Hulu Employee Reviews about "growing pains"

Updated Dec 17, 2019

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  • "Still working through some start up -> small company -> large company growing pains, but generally heading in a direction I like(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing culture"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company-wide activities and sponsored events, startup-like environment and energy in certain areas of the office, plenty of project opportunities to collaborate outside of your group.

    Cons

    Growing pains, unclear direction at times given Hulu's ownership structure.

  2. Helpful (9)

    "Once a great company but now tarnished with politics and toxic managers"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hulu full-time

    Pros

    Used to be fun, collaborative, "flat" org, work/life balance

    Cons

    Gotten overly political. A lot of leveling without any clear lines of communication or processes. Forget about trying to make any changes on the product and marketing side. Decisions are made regardless of what the data and research say. Projects take forever with so many decision makers. Going through a lot of growing pains, which includes promoted unqualified employees as managers. Doesn't care about Hulugans, care more about the company itself. More and more corporate everyday with Disney taking over and the CEO is not inspiring or motivating like past CEO's. Probably going to only get more corporate and political with Disney being more and more involved.

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  3. "Hulu - A great place to work!!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hulu full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people, their dedication, their positive and don't-take-yourself-too-seriously attitudes are what make Hulu a great place to work. Everyone seems as passionate as I am for the streaming video space. We love content and we love crafting a great experience to watch through. When we're making hard decisions, trying to ship against a tight deadline, it's refreshing to be around folks that can de-stress, put into perspective how our decisions will impact millions of viewers, and stay positive. In other companies, times like this turn into b**** sessions. Managers care about their team members and regularly discuss growth opportunities and career progression. We meet monthly as an organization and routinely touch on how the company is progressing on employee satisfaction initiatives - the transparency and focus is refreshing. This is not new behavior, but part of a pattern of high visibility and transparency between the various layers of management. The tech is cutting edge and we're always pushing to build an experience that differentiates us from the competition, yet still delights. We get to ship on so many different platforms, that it keeps us on our toes - the job continually refreshing.

    Cons

    We've been growing very rapidly the last couple of years, so there are some growing pains in how we effectively communicate across much larger groups as our processes, originally intended for a smaller company, show stress fractures. The positive side is this is acknowledged and folks are rallying to shore up processes to resolve some of the friction points. The impact is sometimes we're not all running in sequence, which makes shipping a very complicated experience and set of technologies challenging.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "One Team"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great open One Team culture across the company.

    Cons

    Still working through some start up -> small company -> large company growing pains, but generally heading in a direction I like.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work with!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hulu full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. A lot of learning opportunities. Good future. Fun environment all around and people like do a lot shared activities. Nice working place and kitchen. Free fruits/drinks and snacks.

    Cons

    Not much. A few might be, start-up kind of environment, some growing pains. Working place is a little crowded. A more open attitude from the top management.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I come to Hulu every day excited to work on amazing projects with talented, smart and just plain fun to be around people. I find myself constantly grateful for the opportunity to be part of a team -- and this is coming from someone who is honestly, not that big of a team player, naturally. It's an exciting and dynamic place that truly cares about its employees, cares about company culture and transparency and is at the helm of some terribly innovative things. I can't recommend it enough.

    Cons

    But oh boy are we bad at process and hemmed in by "collaboration." I think a lot of this is growing pains, but the fact we spend so much time on how we are doing things, rather than what we are doing is a drawback that slows us down in a very competitive industry. The company knows this is a problem and is very candid about addressing ways to improve it. Also, within my division, the salaries are really below market. If I were to leave, it'd be for that reason alone.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "It's great to be a Hulugan"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hulu full-time

    Pros

    -Work/Life balance -Company Transparency -Ability to work WITH your leads and managers not just for them

    Cons

    -Just a few growing pains but its also exciting to help have such an impact

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Ambitious work and fun team"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - smart, passionate, mission-oriented team members, who really do want to change TV - Interesting work, never a dull moment - really exciting to be a part of such growth - incredible culture/ perks/ benefits

    Cons

    - has not nailed down work/life balance yet... comes along with some growing pains - sometimes it feels we're too restrained by old media traditions/practices - competitive industry isn't for everyone, turn around has been incredible to be a part of but will be tough to keep going

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company and fun team"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hulu full-time

    Pros

    Great company focusing on revolutionizing entertainment

    Cons

    Going through growing pains as the company has scaled quickly

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment, Creative and Intelligent Talent"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Creative Minds - One Team Mentality - Culture is a top priority and a main focus from the start of recruiting process all the way up to leadership development work for our executives. - Benefits and perks

    Cons

    - Growing pains - Disconnect between business and tech teams

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