CityGrid Media

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CityGrid Media Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
Updated May 19, 2014
64 Reviews
2.7
64 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    A great place to work for problem solving and challenging yourself

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    CityGrid had a rough time in 2012 and 2013. New products didn't launch or time or have as big of impact as expected. Trying to win both SMBs and Consumers was not working and we were trying to do it all. Since the company was restructured in June 2013 we are a small, motivated bunch. Teams work well with one another, it's easy to figure who is responsible for what, decisions are made quickly, there is a focus on data-driven decision making and A/B testing and my favorite - individuals are empowered to make a difference. Whether suggesting a new technology to use and why, suggesting product changes or changes to processes. People listing and I feel both heard and valued.

    Cons

    There are fewer senior team members in specific roles that I can learn from. From a technical perspective, some things are done quickly but others can take a whole because the system has so many components.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the plunge and try out new and riskier products that have real benefit to someone - rather than just focusing on the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work, Nice colleague to work together.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Intern  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in West Hollywood, CA

    I worked at CityGrid Media part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are willing to teach you, definitely can learn something here.
    Good Life-work balance, people can work from home if they want.
    Technology lecture every few weeks.
    Free Coffee & Food.

    Cons

    Product need more time to get competitiveness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No job is perfect...this one is close.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, good culture. I agree there are some politics that get played, but overall I have learned a lot professionaly, and gained a ton of valuable experience. If you know how to pick your battles, and make friends, you can do very well here. Pay is very fair in my opinion (some places may be higher, but then the culture might not be as fun.) The building is cool, and if you prove yourself valuable, they can be very flexible with you. I love working here.

    Cons

    There has been a merry-go-round of doing the right thing and taking care of our customers (and our salespeople) and then suddenly a focus on high profits over all else. Then of course morale (and sales) plummet as we see cancelation rates rise. And then we go back to doing the right thing again...until the cycle resets. We need to find a fair middle ground and not keep getting greedy. There is cause and effect here, people!!! Basically---we alternate between being a fabulous place to work, and a terrible one. Stick around long enough and you'll see it averages out. though it has the POTENTIAL to be great....hence why i'm still here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at historical performance of the product before you go adjusting things... New managment comes in and doesnt seem to have learned anything from the past mistakes of others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at CityGrid Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I had a fantastic experience working here. Management was great & they were always willing to offer additional training & were very open to employee suggestions and feedback.

    Cons

    Some of the internal systems go down periodically, but that happens at all companies. Other than that, there really aren't cons to working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ability to work with Smart, Kind, Fun, Unique, Driven, Educated and Hard Working people every day!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in West Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at CityGrid Media

    Pros

    We work in an Agile environment where everyone contributes and has a meaningful voice on the team. I love the Friday, "Coffee Talk" with CEO, Jay Herratti's 30 minute sessions. Through these sessions, I've learned so much about other departments in the company by hearing a cross section of cross-functional team members talk about what they're working on. Enjoy working on tough, interesting projects and new challenges and being recognized personally and with my teammates for our contributions.

    Cons

    Since the company is such an open work environment and floor plan, its sometimes difficult to find open huddle rooms where several of us can meet and work out problems on white board space since there aren't too many meeting rooms. The days go quickly so I often wish more more time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No new advice to give here since when I've approached my leader and executives with ideas and thoughts, they have given me guidance and offered feedback and implemented change when it was warrented.
    I don't understand the negative Glassdoor reviews as they seem false and either written by disgruntled former employees who may have been let go due to not being able to perform to the performance standards or simply falsely written by someone as a way to try to get CityGrid to advertise into thinking that the false reviews will be removed?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stimulating, challenging, fun, rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at CityGrid Media

    Pros

    Everyone's smart. And nice. Beautiful building with insane views. Very competitive local search platform. Managers who support and listen. I was really please with how READY everyone was for me from day 1, and how I've consistently had all the resources I need to be successful, while still maintaining a comfortable autonomy.

    Cons

    I'm happy to report that so far no downsides! The location can be a little tricky to access, but that of course depends on where you're coming from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain mindful of the big-picture / career path for each member of your team. Make sure channels of communication are clear and open, especially inter-departmentally.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced ad network who cares about us as employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at CityGrid Media

    Pros

    Challenging work, paid fairly, great work/ life balance, work with very smart people, fun environment, empowered to do good work by my manager and team. People are nice and get along well with each other. Team is lean so we get to work on a variety of important things.

    Cons

    The traffic and commute into the West Hollywood, CA headquarters can be challenging depending on traffic and where you commute from.
    Annual holiday party is employees only, no signifigant others - Its nice but pretty "no frills".I guess in this economy its pretty good that we still have some type of holiday celebration many friends at other companies can't say the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the regular and informative meetings to headquarter employees to keep us informed of what's going on and how our work stacks up to company priorities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I've worked here for a few years and am proud and challenged to come to work every day.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Employee  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Employee in West Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at CityGrid Media

    Pros

    I have an opportunity to work with really nice, smart people who are so passionate about the work we do to become the largest and best content and ad network. The benefits are very comprehensive with lots of choice and options. The work enviromnent is very casual, collaborative and managment supports an open-door environment. Its a fun place to be too. I enjoy our park events with fatburger and the ice cream truck and lots of sports in addition the fun and casual cinco de mayo, halloween, and holiday happy hours and events.

    Cons

    Since we're in 15 different locations around the country its hard to get to know everyone you work with outside of email. Sometimes its just nice talking to someone face to face and getting up from your desk to work and due to the distance if you work in a remote office, that's impossible when other departmetns are at headquarters and such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate that managment has demonstrated thru events, meetings, emails town halls etc that they really care about employees and our contributions to the culture and company products and strategy. My advice is to keep the lines of communication open.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart people in an amazing location with a bright future ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CityGrid Media

    Pros

    I love coming to work every day because the majority of people that I work with are smart, energetic, fun, and hungry to succeed. It is a flat organization but there is still significant room for growth and that is very encouraging.

    Cons

    If you can't adapt to a business that changes when it needs to change, then this isn't the place for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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