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What Employees Say
I worked at Viki full-time for more than 3 years
My four years at Viki was an amazing experience for me, where I got to work with an amazing team of talented people. Everyone was genuinely friendly to one other, and I have seen lasting friendships... made and continued, even as people leave the company and new people come in. I am very proud of the engineering culture we have jointly created over the last four years, where people were straightforward, direct and passionate with one another when there were disagreements, but never political. I have also seen Viki grow from a virtual unknown in the Singapore tech scene to a place where people wanted to come work because the word on the street was that we had a great engineering culture. Working at Viki was also very empowering, as employees were often encouraged to try out new ideas. Sometimes that may have resulted in a bit of "controlled chaos", but working at Viki (at least in the Singapore office) you always felt that your opinion was being heard. We also had ample opportunity to work with and leverage resources from our Rakuten corporate parent, which is nice. Viki is like a startup with a startup culture, but with the financial backing and stability of the Rakuten group. Lastly, we had a kickass product vision that really clearly states the reason why we exist: " Spreading the joy of Asian entertainment to the world."
Viki had 4 CEOs in 4 years, which made it extremely difficult to create a consistent and sustained company vision and strategy. Strategic pivots oftentimes came fast and furious, which while we tried... our best to understand and execute on, did cause a bit of whiplash among the team. Career development opportunities within the organization were minimal. Compensation & benefits were below market average. The HR function (outside of recruitment, which was fantastic) was close to non-existent. While the overall engineering culture was great, I feel that that within the product and engineering organization teams can further improve and foster better cross-team collaboration and to tear down castle walls. There is a well known product saying where organizations tend to "ship your org chart", and it's never clearer that is what was happening at Viki.
Advice to Management
Inspire the troops with something more than just achieving profitability. Focus on developing your people and advancing their careers. Make HR a priority in the company. Make an effort to build... empathy between Vikians across the different offices.