Interactive One Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. The culture of iOne is what makes the company special.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interactive One part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The executives at the company are open to speaking with you one on one if you reach out to them. Brainstorms for RFP's are a lot of fun because everyone is open to all ideas. There's always music playing in the office. The environment is very relaxed and flexible, far from rigid or strict. Not mandatory to wear business attire. You can wear casual clothing.

    Cons

    In house inventory (where promo items are kept for events) is disorganized. There are a few people who will try and micromanage, especially if they see you come with good ideas for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow people to micromanage. And don't allow people to have bottles of alcohol in their office just because they are in high positions. Agency or not; alcohol bottles in an office is unprofessional.


  2. Insane place to work

    Former Employee - Advertising Sales
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales

    I worked at Interactive One full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They purchased a truly unique and interesting social networking company focused on under-served markets (BlackPlanet for African American audience, MiGente for 2nd generation English-speaking Hispanic market, etc.) - primarily to gain access to the online African American audience for their parent company, Radio One. The sites were unique and beloved.

    Cons

    They hired badly, fired badly, and ran the assets into the ground with a thorough misunderstanding of the unique business of digital vs. radio or television.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to radio or television.


  3. Awful

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

    I worked at Interactive One

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

    Pros

    Nice people, Nice people, Nice people.

    Cons

    Awful management and culture. Awful management and culture!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Overall Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Online Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Online Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interactive One full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Overall great company but they are lacking innovation. Great place for a great start in an interactive career.

    Cons

    Lack of room for growth. Overall great company but they are lacking innovation. Great place for a great start in an interactive career. CEO is a snake. Everyone else is great.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. ioNe

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

    I worked at Interactive One full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the employees of iOne are well comensated. We have the latest tools an resources..

    Cons

    The Sr. management team is top-heavy and not very receptive to the suggestions of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    You've got the best team in the business. It would be a good idea, and go miles towards building respect and trust among your employees. That would certainly help to make a leader among your competitive set.


  7. Helpful (7)

    One of the worst tech companies to work at

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

    I worked at Interactive One full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I was part of the original crew at Community Connect which was actually a pretty cool place to work at, when i started everything was really solid, there was alot of respect, and compensation was going up, we got bonuses, and there was a prospect of growth. We had pool tables, foosball tables, ping pong, and a very fun but hard-working culture. I felt respect and valued. This was of course only from the end of 2007 - 2009, BEFORE the company got acquired by Radio-One and became Interactive One.

    Cons

    As soon as the acquisition happened everyone started dropping like flies, we where promised by the president of Radio One that they wouldn't change our culture, but everything changed.... Bonuses where taken away, hours where increased, and workload was increased. The level of respect and value dropped tremendously as another reviewer noted the management is REALLY bad. Expensive thousand dollar decisions where made out of pride versus though out strategy. The IT Staff and most of the Systems staff was SEVERELY under-paid, even after asking repetitively for raises there was no way out other then leaving. This has to be the company that under-pays their technology staff the most. Upper management on the other hand kept getting huge raises and bonuses, specially the folks who where coming over from AOL where getting compensated alot more then the merged employees, and it was impossible to grow as they filled all upper positions. The infrastructure in the systems side and the IT side was horrible, outdated and tedious to maintain. The level of security was also abysmal, they are not serious about their product. If i had to give anyone advice, avoid this company at all costs, its not worth the time and definitively not the money, there are much better companies out there that will compensate you properly. Even if they do pay you what you want the management is still very disorganized and will create chaos. The CEO is also very self-centered and even has a HUGE office for himself to sort of set in his grandeur, zero humility. Also there is little interaction from the CEO to the rest of the company, unlike other companies I've worked at the highest upper management are like the Kings and Queens and everyone else feels like a serf, its a medieval form of management. If you are looking to grow this is the wrong place to go.

    Advice to Management

    Be fairer to your employees, pay people MARKET RATE at least, and interact with everyone like humans, you hire us because you need us to use our professionalism, don't treat your employees like indentured servants.


  8. Great place to work

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

    I worked at Interactive One full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Everyone works really hard and makes sure they get their job done.

    Cons

    Nothing. Honestly, nothing that you won't find at other similar media companies.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff.


  9. Great mission.

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

    I have been working at Interactive One full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission. Great people who are the best in what they do. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Need to work with other divisions better.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Poorly managed media company

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

    I worked at Interactive One full-time

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

    Pros

    - Work across social media and digital media
    - Opportunity to do a lot

    Cons

    - Senior Management is abysmal. Bad across the board. Make up for incompetence with arrogance.
    - Little care for a greater mission other than hitting targets. Makes work depressing
    - Huge turnover especially for anyone with talent
    - Unhappy employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling employees why they should be happy/enthused. Rather try listening to why they are unhappy and actually address them.


  11. Helpful (3)

    The minor leagues of the digital industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Operations in New York, NY

    I worked at Interactive One

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - The work isn't very challenging
    - PTO and benefits package have improved
    - The ability to sit in on many important meetings
    - Being able to affect black culture
    - D-list celebrities stop by the office for interviews

    Cons

    - Extremely high turnover for everyone except overpaid management
    - Unprofitable business, so no resources for the best equipment or tools
    - No merit increases in years
    - No bonuses, except for the tech areas and people with contracts
    - Company President has no background in running a digital company
    - CEO is absent majority of the time, too busy running the failing radio business
    - The company eliminates employees rather than help them improve

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to run the company like you just read a book on management. Reverse the company structure from the upside-down pyramid to a right-side up pyramid. Meaning less highly titled people at the top and more workers at the bottom, then you will actually be able to get results.



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