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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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  • "Great people too work with(in 39 reviews)
  • "The culture is great.(in 25 reviews)
  • "Good work / life balance with many people going to the gym during lunchtime.(in 11 reviews)
  • "Free food to encourage you to work longer.(in 10 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    toxic culture

    Nov 16, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    * google culture from the founders down through the rank. everyone gives 110% and it shows. * massive company success in the market.

    Cons

    * boys club. after a decade of silicon valley, now i know what hostility to women looks like, from execs and founders to vps and leads to individual contributors. * ooyala loves to fire people. one a month. * too many managers. it's like office space - 2 or 3 managers is the norm. * there is absolutely no support for career growth or for working reasonable hours.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A Company In Transition... to Borg.

    Mar 11, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Overall great people, smart, friendly, genuine. - Approachable CEO and Executive Management - Nice "tech" perks (commuter pass, catering, gym, etc) - Interesting problems to tackle in an evolving industry - Cool internal events and videos, fun atmosphere - Great Health/Vision/Dental Benefits - Unlimited PTO (for most, though certain departments can't take advantage due to their role)

    Cons

    - Lack of career growth/progression - Talented contributors are routinely isolated and often silenced - Advancement happens through politics - Internal Comms is non-existent, lots of redundant efforts due to previously poor HR leadership - Green managers, hiring new layers of management instead of promoting from within runs rampant - Bad sick/disability/maternity policies. Not competitive with other Valley offerings.

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    13 people found this review helpful
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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Good benefits but not worth the stress

    Jul 19, 2014 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Provides a lot of room for career growth. Has a very structured Human Resource team and operates like a big company. Free food and unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    The company is experiencing a high turn over. Has a hard time retaining talent. Smart but inexperience managers who does not know how to lead a team and tends to make things more stressful and complicated than it should be. Although the company is overly generous with gifts and compensations, they have a hard time tackling the root of the issues which is why employees are leaving.

    9 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Different strokes for different folks

    Jan 6, 2015 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Everyone's relatively friendly and easy to work with - Great compensation, benefits/perks, parties, after-hours events - Flexible work hours - Ability to work with a variety of technologies

    Cons

    - While the industry and market space that Ooyala operates presents many challenges to the overarching business, the actual technical challenges seem to be concentrated to only a few spots. What used to be 'working with a bunch of smart engineers' seems more like 'working with a few lead engineers and a bunch of reliable code monkeys with an endless supply of duct-tape' now. - Cross-team gridlocks in engineering are very real. - Career growth/progression can be questionable; Not many advancement opportunities. - Amount of technical debt/legacy code to maintain can be painful (depends on the team). - Engineering onboarding ranges from very bad to passable (varying on team). It can be frustrating.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Best company I have ever worked for!

    Aug 28, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -entrusted with an immense amount of responsibility with no micro managing -huge opportunities for growth (and fast career progression) -phenomenal company culture (amazing team of people across the entire company)

    Cons

    -a significant amount of communication happens via email and can sometimes be lost in translation, not a huge issue

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Mar 11, 2021 - Account Manager in Guadalajara, Jalisco
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience and knowledge. Was able to pivot my career.

    Cons

    Limited career growth in the company.

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