Ooyala Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2020

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3.0
45%
Recommend to a Friend
40%
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Ooyala CEO Jonathan Huberman
Jonathan Huberman
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free food in the office, ping pong, chill out zones and snacks and drinks on Friday afternoon(in 23 reviews)

  • "Culture, lack of bureaucracy, entrepreneurial, fun, great people(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Zero transparency from the upper management, no clue about how the company is doing(in 8 reviews)

  • "Telstra who owns ooyala is clueless about what to do with it(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Was a fantastic company with a healthy culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture, lack of bureaucracy, entrepreneurial, fun, great people

    Cons

    Was unable to integrate newly acquired technologies that were acquired into Ooyala's long term business model.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Counsel in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic culture, great people, good benefits

    Cons

    Leadership changes caused lack of vision

  3. "People made the difference"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Partnership Manager 

    I worked at Ooyala full-time

    Pros

    Start up culture, enjoyed taking on responsibilities I might not have had elsewhere early in my career

    Cons

    Struggling product and strategy

  4. "Bittersweet But Learned Alot"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Transparent to a fault - if you didn't see this coming you are blind.

    Cons

    we didn't win, so my stock isn't worth anything.

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Ooyala's seen better days"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I gave a two-star rating for the 2 years of good experience - People, projects, etc. Personally, the people there act as your family (most people). I joined when it was kitties and rainbows and we were moving to the top. Things went south so quickly.

    Cons

    The negative three-star rating is due to leadership, lack of transparency, and company culture/morale.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Moving operations off shore"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - SRE in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In the beginning very smart people, the latest in Engineering organizations

    Cons

    As the company was sold and the market changes they are moving most of the work off shore and very little to do here.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time

    Pros

    Great maket, great customers, many great employees.

    Cons

    Poor execution and misguided leadership have led to the downward spiral. Customers employees and partners are not any happier with the new direction. The product focus is limiting, the layoffs cause paranoia, the customers don't get what they ask for. Maybe all due to the write down and subsequent executive buy out.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people and the market place. It's a dynamic market with great customers and great opportunity to be on the front line of the digital content revolution.

    Cons

    So many things are wrong here. New direction built off the back of laying off 1/3 of the company back in September. Customers aren't being properly taken care. I don't see how they can continue much longer in this manner.

  9. "Great Team"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    hard working team, great training, good culture, amazing free food, beautiful office and amenities

    Cons

    large layoffs left office empty

  10. Helpful (6)

    "Careless"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ooyala full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free lunch/snacks location nothing else mattered

    Cons

    Uneducated HR/Overpayed to do nothing Spineless managers who could care less about the employee retention Massive layoffs and were lied to about Cobra/Bonuses

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