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CityGrid Media – West Hollywood – “The Penthouse Common Area”

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2.7 63 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Ron LaPierre

(4 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance - most of the company shows up around 9:30, leaves by 4:30 or 5(in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits and bagel on Friday(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Future is very uncertain, few rounds of layoffs and upper management needs to have a better vision(in 4 reviews)

  • I worked out of the office for a year and then worked from home before all of the office was let go(in 3 reviews)

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    The Black Hole

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBagel Friday, Ping Pong, Basketball court, co workers

    ConsCFO was not straight forward, CEO Jason Finger was put into a tough task of laying people off. He acquired Felix and although it seemed good, it was only a ploy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont layoff your entire company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible product

    Inside Sales (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat sales leadership, encouraging manager and VP. Learned a lot about selling over the phone & in person

    ConsPoor Product Development. This is an ad network for small businesses that provides connections to consumers that have no value. The company never discloses the sites in the network that generate the leads because they are mostly terrible. They are basically stealing from local businesses and pressure the sales team to do reach numbers or be terminated

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up & fix the product

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Senior Account Executive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Pay, Nice office, Friendly Staff.

    ConsNo communication between departments. The executives have their own personal agendas that didn't correspond with building a healthy business, only lead to padding their own pockets.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

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    Ship is Sunk

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat life and work balance. Good compensation (5-10% more than average in SoCal).

    ConsBusiness has no vision. Engineering is a big mess. No one know what should be focusing on. The building looks beautiful outside but lacking of meeting rooms. It shouldn't be used for business. Also, very bad location for commuters.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOver 70% of people had laid off including managers and leads. Keeping only the junior developers is ONE big mistake. Bad for the junior folks (no mentoring) and bad for the business (how to support the failing production system?).

    Advice to the new CEO/COO. Please restructure engineering (although may be nothing left to restructure)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company on decline. Run away!

    Product Director (Former Employee) West Hollywood, CA

    ProsNo accountability, so you can coast without doing any real work or show any real results.
    Great work/life balance - most of the company shows up around 9:30, leaves by 4:30 or 5. (after a nice long lunch)
    Casual dress code

    ConsExecutive Management is incompetent and LIES to employees.
    Company is not profitable.
    Products don't work.
    Same people are promoted year after year.
    No cost of living raises.
    Layoffs every 6 months to a year.
    All of the products are dying, including the owned-and-operated sites.
    HR lies to potential candidates to get them to accept the job and get in the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean slate. Get rid of exec and middle management, and start from scratch.
    Learn to have accountability, and get rid of employees who don't perform. There are plenty.
    Have realistic short term goals.
    Pay people better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run Away!!!!! Unless you enjoy working in a boiler room selling a poor product then this place is perfect for you!

    Account Manager (Current Employee) West Hollywood, CA

    Prosgreat location but no real parking, ping pong and bagels and doritos and cheetos, some great co-workers who also got duped into working for a horrible company.

    ConsI really wish I had read Glassdoor before accepting this job, this is the most dishonest company i have ever worked at, you are basically tricking small business owners. i am a top performer and have done well at my job, i actually care about work so why should i feel bad > because it is a fake product you are selling!! turnover is unreal, revolving door because either workers can not make an unrealistic quota generated by cold-calling or because people realize it is selling a lie. I have never seen so many miserable people working at a company!

    Advice to Senior Managementstart by setting realistic goals and selling a product that would be more comparable to yelp and google. stop running a huge churn and burn of both your customers and your employees!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Should have considered reviews on this site much more seriously

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsDecent pay, bagles on friday

    ConsThere is no proper on-boarding process. The product managers are absolutely brainless and arrogant. They want to add every imaginable feature to the product, the product should be "infinitely" flexible and all of this should happen in the minimum possible time. Same applies to the senior management. During the interview process, they create a completely different, ideal picture of the company, reality is completely different.

    As a software engineer, I was told about an entirely different job profile but in my 1 year with them, I did not work on even a single technology/product which I was told. The team was always bullied by the seniors. As a new comer, your word has no value at all.

    Most of the employees who are there for 3-4 years, each one of them I spoke with is waiting for their Green Card. That's the only thing holding them back. I suffered in this company for a whole year and by far, joining this company was my worst decision.

    All of these things are mentioned in the previous reviews and even read those before joining. But I did not believed those. I wish I had.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to value your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent product, horrible management

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) West Hollywood, CA

    ProsDecent pay, bagles on friday

    ConsManagement is not good. They set unrealistic goals which are almost never met. They assume that you will work from home after office (each day!) and even on weekends. This will basically destroy your personal/social life.

    The product managers don't know anything about technical stuff, the problems which developers face, etc. They keep changing/adding requirements the way they want. People who are from Yahoo, who have spent 3-4 years (actually "survived" 3-4 years in this company) are only considered, others are just to blame the missed deadlines. No matter how hard you work, there is not even a single word of appreciation.

    Regarding the product, it is decent, but nothing more than that. Google, Foursquare, Zaggat, Yelp have already captured the market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet some practical goal, and appreciate your employees.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awfull uninspiring place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) West Hollywood, CA

    ProsDecent pay and benefits. I met some really great people.

    ConsI have worked in my industry for close to 7 years and by far this has been the worse experience I've had at any company Ive worked at. Don't expect any on-boarding. Arrogant and out of touch leadership, I feel bad for the employees that I constantly hear feeling trapped working here just to be able to earn a living. I've actually had my manager speak out against me with a room full of my colleagues. If you want to feel ostracized and humiliated, this might be the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is only as good as its foundation. Your foundation are your employees. Listen to them and make sure your managers have people skills and the right leadership skills for the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Uninspiring place to work with no emphasis on the employee

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) West Hollywood, CA

    ProsThere's a TV upstairs. Bagels on Fridays. There's a company picnic once a year. You get a laptop. Fancy building.

    ConsYour parking lot is 1/3 mile away, so get used to walking to work. The management preaches six "values" (things like transparency, speed and quality), none of which are practiced and none of which place any focus on you, the employee (your happiness, your growth, your career). Pay is good, but only because they are desperate to attract "talent". Everyone there also used to work at yahoo, and you know how well that turned out. If you didn't previously work at yahoo, you will not advance your career here. Your ideas are rarely considered. If you did work at yahoo, you will probably become senior director of something. However, the company is facing an uphill battle in an industry that, frankly, is already being won by the likes of google, foursquare and yelp. Knowing this, the company doesn't really seem to know what it's doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your (good) employees. Listen to them and their ideas and do not place so much emphasis on "the process". They don't need pep talks and inspiring speeches - they need supportive management, not controlling management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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