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"Great company to work for, except for the CEO"

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Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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

Pros

Oblong really cares about its employees - initially they served lunch 3 days a week, provided health insurance and paid into an HSA to counter the high deductible. Everyone was great...except the CEO who should not have been in that position.

Cons

The CEO rules with an iron fist, and is passive aggressive at the same time. He is not responsive to suggestions or negotiation when he disagrees, and marginalizes employees that he disagrees with.
He is not open to listening or allowing others to manage in a productive way. This aspect of the company is the one thing that has driven it into the ground.

Advice to Management

Let your employees do what they were hired to do in a democratic way. Ruling by marginalizing extremely talented people is destructive and destroys morale and performance.

Oblong Industries Response

Sep 11, 2014 – COO

The company had a change of executive leadership (CEO spot) at the end of 2013. John Underkoffler is now the company's CEO.

Other Employee Reviews for Oblong Industries

  1. "Great culture here and love it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - G-speak Engineer
    Current Employee - G-speak Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oblong Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. I like the culture here, always have a chance to improve myself and people are nice here. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    hmmm it's hard to say.... maybe the location is at the LA downtown so the traffic here is awful...

    Oblong Industries Response

    Mar 24, 2017 – Sr Dir of Talent and Org Development

    It is always exciting to get such positive feedback that affirms the environment we are trying to build here. Great to see that you love working here, enjoy the culture, and that your work/life ... More


  2. "Great Company with Extraordinary Talent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oblong Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Amazing company culture. Everyone is extremely friendly and will go out of the way to help or teach
    -Extremely good health benefits
    -Most talented group of people i've ever worked with. The team is made up of individuals from a wide variety of previous work experiences which results in the best possible solutions for clients

    Cons

    No 401k match currently offered as a benefit

    Advice to Management

    Continue encouraging employees to try new technologies and shape solutions.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – Sr Dir of Talent and Org Development

    Wow, so great to see your feedback about our extraordinary talent and our company culture! Appreciate your advice too on continuing to be innovative and explore new technologies. We strive not only ... More


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