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Minerva Networks Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "From Positive Interview to Positive Working Experiences"

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

    I have been working at Minerva Networks part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My experience of the interview process was positive, and I received a phone call and offer shortly afterward. It was one of the quicker responses and turnarounds I've experienced in an interview process. Since working at Minerva, I have seen that management is committed to helping their employees grow and learn, which shows their dedication to the success of the company. They show a proactive leadership style, and give their team the chance to work independently and make decisions on behalf of the company's best interests. Management also holds quarterly meetings with the team which I think is important for us all to hear and understand the short/long term goals, etc. There is also an online recognition program, which helps the overall culture by giving and receiving appreciation for hard work by colleagues and management. Additionally, there is coffee, other soft drinks and food available in the break room, and cookouts in the summer. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful in times of need. While employees and managers are always busy, no one has been too busy to take time and help or answer questions.

    Cons

    There are not many things to say negatively about working at Minerva, besides the obvious SF Bay traffic. Overall, I enjoy working here.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Poor leadership, low company standards"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Leader in Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Leader in Alviso, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minerva Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some bright engineers and product development employees who are passionate about what they are building. Nice location, easy commute.

    Cons

    Executives are clueless on how to run a company. Lack of communication between all departments and employee ideas are never taken into consideration. Slow market growth and inability to innovate. Very stagnant company.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together and start communicating with your team. A company's best assets are their employees. It's clear the company undervalues this.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to start your career and learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with highly skilled peers and more importantly very helpful
    Management has good strategy to expand into new markets and take the company forward
    Good work life balance and the managers care about their personnel
    No micro management
    Internet TV is an exciting technology
    The whole team at Minerva is driven towards the growth and i have seen the importance given to customers and customer support
    Good benefits and Health insurance

    Cons

    Need more resources for R&D

    Advice to Management

    The collaboration between the US and Europe team can be improved
    Encourage team building events


  4. "Stay away from them unless you have no other options"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minerva Networks full-time

    Pros

    free coffee, breakfast once a week, friendly coworkers, fair pay

    Cons

    -Benefits are below standard compare to benefits in the bay area
    -Upper management is centralized around the CEO and everything has to go trough him even things that are definitely not his area of expertise
    -Upper management is rotten and will discard employees without any notice and valid reason

    Advice to Management

    invest in your people and treat them with the same respect you would want to be treated also Practice what you preach "offering a challenging and rewarding work environment in the exciting world of multiscreen Television"


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not bad at all"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, interesting work and projects

    Cons

    Bad management, focused mainly on growth, no matter how.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Exciting and challenging at the same time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President WW Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President WW Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After years of status quo the TV market is finally evolving and Minerva is well positioned to take advantage of it. It's exciting to be in a company that is winning the big deals. We are working with innovative customers that are going to change TV as we know it. Customers have had a positive impact on our company culture.

    Cons

    Personal advancement is good but it could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate communications could be improved. Consider a corporate blog.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "This is a good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alviso, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Minerva Networks full-time

    Pros

    I’ve been an employee for 5+ years, and am very satisfied with my employment. I have been given many opportunities for growth and have not experienced any of the negativity that I have read about in other posts.
    It is fast paced environment that provides opportunities to anyone who thrives on being challenged to meet deadlines.
    Company benefits are good, including monthly employee recognition, company supplied coffee machine, sodas, Monday donuts/fruit, summer BBQs, bi-monthly breakfast meetings to keep us informed.
    It is an overall friendly atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Occasional lack of communication between departments is an issue that can cause frustration for employees trying to complete tasks in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing growth opportunities for employees and the company.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Fast Paced and Challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Alviso, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a great team culture, and pay is competitive, great place to learn about IPTV. My team was a pleasure to work with. Monday breakfast and Summer BBQs are a big hit in my opinion.

    Cons

    Fast paced and challenging, you can't work here unless you know your stuff. You can't hide like you can in a big corporation. Plan to work a full 8 hours everyday.

    Advice to Management

    A few more holidays on the calendar would be nice, maybe a personal holiday.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "You get what you pay for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some free foods.
    Decent and knowledgeable coworkers at the individual contributor level.
    Flush with cash - at least money and new sales never is a problem (surprisingly).
    Willing to sponsor H1-B visas (for some people).
    You can get promoted to positions you have no experience or expertise for, so you can grow.

    Cons

    No leadership or decision making at the executive level.
    No expertise or even background in software development on the Engineering Management level.
    Rude but cheap outsourced software development in Bulgaria and Italia.
    Spend some money and improve the office.
    Pay competitively.
    No good lunch places near by.
    Agile methodology as applied here is a joke.
    New deals are in obscure markets.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management problems - hire people who actually have a background in software product development to run your engineering department.
    Rethink your outsourcing strategy. Cheap isn't always better, and if your teams can't work together, cheap is even worse.
    Enable your product managers to do their jobs - you're hampering your own company with your current way of defining/not defining the product.
    Rethinking selling what you don't have have. This will catch up to you - and in the mean time, you put your employees in a tough spot communicating to the customer that what you sold them doesn't exist.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "I have worked for consultants that are better than this company"

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone in the QA team is helpful and pleasant to work with.
    Flexible work hours.
    Financially strong
    Good Sales team
    Free doughnuts on Mondays.

    Cons

    Minerva Networks usually pays below average wages for engineers. Only senior staff get a decent compensation
    Poor upper level management.
    Cuts corners to maximize profit. Moving big projects over seas
    Poor development resulting from cutting costs
    Stingy Company. It is very difficult to get equipment needed in testing.
    Very rude and unprofessional Bulgarian Engineering team.
     Not a very positive work culture.
    Too many executives with no concentrated focus.
    A poor benefit package. Even the health insurance provided is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay employees more. Procuring instruments needed should be easier. At least try to improve. Filling out the exit interview with the questionnaire is pointless. Treat employees with respect.


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