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Imagine Communications Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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  • Middle and upper management act like a click you would see at high school - they do not want outsiders to be included in any decisions (in 6 reviews)

  • Gores acquired Harris broadcast back in 2013 and had since been shaking things up for the worst (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "The company's business is in transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Communications full-time

    Pros

    The company has great people to work with, and the employee can have a balance between the work and life. The company's middle size gives you some kind of opportunity.

    Cons

    As the broadcast business is in transition all over the world, the company change the product and organization frequently. There is no company's culture in this period.

    Advice to Management

    As the business is in transition period, it is good to move with the trend, and it is even better if the company culture can be created.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Software engineers beware!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (work from home allowed, depending on manager/team)
    Good Health benefits
    Unfettered/unrestricted use of tech
    Nice office space
    Decent hardware

    Cons

    No bonuses (although potential promised at hire.)
    No raises
    Lack of corporate direction
    No growth potential
    Awful vacation policy
    Deferred 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make the company invaluable to your employees. Stop treating the employees as a necessary evil, realize that they are needed, and treat them as such.

    Have a plan to grow both the employees and the company. Staying flat is not a sign that the company is going places or doing well.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "It's like Trump is running this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Communications full-time

    Pros

    At least it's an interesting industry with good challenges today and into the future.

    Cons

    CEO has all the characteristics of D-Trump: ego-driven, surrounded by "yes" men, alternate facts about how the business is doing, takes care of the leadership team (rich) and steps all over the workers (poor). Totally lost on business direction with no business cases to drive development. Instead a customer talks about spending lots of money if only a few key features are added and then when the features are added, the customer never buys the amount of product they claimed they would. Of course, the fewer product bought may be a direct result of how late the product was finished due to the constant interrupt-driven product roadmap.
    And lastly, the offices with the productive teams have all been closed, leaving only politically protected offices too busy performing CYA rituals instead of actually producing.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the owner Gores Group: you've lost a lot on money on this brand. I'm guessing it's too late to turn things around, but each day you don't flush the ENTIRE leadership team, the more potential value in reselling this company you will continue to lose.
    Advice to Charlie: get an appointment to the Trump administration.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "company lacks direction"

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    Former Employee - Tech Support in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fellow employees are good people

    Cons

    bad morale. repeated layoffs. no leadership.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Industry Leader to Laughing Stock!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Communications full-time

    Pros

    A handful of genuine people make the ever-plummeting morale bearable.

    Cons

    Everyone is constantly changing directions and redoing work due to the unstable behavior of CEO, Charlie Vogt. He makes impetuous, extreme decisions without giving previous decisions time to make a proper impact (good or bad). Vogt often puts high priority on non-essential tasks or internal events, spending money on frivolous items rather than things that improve business or close sales. The leadership team is full of “yes” men/women who do not stand up for their employees or own professional/industry integrity. The CEO completely unprofessional making demeaning remarks to people in open forums, emailing snarky messages to large distribution lists and sending unnecessary demands via text late nights and on weekends. This behavior is not leadership; it’s being a bully. If the behavior and morale wasn’t bad enough, the turn-over is so great that now the industry knows how horrible it is and everyone is laughing.

    Advice to Management

    Gores: Wipe the “C” suite clear and start from scratch.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Imagine's "Post Truth" Culture"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some very committed and highly skilled engineering and customer centric team members. Hard to find much else to advocate for...sad!

    Cons

    Fear, confusion, greed, ignorance and especially arrogance! These unfortunately are the terms that have become the hallmark of Imagine's core culture. The senior leadership team, headed by C.E.O Charlie Vogt are bent on selling the next gen narrative today whether the customer base is ready for it or not! They have forsaken not only the core products that have grown and sustained the company but worse they have torn down the development engineering structure that built it! All this while playing the misdirection game with terms like "Right Sizing" as essential team members are tossed aside like cannon fodder so that CV can shrink overhead to meet the ever more out of reach profit goals due to the ever shrinking revenue/cash flow. The few remaining loyal long term employees have not been provided any company wide raises or bonuses in many years. CV is making it "rain" only for his numerous cronies from GenBand and the other snake oil salesmen who persist in tell him what he wants to hear. Internal team calls used to be about customer engineering needs but now everything has become about revenue recognition. It is so sad to see hallowed brands such as Leitch / Harris / Videotek sullied by a narcissistic "used car" salesman. The sale can't come soon enough!!!

    Advice to Management

    As they they only seem to understand the M&A culture it is long past time to simply take their lucrative personal service contracts and LEAVE! Maybe with some luck, grit and true inspiration the few remaining engineering leaders can reform Imagine back into a customer centric manufacturer. Only through organic growth can true long term success and corporate stability be achieved and sustained. IP technology is our industry's future. As such there will be a market for inspired design that is properly vetted around the customer use cases. Glitzy marketing campaigns and one off POC science projects do not serve the customer base. Build it right the first time and they will come. Continue to chase the dollars first and you will only find yet another dissatisfied customer caught in a technical quagmire. Unrealistic development cycles and product lead times is a recipe for disaster. The "most important quarter" will be the one when Gores purges CV and his court jesters!


  7. "Software engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Keep learning new staff and technique.

    Cons

    No salary increase and no willing to keep good people.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Stay as far away as possible!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Frisco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None - I can honestly say there are none.

    Cons

    Very entitled managers and Vice Presidents with horrible management skills. No direction - way too much money spent on events with little ROI. Middle and upper management act like a click you would see at high school - they do not want outsiders to be included in any decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Charlie and his frat group should have been fired along time ago....along with several women managers/directors and Vice Presidents who treat Charlie like he is a god. Stop running your business like it's playtime for all the popular kids.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "NOT a good place to work; You will be worked to the bone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues-good genuine folk that will become lifelong friends. You will get a free laptop and free company cell phone. Administrative managers are nice flexible people. Decent salary & medical benefits (no choice in insurance, use it or lose it vacation, 401k match only applies if you are employed continuously till years end.)

    Cons

    TERRiBLE Morale! So much work and not enough people to do it - not worth the salary compensation. Layoffs have been happening every quarter for the last 3 years (they lay off about 20-80 people, then hire about 15 new people and lay them off within 6 months.) The employees hate the CEO, everywhere there are whispers, no trust in the company; there is NO VISION, NO PLAN for the future. Salary has been frozen for years, no bonuses except for upper management where the bonuses are huge for no reason. I'm talking 40-75% of salary and this has been going on for years. This company was extremely viable when it was split off from Harris Broadcast. The CEO has run it into the ground. He only wants yes men, everyone kowtows to him, no one is brave enough to speak up. If they do, they are shortly gone. If he has a question or issue, it is as if all work comes to a halt and everyone is only working on his issue. The bills have not been paid for years, the account balances are low, many bills are not paid on purpose; they even accrue penalties on contracts. Only the bills the CEO wants paid are paid immediately. Money is very mismananged. The CEO is only interested in selling this venture capital company as quickly as possible. So many buyers have left the table because the books don't add up. A typical work day by an individual contributor is putting out fires; never moving forward on actual assignments; never learning anything new. The product used to be good, but now just sits on a shelf. Even when there are sales, the buyer doest pay. Many offices are closing. Many offices overseas that operate separately do not go along with the CEO instead they continue business as usual, dictating terms to HQ.

    Advice to Management

    The actual workers know what is going on in the business but upper management doesn't speak to them, only AT them. Many cons are hidden from the CEO. He is babied as if he would not be able to understand bad news or actual fact based news. Any advice is too little too late. All the best management have already left the company. Only the ones truly loyal to their colleagues and teams are left.


  10. "Get out while you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology is great. That's the only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Bad management
    Frequent firings
    Good employees leaving
    High turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Please be considerate towards your employees as they help you win new clients and keep existing ones happy.


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