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Updated Jun 7, 2021

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3.1
53%
Recommend to a Friend
49%
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Ooyala CEO Jonathan Huberman
Jonathan Huberman
59 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. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Was a fantastic company with a healthy culture

      Jun 8, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      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.

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      I worked at Ooyala when it was going through a tumultuous time.

      Jun 7, 2021 - Sales Development Representative (SDR) in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great People, Nice Office Space, Good Management

      Cons

      Product Confusion, Product Ideas weren't clear

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Miss the crew

      Dec 11, 2020 - Senior Solutions Architect in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people were great and the office in San Jose was a great place to visit. Support for remote work was also quite good.

      Cons

      Clients and client management could be challenging especially if they have not been signed up yet. It was often human resource tight for SAs at times

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      No Longer in Business for a reason

      Jan 25, 2021 - Training Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They had a good run

      Cons

      They let it be run into the ground

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company

      Jan 31, 2020 - Counsel in Mountain View, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Fantastic culture, great people, good benefits

      Cons

      Leadership changes caused lack of vision

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      People made the difference

      Nov 4, 2019 - Partnership Manager 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

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

      Cons

      Struggling product and strategy

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      No sinking ship here more like on the rise!

      Mar 22, 2017 - Engineering in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture, food, unlimited PTO, beer and pizza Friday's, work life balance, ping pong, and lots of team fun! Bonuses are always nice too.

      Cons

      Going through a transformation but after 10 years it was time. Changes at exec leadership haven't helped but that is soon to be solidified. Engineering in a bit of disarray but we too are coming together. Engineering leadership is working hard and the results will be proven. HR Dept seems to get a bad rap but they have also been through many changes. HR Business Partner is highly respected for her efforts and should not go unnoticed. Hard to find anyone that is more supportive than her. Director of Recruiting and that team has delivered without any excuses bringing in talent under any cause. Product Team is on fire and has added some missing pieces of talent that will do nothing but help the company hit our milestones. Sales team may be better now that it has ever been in the past with great leadership and team members.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Ooyala's seen better days

      Jan 28, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Fun Engaging, Driven Company

      Aug 25, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      dynamic, agile environment both in business and socially decision making was well thought through - efficient, effective, intelligent lots of training opportunities to understand the product and what other teams were doing health conscious - good snacks, ultimate frisbee, lots of laughter worked on products that had impact great managers - mentoring opportunities, laid back and emotionally intelligent (for the most part) opportunities for growth and promotion - structured review systems people know ooyala - looks great on a resume! great boost to your career profile - creates opportunities hire only the best and brightest when i was there - the industry knows this learn A LOT from super smart whipper snappers, as well as seasoned execs

      Cons

      team was a little too social sometimes - felt obligated to participate in when sometimes I wanted to just work or go home a lot of new management was hired on - added to the "fraternity" vibe. Great when you were a part of it, sucked if you weren't engineering changed alot with management change - originally was: if you see something that needs fixing, check with the manger then go fix it. later became a bit more micro-managey growth opportunities or lateral moves not available in some departments. other companies retrain folks for 20 years because employees can move around and try new things. however, engineering did provide shifts to other teams and opportunities to manage if the skills and contributions were there a couple of the hiring managers were kinda of "high-school" in their approaches and attitudes - made it easy to leave when it was time

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing people, amazing work... Management is improving.

      Feb 18, 2013 - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ooyala has a thoroughly first-rate group of engineers. They're usually very experienced and from good schools. Many are very good at communicating and teaching. You get to pick most of your own tech stack, and you're working on cool tools that can get you a nice salary bump when you move on to your next company (examples: Hadoop, Cassandra, EC2, Scala). The work is varied because Ooyala does so many things with video and analytics, and it's interesting because every section of the company has hard problems to work on. There are also good perks -- always-available snacks and soda, catered lunch and dinner every day, discount massages and sushi every other week.

      Cons

      Management doesn't know how to handle promotions for senior engineers. Almost nobody makes Staff Engineer, while many, many become Tech Leads. Does management *really* think that's because every senior engineer would rather be a manager? The Ops (and DevOps/SRE) group is pretty screwed. Executive management doesn't really care about fixing it, so it's been awful for years. Most groups do some ops themselves but engineers aren't better at it. 2013 is a "tighten the belt" year. Fair enough, it's time. But still not as fun a time to join. Some of the perks may go away.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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