Milestone Internet Marketing

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Helpful (8)

Not a great company - but great coworkers

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Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Milestone Internet Marketing full-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

The other account managers are very nice and friendly. These guys are SEO rockstars! You'll make some great friends while you refine your trade.

Cons

* Upper Management is very strict with their Account Managers.

* You will be expected to always keep office hours, don't think about skipping out on Friday at 4:45... you're not allowed.

* You'll be expected to work more than 40 hours a week. On a salary pay, this is fine except they don't let you acquire comp hours.

* The work can be very repetitive at times. Filling out the exact same ROI report for 50 accounts, doing the same linkbuilding for 50 plus accounts, and so forth.

* There are LOTS of meetings!

* The bay area is full of jobs with lots of cool perks, gym memberships, free food, etc... this isn't one of them. They occasionally do little parties, but the culture there is so "Forced" it didn't really feel natural or fun (At least for me)

* Super high turn over! Seriously have never seen people move in and out of a job so fast. Management will tell you that these people couldn't cut it.. and that makes you more dedicated than they are, blah blah, blah. Management (Benu) will often tell you just how lucky you are to be working there and given SO many opportunities! For me, I had trouble drinking the kool aid, but maybe that works for some folks.

* There is some serious favoritism going on here. I've always been a very hard worker, but never a cool kid. So I was never on the "Dream team". Not being bitter here, it just seemed a little high schoolish.

* So about half way into my time at Milestone, the CEO brought in a "Leadership Skills Trainer". This consisted of a series of lectures on how to be an effective leader. The presenter came in something like once a week, for 6 weeks, for a 3-4 hour presentation each time. This in itself is a good thing to do for your employees. The problem is they paid for about 25 account managers to attend, but they had 30 account managers on staff. So myself, and 4 others were told that we simply didn't possess any leadership ability at the time, but maybe down the road there would be other opportunities to prove our leadership. Do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to have almost the ENTIRE company in a room for a presentation that you were deemed not worthy to sit in??? It's very uncomfortable.... That's when I decided to quit.

Advice to Management

It would help with turnover if you built a less stressful culture for the account managers.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Learned a lot, but not worth the pain, stress and toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Milestone Internet Marketing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At Milestone Internet Marketing, you can learn a lot if you are willing to put in a lot of time and effort and work after hours.

    You can learn a lot about SEO and PPC campaigns and see direct results on many sites.

    You can learn all the details that go into building an SEO friendly site and how to get top ranking on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

    You will learn how to do targeted e-mail campaigns, track and report ROI and use content management systems.

    Cons

    Lots of tedious tasks.

    Too many clients per account manager.

    Senior management is emotional and often yells at staff and leads by fear.

    Management is very controlling, rude and there is no work/life balance.

    Expectation is that you do everything perfectly or they will find someone who will not only be smarter and better, but will work for less money and not complain.

    This is a small start-up company that has a great formula for their business, but no idea how to manage or deal with people unless they are submissive and do as told, keep their head down type.

    Expectation is that you will work late nights every night of the week.

    Management plays favorites to certain team members and a lot of people are told they are not good enough and this creates a very toxic environment. People are made to feel like other staff members will talk behind their back, so no one should talk to anyone or eat lunch together etc.

    High turnover in staff because of the above mentioned.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage your staff and don't make employees try to turn against each other. You created the toxic, lead by fear environment, hence you get high turnover, un-happy staff and an un-happy company.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Great place to learn about SEO.. but not a great place for long term.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Milestone Internet Marketing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Product
    Great SEO knowledge training
    Great place to launch your career and get your footing
    Great place to experience all aspects of internet marketing

    Cons

    No benefits of working 3+ years like more PTO, SICK Pay etc
    No snacks or company goods in kitchen
    Very little Social Beneifts
    Long Hours
    Low Pay ( working long hours )
    Horrible Upper Management who does not listen employee needs
    No Flexibility if you have kids / family to come in at 9 instead of 8
    No Telecomute

    Advice to Management

    Overall you guys have a great product.. but if you can provide some incentives to your employees to stay long term instead of having a revolving door Milestone can go further and be a industry leader.


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