 months.

Getty, Corbis and a host of microstock companies. That's really the market. Yea, for Corbis, the purchase of Splash, Demotix, Norm Marshall with the spin up of Greenlight Music may help broaden the market, but not sure how they will all fit together. I suspect they won't. Product development appears very spur of the moment with little thought towards a cohesive strategy..

The company has crushed it's most senior/mid management layers, and with that in some cases promoted some way beyond their skillset and abilities. This contributes to the dysfunctional behavior. A decent manager @ Corbis is rare. For the most part first and second level management that remains doesn't really act like it's their job to be involved. Lastly and in many cases the most obvious, what remains of existing senior leadership makes some of the poorest business decisions I've ever seen.

Corbis staffing and resouce planning is chaos at it's best. RIFs (reduction in force) and new hires waves seem to cycle on the 6 month interval. In some cases they made correct decisions, but in other cases the wrong decisions. Not unheard of but that is whole reason you HAVE management.

For a company owned by one of the most recognized technincal visionaries of our generation, the pile of technical debt at Corbis is astonishing, and frankly acts like a huge ball and chain for the entire company, Either important business processes aren't done, or somewhat sporatic as critical systems fail.

Advice to Management

Instead of doing 19 things really poorly, how about a little focus on 2-3 that really make sense and match a well developed, cohesive business strategy? If you can't accomplish that, then just ACT that way, and you're halfway there.

Other Employee Reviews for Corbis

  1. "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great perks and company moral

    Cons

    internal promotions are limited and rarely done

    Advice to Management

    promote internally


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    "Lack of focus leads to failure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corbis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a fair number of very dedicated & talented individuals that work at Corbis. Atmosphere is generally pleasant & benefits are good(ish). The recently developed focus on being a product driven organization has the potential to help create internal alignment & drive success if in-fighting executives don't crush it.

    Cons

    Corbis has an amazing ability to take on more than it can do. The company is way over diversified for an organization of its size. Leadership is unable to focus on accomplishing 1 - 3 strategic priorities at a time. Instead the product development organizations take on too many simultaneous projects & fail across the board. Wonder why production sites are down so often?

    While there are many good people, under performers are never held accountable for poor performance. Instead they are provided perks & incentives to do things as simple as showing up for work while high-performers are forced to pick up the slack & punished for others failures. This causes an environment where poor performance is encouraged!

    Poor compensation for those in the tech industry.

    Advice to Management

    Cut/spin off non-core business units and focus on doing 1-2 things really well. You're too small to compete across the board, so you should focus excelling at several things.

    Cut 50% of your poor performers & hire back 1/2 half as many at a decent pay rate. They will actually be more productive.

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