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Updated March 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vevo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Relatively good life/work balance
    - Mostly Nice people
    - Openminded leadership and top management
    - Cool office with spectacular view of SF
    - Daily lunch
    - Happy hours
    - Friendly environment
    - Ability to make a change a be seen in engineering events
    - Modern tech stack

    Cons

    - Sometimes truth and justice is sacrificed in favor of politics (which I guess is common in growing companies)
    - No stock options (long term bonus instead)
    - No artist interaction/connection in SF office. This is much better in NY office

    Advice to Management

    Vevo brand is still unknown to many people. Do something about it!


  2. Helpful (3)

    ""You Oughta Know""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great snacks are provided daily. A handful of personable people that make the job at times, worthwhile. Opportunities to strengthen your skills through classes and/or training if you're a self-starter.

    Cons

    The latest addition to our team comes across as a C-see U-you Next Tuesday. The People Management department is a joke. Every single person on that team is just as incompetent as the next. Every.Single.Person.

    When it comes to your job, there's absolutely nothing to aspire to. No career pathing. Very poor leadership. Ill equipped managers.

    Why am I still here you ask? Because it takes time to find a job and I want to make sure I'm not signing up for another train wreck.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leaders need to assess the managers. Get employee feedback and take it seriously.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Love It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vevo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Stable company with inspiring leaders
    - nice work/life balance
    - lots of opportunity to get ahead

    Cons

    - growing pains (but the change is all for the best)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you're a code monkey, bad if you want to think for yourself. Other developers have average competence."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vevo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, isolated from the rest of the company, free to work on Engineering problems and not deal with broader politics.

    If you just want a stable job where you just do what you're told and get to go home on time, this is it.

    Cons

    If you like be involved in and have a say in the overall architecture, or be self-directed and work with others, this job is not a good fit. I left very quickly for the following reasons.

    Several teammates said they prefer to be code monkeys and not learn new things. Big red flag.

    Manager had no respect for other teams, thought ours was the only competent one. Made it very difficult to be effective at my job by micro managing and requiring solutions be done his way. Unacceptable style for a team of senior engineers.

    Manager had a massive ego, and despite having no more experience than I, would not consider my point of view. Seems like a pretty big problem that he'll have with anyone that he disagrees with in the future.

    Numerous embarrassing bugs in the codebase. For example, shortly before going live with a big new product, a casually noticed endpoints that were just completely missing the right authentication or authorization checks. There were many other examples in the code where the authors didn't consider corner cases. For a team of senior engineers, this didn't seem right.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers. Don't let people manage people until they know how to. Consider yielding to the expertise of your team members.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Headed in the right direction but long term future remains to be seen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vevo full-time

    Pros

    A recent culture shift brought on by our new CEO has definitely changed the company for the better. Erik Huggers has a clear and concise plan for what he wants to do and while the progress is slow it's definitely happening.

    Cons

    Before new management was in place the company was riddled with arrogant middle managers who siloed departments and refused to collaborate. The new culture has been pretty successful at weeding out the bad apples and the overall dynamic has improved, however those who remain hinder growth and development and are more egregious than ever because they refuse to adapt (this is only bad if you have the misfortune of working in such a department).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing but recognize there are positive people who are on board with the plan being held back by malcontents who need to go!


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good benefits, fun culture, good work life balance, friendly environment, growing company, culture club, happy hours, artist performances, opportunity to grow and also opportunity to travel

    Cons

    lots of changes since the new CEO has joined the company. New York Office needs updating and is old fashioned


  8. "contractor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great company to work with

    Cons

    I have none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  9. "Vevo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with hard-working individuals working towards a cohesive goal. Laid back but extremely motivated culture.

    Cons

    Not too much to report here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Outlook GOOD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer (Anonymous) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer (Anonymous) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, beautiful views of the city, very reasonable work-life balance. CTO and management is actively working to improve process and move in the right direction. General mentality is to try an experiment and learn from it and iterate. Atmosphere is positive. The company is well established but small enough that you can really make a difference and contribute on all levels.

    Cons

    Struggling with repercussions of less than ideal product and engineering decisions from the past. While diminishing, this still has a lot of influence on our ability to move quickly with quality.

    Advice to Management

    The general feeling is positive and that good progress is being made. Don't be discouraged by the pace, instead keep pushing -- things are getting better.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Company with a Veneer of Actually Doing Something"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As in all places, some really good people while a select few.

    Cons

    Very few people do substantive work. New management doesn't like participation but delegation as said so in his first meeting. It was something along the lines of too many people having input and he was calling the shots. When they came, the heart fell out...but hey they are ripe for an anti-trust suit with their new accomplishment...a partnership with Warner. That's pretty much all of the market.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up. It's just music videos, but at least your conscience of that fact that you want your own children to become addicted.



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