IAC Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    pretty building with poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IAC

    Pros

    free snacks, bagel friday, great service by the facility folks, pretty building, great holiday party, great view from the 9th floor

    Cons

    poor management and leadership, extravagant spending on things that are not needed or necessary within the companies, young kids with huge sense of entitlement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not sure what kind of advice i could give to the leadership of IAC since i know it wouldn't matter what i say here.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    What Barry wants, Barry gets

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IAC

    Pros

    Interesting business model, forward thinking in the media space

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the top; favoritism; little respect for due process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its all about the business and not about the employees; for better retention think about the employees who are not the "favorites"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Don't go to Edison if you want to build a career.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edison, NJ

    I have been working at IAC

    Pros

    Everyone else except the management people are very talented engineers. The very few remaining good engineers are very friendly, helpful, and respectful. You can learn new stuff.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional, promotions are based on whether you work on the hottest project at the time of evaluation and not on your past full year of work. Annual review is useless. No career or salary growth unless you know the right people. Talent is unhappy and leaving rapidly. HR person is wonderful but powerless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off more managers. Hire more engineers. 2 layers of managers are enough for an efficient productive company. Focus on career growth. Stop giving useless gifts. Remuneration and company events matter more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Tough but fun

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    Former Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Oakland, CA

    I worked at IAC

    Pros

    Challenging issues and working with smart dedicated employees who strive to help one another. Good colloboration even under duress and heavy workloads. Fast paced and always something new to learn. Fun work environment includes regular socializing and team building. Welcoming environment for new employees.

    Cons

    Lots of management turnover make for a new strategy every year. Frequent New York and California culture clash results in poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent in expectations.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Great parent company, disorganized division

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at IAC

    Pros

    Great building, fantastic perks, young, smart and fun colleagues, diverse businesses, great reputation, solid, reliable business model, good corporate energy

    Cons

    Disjointed sub-divisions, poor management within those divisions, lack of communication and very little incentive to be more efficient and very little recognition of accomplishments and dedication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the management running some of your divisions. See to it that talented people are utilized to their fullest capacity, encouraged to be proactive, and rewarded for doing a job well.

    Approves of CEO
  7. Great for skills and resume-building experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at IAC

    Pros

    Very smart people, generally very helpful and on the same page. Concerned with making sure work gets done in an efficient manner. Informal development incredibly effective.

    Cons

    Lower compensation than some other comparable jobs, though not embarrassingly so. Formal development opportunities could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a strong strategy for short, medium, and long term. Ensure that employees are communicated with proactively, not just in response to events, if business outlook and processes change.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. A changing environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IAC

    Pros

    Relaxed and casual place makes it easy to focus on work. Friendly employees. Diverse work force, in age and ethnic backgrounds.

    Cons

    Steady reorganizations and changes in management can be disconcerting. Changes in vision take time to develop and get communicated throughout organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways for all employees to communicate with top management (anonymously, if possible). Lots of people have good ideas and feedback to share, but lack effective upward communication paths.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Downhill all the way..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edison, NJ

    I worked at IAC

    Pros

    You will definitely have an opportunity to get your feet wet and learn a few things particularly if you are in the early stages of your career

    Cons

    There was too much politics being played out in the company and very little time spent in actually working towards achieving the stated objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people who actually have leadership and management skills to manage the people. And try to implement a meritocracy, favoritism is bound to take the company down.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. Extremely dysfunctional business with horrendous leadership

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at IAC

    Pros

    In the correct corporate function, this can be an excellent place to build your resume and show you worked at rapidly growing sexy internet business which comes complete with an excellent calling card to meet starving startup businesses and the VC community. The people at IAC are ordinarily the smartest in the room. Work life balance is a priority and compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    While Diller and his cabinet are sophisticated deal makers they are absolutely terrible business managers. For this reason, the business has had no strategy for well over 2 years and the firm is a dysfunctional disaster of arrogant entrepreneurs trading at 3.5x earnings (versus 6.5x of comparable businesses). The corporate environment has no teaming and it is an every man for themselves competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in place older and more seasoned business managers with experience in large organically growing businesses. Or, dividend the cash and sell the business to a PE at a hight stock price while there is still an IAC business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Decent, Well-Paying Gig, but Best for the Self-Directed

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at IAC

    Pros

    IAC is an innovative place that feels more like a startup. If you have an idea for trying something new, people really do listen. This is a place for someone who is self-directed and doesn't need much hand-holding. The salary and benefits are quite good, and most of the people who work for the company are smart.

    Cons

    You may not need much hand-holding, but you would still like a little attention. Knowledge sharing is minimal. If you are fine with doing your own thing, you will thrive. I have a good supervisor, and I'm with a good team, so I get regular feedback. I consider myself lucky because that hasn't been the case for others I know. You really have to work hard to build relationships--if that isn't easy for you, then don't work for IAC. You may also catch some static when you work with other teams. Since the work environment is not as cohesive as it is in other places, it all depends on how that team is run.

    While the benefits are good, HR seems unusually disorganized (note "most of the people" comment above). I've worked for large companies, and they need to make sure they deliver on all the benefits they offer. Sometimes, it is just a matter HR not processing paperwork. When dealing with IAC's HR, it pays to be aggressive. I haven't had issues precisely because I knew going in that I needed to be direct with HR, but some people have had trouble. However, HR in NY is aware of their problems and is making changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management seems talented; however, they are easily distracted and spread themselves too thin regarding projects. With a little more focus, the results could be phenomenal. That statement reflects my review of Mr. Diller.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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