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Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "Good place to learn digital streaming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "engineer manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenTV full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1 week free time off during Chirstmas. 401K match up.

    Cons

    can not see bright future of where it is going.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the product line and generate more revenue.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Fun and dynamic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OpenTV (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big enough to pull some weight in the industry so what you do has impact, small enough that you get to do a little of everything. Great parties!

    Cons

    Too much tension between product and project


  6. "Great Swiss Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are a little more employee-centric being a Swiss company.
    Benefits, compensation, and retirement contributions exceed most american companies offerings.

    Cons

    None really to speak of.


  7. "software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenTV full-time

    Pros

    It is a leader company for working for DVB industry and interactive TV. And for the embedded software.

    Cons

    DVB industry is too small, and the technology is too traditional. When you are facing a new job. The experience might not help you.


  8. "Technical Support Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Technical Support Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Technical Support Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OpenTV full-time

    Pros

    Positive team to work with

    Cons

    Negative silo and separate working

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Not looking up for this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice location (SF office), excellent 401k matching, good benefits, decent time off, remote work opportunity, travel opportunities. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Executive team is run by a mother-company called Nagra which is in Switzerland. Their business alignment is not similar to the US market. Overseas teams make it hard to communicate. Product and technology is old and dated and has a very limited future. Managers have been there not because of skill but because of length of experience with the company.
    Pay is below standard in San Francisco Bay. You will not learn anything new at this company, but will use whatever you can do to keep the company from dying.

    Advice to Management

    Hone operations and be more agile with your ideas and technology instead of cost cutting.


  10. "Experience at OpenTV - Nagra"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenTV (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Very good management at the OpenTV level.
    2. Technology is device agnostic.
    3. Friendly culture and good benefits.

    Cons

    1. Lower salaries than most other comparable sized companies.
    2. Bad Nagra-Kudelski management.
    3. Too much top-down decision making taking place from Switzerland and between groups
         close to the top family.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to the rank-and-file.
    2. The world is NOT Cheseaux only, there are other places too.
    3. Do NOT concentrate power in the hands of one group only.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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