SAY Media
3.4 of 5 48 reviews
www.saymedia.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

SAY Media Reviews

Updated Feb 1, 2014
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3.4 48 reviews

                             

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Matt Sanchez

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not for everybody

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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

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    Once Great, Maybe Okay agin Soon?

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont make friends too quickly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople 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.

    ConsManagers 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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

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    Micro Managed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsPay is good and they have fun things after work.

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great culture, unconventional compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is at this great size where new employees can "stake out" their existing roles and junior level employees can move up.

    The culture is awesome:
    - a dog-friendly office
    - many happy hours
    - lunch/breakfast once a week
    - boozy holiday parties (x2)
    - unlimited vacation
    - younger (avg age right at 30)
    - yoga classes once a week
    - other small events every month or so (beer tasting, cocktail challenge, cheese making)

    ConsThere are no bonuses. Moving up/getting a raise requires a full title change. No equity and no 401k matching. Our "bonus" is our holiday parties.

    Another con is the ever changing focus of the company. Senior management had a major shift in the past 6 months and with it came a company shift. The overall strategy for becoming the next big media company seemed solid but the execution/results were not that impressive. (Owning second rate sites that attract other second rate sites.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementNarrow down the list of sites to just 1-2 high quality choices. Trying to be a leader in every channel just leads to a watered down list.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience, low pay and slow promotion

    Business Development (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGREAT benefits (unlimited vacation, great parties), fun company portfolio (get to work with top tier publishers)

    ConsCompany gives no equity (doesn't happen too often in Tech), no bonus structure, power struggles with management, no advancement opportunities within your own team, lack of direction, non-competitive salaries

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're not Google, yet. You're a medium sized start-up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great ideas about advertising! Free M&Ms! No room for growth, and poor upper management!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSAY throws incredibly good parties, has an unlimited vacation policy, a dog-friendly HQ, and good compensation for most roles.

    Cons1. There are no clear career paths for most folks-- very few opportunities for promotions or cross-organizational moves. Most of the mid-level managers seem to have a dozen or more direct reports, making it very hard for those folks to have a meaningful one-on-one relationship with their managers and even harder to advance and grow. If you want to be an account manager or a cog on the creative team for the next 5-7 years, than perhaps this is the place for you.

    2. Upper management (VP and above, excluding the CEO) seems to either a) not communicate about anything, b) not agree on anything, or c) be preoccupied with admiring their own brilliance to solve some very real problems that are pervasive throughout the organization-- Profound issues with lack of information/communication, poisonous negativity/passive-aggressiveness, strong-arming responsibilities out of one team and into another, and lack of accountability have been common since the company's inception.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClearly define your roles. Be respectful of each other's functions and keep the negative talk about other execs to yourselves. Keep your appointments with your team members. At least one of you at the very top needs to realize that he is not Steve Jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, always learning new things, good perks.

    ConsLack of direction. Poor policy on promotions and raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop the people you have before you lose more good people

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Turnover Rates Sky High

    (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced, innovative, based in San Francisco, competitive salary structures, and hip. Great marketing vision which doesn't necessarily go hand in hand with all media companies.

    ConsSome departments are in silos and pretty sickly inside out. The media team (publisher dev) in particular has seen a turnover rate of 85-90% in the last 2-3 years. To be fair, it has been a combination of personel leaving on their own and being let go. HR has shown a blind eye to a number of poor reviews on a toxic boss. For a company that prides itself in being in the forefront of emerging media trends Say Media still holds on to some old "slide it under the table and it will go away" habits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your eyes and ears open. Things are different on the inside then reflected in shiny progress reports and great numbers. High turnover is a sign of a sickly company by most performance metrics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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