Big Spaceship Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Coder

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Spaceship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The staff here is very friendly

    Cons

    Although unfriendly, management tends to be unorganized at times

  2. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to get your start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Spaceship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, talented employees, effort made towards supporting extracurricular activities, dog friendly (or is this a con?).

    Cons

    Open work space can be distracting, mediocre pay, little acknowledgement for tenure/effort/hours spent committed to delivering on time/above expectation, dog friendly (or could this be a pro?).

    Advice to Management

    Reconnect with the spirit that the company was founded in, acknowledge those that devote their lives (literally) to making your company into a place at which you're proud to call yourselves management.

  3. Doesn't live up to the hype

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    Current Employee - Strategist in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Big Spaceship full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A few very smart people, dogs, snacks, good location.

    Cons

    Ego management, out of the box thinking is a myth, old dogs who think they understand the digital ecosystem, clunkiest transition to social media ever, not a lot of true love for the people who are making the work.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up. Being 10minutes late to a Monday 30 is NOT a big deal. Certainly the powers that be aren't paying attention to those who are consistently working 12 hour days. Stop surrounding yourself with "yes" people and embrace the employees that make you uncomfortable, they are the ones who are changing the industry in other companies and rendering BSS obsolete.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Coasting on a great reputation.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Spaceship full-time

    Pros

    There are so many talented people here in nearly every capacity. Dog friendly.

    Cons

    Staff doesn't get the support they deserve or need. Management feels very separate from the rest of the company. I thought it would be different than it was.

    Advice to Management

    The culture is very defined but doesn't feel genuine. All the pieces for a great company are there but they don't fit together. It's like someone who looks great on a dating site but when you meet them, they're what they described but very lackluster.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Big Spaceship

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

    I have been working at Big Spaceship full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Talented, inspiring, and first rate professionals in most cases.

    Cons

    Too much ego, hypocrisy, lack of follow through, and general inconsistency in some senior ranking personnel.

  7. Good values, big shakeup, young at heart, old in some ways.

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    Former Employee - Technologist in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Technologist in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Big Spaceship full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They value coders to a degree.

    Cons

    They can't get out of being a social agency.

    Advice to Management

    Fund research projects and competitions.

  8. Has great qualities / philosophy and potential but wasn't what I thought it would be

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

    I worked at Big Spaceship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A lot of smart, talented people interested in learning and in creating good work, small enough where you feel like you can make a difference, people really get digital strategy, design and UX, lack of formal departments is nice, open work space and nice neighborhood

    Cons

    Political environment with weird vibes existing between non-departments, bit of a boys' club, lack of communication between upper management and staff, people with attitudes last longer than they should, easy to get pigeon holed, not very creatively stimulating on the day to day.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with your staff more often, encourage people to work outside of their usual teams, maybe establish a system to ensure that individuals are learning and growing in their careers. Encourage more conceptual thinking to make smart strategic and design work more memorable.

  9. not the best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Big Spaceship full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    really great talent, great people, you can bring your dog

    Cons

    pay is shitty, management is crazy

    Advice to Management

    pony up

  10. Helpful (3)

    Not the great place everyone says it is

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Big Spaceship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Really great clients. I'll say that again, because it's pretty much the only real benefit to working here: REALLY GREAT CLIENTS.

    Cons

    This place gets a lot of hype and I'm not sure why. It's not a good place to work. I found it (along with those on my team) to be a very depressing place to work. The space is damp, dark and very uninspiring. Bring some Valium. It feels like a sweatshop (there is an ACTUAL sweatshop down the hall), and they treat you like it working until 9 or 10 on the regular. The pay was okay. They hire a lot of freelancers and interns for very short periods of time, and so there is a lot of turn.

    It's also not really an ad agency. It's much more of an expensive development shop, which is cool if that's what you're looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Create some kind of HR practice within the company. A lot of your employees are depressed. The little events here and there help, but the day-to-day... it's a lot worse than you might realize.

  11. Great culture, you learn a ton

    • 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 Big Spaceship full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A very friendly workplace, coworkers are great
    Hours aren't too bad (10-7 generally) unless there's something big on
    Dog-friendly
    Fantastic clients
    Forward thinking and creative - all ideas are welcomed
    Educational environment - they hire their interns

    Cons

    Difficult to move past senior roles
    More natural light would be nice
    Not terribly generous with pay

Big Spaceship Photos

Foosball in the breakroom (Photo thanks to Flickr user jenschapter3, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)
Office - after work (Photo thanks to Flickr user jenschapter3, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)
Office - no cubicles (Photo thanks to Flickr user jenschapter3, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)

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