Glam Media

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Glam Media Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
41 Reviews
2.5
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glam Media

    Pros

    Such a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Can't think of many cons.

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied

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

    I worked at Glam Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's not a lot you can say that is positive, unless the fact that there are other people in the same boat as you is a positive. You are not alone in your frustration. The company is solely focused on the bottom line. Although they have no problem paying $500K+ to the highest executives and founders who no longer contribute, they easily eliminate jobs at the $50K level to make their quarterly numbers when sales are off.

    Cons

    The sales effort is smoke and mirrors. Clients only reach out to Glam to get a low rate and high reach, not to get quality. The company's ad products are a decade old, the blogging network is junior and their content integration offerings are stale. The product team is not innovative. Nor are the analytics offerings as they have proprietary systems that are not in line with what is offered by companies like Google and comScore and DoubleClick. Clients rarely return as their campaigns were run incorrectly by Glam or they found the company too difficult to work with. This means that Sales Executives have a very hard time retaining clients and keeping relationships. This leads to high turnover in sales which in turn affects the necessary staffing in all other departments, so layoffs are common. Upper management is out of touch, and no department is very happy: creative, tech, production, finance, strategy and operations are all looking to leave if they haven't already. It's a tell-tale sign when the head of HR leaves and within a few months the replacement also leaves. Turnover is very common, as are layoffs. And the CEO is unsavory but everyone kisses up to him in fear of their jobs. Blaming others is a big trend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire expert creative and stop having the creative development done off-shore. Hire real producers who know how to communicate and meet deadlines. Hire a robust analytics department. Get rid of dead weight at the top of the food chain who are making things up as they go along. Don't be a catalyst to office politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    unfocused

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

    I have been working at Glam Media as a contractor

    Pros

    the largest pro about Glam Media is people. Across divisions and groups, there appears to be great bond among employees. Great friendships have been found and some of my colleagues like each other so much, they have become roommates.

    Cons

    Aside from the people described in the pro, everything else about the company is not bright. Management makes decisions on the fly and priorities can shift over night. The CEO has a "vision" of Glam being a comprehensive advertising platform and service; but the Company simply does not have a focus or specialty. Everything done by the company is "ok" and nothing spectacular. In addition to the lack of focus, there's also the fact that the company is constantly behind the tech curve. The current initiatives are all reactionary to the market and other companies have already done it and done it well. There is nothing innovative; just trying to jump into hot markets 3 year too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FOCUS. Pick something the company is doing and try to develop some expertise around it; instead of trying to offer a "combo meal". The company does not have all the available resources to invest in EVERYTHING.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worse!

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

    I have been working at Glam Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great set of people. Made some good friends.

    Cons

    High turnover. Management taking credit for your hard work. Bonuses are rarely paid. Expect to work hard and not get recognized for it. CEO thinks this company is "Apple" and has NO CLUE, his performances in meetings are comical. IPO opportunity went out the window 3 years ago!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees, focus on making this company a better place to work at. read the reviews!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A good first internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Intern in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Community Intern in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Glam Media as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly friendly group of people, good look into how an online advertising company operates, free breakfast MWF/other good perks

    Cons

    Not a client-facing company (all client work is conducted online), very introverted group of people, not the best place for outgoing individuals who want to be interacting with their team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal communication needs work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Media Planner

    Current Employee - Sales Planner
    Current Employee - Sales Planner

    I have been working at Glam Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offers great products and great product training

    Cons

    No place to grow. Management doesn't recognize their talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing and growing your talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Goo internship program

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

    I worked at Glam Media as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They really try to make the internship program beneficial, the presentations were helpful. People are wonderful and willing to help.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt they didn't trust me to do more challenging work, stuck doing the same thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The environment was exciting and I enjoyed interning there.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Glam Media as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The environment, the people, content

    Cons

    Smaller company, not very active throughout office

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, but not a mature organization...

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

    I have been working at Glam Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great. Free breakfast and lots of snacks. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Over dependency on India for core products. Don't pay out bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer clear career paths to employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity missed

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

    I have been working at Glam Media full-time

    Pros

    Start up culture, good work/life balance, great co-workers

    Cons

    Poor planning, lack of focus, executive management is disfunctional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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