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Ooyala Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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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)

  • "There's no longer a sense of value or reward in being connected to the people you work with in any way deeper than the 9-to-5 clock" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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. "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

  3. "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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "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...


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Only 2 people really matter"

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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

    Pros

    Exciting industry to be in
    At least one good product in Flex

    Cons

    Only 2 people really matter at this company - the self important, invisible CEO and his vicious little lap dog COO. If you are reading this and that is not going to be your title then move on - nothing to see here. Seriously - do yourself a favor and keep looking.

    To be fair they took over this company when it was on it's last breath due to complete mismanagement by it's parent company Telstra , it's weak board of directors, and an inexperienced senior management team that were blind to certain people/practices. They have at least managed to stop most of the rot but at the cost of multiple lay offs, complete culture destruction, and the fostering of just a plain nasty management style where everybody feels at risk all of the time and there is no trust.

    For friends i left there i hope there is a future for Ooyala but i for one am very glad that i am no longer part of it. My new company has restored my previously held belief that execs don't have be be arrogant, self centered *****!

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Squandered potential"

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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

    - Good location for commuting in South Bay
    - Free daily lunches
    - Free gym facilities

    Cons

    Ooyala had the potential to be a dominant player in video platform market. They had a strong product offering and excellent talent. In the last few years that has been completely squandered away, largely through action and inaction of incompetent senior management.
    Entire engineering talent (both senior and junior) have ran off long ago, along with every competent engineering manager. Technology has stagnated for years.
    Senior management, which has changed multiple times, is not capable of developing any effective business goals and objectives, because of their lack of knowledge of video platform industry as well as incompetence in enterprise software engineering in general. Instead the senior managers decided that they know how do develop software better than engineers and dictate from the top which software technologies should be used in what context. The results have been predictably disastrous.

    Advice to Management

    Transition the company to a department of the parent company and replace CEO with a General Manager who has a lot of experience in video industry. Stop selling crappy products. Stop pushing more money into bad investments. Admit those investments have failed. Focus on catering to needs of the parent company.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Company for yes men only!"

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    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 Ooyala full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None they all went away because they are not making $. They can't even reimburse employee expenses timely and will screw you if they can. Sad this use your be an awesome company to work for but the new managers only care to steal ideas and increase their own salaries. They promised raises so people wouldn't leave but they never got them and then fired employees after complaining.

    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. They will not help resolve any issues. Many people were let go for not being yes men.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the business and be kind to those who know it before Telstra realizes the money pit you have created with your lack of knowledge.


  10. "Interesting company to work for"

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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

    Pros

    - Great teammates
    - Exciting challenges
    - Good opportunities

    Cons

    - Challenging bureaucracy
    - Long work hours

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to our user's feedback, and please reduce long meetings.


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