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Avis sur Ooyala

Dernière mise à jour : 18 octobre 2017
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  1. Utile (4)

    «It's been a good change lately.»

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
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    Je travaille chez Ooyala à plein temps (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    -Good Pay
    -Nice benefits and unlimited PTO
    -Some really great people to work with
    -New office next to the airport
    -HR and IT have really been stepping things up and taking control of facilities functions. Everything from getting things squared away with the new build to new catering, which has been dishing out some awesome food. All while doing their day to day jobs!

    Inconvénients

    There's not many really, but a few people like to complain because it's not how it was a couple years ago. Well news flash to those people, that's why we got into the mess we did and needed new leadership to steer the company back into the right direction. If you really can't see that you should have left long ago....

    Conseils à la direction

    People to like communication. We don't need to have all hands meetings, but status update emails are a nice touch just to keep us in the loop.


  2. Utile (1)

    «Whitewashing»

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    Employé actuel - SRE - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Employé actuel - SRE - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
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    Je travaille chez Ooyala à plein temps (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    Free food, capable engineering team and their leaders, unlimited PTO

    Inconvénients

    Broken down system; management is trying to fix, but in the wrong way. New COO with dictatorship style in this day and age, so good talents are leaving across the globe. CEO cannot be seen in any of the offices and claims to be visiting customers, but unfortunately sales are still very poor. Useless products were built and now same engineers are rewarded to fix the products in 100 day effort. Plenty of whitewashing done externally, but internals are all in ruins.

    Conseils à la direction

    Don't continue to screw up full-time employees by assuming only contractors can do everything.


  3. Utile (16)

    «A great company that forgot to take care of itself.»

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Ne recommande pas
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    J'ai travaillé chez Ooyala en Contrat Permanent (Moins d'un an)

    Avantages

    - Ooyala has a refreshed executive management team that's hyperfocused on customer satisfaction, completely and entirely. This is actually unlike the previous three executive management teams that were hyperfocused on golf scores and securing personal credentials as viable C Level Corporate Hobiests for their next gigs while the business burned to cinders at their feet.

    - Ooyala offers a fantastic opportunity to work with outsourced IT vendors brought in to shore up gaps created by persistent brain-drain in the wake of poorly throughout and executed layoffs by an inept, insensitive interim management team.

    - Tons of parking at the company's new, smaller yet still seemingly empty headquarters office located within stumbling distance of the San Jose International Airport!

    - A very inclusive environment fostered by sales and marketing quietly cracking inappropriate jokes in the break room or near the bathrooms or wherever they just happen to be standing at the time. Want to know about all to fun stuff the sales and marketing teams team gets up to at trade shows? Don't worry, you'll learn it pretty quickly. The company loves to talk about its sales and marketing teams. (Other teams? Well, aren't you happy the sales bros have such an awesome time on the company's nickle?)

    - Fantastic facilities chosen for cost over comfort. The most lush, sound damped portions of the office have been given over to sales, marketing, and upper management while the rest of the company lives in an unfinished industrial open-office squalor. Don't like working through deafeningly loud grinding, clanking, hammering, and drilling? Wear headphones. Two months after moving into the new San Jose office construction is still a daily, on-going thing.

    - A constant march of new and improved but really downgraded perks for working at the company. Lunches are at least still free and there are way more bananas in the break room that you could ever want. The coffee is bad but there's a Starbucks just a short walk away which is great because the office is such a horrible place to try to get work done.

    Inconvénients

    - Crushing technical debt from years absent of competent supervision, especially in customer satisfaction and engineering. Lacking clear direction or priority whatsoever apart from an obsessive campaign of cost cutting, improvements or innovation to all of the company's platforms were swept out the door as talented engineers left seeking challenges more significant than polishing rapidly tarnishing brass.

    - The great sense of morale the company once had has largely been replaced by a low-level thread of cynicism, especially among technical staff. Successively bad decisions during and following a 14% laying off (that included the entire engineering team responsible for one of the core products), disruptive hyper-focus on cost reduction in favor of customer satisfaction, negligence in allocating resources toward maintaining critical internal infrastructure, and ever growing technical debt have sapped away most of the optimism the company once had.

    -There has been zero visible attempt made to stop the exodus of the company's talent, good employees are jumping ship out of frustration. This has been so persistent it's not uncommon for somebody to ask you--with absolutely no note of irony, humor, or sarcasm--if it's your last day when you walk from one end of the office to the other carrying a small box. More than once a day.

    - Zero technical hiring in the Silicon Valley office if there's actually any direct technical hiring happening at all anywhere within the company. All technical back-fill appears to be funneled to outsource vendors.

    - For individual contributors there are no career paths at Ooyala. With the seeming freeze in hiring there's no expansion to any of the teams with direct hires and thus no opportunity to shift among teams or to move up within either individual contributor or management tracks.

    - Ooyala has lost anything resembling a culture of any kind. People used to hang out around the office on their time off to work on projects because they enjoyed being at the company working with the people at the desk across from them.  Ooyala used to host technical meetups for open source communities and host regular hackathons. In the last nine months this has completely evaporated. There's no longer a sense of value or reward in being connected to the people you work with in any way deeper than the 9-to-5 clock. The company has completely lost it's sense of fun.

    Conseils à la direction

    To be fair, the current management team isn’t trying to save a ship with a few leaks, they’re trying to save a Florida party boat that'd been run aground, set on fire, raided for it's copper plumbing fixtures, and set on fire again. They've made good motions to salvage customer satisfaction and grow revenue, all the good things. That's come at a cost to the company in that what made Ooyala a unique and exciting place to work is gone.

    Corrections to the crippling choices made over the past couple of years have been agonizing slow in coming, quite possibly too late to save the Ooyala that was. It’s clear that middle management has beep painting an imperfect picture of the company's day-to-day operational health to upper management . That blindness has literally driven awesome technical resources out of the company.

    Fix the transparency issues.


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  5. Utile (2)

    «Ooyala (former Videoplaza)»

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - Stockholm, Stockholm (Suède)
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - Stockholm, Stockholm (Suède)
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    J'ai travaillé chez Ooyala en Contrat Permanent

    Avantages

    * Back then at least there were a whole load of smart people
    * We had a lot of fun times (at least until the Ooyala acquisition)
    * The Sthlm office was very multi-national/cultural for a Swedish company

    Inconvénients

    * A lot of these smart people were fresh from uni, so a lot of amateur mistakes were made
    * Salary was below average (somewhat rectified after the Ooyala acquisition)
    * Employee turnover started to get high about 3 years in
    * Chaotic development

    Conseils à la direction

    Don't know what to say, the original management cashed out and left after the acquisition


  6. Utile (8)

    «Not confident about the future»

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    Employé actuel - Software Engineer - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Employé actuel - Software Engineer - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
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    Je travaille chez Ooyala à plein temps (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    Effort made to hire and retain good employees, free food, matching public transport allowance, unlimited PTO, flexible hours, and even great employees.

    Inconvénients

    Even though sincere efforts are made to turn the company around, we are not heading in the correct path. Sales team does not seem to have a grip on bringing in new sales. Missed revenue goals for more than 3 years. All the products have tons of issues and will take months to stabilize. Thanks to the new management who is making every attempt to stop customer churn, but future product direction and execution plan is poor.

    Conseils à la direction

    Continue your good efforts. Bring in new sales leader.


  7. Utile (12)

    «Brace! Brace! Brace!»

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    Ancien employé - Sales Executive - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Ancien employé - Sales Executive - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Ne recommande pas
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    J'ai travaillé chez Ooyala en Contrat Permanent (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    Lot of good people, free food, "unlimited" time-off, few bottles of free beer remaining, free snacks, new office spaces, fun in few teams, and nothing more. Wish there were more good things.

    Inconvénients

    New management lacking knowledge in video space, declining revenue, increasing churn, no vision, no empowerment to product/engineering, etc. Management/sales are trying to get every single deal out there, hence not focussing on specific market need. Majority of the employees have lost hope and seeking employment elsewhere.

    Conseils à la direction

    Read all the bad reviews, and you can find lot of advices.


  8. Utile (10)

    «Founder and Cronies are the Key to Survival»

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    Employé actuel - Engineering - Santa Clara, CA (États-Unis)
    Employé actuel - Engineering - Santa Clara, CA (États-Unis)
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    Je travaille chez Ooyala à plein temps (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    Flex schedule and vacation, global org

    Inconvénients

    Politics, PMO, Founder, Executives, HR

    Conseils à la direction

    It's a good thing PMO is in charge of product delivery now.
    They, especially the higher-ups in that team, are very competent, totally apolitical and know how to focus on a PMO's core responsibilities in an agile organization. They don't gossip. They don't manipulate execs into doing what makes them look good or what's bad for the company. They earn every $ in their paychecks.
    If I were hiring for senior-level project managers, I'd definitely get these professionals.

    Also, it's a good thing the last founder standing is still gracing the Ooyala offices. Without him and his trusted high-performers which include a very capable product manager who hasn't shipped anything ever and the PMO leads, you would not have the successful products Ooyala has or its wonderful culture over the last 2-3 years. The founder is always on top of things, isn't a snake oil salesman, and rewards quality talent with clear career paths.

    The Product VP does a really good impersonation of an executive in charge of his org's direction and his company's products. Management expected him to ramp up within 2 years, which is very unrealistic. Every successful mid-size silicon valley company needs a VP like him making decisions based on totally relevant learnings from experience running much smaller product orgs and very different products. That's how you get a fancier title.


  9. Utile (11)

    «Lot more change happening»

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    Ancien employé - Senior Software Engineer - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
    Ancien employé - Senior Software Engineer - San Jose, CA (États-Unis)
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    J'ai travaillé chez Ooyala en Contrat Permanent (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    I do not want to talk about just the free breakfast, lunch & dinner, but want to mention about what the new management (CEO & COO) is upto. There is lot of cost cutting that eliminated waste (including beer), and they are trying their best to retain the smart engineering team. I personally think this is great to eliminate wasteful spending. Management is bringing in external vendors to augment the product delivery. So there is lot of hope.

    Inconvénients

    The sad part is there is lot of churn still happening in engineering & customers. The goal is to cut costs all the time, but they have shifted focus on PMO to run the organization, so it is neither a product driven or engineering driven company. Unfortunately PMO has an upper hand on what needs to get delivered - this is the direction from new COO. The new management does not have any clue about the video business and are relying heavily on a "failed" sales team who never met any of their targets in the past 3 years. The bottom line : if you have a sales team that does not meet targets and a PMO driven organization, I would say this is not a place for smart engineers or product managers. So you can see why churn is high. The company will take another 6-8 months to settle down from all the employee churn.

    Conseils à la direction

    The video market is great. There are lot of vendors and good opportunities, but you need to rely on good leadership team who has built SAAS multi-tenant solutions. Identify good product managers and engineering leaders who have built and scaled organizations before. Given them opportunities and you will see the growth.


  10. «Software Enigneer»

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    Je travaille chez Ooyala à plein temps

    Avantages

    Everything is great here working in cutting edge technologies!!!

    Inconvénients

    Nothing as far as I know


  11. Utile (1)

    «It really is crunch time!»

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Ne recommande pas
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    Je travaille chez Ooyala à plein temps (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    - Flexible working hours - as long as you get your work done, there are few issues with working from home / outside of the office
    - Unlimited PTO
    - Good collaboration across some teams
    - Reasonable compensation and company benefits
    - A brilliant product (Flex) that could be the savior of the company

    Inconvénients

    - Too many different messages and direction from management in such a short space of time - it's hard for us to keep up
    - 4 CEOs in less than two years
    - As others have said, transparency is an issue - it's hard to weed out the truth from the lies sometimes

    Conseils à la direction

    Scrap what's not working and focus on the positives. Get rid of the complainers and bring in new people that actually want to be here.


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