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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 1 year

    Place to work

    Aug 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Good Benefits - Work life Balance - Place to learn - Only self responsible person can learn and grow.

    Cons

    Gap bet management and employee

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company, smart people, driven and motivated

    Dec 13, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart, motivated people. Good leadership. Fun environment. Interesting history of employees leaving to form their own startups. Good work/life balance. Nice perks including free breakfast/lunch/dinner.

    Cons

    The development team is a little young/green. The office space is really crowded. Loose ends aren't always tied up.

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    2 people found this review helpful
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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great work life balance

    Feb 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun people, advanced tech and lots to learn. Work life balance was exellent something that helped out a lot when it came to performing.

    Cons

    Tricky business to make money in and some parts of the business was totally neglected, something that caused some job security issues.

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    choas

    Jan 27, 2014 - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    most of engineers are smart and nice and know their stuff, and are very willing to help each other and respect each other; *most of the engineers*, NOT everyone. and AFAIK, good people i like to work with are less and less happy, and lots of them quitted. the culture was pretty fun and energetic when i joined, but it has changed. they now try to have lots of after-hour activities, but the main engineering culture is, not good.

    Cons

    management. management. management. i have lots of 'funny' stories to share, but i don't want to disclose myself. oh and work/life balance sucks. being on-call is a nightmare, but no one cares enough to even give you some time off after not able to sleep for the whole week.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Could be much better...

    Apr 2, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Stability after acquisition (the risk of going bust is minimal). - Selective product offerings with good focus (a cons as well). - Competitive Compensation. - Nice colleagues. - Overall positive culture. - Good work/life balance. - Lots of knowledge transfer and training.

    Cons

    - Siloed responsibilities and territorial groups. - Having strong focus on certain aspects leave certain areas weak compared to competitors. - Competitors are catching up on the S of SWOT analysis while we are lagging behind on the W. - Flawed cross-functional collaboration which is worsened by applying the Waterfall model hammer to almost everything. - Top-down management making things sluggish and occasionally questionable. - Management trying to paint a rosier picture rather than looking at reality, which does not help with the lack of sense of urgency.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Very Little Hope Left

    Mar 2, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Excellent work/life balance - Great people that you enjoy working with every day, including a particularly strong legal team with fast response times to client queries - Strong health care benefits for individuals + commuter benefits - An exciting product, Flex, that could pivot the company away from its OVP and ad product issues - Delicious snacks, coffee, and food in regional offices (daily lunches in HQ!)

    Cons

    The company has stumbled over the past 2 years under the leadership of 4 different CEOs. Because of the lack of leadership and direction, the video product has suffered and client retention has plummeted. Purchasing Videoplaza has proven to be an expensive acquisition that was not able to compete against better-known ad tech companies in the US market. Some of the best, longest-lasting employees have fled over the last few months or been mysteriously let go. Every day, employees come into work wondering if their team or product will disappear. There is no documentation on how to service clients and no management leading the charge to change this. The last group of middle management that set up any processes was laid off. Therefore, whenever a client-facing employee leaves the company (which is happening in droves these days), all client and product knowledge is lost with that person, leading to further client unhappiness and departures. There are no career paths or new hire training for Ooyala employees. HR (what’s left of that department) has done away with quarterly performance reviews and the quarterly employee recognition awards.

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    15 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Engineer

    Jul 11, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good work / life balance with many people going to the gym during lunchtime.

    Cons

    No working HR department. Little chance to personal development. Low salaries. No communication between offices. People in different teams are not treated equally.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Ooyala is a solid group of family, and friends....

    Jul 28, 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Flexible hours. - Free food, drink, snack. - Surprisingly Good work/life balance when not on-call. - Friendly group of people I work with. - Very laid back culture. - Great benefits. - Standard 'tech' perks (commuter pass, catering, gym, etc) - Family and Dog friendly work environment. - Located near VTA and within a short bike ride from Caltrain and just a couple of blocks from 101. - Easy 9-5 schedule for most employees.

    Cons

    - Some of inexperienced senior managers will drive you crazy. - Executive lack of leadership. - Comp is not the most competitive at times and expect employees to be loyal despite. - Many don't pull their weight or invest their full efforts. - People come and go quickly. - Knowledge transfer and training seems sparse. - Company feels like it is on autopilot. - Flawed to non-existent cross-functional collaboration. - Lots of attrition after the Telstra acquisition. - Major tech debt issues. - Advancement happens through politics. - Lack of passion. - A lot of junior engineers. - High churn has significantly diluted the culture.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Software Developer

    Jul 22, 2015 - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Was a great startup - You will learn a lot of web technology.

    Cons

    - There is no Work/Life balance. - There are several types of startups this one is a sales oriented startups meaning if you are looking for a job at Ooyala your main boss is going to be salesman be careful they can sale something that is not built yet and worst they will try to go hard on you even if the schedules are unrealistic

    4 people found this review helpful
  11. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good company

    Sep 10, 2015 - Web Developer in Guadalajara, Jalisco
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    My manager was excellent and the balance between life work was great, well planned proyects

    Cons

    Few cons, some of them regarding the career path and money compensation

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