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MySpace Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
118 Reviews
3.2
118 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits through working for a Fox-owned property (in 7 reviews)

  • Innovative field of social networking, hundreds of millions of users means your code is used by the world, not just grandma next door (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of vision, lots of lay-offs (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor vision of future from senior management team (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tiring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Agent in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Agent in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at MySpace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Fun to say "I worked at myspace".
    -bagel Mondays

    I found that the best part of working at myspace was when I reviewed forum posts.

    Cons

    There are some pictures that should never be uploaded (or taken). I've seen things that I can't forget and that upsets me.

    Blatant favoritism made this place a drag as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop shipping jobs overseas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not recommended

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Agent in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Agent in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at MySpace as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Other than the free food they would sometimes provide, I don't have too many good things to say about MySpace. I was actually here from 07-08, so I'm sure the company has changed since they were sold off by News Corp a few years ago, but even then I could see the demise of this company coming from a mile away. Bad management, no professional development, no willingness to field concerns from employees. It was a real mess back then.

    Cons

    Like a lot of people in Customer Care, I was hired through a temp agency, and not many people were hired for full-time work. Obviously, there were really no benefits, so it felt like the company was just stringing people along, milking everyone for what each person was worth. It made for a depressing experience, and as a result, I don't really have any respect for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They had some people working in management who turned away applicants because perhaps they felt that the people they were interviewing had better qualifications than they did. This does not make for a positive work culture and it turns smart, talented people away from the company. Again, considering its flaws in management, basically promoting people who were there the longest instead of doing that based on merit and performance, I am not surprised how the company turned out in the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    lack of focus has considerably effected their decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun environment, daily lunch stipend

    Cons

    the product has been consistently shodding over the course of at least 3 relaunches. multiple management changes and opinions made gaining any valuable traction nearly impossible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clear out your top level "executives" and hire some people who have actual experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's never going to work even though on the surface it looks "interesting."

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MySpace full-time

    Pros

    Free concert tickets, No one pays attention to you so hours are loose and you can kind of come and go as you please.

    Cons

    The relaunch failed. It used to be a cultural nightmare because on top of a bad reputation the internal politics were endless. Creative and marketing couldn't align till the head of marketing left..and now the creative team got let go, so basically there is 0 direction.

    There is nothing left at MySpace besides great content that no one sees because the brand is dead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let it go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    MySpace acquired my team in 2010

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at MySpace full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't think of anything positive to say

    Cons

    It was pretty grim, especially at that time. Felt like a ghost ship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great co-workers, aimless company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun/animated co-workers, many of whom become great friends.
    Pay ranges from so-so to slightly above-market.
    Free lunch on-site.
    Located in sunny SoCal.

    Cons

    Company couldn't establish a clear vision.
    Management, while comprised of many smart people, was relatively inexperienced.
    Company tried to do too much at once, making most products subpar.
    FAR too much red tape to get very simple things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick one focus, establish the vision, and stick with it.
    Communicate said vision every single day.
    Minimize red tape -- far too many cooks in the kitchen for very simple product/feature updates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting at first, but ultimately frustrating and demoralizing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

    From 2005-2007, it was a fun, vibrant atmosphere. Pros include living in California, cutting edge online technology, free lunch, and friendly employees,

    Cons

    From early-2008 onward (after Facebook took the social networking lead), the party was clearly over. Suddenly there was a complete lack of focus, lack of transparency, and embarrassingly low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point, cut your losses and sell the company. The purchaser should be of a mindset similar to a real estate developer who's purchased a dilapidated building on a good piece of property -- destroy and rebuild.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company but you can feel that its declining

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

    Work is actually very challenging. Managers are good and coworkers are reasonably competent

    Cons

    Company is on the way down and you can feel the desperation in the executives. Work is piled up in a desperate move to stop the decline. The worst part is none of the work you do will ever be appreciated by the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better Product managers that have real web industry experience instead of former baristas, wannabe musicians and journalists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

    Company is well known. Situated in Beverly Hills.

    Cons

    No good managers. Management is full of idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change your managing staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Software development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

    Some of the cutting edge stuff used in development, if you get to work on it.
    Fancy food on the 3rd floor cafe, if that's important to you.
    Flex work hours.

    Cons

    Poor vision.
    Poor inter/intra team communications. Lack of cross team coordination, Lack of accountability. Release dates are picked seemingly arbitrarily and discarded easily without a second thought. Aggressive schedules often lead to inferior product, that supposedly gets pushed to a phase 2 schedule, which never pans out. Usually phase 2 involves a re-architecture.
    Managers do not provide any feedback(positive or negative),
    Employees are on the edge most of the time,
    Information sharing is not encouraged, employees avoid sharing, seemingly it provides them job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop some management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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