SAY Media

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SAY Media Reviews

Updated January 10, 2015
Updated January 10, 2015
15 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Unlimited vacation, good location in SOMA (in 7 reviews)

  • SAY Media pays well and offers a great vacation policy (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Benefits are average if you are single and don't care about 401K matching (in 3 reviews)

  • Constant Change and at times overly ambitious (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Business is business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at SAY Media

    Pros

    The people who still work at this company are amazing optimists, able to see the best in a terrible situation and still feel like it will turn out okay.

    Cons

    Part of the reason to work at a startup is the passion your fellow workmates have for the company. It's infectious and great to feel like you're making something amazing. The other reason is the perks and vesting with the potential to make it big via ipo or the like.

    Say's perks are a joke. Occasional lunch, free soda, investment opportunity in a company that will eventually be literally worthless (as just happened to fully vested employees). If they decide layoffs are the best course of action, everyone gets 1 week severance, even if you've been there for 6 years. Don't forget that Say's management is not your family. They'll drop you in a heartbeat if it'll save their butts.

    If you want to work here, decline the options they offer and ask for a higher salary instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late to do the right thing. You've made your choices to sacrifice people who loved your company in exchange for money. Faith in your company is ruined. Enjoy your slowly sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyed most colleagues and the work I was responsible for but was disappointed at how quickly things went sour

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Solutions Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at SAY Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, driven, experienced colleagues that are friendly in and out of the office. Lots of projects to get your hands dirty and take advantage of. Great benefits including reimbursement for transit and cell phone. Advanced products and processes to streamline workflow.

    Cons

    Too many pivots at the cost of great talent. Sneaky, conniving sales folk who are cut throat in getting there way and are ungrateful to those who help them sell-through and manage campaigns. Upper management does not enforce positive company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a strategy and stick with it. Empower your employees to be better versions of themselves. Give bonuses outside of the Sales team. Promote diversity, culture, and mentorship earnestly. Say please and thank you to those who work so hard to make your vision come true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at SAY Media

    Pros

    Amazing sharp talent. Very social environment, good benefits, unlimited vacation.

    Cons

    Too many changes, everyone is disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, not so great upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    fun. good life and work balance. some of them are very very talented.

    Cons

    no 401k matching. upper management was very baring

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, not so great management practices.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 SAY Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peers are bright, friendly people, easy to work with, driven and hardworking.

    Cons

    The company overall doesn't value its employees as much as they should. Although there is a lot of talk of how much of a supportive culture there is at the company, the follow through is dismal. Budgets for employee training & career development via conference participation or educational programs are low or non-existent. Employees who do attend are mostly doing it on their own initiative and taking time off to attend.

    A few years ago the company switched from a performance based compensation to a market based compensation model - which basically means your raise is not based on your performance and achievements, its based on where you are already in comparison to market data and raises are based only on promotions and title changes. This is not a good compensation model for a company that is not in a growth period and already had two major pivots and rounds of lay-offs. When there is no growth, there are limited options for promotions no matter how well an employee excels in your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Be more humble. Value your employees more, and recognize that it is a large group of people who make business ideas come to life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great environment and colleagues. But strategy? Hmm.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific corporate culture, with challenging work, lots of smart colleagues, a strong engineering group and a great deal of room for employee initiative. Benefits are good, as are the regular team/morale-building events (lunches, outings, etc.).

    Cons

    Management. The company has flailed a lot in its search for a successful strategy over the past several years, mostly shrinking as it's gone. Its latest pivot -- to sell its glitzy home-grown CMS system as a new-media publishing platform -- might pay off, but it's still a long shot. And it's probably not a great time to get involved with Say's own site publications -- once the core of its "point of view publishing" strategy -- which the company mostly doesn't seem to know what to do with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like to say "pick one thing and stick to it," but that might be unfair. The online media biz is a tough place to be, and constantly trying out new strategies might be exactly the way to figure out what works. It's just really hard on the employees along the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everybody

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SAY Media full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A handful of extremely intelligent people work at the company, Nice people, free snacks, metro card paid for, pretty good pay.

    Cons

    The atmosphere (loud music, no quiet space at your desk, open concept). I received very little help with learning new things. Worked extremely long hours - almost 11 hours 5 days a week with no over time. Office had mice in the summer, air conditioning problems. A ton of turn over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the constant change. I understand it's a relatively new company, but try something out long enough to know if it's working or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once Great, Maybe Okay agin Soon?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 SAY Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology stack is very interesting. Almost every fancy language makes an appearance--node, python, JS, CSS, HTML5, Go. They own a lot of their internal code, as well, which means a lot of things to learn, but a lot of ways to improve. The company is constantly struggling to define itself and is working to pivot majorly. Employees have a chance to make a major impact, especially considering the size of the company.

    Cons

    They own everything in house, which means constant struggle against in-house made code. Little collaboration with the outside world. They pivot every 3 months -- full re-org, new tech stack, new goals, new people, new desks. The churn is insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something even if it's wrong. You're afraid of failing, but that's hampering your chance to succeed. Decide if you want to become a big 10 company or go IPO or get bought out. Figure out some way to promote people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dont make friends too quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People at Say are nice but they're making this up as they go along. Vacation policy is 'take as much as you need' but the people who take advantage are usually very junior.

    Cons

    Managers are looking out only for themselves and often do not give credit to underlings. They do not support advancement. They do not give raises. They only time they give raises is if someone they are really keen on threatens to leave. Oh, they also re-org four to five times a year and have had several rounds of layoffs, especially with the new investors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop paying for big named editors who you think will get you the headlines you need to be in the game. Invest in the people doing the work. Stop laying off the core of your business. Sanchez should stop playing favorites and show his face from time to time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Micro Managed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and they have fun things after work.

    Cons

    Management picks favorites and same level co-workers think they are managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work spaces are too small. Hard to have phone conversations with clients without person next to having to be quiet. Why no 401k?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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