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Found 250 of over 261 reviews
3.3
54% Recommend to a Friend
Ooyala CEO Jonathan Huberman
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3.3
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Ooyala CEO Jonathan Huberman
Jonathan Huberman
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Being a woman in tech, I only recently started advocating for myself at work about advancement opportunities. Because of this I wanted to ask this question to my male counterparts. When you have 1:1's with your direct reports and talk about career growth / aspirations what is your managers’ response typically? I’d like to gauge how my experience (negative) differs from others. For instance are you met with blockades, enthusiasm, dread, etc?

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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
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great People, Nice Office Space, Good Management

    Cons

    Product Confusion, Product Ideas weren't clear

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Miss the crew

    Dec 11, 2020 - Senior Solutions Architect in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    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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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Caput

    Aug 4, 2021 - Sales 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Went out of business and sold of the parts to others

    Cons

    Went out of business and dissolved equity for employees across the board

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  6. 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
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    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
  7. 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
  8. 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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    Business Outlook

    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
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    No Longer in Business for a reason

    Jan 25, 2021 - Training Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They had a good run

    Cons

    They let it be run into the ground

    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Worth a Shot

    Jul 28, 2015 -  in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks: lunch, commute, cash, stock, bonus compensation was pretty good. Really, really, great people: fun, smart, nice, welcoming, HARD-working too. THE OFFICE is BAUCE: Warehouse converted to office style building so huge you might want to bring your scooter (push or electric OK) to get around. This big rectangular open space is divided down the middle by two columns of several meeting rooms, with open space desk seating on both sides; engineering on one side, business people on the other. Not to mention a mess hall with bay doors opening to a shaded patio including a bacci ball court and a gas grill, ya know, for all that grilling you do for your paleo diet. Massive kitchen full of snack and drink. Full size gym with treadmills, elliptical machines, free and pulley weights and shower room adjacent. Snazzy styling throughout, all brand-new.

    Cons

    This company has had extreme difficulty in rolling out products on-time, if at all. This type of thing creates tension across the entire company, customers, prospects, and investors. Years of Engineering attrition leading to insufficient horsepower to deliver product, which created quagmire-like obstacles. Spent years chasing "blockbuster" products that went bust, burning valuable time and money. Enters contrast with major 'celebrity' customers and assumes dev-house responsibilities, choking engineering resources to bare minimum for platform maintenance. This company is on the up and up, so don't be discouraged, just do your homework.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  11. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Too Little, Too Late

    Apr 3, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance No micro-managing Free food and snacks GREAT PEOPLE

    Cons

    Frequent Lay-offs Product not up to par with the rest of the industry No employee recognition or reward Ooyala recently lost some of its best talent which either walked right out the door or were laid off. The past year was spent focusing on products and customer retention but has done little to maintain customers or focus on product. The morale is low not because everyone works from home, but because the product sucks and the customers are unhappy. The service teams spend 24/7 putting out fires with very little help in the organization. When a customer leaves no one understand why, but then blames it on the service teams, not on the products. There was at one point excellent room for growth but with recent layoffs, and low-morale, you're expected to do your job and pretend it makes you happy. There is no middle management whatsoever to give you feedback on your job or work on developing your skills. Product builds what they want to build, and not what the customers are asking for. Items listed on Product Roadmap take forever to be released, or are released half-assed.

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    15 people found this review helpful
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Ooyala has an overall rating of 3.3 out of 5, based on over 261 reviews left anonymously by employees. 54% of employees would recommend working at Ooyala to a friend and 32% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 3% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Ooyala employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Ooyala. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

54% of Ooyala employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Ooyala 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.3 for culture and values and 3.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Ooyala to be culture, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, career development, management.

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