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Helpful (5)

Just wow

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Millennial Media

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

Pros

I've never seen a company fall apart so quick.

Cons

This whole charade probably won't last much longer.

Advice to Management

Get out while you can.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the pros sadly are from before the co-founder and CTO left. When I started it was listed in Baltimore magazine as one of the best places to work in the area -- not anymore! I suppose you still get a reasonable salary with some nice perks (free drinks, etc.) You also work with some really good people -- although many of the best people left or are leaving after the management shakeup. To be fair the company used to be so good that I suppose it makes the current state of the company seem that much worse.

    Cons

    After the co-founder and CTO left they went through a series of frankly bad moves. First they fired all of the tech managers (including the people in charge of QA.) This caused quality to seriously drop. So they bought a much less successful company from Boston and had their people replace all of the managers they just fired. The new managers wanted to try to replace all of the Baltimore tech (not perfect but was well tested and is making most of our revenue) with Boston tech (many problems and frankly some parts don't work at all.) We basically spent 6 months trying to put features that were already in the Baltimore tech into the Boston tech (and in most cases the resultant product wasn't as well engineered as what was always in the Baltimore tech.) They are now backing off that position but the damage has been done. A huge amount of the best people who knew the most about the Baltimore tech have now left the company (Baltimore tech is still making the lion's share of the revenue and the Boston tech cannot replace it without serious work and maybe even a re-write.) The people who are left are going to have to take years to relearn how everything works. If you ask "does anyone know anything about such and such software from the Baltimore tech?" and you get a lot of "no, everyone who did left." I think they can probably recover from this but it will likely take quite a while (in the mean time the company's competitors haven't exactly stopped innovating.)

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you should check to see if a company's algorithms actually work before you buy them; not after you buy them, place all of the people at the new company in charge of technology, and then have them try to replace all of your tech with their tech (thus forcing many of your best people to find other companies.)


  2. Helpful (5)

    Where common sense goes to die.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Millennial Media full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of smart, talented and inventive people who want to make a difference and do amazing things. The culture created by the employees is strong, far stronger than the one the company tries to push.

    Cons

    Poor communication internally, even non-existent at times. Utter lack of direction since the merger. There has been zero integration plan to date. No one is taking responsibility either which is baffling to see at the senior exec level. Where is the accountability? Engineers are leaving in record numbers, can't get necessary work done to operate efficiently or potentially scale. There is a general inability to attract solid talent which is a vicious cycle. We have far more attrition than anyone can keep up with. The identity of the company since the merger seems in question. The Baltimore HQ no longer has the weight it used to but those here haven't fully recognized that. Career pathing isn't a focus in most orgs. It depends on the individual managers to make something out of nothing in that regard. Be more aggressive about cutting the under performers. There are too many hanging on and being mediocre and it's poisoning the environment for those who perform.

    Advice to Management

    Get an integration plan before you lose any more good talent. Give employees a reason to be invested in the company. Show more interest in the employees. Truly create a culture of accountability and let common sense rule. Execs need to take responsibility for the missteps thus far and show a strategic plan moving forward.


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