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  1. "A growing company with great opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked at blinkx for almost three years now. I have learned so much and really advanced in my career. You can make the position your own and take on new projects, as the company has grown a lot in the past few years. You work with people from multiple offices and continue to learn new things every day.

    Cons

    The challenge of working at blinkx is keeping self-motivated. You are not micro-managed and you must be proactive at all times.

    Advice to Management

    I trust the senior leadership team is continuously working to make blinkx a better business ! I love working with a team that challenges me and helps me grow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work !"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, start up vibe with corporate resources. As we grow we continue to take on new and challenging projects. Its been an awesome work experience ! Always learning new things and never bored.

    Cons

    You are expected to be "on" and available at all times. However this is rewarded with great company events and outings. Work hard , play hard attitude !

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate our All Hand Meetings keeping all employee's up to date with the business.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "A waste of several months."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For some reason other companies seem to think Blinkx is some inventive/good company. This made it a lot easier to get a better job somewhere else. They did pay pretty decent, and it wasn't really hard to get the job. Most of the entry level employees are really nice, however socializing with them is minimal.

    Cons

    Dealing with management. Talk about a bunch of ignorant dudes that don't know squat. It's like talking with a computer. Except they get mad and loud a lot easier. Most of the employees are right out of collage. There is no room to learn anything because everything should have been completed yesterday, and brainstorming with colleges is just a waste of time. Also, a lot of promises and lying goes on internally and externally to customers/press.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly consider a new career path.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Relatively fun job, but bad management."

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    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interviews that are easy to ace. Makes it an easy tech job to get as a recent college graduate.

    Blinkx is a company that boasts "new cool technologies" so it's easier to advance your career after you leave the place. You also learn a good mix of new tools and technologies while you are there.

    Most co-workers are the young and hip crowd so they are fun to hang out with during non-working hours.

    The location (financial district of San Francisco, CA) is also nice. Lots of activities in that area before, during, and after work. Free diet coke, peach vitamin water, orange juice, sparkling water, and Friday lunches.

    Cons

    Cursing is okay in the office so there is almost daily verbal abuse (rated MA-17) from middle and upper management. Nasty-gram emails also gets sent just as often. No feedback or constructive criticism, but rather personal criticism targeting the employee. Also, there is no main Human Resource person to talk to about these issues. We had a loaner HR person, and also nothing can be done if this abuse comes from the CEO, CTO, or CFO themselves.

    Bonus compensation depends whether the CEO is having a good day or not when he is writing the checks. When I asked why I did not get the full bonus, no answer is given. There was no criticism on how I can perform better so that I can achieve the full bonus.

    Management expects you to work longer hours, on weekends, and during vacation. They also expect you to be at work 5 minutes before 8:30am everyday.

    Cramped workspace with 2-3 feet of elbow room between you and the next employee.

    There is no serious internal documentation on any proprietary technology.

    A lot of lying to the customers about features that are not there, demos/prototype that are mostly fabricated, and blatant copying of other company's products.

    Lastly, when you put in your 2 weeks notice for leaving, there is a good chance that they will just tell you to take your stuff and go home on-the-spot.

    Advice to Management

    You should ease up on the strictness a little and boost your employees' morale. Give them more incentives to work for you. Lastly, please no more nasty-grams or verbal abuses!


  5. Helpful (7)

    "STAY AWAY - blinkx's hostile work environment is reminiscent of 3rd world sweat shops"

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    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent technical, marketing, and creative services teams consisting of bright fun people to work with.

    Cons

    blinkx is nothing but a sweatshop, a hostile work environment where putting down the employees through insults and cursing is the norm. There is absolutely no communication between groups which results in projects being rushed and released without adequate testing - there is no formal QA process. Employees are overworked, underappreciated and underpaid. Morale is dismally low as management acts as taskmasters rather than advisors. Ideas are suppressed - the folks tasked with implementing managements' ideas (some of them are good) have no say in how to design and create said products. There is a high turnover rate because employees leave as soon as they realize the company is rotting from the inside out and any other alternative is likely going to be a good one. Finally, because the company is cheap, there is no official blinkx HR so there are constant issues with benefits - I heard there was a period of time where employees didn't have medical coverage. Maim an arm? You're screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Like a previous poster stated, go take some management courses. Reward your employees for the hard work that they put in. Cussing out someone is detrimental to their morale as well as everyone who sees such an encounter (everyone).


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fear-based management strategies are ineffective and inappropriate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Ex-Blinkx Employee Who Left By Choice
    Former Employee - Ex-Blinkx Employee Who Left By Choice
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    an interesting techonology that has a lot of promise
    opportunity to get in early in the online video search space

    Cons

    paranoid executives micromanage ineffectively
    no recognition of talent
    childish vindictive and manipulative actions
    lacking self-confidence, management projects their own shortcomings onto their employees

    Advice to Management

    respect and reward your talent or they will walk away
    have a business strategy and plan accordingly
    establish core values and communicate them
    communicate with your employees
    don't think that you are above QA, documentation, and thoughtful planning
    treat employees fairly
    instead of blaming your employees, take a self-inventory


  7. Helpful (3)

    "blinkx: "Comfy Corporates" need not apply"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ex-Blinkx Employee
    Former Employee - Ex-Blinkx Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great team of hardworking, personable and social people.
    Hot industry, cool technology
    Management allow autonomy and control to those who show to be committed, capable and trustworthy
    A fantastic product set, which attracts new customers easily, which brings with it job satisfaction, and handsome financial rewards which are easily achieved by those prepared to put the work in.
    Management are (despite so many neg reviews) very supportive and open to ideas, and open change, especially to those who have proved capable, consistent, clear, concise and hardworking.
    Backed with finance and expertise from some of the most successful people in the FTSE100 software markets.

    Cons

    Small, cramped office space
    Lacking in time and resource, 100% of the team work long hours, are all tired, worn out, and need more people to help them do their jobs effectively without complete burnout.
    blinkx will not appeal to those looking for a 'comfy corporate'
    A pretty grim place for developers looking to get into the zone.
    Hot tempered management.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communications regards commercial strategies as they happen
    Avoid shouting at employees in front of entire teams. A public outburst completely shatters what it likely to be a highly valuable employee which you cannot afford to loose. Those who witness it will question the strength/skills of management and jump on it to create negatives messages throughout the company. If you really feel the need to shout at someone, just do it in a private office, you will be respected for it.
    Otherwise, keep doing what you're doing - it's all good