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  • "fun work, good work/life balance(in 35 reviews)

  • "Good work environment and good pay(in 34 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Still working through some start up -> small company -> large company growing pains, but generally heading in a direction I like(in 21 reviews)

  • "work life balance only for leadership(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Intern

      Great to work for

      Aug 4, 2020 - Software Developer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people with a good culture and a healthy work-life balance.

      Cons

      Acquisition by Disney provides some logistical challenges.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      At the end of the day it's just another call center

      Aug 7, 2020 - Viewer Experience Advocate in San Antonio, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent pay Currently Work at Home Nice Coworkers

      Cons

      Poor Work Life Balance Unreasonable HR department

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not the best place for a passionate engineer

      Dec 23, 2019 - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This review is from the perspective of a backend software engineer. - Work life balance is usually good. If there's no projects that are "on fire" you're encouraged to not work long hours. If a critical project is going badly, I have heard of people voluntarily working weekends, or from 9am to midnight in extreme cases. - Hulu is at the high end of compensation for software engineers in Los Angeles. - Company is doing well, so bonus pools have been well funded recently. - People are pretty cool. None of my teams have been in the habit of getting lunch together though. - Inclusion is important to Hulu, and it has a fairly diverse workforce. There's room for improvement, but Hulu's ahead of the pack here. - There's lots to do near headquarters in Santa Monica. - Managers are highly technical, and contribute to code and pull requests on a regular basis. - I've liked most of my managers. - Internal transfers are pretty easy if you're on good terms with your manager. - Company parties are fun, and Huluween is amazing. :)

      Cons

      - There's technical debt at every tech company, but there's a *lot* of technical debt at Hulu. Some super-critical services were poorly documented by the engineer who wrote them, who has since left the company. Those services have poor test coverage, but still need to be modified often. Big changes involve crossing your fingers and being ready to rollback. - Hulu is a very business focused company, and engineers have limited influence. Some things on the backend are held together by bubblegum and duct tape, but if there's no business reason to fix them, it probably won't happen. - Hulu tends to avoid big technical challenges, preferring to borrow open source or buy solutions if it's a viable option. If you're an engineer who wants to work on hard problems, this can be frustrating. Things may be different on the client teams, who seem to get a more attention on the tech blog (Android, iOS, living room devices, etc). - I may be being too harsh, oversimplifying, or ranting, but sometimes it feels like feedback from developers is ignored. I can think of two instances where developers expressed concerns with timelines or features early on, and to my knowledge those concerns were discarded by higher-ups. The projects did not go well, as the developers predicted, but I don't feel any lessons have been learned. - Being on-call 1 week out of every 4 or 5 weeks is typical. Sometimes you will get paged at 3am by a false positive, or by some piece of tech debt that still hasn't been fixed. Sometimes you will get paged for real production issues. - Promotions are rare. Hulu's tech ladder is IC2 (junior dev), IC3 (dev), IC4 (senior dev), IC5 (principal dev). Promotions from IC2 to IC3 are common. Promotions from IC3 to IC4 are rare, and IC4 to IC5 is almost unheard of. I'm an IC3. When filling an IC4 role, management looks to hire externally, not promote people. Engineers get stuck at IC3 for several years, unless they lead a critical project with huge impact. One of my managers said "The IC3 level is very wide, I think of people at three different levels within IC3." Moving between those pretend levels within IC3 will get you appreciation and respect, but no tangible promotion. One advantage is that since promotions are rare there's not much competitive pressure. - The rate of engineers leaving the company isn't high, but it isn't low either. This has pros and cons: when your team's IC4 leaves it gives you opportunities to take more responsibility, but means you have one less potential mentor. The IC4 role will be backfilled with a new hire, and the IC3s on their team will onboard them. - Many of the 'harder' engineering problems go to the Beijing engineering/research teams, which focuses less on business priorities and more on doing cool tech stuff. This can be limiting if you're an engineer in Santa Monica who wants to do cool tech stuff. For instance, the only machine learning opportunities are in Beijing, or on the Data Science team (who I've heard have to deal with significant politics and may rely on Beijing for some implementation tasks). - Hulu dev teams are relatively siloed, but this may be typical at larger tech companies. Dev teams collaborate on cross-team initiatives, but since everyone's pretty busy you can't expect other teams to do you a favor, and sometimes have to add hacks to avoid asking for one. Hulu is gradually shifting toward a bunch of little kingdoms rather than #OneTeam. - Disney has taken full operational control of Hulu, so I expect things to get worse. Hulu used to be *so* much flatter a few years ago, but those days are gone. You can't negotiate with the immense corporate hierarchy of Disney.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      The Leader in TV, powerful company, tons of opportunity, positive culture, work/life balance

      Feb 26, 2020 - Sales Representative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Successful company with strong growth and scale, leader of the streaming/TV landscape, exponentially growing, positive environment, great benefits and healthy work-life balance, great resources and training.

      Cons

      Clients can be tough / hard to work

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best job I've ever had

      Mar 20, 2020 - Assistant Editor in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people. fun work, good work/life balance

      Cons

      Not all of the people are perfect

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    6. 4.0
      Current Contractor, less than 1 year

      GOOD PLACE TO WORK

      Mar 12, 2020 - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good insurance, good place for work life balance

      Cons

      lot of working to finish

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Once a great company but now tarnished with politics and toxic managers

      Dec 17, 2019 - Marketing 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Used to be fun, collaborative, "flat" org, work/life balance

      Cons

      Gotten overly political. A lot of leveling without any clear lines of communication or processes. Forget about trying to make any changes on the product and marketing side. Decisions are made regardless of what the data and research say. Projects take forever with so many decision makers. Going through a lot of growing pains, which includes promoted unqualified employees as managers. Doesn't care about Hulugans, care more about the company itself. More and more corporate everyday with Disney taking over and the CEO is not inspiring or motivating like past CEO's. Probably going to only get more corporate and political with Disney being more and more involved.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Hulu's A Great Place to Work

      May 24, 2019 - Campaign Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Overall Hulu has great benefits, culture and flexible work/life balance. They understand the value of their employees and want to ensure they are given visibility to how they are influencing the business. Hulu is also are aware that the industry is constantly changing, so are open to change - which is a huge win for me, personally. I admire Hulu's focus on having a one-team environment to allow collaboration among employees and share knowledge.

      Cons

      Just like any company, Hulu is not perfect. They're running at an extremely fast pace environment due to the massive scale Hulu is becoming as a business. They're trying their best to keep up the momentum as well as ensure they maintain positive core values/culture to all their employees.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      One of the best places I've ever worked!

      Feb 26, 2019 - Senior Product Designer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Emerging product space at the intersection of tech and entertainment, ability to influence the product with your day-to-day work, positive team environment and great office culture, competitive compensation and benefits, excellent work/life balance.

      Cons

      Can take a while for work to ship, communication between HQ and other locations could improve slightly, downtown office needs an upgrade (coming soon!).

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      overview

      Apr 9, 2019 - Software Developer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work life balance is great

      Cons

      some people is lazy and hiring bar is not higher than before

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