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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company - difficult business environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of dedicated and passionate engineers.

    Cons

    Too many ups and downs. The market environment and the nature of the business make the sale cycles so long that it was hard to sustain growth.

    Advice to Management

    Sell what we built instead of what we think we could build. Try pushing back on the customers once in awhile. Other competitors say no sometime, why can't we?


  2. "A missed opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Line Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Line Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, strong engineering, operations and support organizations and high potential market

    Cons

    Management, marketing and engineering execution


  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team with excellent knowledge. And exciting work with challenges everyday.

    Cons

    Not so great Bonus, there were no stock options

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "General Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Accountant/Payroll Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - General Accountant/Payroll Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started with the Founders and this company has been a wonderful place to work for the last 12 yrs....Many employees have worked here for 10+ yrs.... - Employees always awarded for their hard work - compensation is very good and benefits good too. I will miss working here very much.

    Cons

    They have been Acquired by a company in Texas - so things are much different now.


  6. "Its been a fun, tough, challenging, hilarious, and rewarding ride"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably one of the best things about RGB is the people. While there will always be troublemakers and incompetent people in surprisingly influential roles, I have found this to be far less the case at RGB than at other companies. I currently work with the best team of engineers (both in Austin and Sunnyvale), support people, and QA engineers I've ever known. My own immediate team is of a caliber I doubt I'll find again. They take pride in their work and a personal responsibility to deliver better than their best with limited resources. I've worked closely with everyone in Austin (and those remote to it) and I can honestly say there's not one person there who isn't devoted, smart, creative, and just generally enjoyable to know.

    Our CS group in Sunnyvale consistently gets the highest rated customer satisfaction ratings in the industry--that doesn't happen if the workplace sucks. That happens when you have good people being empowered to do good things by good managers. The executive VP team works their butts off. There is little doubt that they are just as devoted as the employees, in addition to the extra motivation of taking care of the people who work for them. The office admin staff are tireless contributors toward making the workplace fun, enjoyable, convenient, and rewarding. And I see good things on the horizon for the direction our Sunnyvale engineering team is headed, all of whom I personally know to be devoted to their work.

    Cons

    RGB is certainly not all wine and roses. We suffer from a lack of resources and a lack of consistent and quickly responsive leadership. We get stuck on an idea sometimes that isn't good business and we don't respond to it as quickly as this industry requires. The frustrating thing for me has always been how great all the people here are, how fantastic the teams work, but also how the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing at some very critical times. It is true we have gone through several layoffs. None of them have been willy nilly, and the last one in particular was very difficult. Some incredibly talented people got let go who wouldn't have had to go had the company responded earlier to some important business direction signs.

    Unfortunately, when resources are limited, those who remain have to work even harder, and the harder you focus on one thing, the less you are able to focus on others (thus, the left/right hand thing). I think this is some of the frustration expressed in some of the more negative reviews here. You will find this at any company, though. The mark of a good one is how well they can respond to the change that's required. While the CEO and EVP team are ultimately responsible for leading good changes, employees are just as necessary to driving them. Marketing could use more resources and a brighter spark, as could IT.

    (As an aside, in response to a previous review: "Athiestism" is not preached here since you can't preach something that isn't a word. Even as I type it, the red spell check tells me it's not a word. Finally, I've personally never been verbally harassed, nor seen it done to others, by anyone in Austin.)

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more internal excitement and messaging about where we are headed, more internal (and external) advertising. More product training knowledge for employees, better understanding of competition. Salaries are OK, but bonuses should be better (i.e., they should exist). Austin does need another engineering manager so the VP can focus on VP stuff. Marketing needs more resources.


  7. "Best things come in small packages"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RGB Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, excellent product, fantastic team, experienced and forthright management team. What else could one ask for?

    Cons

    I wish I was taller...

    Advice to Management

    Be more audacious, think like a startup, not enterprise, take a chance to change the playbook.


  8. "Company in transition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RGB Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A friendly and family oriented organization doing leading edge things in an interesting industry.

    Cons

    A bit of a boom or bust mentality. A history of changing product directions and priorities has made communication and focus difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Focus, focus, focus


  9. "Good company, in transition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    RGB Networks has great people, good video products and a decent customer base. The compensation and benefits are OK but not spectacular.

    Cons

    RGB has good people but they are stretched a little thin. With many products the result is that they aren't able to innovate on all of them as much as customers would like.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Annual layoffs and a lack of management in Austin"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Satisfactory health benefits with low premiums

    Cons

    1. There were layoffs almost each of the 5 years that I worked for this employer. Most layoffs were in the Sunnyvale CA office, with only a spackling of layoffs in the Austin office. The layoffs came swiftly and without notice, and continue to happen.

    2. The Austin office literally has no 1st level management anymore. The software development management quit, and a replacement was never hired. Executive management has delegated some product decision making authority to non-management underlings, and code changes are now being made "willy nilly" as a result. The QA management is physically present but not mentally present, and fails to keep QA staff in check. Certain QA staff are agressive and verbally harass others without consequence, and preach Athiestism.

    Any offer of employment received to work at this company regardless of the position, whether in Austin or Sunnyvale, should be considered with utmost care. It may beneficial to accept new employment here as a last alternative to make ends meet, and once accepted, make a dilligent effort to find a different opportunity elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management is to hire new management to work at the Austin office, and provide some proper Agile training so the staff trying to use it know what they are using, and why.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of leadership, product direction, inflated titles and salaries, incompetent engineers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RGB Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High salary, very little work to do, so if you want to get paid to do very little, this is a place for you. While I was there, there was a all-paid trip to Cabo for the entire company.

    Cons

    Bad leadership due to inexperience in directors. Directors and above were engineers (not good ones at that) at previous companies before joining RGB.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent leaders who can infuse new life into very stale organization to turn the company around.


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