blinkx
2.9 of 5 61 reviews
www.blinkx.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 27, 2014
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blinkx CEO S. Brian Mukherjee

S. Brian Mukherjee

(22 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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um... actually, on the whole, I rather like it here.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at blinkx

ProsYou get to own projects
Your work goes to make a real difference to the company (unlike other places i've worked - where it gets lost in the system)
Pay and benefits are pretty good
Good locations
Interesting tech
Generally a good bunch of people to work with

ConsHard work and long hours
Lack of communication from management
Recent high turn around of staff
Some good projects turn into dead ends

Advice to Senior ManagementDont let good people go
More (any) advance warning of projects
Work with the tech team instead of driving them

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blinkx: "Comfy Corporates" need not apply

Ex-Blinkx Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at blinkx

ProsA 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.

ConsSmall, 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 Senior ManagementImprove 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

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A growing company with nice perks!

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at blinkx as a contractor for less than a year

ProsVery nice people (for the most part), they are doing a fantastic job in their industry and just seem to be getting better and better. Clean office with plenty of supplies, and a great view. Free snacks!

ConsMy supervisor was never one to appreciate my hard work and was very unhelpful. She didn't want to train me, so it was very autonomous. And as an admin you're very separated from the rest of the group.

Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate all of your employees, even the ones who have been with the company a while, to see what they bring to the table.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good overall but could use some improvement

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA (US)

I have been working at blinkx full-time for more than a year

ProsPretty good benefits, compensation is good (if you're a manager or higher or have been there a while), kitchen is always full of food, so it's like free breakfast and lunch, beer days, morale events here are fun and engaging, free parking, co-workers are cool, they really do promote from within, and lots of flexibility and autonomy.

Cons-Some upper management are better than others (some don't listen or ignore your suggestions altogether, but there are some that are open to new ideas), not proactive with increased compensation, there was a reorg recently that have embittered some people, no 401(k) matching, and while some people can telecommute, it's largely discouraged.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with your employees more. Based on the opinions of the employees and myself, we feel that the company is not transparent enough and everything is always so secretive. Also, listen to your employees; they're the backbone of the company and have good intentions for the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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small issues but overall great environment

Account Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at blinkx full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-blinkx is growing
-Supportive upper management
-Competitive Salary
-Thursday lunches, lots of snacks/beverages for free

Cons-Growing pains comes with some confusion for employees on their roles. Makes sense though based on recent acquires (burst, etc)
-Not flexible on work schedules (typical m-f, 8:30 - 5:30 type job). Should allow to work from home or summer fridays like many other companies with similar environment

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with Monthly meetings regarding company updates (we just started this, but hoping it does not go away). Bring back happy hour Fridays (let us drink in the office!). Be more flexible about working from home.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good co-workers, fast-moving and chaotic.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at blinkx full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart coworkers.
Opportunity to learn/grow
Free food on Fridays and nice office
When the share price was right-high value options

ConsWhen the share price is low options were NOT valuable!
Chaotic management style in engineering
lots of projects and changes to projects

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to let engineers work on their projects for longer so the product can be better
Keep letting people learn new technologies

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun, collaborative environment filled with intelligent people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at blinkx full-time for less than a year

Prosblinkx so far has lived up to all of the expectations that I had for it. It is rare to find a company that is able to accurately articulate the type of work environment and culture that is present there, and even rarer still to find a company that delivers exactly what they said they would. Employees have a lot of opportunity, right from the start, to make significant contributions to projects and the company. Success seems to be measured by results. Micro-management doesn't slap you in the face everyday. Each employee can leave work feeling like they've contributed something. Great location in downtown SF, right near the Embarcadero.

Consblinkx, for the most part has not been an early adopter of new technologies. However, some of the new projects are/will be using technologies that are on the bleeding edge. It seems like that trend is turning around.

The company doesn't have immediate name recognition with some people, but I do honestly feel that soon blinkx will be a household name.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the website fresh, implementing new technologies along the way as they fit into the bigger picture. Most companies these days are redesigning their sites every 1-2 years, even if it mainly cosmetic. Launch a social media campaign, and maintain a presence and following on social media sites like FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+. Right now social media campaign = non-existent. Build the hype!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Fun, Fast Paced

Software Developer (Former Employee)

I worked at blinkx

ProsI found the company a challenging and fast paced environment to work in. With new projects constantly coming up and very much at the leading edge of what technology can offer in this space.

ConsBeing a fast paced industry means that on the down side the place can be a little caotic or manic, some days crazy. You also have to scream to be heard and sometimes your voice drowns.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the troops and be less quick in dismissing their thoughts. some great material comes from us and can make the company more successful. Also communicate more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Is it the same company they are reviewing?

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at blinkx

ProsExcellent remuneration
Opportunity to work at the cutting edge of technology
A great bunch of people
Good career development and a sense of progression

ConsBitter ex-employees posting whacked out reviews (see anywhere on this page)
The free Friday lunch (nice idea but could be better!)
Long hours

Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency as to long term plans would be nice and better PR. The product we are building is awesome but it's a bit demoralizing when few people I meet even know what Blinkx is.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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