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Invodo Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "New Leadership = Bright Outlook"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership is focused on core capabilities. Team is committed to creating great work in a collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Workload to available resources is (slightly) out of balance. This is improving each day, however.

    Advice to Management

    Renewed focus on core capabilities and developing a streamlined offering for customers is working. And thanks for reviving the wonderful culture at Invodo that makes this place so special! When employees feel valued, the value of their work increases exponentially.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad company culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a great kitchen.

    Cons

    I didnt feel comfortable with any of the people on my team. They seemed more interested in their own personal careers than the company. Many examples of poor, ill-advised behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your employees are doing that reflect badly on your brand!


  3. Helpful (7)

    "A missed opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Invodo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Invodo had a lot going for them for a long time. They were in an exciting space with a lot of growth potential. They created good-enough products to satisfy the market in that space. They were putting together the right team to develop really innovative stuff on the creative/production side and on the software engineering side. Big clients, a solid marketing voice, real momentum. It looked like they were finally heading in the right direction, and all they needed was some extra juice to fund all of that R&D and growth.

    Cons

    Sadly, the juice ran dry. An unfortunate (and arguably foreseeable-but-yet-unanticipated) series of events led to the end of Invodo as a technology company. Which is a real shame. The culture was good when it was good, but it had been stagnating for the past year or so. A lot of changes in upper management, so that's to be expected to some degree. The new CEO is a welcome change by all accounts, and I hope he is able to steer the ship back in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Once things have stabilized, you should consider the advice I would have given previously:
    - Pay people what they're worth to Invodo; don't expect loyalty alone to keep them around.
    - Find a way to get disparate teams to really start working together.
    - Build products that satisfy the users' needs; stop focusing the whole team on some one-off specification that a sales rep dreamed up.
    - Finish building products. You were never going to survive on a suite of hand-cranked prototypes and processes masquerading as products.
    - Understand your employees' strengths and goals and help them develop accordingly.
    - Improve the 401k matching rate and solve the parking problem.
    - Invest in office furniture and equipment to benefit employee health and comfort. That is, buy some good freaking ergonomic desks and chairs.
    - Layoffs happen sometimes. Make sure there's always enough money in the bank to fund appropriate severance arrangements, should the need arise.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were, and still are, some cool people.

    Cons

    Leadership is the absolute worst. They missed their opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late for that.


  5. "Great internship experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Invodo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wasn't given your usual busy work like a lot of other internship. I feel like I took a lot away from the experience and had great guidance throughout the entire summer I worked there.

    Cons

    The only thing I can really think of is the traffic is horrible but thats everywhere in Austin.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and laid back atmosphere.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Turned the Corner and Cooking with Gas."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Invodo are reasons number 1, 2, and 3 to join the team. Dedicated, collaborative, loyal, and fun they are at the center of what makes Invodo a great place to work. I could go through all the perks; the office location in Austin, the state-of-the-art facility in Dallas, the free snacks, but you can't get this kind of team anywhere else - they make all the difference.

    Cons

    Invodo has been going through some transformational changes, both culturally and strategically. They're making great progress but will continue to want to focus ahead, instead of letting some of the legacy challenges distract them from continuing to build on all their new momentum.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on - you've created new focus and have the right team in place. Can't wait to see all the great things you will accomplish!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Invodo Dallas Studio - Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Invodo full-time

    Pros

    The Invodo Dallas Studio is a great place to work. The management in Dallas is absolutely fantastic. I'm able to contribute and encouraged to be open, honest and provide feedback without fear of retaliation. It's truly a team spirit and the expertise level of the Dallas crew results in amazing video productions. I feel supported and truly enjoy coming to the studio everyday.

    Cons

    Sometimes working cross campus with Austin HQ results in some challenging situations as the two cultures collide. Also there's a lack of consistent communications from upper management to the Dallas staff. Often times everyone here is left in the dark and must figure out "what's going on."

    Advice to Management

    Since the Dallas facility and it's culture is working both from a people standpoint and a business standpoint, please don't try and merge the Austin culture with us. It might be better to extend the Dallas working environment and management style down to HQ.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work as a software developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Invodo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly, smart, creative coworkers. flexible work hours. the engineering team is fairly small so there is definitely room for a developer to make an impact. the office is usually pretty laid back. Invodo seems to be in it for the long term.

    Cons

    Invodo is progressive in some ways, but stuck in the past in other ways. Like many of the other companies where I've been an employee, Invodo struggles to communicate and collaborate between teams.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Invodo: A Bittersweet Retrospective"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Generally free-spirited work environment.
    2. Vacation policy (or lack thereof).
    3. Decent downtown location.
    4. Lots of potential for young, hard-working ambitious personalities to be involved in generally interesting work.

    Cons

    1. A serious lack of vision, direction and management at the C-Level, most notably the CEO/CFO. Invodo's senior management goes to great lengths to try and self-identify with a cultural dogma of ingenuity and creativity but has no idea how to actually foster such an environment. Senior management lacks a fundamental understanding of the constantly evolving tech space which breeds an atmosphere of resentment and alienation from those in the trenches.
    2. Very poor work/life balance at mediocre/sub-standard market wages for the Austin job market.
    3. Reasonable requests for raises/support staff/etc met with firm and ungiving resistance from management despite constant claims of profitability and growth.
    4. Lack of accountability for underachieving/culturally poisonous employees who are few and far between but cemented due to internal politics and the absence of middle management.

    Advice to Management

    As many others have said here: listen -- but more importantly -- act! Invodo was home to some very talented, creative, hard-working and intelligent people who were all driven out by your inability to lead and provide a clear and stable vision for the company. Simply shouting into an echo-chamber over and over again that "We're going to be number one!" won't make it a reality and only further bruises your image and capacity for leadership.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Sexist, irrational, what a shame"

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are brilliant and hard working. Had a great vision and a great product. Great vacation policy

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about employees or even about doing anything to move the company forward. There is no diversity. Good luck if you are a woman or one of the token minorities hired to the team.

    Advice to Management

    Get out and bring in some people with actual leadership skills and the ability to make decisions


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