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Oblong Industries Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. "Great culture here and love it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  3. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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

    I have been working at Oblong Industries full-time

    Pros

    I was a little nervous coming in having never worked at a startup before, but I've been impressed with the quality of the people, the product, and oval company structure. Really good balance between agility and stability, as well as between fun and professionalism.

    Cons

    Working for a startup is a real commitment of time and energy, so it's not for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    Don't get complacent. Keep working heart and making continuous progress. Don't lower the quality of the hires moving forward, it's important to maintain the high quality of talented professionals.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Feb 17, 2017 – Sr Dir of Talent and Org Development

    So glad to hear that you are happy about your decision to join Oblong and are enjoying working at a startup! Also appreciate your feedback on maintaining the quality of our hires moving forward. This ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "fantastic vision, talented folks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - G-speak Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - G-speak Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oblong is committed to thinking big, literally (in terms of the size of a system UI) and figuratively (to do whatever it takes to make that happen). If you want to work on exciting technology, then Oblong is a great place.

    Importantly, the senior management, in addition to being intelligent, are good people. They care about the folks who work with/for them, and they set the tone for a culture of integrity.

    Cons

    The company's products currently have only a smallish number of (very large) customers, which in the untrustable opinion of this ill-informed outsider suggests uncertainty in their future.

    Advice to Management

    Who am I to give advice to Oblong's management? I don't know. I simply hope they continue to push their vision and wish them the best of luck.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – VP, Product Engineering

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Your excitement about our mission and appreciation of our culture is heartening and deeply appreciated. Our core business is seeing strong ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Be Careful of the Smoke and Mirrors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Culture is very relaxed and friendly (do your work and you are fine)
    * Very little to no micromanagement
    * Product is the best of its kind and is very niche, has potential to disrupt the market.
    * Features are finally at a point that the market had dictated so finding new powerful features unheard of is the clear next step in the development process
    * CEO is a genius in his own right.
    * The product's wow factor is quite strong.

    Cons

    * Nepotism is very strong in this company
    * The Sales Organization is run to encourage the shark like behavior(people constantly stabbing others in the back)
    * This behavior sometimes happens in a sales organization but especially rampant from development to sales.
    * The lack of humanity is quite obvious. It is common to see employees who had otherwise excellent interactions suddenly be let go without warning
    * Each office is essentially run as its own branch of Oblong, so be aware you are working for that local office, and realistically, only that office despite you working at a global company.

    Advice to Management

    More developers, a CTO, and replace Sales Management with individuals with actual experience. A less hostile work space.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Sr Dir of Talent and Org Development

    Thank you for the positive feedback on our culture and product. I appreciate your insights. Our goal is to nurture a positive, collaborative environment where employees advance their careers based on ... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Five stars on so many levels"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best thing about Oblong is the people: Smart, dedicated, engaging, witty, multi-dimensional. This is the kind of place where there are too few not too many people, so you have a great opportunity to impact the business. You get to work on challenging problems but with super chill people who are just as comfortable discussing 17th century Dutch architecture as they are talking games and code. Benefits are solid -- better than most -- and no one is babysitting your every step. That being said, everyone works really hard so this is not a place for loafers or the insecure. Consistent sales growth indicates good upside. Small company but already international.

    Cons

    Because you make your own way at Oblong, those craving structure and clear direction won't do well. There is also a domineering head of sales who can upset plans in pursuit of his own agenda.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Sr Dir of Talent and Org Development

    Thank you for taking the time to share your insights. What a great description of your teammates! Indeed, we work with a fascinating group of folks here with diverse interests and backgrounds. Oblong ... More


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not sure about the one star review..."

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

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

    Pros

    I see below that someone left a one star review regarding sustainability of the company. Not sure what this person's definition of sustainability came from, but both financially and operationally, I am very impressed by the growth of the company. There are so many talented smart individuals who genuinely care about the product and business. This company has a bright future ahead.

    Cons

    There needs to be a bigger space soon to keep up with growing number of employees. The space appears to be getting a bit tight.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Pretty good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Endless supply of challenging technical problems you won't find anywhere else. Incredibly smart and engaging colleagues. Goofy and casual, yet also professional, culture and work environment. Great benefits: healthcare and childcare premiums are totally paid for, pretty good lunches, commuter benefit, etc.

    Cons

    The software stack/platform (g-speak) is totally proprietary, so it's unfamiliar to new hires and skills learned aren't readily transferable to other employers. Critical internal services are down way too often. No 401(k) match.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – VP, Product Engineering

    Agreed! I cannot overstate how very important it is that we are having fun at work. No one ever changed the world doing something that was boring (to them). To your point about transferable skills, I ... More


  10. "Great CEO, others not so great"

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

    I have been working at Oblong Industries full-time

    Pros

    * There are a bunch of extremely talented, dedicated people working here.
    * Great space and work environment.
    * Sales team is well-run with consistent growth.

    Cons

    * There is an aura of favoritism in the company.
    * Not sure what value some of the VPs (Solutions, Hardware) actually bring.
    * The platform is led by a long timer, but not a technical powerhouse; the platform has seriously languished.
    * The company has no 401(k) match.
    * The company lists lunches as a perk then asks employees to pay into the "benefit".

    Advice to Management

    There are some tougher conversations the company needs to have with people but opts not to do.

    Oblong Industries Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Sr Dir of Talent and Org Development

    Thank you for providing your feedback. I agree that our team is full of extremely talented and dedicated people, including our CEO. I’m sorry you feel that favoritism plays a role in advancement. We ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "I'm Out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company isn't quite broke--yet! The business is not sustainable.

    Cons

    Basically everything about the company, other than the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the sales management



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