SAY Media Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great office, nice people, poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    great location, nice people, good culture and a lot of events and fun, unlimited time off!

    Cons

    not sure if this company makes any money, spending all the time, and then can't pay the bills, recently management shifted strategy *again* from brand creation to increasing advertising prices, why did it take them so long to figure out? not paying the bills should have been a big clue. explains high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to make a profit, stop letting HR drive salaries down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ideally, a cool place to work but upper management is a catastrophe.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -Unlimited vacation
    -Fun culture
    -Budding media/tech company
    -Fun brands

    Cons

    -Pay: unless you are an engineer, expect to get underpaid & overworked
    -High turnover: most people that work here have been employed with SAY for less than a year, expect at least one person a week to leave the company
    -Office politics: A lot of people here don't get along. It has to do with poor on-boarding and mismanaged departments. Collaboration with other departments is hard, people try too hard to grab credit instead of recognizing the efforts of the entire team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency. You need to be more transparent with ALL your employees, not just the ones you favor. Dissolve the office politics, it's a complete waste of everyone's time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Decent day job with no future.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SAY Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed office environment and friendly people. The company gives you as many other perks as it can afford to make up for the fact that it can't do much for your career.

    Cons

    Be careful if you accept a 'design' position in the 'studio' at Say. You will be used as a mindless tool and piece of human software for the sales department. You will work under talentless people with nothing to teach you and are entirely focused on deadlines. You will complain, your complaints will be heard, and then immediately disregarded. When working at Say you will quickly learn how the 'corporate game' works and what it's like to be a number in the system. If you're able to accept it for what it is, working there can be a decent day job before finding a real job/ career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    XoJane internship was

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media as an intern

    Pros

    snax. satellite radio (nice but distracting in the office).

    Cons

    Teaching Jane Pratt how to use cut and paste on the computer. Transcribing hours of vapid celebrity interviews, for articles never published. Receiving good feedback for articles I wrote, which were then never published.

    No pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay interns if they are the ones doing the work-- the internship program offered little to no training and XoJane would not exist were it not for the interns-- the site was launched on the backs of those who were unpaid.

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

    "New" focus every 6 months.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They can leave you alone... (really a pro?)

    Cons

    They keep changing the mission of the company. So be careful and ask about the last change of company focus if you're planing to get in here. This is signs pointing to trouble quarters ahead...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involve with daily operation and please, oh please, get rid of all of those managers/schedule wranglers and middle yes man... ppplllleeeaassse...... they all tried to safe their butt...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Buyer Beware

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAY Media

    Pros

    Free Breakfast or lunch once per week. There are some very good people that work here.

    Cons

    High stress and long hours. Company is aggressive but needs a direction. At times, it felt like every department was going in different directions to obtain extremely high objectives. HQ building in SF was getting crowded so basement in building was rented for extra space. The basement was previously used to stash furniture but now it holds people. Also, Air conditioner in summer breaks every year for weeks and you are expected to sweat it out at your desk. Benefits are average if you are single and don't care about 401K matching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hit the reset button and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend

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