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Ooyala Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Considerate of work life balance, WORK SMART" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Free food in the office, ping pong, chill out zones and snacks and drinks on Friday afternoon" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Management is clueless about the industry and HR is only there to terminate employees who know the business and disagree with the new management" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Zero transparency from the upper management, no clue about how the company is doing" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Endless smiles and great coworkers

    Cons

    Very tiring job at the company


  2. "Ooyala's seen better days"

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

    I worked at Ooyala full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    I'm writing this review a bit late but have decided to now because the friends I've made at Ooyala are all paranoid at the fact they soon may be "dropped" from the company. So many people have reached out regarding new opportunities in case they need to prepare for the inevitable.

    Management, take this review and do with it what you want.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Moving operations off shore"

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

    I worked at Ooyala full-time (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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    Advice to Management

    You are in a great market, you have a solid product, but you need to focus on the team.
     Motivated employees = great products = happy customers = happy investors.


  5. "Don't do it!"

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

    I worked at Ooyala full-time (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.


  6. "Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Ooyala full-time (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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Careless"

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

    I worked at Ooyala full-time (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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pulling for you guys, but the post-Jay Fulcher years were rough."

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

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

    Pros

    Some really great, talented people, a fair amount of autonomy, decent pay, good facilities. Potential to do good, meaningful work. Was once a proud, fun culture.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, lack of transparency. No measurable future plan. Lack of care from Telstra (parent company) or the C-suite, with some exceptions. Hard to understand how a business can operate successfully with a CEO not located in any of the offices. No 401(k) matching or any sort of legitimate equity options.

    Advice to Management

    How much longer until you can sell this thing off? I believe the promised 2-year turnaround has expired. I hope you're doing a better job informing employees of why they should wake up and be excited to go to work for Ooyala.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Massive layoffs on Sep 26"

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

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

    Pros

    Not a single pros at this time

    Cons

    Everyone in my office were let go...


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CSM"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, it a very dynamic and fun landscape. Have the ability to work with smart fun people and companies.

    Cons

    Organization and direction could be better, but understandable when the market you work in is constantly adapting