Collective Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Love this company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Collective

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture! No micromanaging (you are free to do whatever you want as long as you get your work done) All management is very involved in the day-to-day

    Cons

    Because it is a startup, things are always changing! If you are okay with constant change then this isn't really a con.


  2. Work at Collective full-time

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

    I have been working at Collective

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

    Pros

    The people and culture, regular team happy hours.

    Cons

    Management and poor communication. Lack of focus on resources needed to succeed. Future direction is unclear which leads to high turnover and instability.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great engineering team

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

    I have been working at Collective full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is changing it's business model, and it requires building a lot of new products. Awesome people and great engineering culture. Challenging problems and lot's of freedom and responsibility on engineering side. All new products developed using bleeding edge technologies.

    Cons

    Not so great PTO. Some of the old applications are not so great, but it's a sad truth of life.


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  5. Lack of Focus

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Collective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Office, great people, free snacks

    Cons

    High turnover, lack of focus on strategy and poor management


  6. meh...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Collective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some talented people. Good snacks.

    Cons

    Some untalented people, and disorganization. It's ad-tech...

    Advice to Management

    Change industries


  7. Helpful (2)

    Can

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Collective (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Compensation for some mobile expenses * Snacks available * Monthly Pizza day * Periodic team-building meals * More branded mugs, water bottles and cheap crackerbox trinkets than you know what to do with

    Cons

    * Doesn't support all of their products, so they perform poorly * Teams with under performing products are routinely fired * Management structure is constantly changing, so you never know who you report to * Hierarchy is overly complicated. You may have to report to 4 people for different things * Because of people leaving or restructuring, it's possible there is no one you report to, to approve expenses, etc. * Teams are very insular and there's not a lot of communication between offices * Everything seems focused on New York. If you're not there, be prepared to sit in on long meetings where they talk about themselves. * Projects unexpectedly change direction or are cancelled. No idea where they're going.

    Advice to Management

    Stop adding upper management and keep people doing the work. Support the products that people are producing and they will perform. Treat your employees well and they will make you successful.


  8. Data Scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible hours, plenty of autonomy, respect within the company, no micromanagement, freedom to solve problems using methods of your choice, strong CEO

    Cons

    You have to wade through a crowd of Times Square tourists to get from the train to the office. A large-scale structural consolidation is coming to the ad tech industry, and it is uncertain how this will effect Collective

    Advice to Management

    Keep the flexible work schedules and non-corporate feel of the technical organization; this is what attracts smart people


  9. Helpful (1)

    In an ever-evolving industry, Collective remains on the forefront of innovation.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Collective full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Ad Tech industry is not synonymous with stability; oversaturation, strong competition, and highly informed consumers. In order for an Ad Tech company to survive, the technology must evolve with shifts in market demand. Collective has successfully pivoted through multiple phases and remains on the forefront of innovation, offering a product suite that is highly sought after in the marketplace. To work at Collective, you are given the opportunity to truly make a difference. Regardless of your role, processes are not static and new ideas are not only welcomed, but encouraged. It is rewarding to see the Company evolve and remain profitable throughout Collective’s 10 years of operations. In 2015, the executive team is more aligned than ever on strategy, vision, and product roadmap. Also, ambitious employees can quickly make a name for themselves and grow within the organization. Additional Perks: - Professional but casual culture - Competitive Compensation Packages - Snacks in the office - “Pizza Thursdays” - Recurring Office Competitions (Movember, Fitness Challenges, etc.) - Office Happy Hours - “Lunch & Learn” sessions with the Executive Team to discuss various topics of interest - Modern and Trendy office space equipped with a ping pong table, shuffle board and other games - “Work Hard, Play Hard” environment

    Cons

    If you are not a “self-starter”, you may be overwhelmed by the fast-paced environment and evolving business/industry. You must be able to adapt to these changes in order to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    To reduce the attrition rate, management should spend more time recognizing lower-level employees’ efforts. This will help promote morale and a more inclusive environment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    much management reshuffle

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Collective full-time

    Pros

    good industry. good benefits and salary

    Cons

    much management reshuffle makes it difficult to stay focused on job

    Advice to Management

    pick a road and stay on it


  11. Helpful (3)

    New space - differnt company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Collective full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    New Space with new technology, good benefits and good bonus program. New Hire Happy hour where you get to meet all the executives.

    Cons

    Collective used to be a great place to work, I recently left this month and it was a very sad parting but I had to leave as there is no direction on products which change names every few months along with executives in the company. After one of the founders retired the company went into a downward spiral instead of moving forward with an IPO. New C-Level executives frequently change, one lasted 3 days and walked out. The atmosphere is very negative and company does not treat employee's with respect rather a keep your head down and do your job or you'll be replaced. CEO used to care and be on the ground but gives speeches about how good we are doing while employee's are dropping like flies. CTO is relatively new but has sent a clear message of gutting the technology teams and replacing them with folks from Canada, it has become very clicky. Also since product names and direction change every 6 months it's very hard on sales and probably explains why we have Sublette our new space to multiple tenants just to keep the lights on. Collective used to be a great place to work and there was a lot of synergy among the teams and the executives, unless you’re looking for an unstable environment with a low moral I would not recommend working here. They have stooped so low as to put up fake reviews here on glass door and then gave an award to the HR person who did it at a Town hall. Bottom line - STAY AWAY!

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the values that Collective had 2011 as it really was an awesome place to work. Stop lying to employee's and hopefully you can make the comeback of a lifetime rather then look good for an acquisition



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