Cyberactive Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Sales and Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cyberactive full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, nice people, nice location

    Cons

    Disconnect between managers and departments, low pay and no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into your employees

  2. An Unqualified Company with a Revolving-Door Business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cyberactive

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

    Pros

    - A very few people in the company are down-to-earth and will be willing to help to get the job done.

    - Nice location at the heart of Beverly Hills. Plenty of places nearby to eat during your lunch.

    Cons

    - Some people in the company are not team players, have their own agenda, and have the tendency to brown nose other people's work in order to hold onto their jobs and gain favor from the boss.

    - There is a communication barrier between each department which only complicates things and eventually confuses everyone, which results in, 1. not getting the job done, 2. delayed tasks for several weeks or 3. the person responsible of such task getting the heat despite all the confusion from other fellow co-workers.

    - Forget being paid overtime for staying longer at work to finish your tasks; the only bonuses you will get are BONUS work and stress. Such thing does not exist in the company's vocabulary.

    - Be prepared to work beyond your job description. You will be doing things you don't normally handle or have no prior experience on. You learn on-the-job with no formal training, you are on your own.

    - No benefits at all. Doesn't matter whether you work 50 hours a week or have been in the company for a long time.

    - You will be under surveillance at all times. Your computers, keystrokes, phone calls, clock-ins / clock-outs, lunch time, bathroom visits, breaks, activities are heavily monitored and documented.

    - The owner should not be micromanaging everyone and their tasks. It only makes everything confusing for everyone. That's why there are managers or directors for a reason, if not for their titles then what are they.

    - The parking is ridiculous. The spots are extremely limited and the ones entitled to have one are only the important employees according to the boss and management apparently. Otherwise, the parking from three blocks away is yours for the taking.

    - There is no organized process or development role map of how things should be, even a step-by-step solution. Your work often gets out of the loop simply because there are too many hands in the cookie jar. It's unbelievable.

    - Bear in mind that you are indispensable anytime. 7 days, 7 months, a year... it doesn't matter. Once your job is done or once they think your job is done, you are gone. Make no mistakes or swallow the consequences.

    - There is no personal growth and career development. The things you learn will only be applicable within the company, not outside.

    - The pay is not competitive either. Ask for a raise and you will get a raised eyebrow.

    Advice: Save yourself from the stress, it's not worth it. The workplace environment is full of negative vibes and your cons clearly outweigh your pros. Apply here only as your last resort. If you have other options, take them.

    Advice to Management

    - None. Keep doing what you do.

  3. Helpful (2)

    End of the road company

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Cyberactive (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    none you may ask other employees around. not a lot are willing to talk about it.

    Cons

    dead end job.
    overworked.
    underpaid.
    15 mins break only no pay.
    no raise no bonus.
    no 401k.
    low morale.
    very quick turn over.
    no job security.
    no room for growth.
    no motivation for employees.
    poor communication.
    expect to work overtime.
    no formal training.
    no benefits.
    duties outside your experience.
    hire people at a cheaper rates.
    people come and go easy.
    incompetent employees.
    unprofessional environment.
    sales quotas must be met everyday.
    favoritism.
    illegal monopolization.
    abuse of humanity.
    non sense tasks.
    lazy workers.
    horrible leadership.
    unethical behavior.
    ethnic preference.
    no possibility of career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    train future employees. don't let soon to be fired employees to train new employees. it's an uncivil method.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    DON'T APPLY HERE!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cyberactive

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

    Pros

    cannot think of one sorry

    Cons

    the pay is absolute crap whether you're very good at your job or not. you're gonna be paid the lowest offer possible sometimes schedules start from 7am-3pm...who wants to go to the office so early tons of unnecessary stress. screen your employees better don't just hire anyone who will do anything you say. a lot of lazy ppl pretending to work job duties irrelevant. no management mass hiring mass firing everyday new people

    good luck!!!

  6. Excellent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Sales in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Contractor - Sales in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Cyberactive as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This company is great and has a nice management team.

    Cons

    The team is small and sometimes it can be a bit boring but great start.

    Advice to Management

    They need to promote more from within and grow.

  7. Helpful (6)

    A Disorganized Company with a Sub-Par Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - The company offers some flexible hours and, depending on your position, some personal/holiday days.

    - Most of the employees who work there are extremely nice and willing to help in whatever way possible. It's a good family vibe.

    - New ideas are often welcome if you can provide good support for why they should be implemented.

    Cons

    - The other management is not on top of the work processes. The project leads have no project management ability of note, and very limited understanding of the scope for any of the web-based projects that are requested.

    - They're not competitive with their pay. If you find a job ad from them listing a certain salary "Depending on Experience", be prepared to get 10-15k less than that after they offer you the position regardless of how impressive your resume is. Once you start working there, you'll have to spend the first year or two working to reach the salary that was initially listed on the ad.

    - Because of the company's lack of understanding of how to pay competitively in a web development/technology field in Los Angeles, you will always be working with sub-par developers and creative teams who are contracted overseas.

    - There is no medical/dental, no 401k, and you will have to work 45 hours per week to receive your full salary. If you want to work a standard 40-hour work week, your pay will be cut.

    - There is no formal QA process, and the management constantly has to be reminded what step of the development process comes next (Example: website creative comps will be sent off to HTML without being approved, business requirements and use-case documents won't even be reviewed before development occurs).

    - Everything is heavily monitored. Every keystroke of your keyboard is recorded. All of your phone calls are recorded. You are videotaped 24/7. Your 30-minute lunch break is very closely monitored through clocking in and out with a thumbprint scan.

    - Communication is lacking. No one ever has any idea what anyone else is doing. There are no regular status meetings and no hot sheets or project lists. Most employees have no experience in a web-development field or with anything technology-related and just follow what they're told to do.

    - No formal training is ever provided. You will be given work that is not in your initial job description and not within your work experience, and you will be expected to learn it on your own. This is not necessarily because they don't want to take the time to train you. It's because no one who works there will have the right knowledge to train you properly. You will not get paid extra for this work, even if you ask.

    Advice to Management

    1. Pay competitively and offer medical/dental and paid time off after a certain length of employment. You aren't doing anything to encourage employee loyalty, and you have a revolving door business model to show for it.

    A project manager who oversees QA, development, copywriting, and project creation should be making at least $40k. With a couple years experience, you should be paying them $50k. The people you snare for $16/hr. aren't experienced enough to know better, and you shouldn't be hiring them.

    2. Screen your employees more effectively. Get someone with a good amount of business management skills in the digital field to oversee all of the projects full time.

    3. Learn more about digital development processes so you have a better understanding of how quality digital products are created.

    4. The owner/president/CEO of a company shouldn't be micromanaging everything. It's inefficient.

    5. You desperately need a dedicated QA person/s. You should NOT be using customers as your quality control. Help tickets should be supplementary - not your entire QA process.

  8. All the support, None of the B.S.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Writer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cyberactive

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Worked here for nearly a year. Never once had a problem. Got work from remote boss, but had his boss in my office. Both were great to work with, gave great advice on projects, never took their own problems out on employees like most managers I've worked under. I simply got the work, always had someone patient to turn to with questions, and got plenty of positive reinforcement when things went well.

    Cons

    Work was a little boring at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing.

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