Ooyala Employee Reviews about "telstra"

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  • "Free food in the office, ping pong, chill out zones and snacks and drinks on Friday afternoon(in 23 reviews)

  • "Culture, lack of bureaucracy, entrepreneurial, fun, great people(in 17 reviews)

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  • "Zero transparency from the upper management, no clue about how the company is doing(in 8 reviews)

  • "Telstra who owns ooyala is clueless about what to do with it(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Was a fine company now sinking fast with no vision and everyone's leaving

      Apr 12, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Some good people... Who work hard but not appreciated.

      Cons

      Executive lack of leadership... No product innovation. Product leadership non existence ( should be fired). HR leadership appalling... Do not value employees as act like a start up despite them being 7 years old.... They do not retain employees until they leave!!! Their packages are not competitive and expect employees to be loyal despite no getting anything in return... Telstra need to re examine the executive leadership

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      12 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Anti-Employee and Struggling

      Dec 6, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      In certain cases they're quite remote work friendly, however it's not official policy so you have to be lucky with who manages you.

      Cons

      Some lowlights from my 3+ years with the company. - Struggling daily with middle management bloat and indecision caused by endless bureaucracy. - Two rounds of employee layoffs, the second follwed almost immediately with "We're having a great quarter". - Zero transparency from the upper management, no clue about how the company is doing. - A near total collapse of the compnay culture after the acquisition by Telstra. - Four different CEO's, each with a different vision that just caused more confusion and zero forward progress. When I left the company was still struggling with the problem of having zero company culture and still struggling with defining what it actually does. Flex is just a last ditch attempt at rallying around a product that doesn't have anything to set it apart from others on the market. To the great people that are still there, get out now. The management buyout just means that Jon and his lapdog Mike are trying to get as much money for themselves as possible, they have no care for employees or their futures.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Pulling for you guys, but the post-Jay Fulcher years were rough.

      Oct 7, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Some really great, talented people, a fair amount of autonomy, decent pay, good facilities. Potential to do good, meaningful work. Was once a proud, fun culture.

      Cons

      Lack of vision, lack of transparency. No measurable future plan. Lack of care from Telstra (parent company) or the C-suite, with some exceptions. Hard to understand how a business can operate successfully with a CEO not located in any of the offices. No 401(k) matching or any sort of legitimate equity options.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      sucks to be here.

      Jul 25, 2018 - Architect in Paris
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      Pros

      Flexible graft hours and work from home options. lunch provided at pantry, friday treats and frequent outings. You can get used to some latest tech stack.

      Cons

      Flex team comprises of bent-shot, bone-smugglers and not a pleasant env to work in. Micromanagement, stabbing in the back, turnin blind eye to team concerns. All qualities of aforementioned knob jockeys. Telstra who owns ooyala is clueless about what to do with it. so job security is not guarenteed.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Only 2 people really matter

      Jul 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Exciting industry to be in At least one good product in Flex

      Cons

      Only 2 people really matter at this company - the self important, invisible CEO and his vicious little lap dog COO. If you are reading this and that is not going to be your title then move on - nothing to see here. Seriously - do yourself a favor and keep looking. To be fair they took over this company when it was on it's last breath due to complete mismanagement by it's parent company Telstra , it's weak board of directors, and an inexperienced senior management team that were blind to certain people/practices. They have at least managed to stop most of the rot but at the cost of multiple lay offs, complete culture destruction, and the fostering of just a plain nasty management style where everybody feels at risk all of the time and there is no trust. For friends i left there i hope there is a future for Ooyala but i for one am very glad that i am no longer part of it. My new company has restored my previously held belief that execs don't have be be arrogant, self centered *****!

      19 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Never join this company!

      Apr 16, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Free lunches which are not that good.

      Cons

      Horrible upper management. Few managers hire a lot of people just for the team's headcount to account for their promotion than for the actual needs of the team. Best part is they hire people very recently and when layoffs came, they mentioned that "if you had observed the company's growth since you joined, you could have seen the layoffs coming". Mr. Crafty/Dumb promotion-greedy manager: You shouldn't hire people when you know the company is going downhill. That is the first sign that could alert us of the company's failure. If you continue hiring, people will think that the company is doing fine. As for the solutions team, I am not sure what was their role in the company at all. There were no significant growth in products, lot of flaws in the product architecture and no visible roadmap. And don't even get me started with the product scientist. One useless candidate, hogging the meeting rooms just to browse other products(mostly cosmetic based I presume). Co-founder - People thought the only reason he sticks to this company when all other co-founders left was because he trusts the engineering team and its products. But he proved otherwise. The only time he seemed efficient in his moves was when attending meetings to kick people out of the company. And there is a guy in the board of Telstra who successfully brought down Nokia when he was in Microsoft. That guy continues to do what he does best. Curbing down the next company - Ooyala. He is on a roll. This guy is bad news. Maybe companies have him on board to balance headcount and bring about re-orgs I guess. No wonder few of the bright minds left well before the cut down foreseeing the future. There is no future here. Its a hoax. Don't fall for it. Its a sinking ship through and through. One last thing - I saw this line in the offer letter or the HR home page - "We value our employees". Hell you did! A terrible severance and horrible payroll term during layoffs. Please remove the above line from the offer letter and be honest. Tag it - "We screw our employees for the bad decisions we make and we are proud of it!".

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      14 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Ooyala is a solid group of family, and friends....

      Jul 28, 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
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      Pros

      - Flexible hours. - Free food, drink, snack. - Surprisingly Good work/life balance when not on-call. - Friendly group of people I work with. - Very laid back culture. - Great benefits. - Standard "tech" perks (commuter pass, catering, gym, etc) - Family and Dog friendly work environment. - Located near VTA and within a short bike ride from Caltrain and just a couple of blocks from 101. - Easy 9-5 schedule for most employees.

      Cons

      - Some of inexperienced senior managers will drive you crazy. - Executive lack of leadership. - Comp is not the most competitive at times and expect employees to be loyal despite. - Many don't pull their weight or invest their full efforts. - People come and go quickly. - Knowledge transfer and training seems sparse. - Company feels like it is on autopilot. - Flawed to non-existent cross-functional collaboration. - Lots of attrition after the Telstra acquisition. - Major tech debt issues. - Advancement happens through politics. - Lack of passion. - A lot of junior engineers. - High churn has significantly diluted the culture.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Senior software engineer

      May 28, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great culture and nice people

      Cons

      Lots of attrition after the Telstra acquisition. Projects are not well defined. Lack of passion.

      5 people found this review helpful
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