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OpenTV Mountain View Reviews

Updated December 22, 2016
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  1. "Good place to learn digital streaming"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenTV full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    OpenTV/Nagra has a lot of very smart engineers who have been doing television signal handling since before it became digital. It is telling that so many people have been there for 10 years or more. The merger with Nagra has strengthened the security and anti-piracy aspects of the products.

    Cons

    Since the merger into Nagra, many of the engineering projects have been moved to Bangalore, and no significant hiring of engineers has been done in the U.S.
    It seems like management is concentrating more on the security side of the company at the expense of the TV side.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose good talent, find meaningful work for them.


  2. "Amazing past! one of the key innovator & best product of interactive television Nagra SVP leadership is a disaster..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenTV full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    20 years of innovation on Television - one of the very best
    Some of the smartest people in the business came out of OpenTV
    Impressive patent and innovation
    Very good tech with OpenTV middleware (OTV5)

    Cons

    Nagra is going to kill the business with extremely poor SVP German leadership
    Many of the smart people left to Start-ups, Google and Amazon
    Latest product team has zero clue & delusional - prior team was one of the very best in business - this situation is very difficult for engineering

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of SVP leadership if you want this business to survive - need turnaround - get rid of toxic Swiss politics - Need to bring back market win


  3. "OpenTV was a great company to work for until its acquisition by Nagra."

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    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great boss Lieh Ching. Freedom of operation, clear direction and excellent mentoring by Joe and Lieh.

    Cons

    Once they left, Nagra management was clueless and destroyed the company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing people and NOT micro-managing from Switzerland.


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  5. "Not so good"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and Perks are good. They have generous 401k plan and a hand full of personal days. Most of the people are good except for few managers. The work is pretty relaxed.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth. Most of the times the middle manager would not let you know and would like to have you as your personal assistant.


  6. "Great corporate culture, excellent technology!"

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    Current Contractor - Desktop Support Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Desktop Support Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenTV as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, pleasant environment, a European company. They treat their employees excellently.

    Cons

    Unstability, OpenTV's position in their market, not a strong one.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth to contractors, short-term isn't temp to perm.


  7. "OpenTV had a great environment, awesome people, competitive pay!"

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OpenTV full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, competitive pay, great people and state of the art technology.

    Cons

    Uncertainty about the future, possible downsizing in the future. Job security may not be there.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to the management, they are on a course of restructuring; you do what you have to do!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior management has no idea what they are doing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Everyone I worked directly with who was not in senior management were wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management can't make solid decision. They even admitted to making mistakes with product road mapping. But rather than taking corrective action they continue to travel down the wrong road.

    Advice to Management

    Sr mgment needs to learn to be honest and up front.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology, weak management, lack of a winning business plan."

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    Former Employee - Technology Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Lead in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pride in the product, great engineering teamwork. There are some of the very experienced and talented digital television engineers working at the company. You can learn alot about technology working at the company and with these people.

    Cons

    There is little chance for advancement. Since the company is still struggling to make a profit, money is always tight. This limits growth opportunities for the company, and hence the employees.
    The multiple changes in CEOs, moving to SF from Mtn. View, lack of clear product specs and project management, feeds the perception of poor executive vision and leadership.
    There is a steady stream of maintenance issues that engineers need to work on, it is not all new product feature work.
    The individual groups at OpenTV are very separated, there is not enough learning and idea exchanging going on between the teams.

    Advice to Management

    The middle management of OpenTV may be misrepresenting what is being built, by whom, and how it is going. Be sure and get to know some of the individual contributors so you can verify the truth and the culture.



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