MLive Media Group

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MLive Media Group Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
55 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Mlive Media Group has undergone some massive changes which, in my opinion, have not positively affected most of its employees (in 3 reviews)

  • The fact that I feel empowered to speak up when something is important and not being afraid of that is unique to MLive Media Group (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one of the reason why we have such high turnover in the sales staff (in 6 reviews)

  • Very Low pay, Little chance for advancement, high turnover and low morale mostly due to low pay and poor management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fresh and Innovative Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at MLive Media Group

    Pros

    Continuous positive changes within the company, energetic and motivating managers

    Cons

    If you don't adapt well to change, this isn't the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Fun Roller Coaster Ride

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Flint, MI

    I have been working at MLive Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay if you can consistently meet sales goals, fun culture and cool offices. MLive has fun products in the digital landscape that can help customers

    Cons

    Leadership seems to be scrambling to make money, consistent change and movement within work structure. Company is more interested in short term fixes than long term strategic thinking regarding their workforce and company direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop long term strategy, develop tactics to reach your goals and have realistic expectations of what you can achieve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You have to play the political game

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at MLive Media Group full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of internal pride and fanship for the brand.

    Cons

    Management tends to be self serving as opposed to driving to the overall company success. Popular employees are promoted, reminded me of high school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant change and endless opportunity!

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

    I have been working at MLive Media Group

    Pros

    Just like the digital marketing landscape is constantly changing the oroganization is always doing the same.
    Place people in positions that are best for their skill set.
    Pay is above average for media companies.

    Cons

    If you don't like change this is not the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    There is endless opportunity for growth and development. Support is fantastic. Change is constant.

    Cons

    Change is constant. It can be a challenge to disconnect from work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Upper management is truly passionate about making MLive a true partner to all companies we work with in Sales. The people are great and there's always something exciting happening.

    Cons

    Support staff, production, sales, and other teams often have communication problems causing unnecessary disagreements and bad blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow sales staff and support staff an opportunity to learn the process' of the other so that they can work together more effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Starter job, not a good career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at MLive Media Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    awesome employees, hard-working sales force where you learn a lot. gas match, benefits, 401k. Great vision when they first bring you in.

    Cons

    POOR MANAGEMENT, no clear way to move up, no leads- all cold calling - high turnover, TERRIBLE BONUS STRUCTURE you inherit a sales territory, and you also inherit the lost accounts debt, so it is completely unfair among reps. Poor training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give us a clear way to move up
    pay your reps what they deserve
    make the sales environment fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run like the wind

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MLive Media Group

    Pros

    Close to starbucks
    Some sharp people
    Nice working env
    Nice conference rooms

    Cons

    Poor Compensation plan
    Poor Management
    Poor Leadership
    RIgid environment
    Poor office Culture

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hard work - but you learn a lot.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Flint, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Flint, MI

    I worked at MLive Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Training is the best in the industry
    They give you all the tools you need
    Strong penetration in the state with editorial coverage.

    Cons

    Can be a roller coaster ride with all the changes that happen in house. High goals can be hard to achieve - resulting in no commission - new sales hires with no experience could be making the same money as an experienced salesperson.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of gray area In getting or applying for promotions. Usually an individual is just tapped. I noticed people that drink the kool aid or fake people get Leadership roles despite qualifications, and/or experience. EOE?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Environment for Designers & Developers

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

    I have been working at MLive Media Group full-time

    Pros

    I. You'll get to work with exceptionally dedicated coworkers, particularly among the support staff.
    II. Nearly top-of-the-line consumer-grade equipment is provided by MLive.
    III. Sales casts a wide net, and is successful, which affords you the opportunity to gain experience working with a wide range of clients.
    IV. MLive helps its employees learn on the job, and encourages us to learn new skill-sets.
    V. You'll be part of a talented team of designers who are eager to consult with you.
    VI. Good time-off policies.
    VII. Design managers are positive, and do a good job keeping us informed and working like a team.

    Cons

    I. Salesmen can add an unnecessary level of difficulty to the process and may tarnish the end product.

         1. Account Executives sometimes provide unclear directions. Their instructions can be misleading, incomplete, or impractical.
         2. Salesmen are forced to act as Art Directors. Due to the sales process, they're responsible for working with the designer to develop concept and copy. Unfortunately, it rarely works out that way. In many cases you will have to design to sales specifications and revise according to their requirements, which can become creatively monotonous.
         3. They ignore minimum turnaround times on nearly every request (sometimes when ample time is available). Sometimes a short turnaround can be fun, but when almost all of them are, it becomes very difficult to do your job satisfactorily.

         4. Some Account Executives will try to pressure you into violating copyright law. Its rare, but it does happen.

    II. Designs are given away for free. Websites below market rates.

         1. This perpetuates a falsehood that clients shouldn't have to pay for creative services.
         2. Unlimited access to free design hurts everyone else trying to make a living in this medium.
         3. It is impossible to prove your value to an employer (or yourself) when hard work is given away as an incentive.

    III. No Designer has EVER been promoted into management at MMG.

         1. There is nowhere for your career to go, unless you transfer into another department.
         2. Without Artists as Art Directors or Designers in Design Management, our concerns tend to be minimized.
         3. MGMT sometimes dismisses legitimate criticism as an aversion to change. It is a common attitude within the company (which comes across while reading many of the reviews on Glassdoor).
         4. Despite having little experience as designers or advanced education on the subject, Design Management feels confident dictating which tools and methodologies we should use (and which we shouldn't).
         5. Design Management and Sales can have wildly conflicting expectations on the designer. This might be the most frustrating part of the job, since all of them have a say in how you do your job as a designer.
         6. Management does not recognize much of a difference between the careers of Graphic Designers, Web Developers, Marketers, or Video Editors. You can be expected to do any of them on a short turnaround. This would be a rewarding challenge if pay followed expectations.

    IV. Pay is 30% lower than AIGA median for a job of this description in Michigan.

    V. The open office environment means design & development must be done from a combination sales floor & newsroom. If you like a bustling atmosphere, this is a great place for you. If you need to focus for coding, not so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat the field of design with more respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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