Federated Media Publishing

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Updated June 5, 2015
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  1. Better then any alternative

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

    I have been working at Federated Media Publishing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, diverse projects to work on, ability to own things you work on.

    Cons

    Some folks who need constant direction and step by step instructions will not do well here. The environment expects everyone to proactively contribute. This is a pro or a con depending on what type of person you are.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great to have more cross org meetings and events.


  2. On the decline

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

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing full-time

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

    Pros

    If you put in your time, they're generally flexible with things like working from home when you need it. Decent, but not great pay.

    Cons

    -Tons of internal politics.
    -Adversarial relationship between the sales and operations teams stemming from lack of cohesive direction from senior leadership.
    -New leadership after the acquisition by LIN Media shook things up seemingly just to shake things up - without seeing any improvement in sales record or revenue.
    -Acquistion killed what was left of an (albeit already declining) amazing culture.
    -Acquisition worsened benefits, which became even WORSE after merger with Media General a year later.
    -Has a horrible track record of rolling out "big ideas" to the sales team without any sort of planning as to how these ideas will be executed or what they will cost. The outcome is confused chaos on a day to day basis to which nobody, including management, can provide directions or answer.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page. Mid-management sends down directives that conflict with the goals of other teams, leading to constant in-fighting. People from the sales, marketing/planning, and operations team like each other, but are forced to pursue different goals which leads to a tense workplace.

    If you're going to roll out a new offering, consider working with the operations team to make sure it can be priced and executed before telling the sales team to go sell it.


  3. Intense and Chaotic

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

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - sitting at the cutting edge of advertising and media
    - learn how brands think about marketing and digital marketing in particular

    Cons

    - hard to follow priorities
    - hard to be a rapidly changing company in a rapidly changing industry

    Advice to Management

    - focus on communication - people are loyal - just communicate fully with them.


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  5. Start-up atmosphere with large public company backing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Sale in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Post Sale in New York, NY

    I have been working at Federated Media Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management is very flexible and will listen (but you have to engage them). Work life balance best I've experienced although this is clearly something you earn. A lot of smart and creative people to work with. Ability to own pretty much anything when you prove capable and drive some sort of metric of success in that area first. There is little hierarchy in the sense that you are prevented from working on something of interest because it is "above your paygrade"

    Cons

    From a career stand point there isn't much because I feel the experience you can get at FM is second to none elsewhere.

     The CON is you have to be proactive in managing your career and in showing you can take on ownership in areas of interest. Some people are not comfortable doing this

    Advice to Management

    Move the integration of companies along.


  6. Great people, great ideas

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Federated was always one of the most innovative digital media companies around. Creative people, creative executions, fueled by lots of passion. It was a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Creativity is often the enemy of scale. Coming up with products that could scale to the "billions" while retaining the promise of creative execution was always a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    It's been a while since I was there and ownership has changed, so it's difficult to say. But Federated has a great brand that can live on if they continue to introduce new product executions.


  7. Was great for a long time but management engagement fell off perceptibly.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing full-time

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

    Pros

    I had great success in finding like minded people to work with and the energy in the early days was awesome. Employees were really excited about the product and the website partners. I had little issue with the benefits or salary structure.

    Cons

    Cons were multiple shifts in senior management, major 'pivots' in direction and declining sales. FM is no longer what it once was, with the acquisition I'm not sure it's gotten any better.


  8. Great people. Innovation to keep the business successful was a struggle.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The culture was great. Work/Life balance was the best I've seen in NYC. You could see how management was investing in the talent and trying to maintain a strong, fresh culture.

    Cons

    The business model wasn't adjusted quickly enough to stay with the industry. Within most departments, there is no room to move up- horizontal hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    moving towards integrated teams would help


  9. Lacking in direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federated Media Publishing part-time

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

    Pros

    It's a great relaxed environment w/ great pay and cool people. Good office location too

    Cons

    There is a definitey lack of communication between senior management and everyone else. It led to many problems down the line.


  10. great idea in theory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great people, awesome content to sell

    Cons

    poorly organized internally, company is unsure of their identity

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees better


  11. Recurring layoffs and unstable leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Federated Media Publishing full-time

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

    Pros

    They pay well, are well-respected in the industry, and have nice offices.

    Cons

    Layoffs happen like clockwork each year, making everyone on-edge. The leadership is all over the place, with people coming and going (and coming back and going again) often. The people can be nice but are actually cliquey. They blatantly value the programmatic side over content, which was their bread and butter.



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