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MaxMedia Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
14 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed, Challenging, and New

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Developer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The culture at MaxMedia is incredibly relaxed, accepting, fun and focused. I have found everyone to be open and willing to talk through challenges. Also, as a person with disabilities it can be hard to communicate special needs, but I have always felt welcomed and encouraged to ask for assistance when needed.

    The projects are continuously changing, so the challenges are always new and refreshing; however, the management knows and understands ours skill-sets and actively works to ensure that projects are not completely out of left-field.

    Cons

    Agency work requires a solid amount of pragmatism; however, pragmatism doesn't come easily to people who are extremely creative and these are the team members who are at the core of MaxMedia's success. Balancing idealism and pragmatism (and the clash of the two) can be trying at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great ideas, fun environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MaxMedia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    MaxMedia's culture is centered around solving complex design problems and innovation. We get really interesting projects from major clients. The office is laidback, fun, and full of smart people. Once you prove your value to the agency, management truly listens to your concerns and cares about your success

    Cons

    The agency has gone through many changes since I arrived. Occasionally, MaxMedia fails to adequately communicate structure and process changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Catty Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MaxMedia

    Pros

    There are a couple of great people there.

    Cons

    CEO aside, the management is catty and manipulative. If they don't care for you they will be condescending, belittling, and do everything they can to make you miserable there until you leave. PM is awful, communication is terrible and I am skeptical that the CEO knows whats going on outside of his office. Working here ruined my self esteem and was a horrible decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to be more aware of the way people are being treated in his company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    You Can Do Better

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

    I worked at MaxMedia full-time

    Pros

    Energetic design culture that does its best to solve complex design challenges. A CEO who wants to see people succeed.

    Cons

    No real strong knowledge of design outside of the Customer Experience area. The operations area of the company is a joke and pretends to "get it". In reality, that area's heavy hand really makes good design solutions nearly impossible to implement. It's sad that we couldn't get any new business in diverse business areas other than the one client that the owner has.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about design. Get small minded ideas about "operations" out of the conversation and keep good ideas about how to run the place flowing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at MaxMedia full-time

    Pros

    The people are great, clients are actually really good. Projects are interesting and don't feel like a waste of time. They genuinely care about both their employees and clients, which is rare.

    Cons

    Design dominates the process, developers can get burned out quickly and aren't highly respected by PMs. Timelines often run over then get dumped on a small group of people to fix a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire entry-level people to PM large projects.

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

    Fun place that is moving in the right direction

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

    I worked at MaxMedia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They're moving in the right direction. Everyone in the company genuinely likes each other and theres no big sense of cliques. I think that maxmedia gives you the ability to grow in your profession you just have to be motivated and go get it. Great place to be at and they definitely have it going in a good direction.

    Cons

    Like every agency out there, there are pains. Maxmedia is going in a new direction and is experience some growing pains, its not really any different than any other office trying to grow into itself. I think sometimes communication can lack in between departments but that happens everywhere too!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a handle on messaging changes and just communicate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative Agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, flexible, relatively flat organization;
    Produce high-quality work, very good work-life balance - they don't make you work late nights all the time and don't overload you with too much work;
    Lots of opportunity to take on responsibility and lead - not a large hierarchy, so every decision doesn't have to go through a ton of people
    Open-minded - creative input can come from anyone... account people, PMs, office manager, etc.
    Conference attendance is encouraged - the company pays to send pretty much anyone who is interested to conferences across the country.. flight, hotel, tickets, everything. Anyone who goes to a conference comes back and presents key learnings to the entire staff so that everyone can benefit
    Company pays for some continuing education too so you can advance your career
    Lots of emphasis placed on rewards and recognition with monthly awards in the staff meetings, company outings off site, free summer fridays, extra holiday time off, etc.

    Cons

    agency is experiencing a lot of growth, so with that comes change; sometimes things are changed that don't make sense right away;
    need better onboarding for people - not a lot of hand-holding even during your first few weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with staff so that changes are better understood and accepted;
    would like to see clear growth paths for the roles at the company and what it takes to get to the next level

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

    I think this could be the worst job I've ever had.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at MaxMedia as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really eager, new graduates working there.

    Cons

    The number one thing that I would say is working against the company is management. Everything about the place seems to be unstable. From the frequent lack of toilet paper in the bathrooms to the fact that people are fired (even long-time employees) at a whim after promises of long-term projects. And I think that's part of the problem. Maxmedia appears to struggle to earn new client work. And without those additional clients, it's sad but anyone who comes to work there is working at a production house of maxmedia's few clients. It's a churn and burn operation, in spite of what management says.

    Project leads won't push back on unreasonable client requests because they don't have the leverage. That leaves the people doing the actual design work to suffer.

    With a management team that seems so over their heads in defining and solving problems it's no wonder turnover is so high. Personally, I love dynamic environments but everyday there seemed to be a new policy or practice that replaced the old ill-defined policy or practice. This is a difficult place to work because apparently maxmedia has not been able to convince prospects that they can do interesting work and solve unique challenges. But more importantly the company seems to be experiencing a dual crisis of identity and managerial competency.

    Project management can go either way. Either you've got super sharp, proactive and experienced people or you've got fresh graduates with no professional depth. This lack of symmetry adds to the feeling that there is always the possibility that you'll have to play project manager even if that's not your job. And even when you raise this through the proper channels it may or may not get addressed.

    Management likes to speak in aspirational terms but it seems that they have no ability to translate that into action. This is the closest thing to operational chaos that I've experienced.

    In short, I would not recommend maxmedia to anyone until they get their operational house in order and get a wider array of clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the owner is a great guy who has simply misplaced his company in the wrong hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing agency with tons to learn from brilliant people!

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

    I have been working at MaxMedia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Maxmedia is a growing agency that work with exciting global brands. Like many other digital agencies, they have had their ups and downs but a strong cultural work ethic and competitive desire always helps them win business and deliver great work. There is a super fun office environment, brilliant coworkers, and great quarterly social activities.

    Cons

    Oftentimes we get so attached to the product we're working on; the client often has to step in and remind us that we don't actually fully own the vision and direction - frustrating but natural part of working at an agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With aggressive growth, don't loose the cool/rebel factor that MaxMedia carries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Bottom of the barrel of Atlanta agencies.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at MaxMedia as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Okay with telecommuting from home.

    Cons

    Highly unorganized project planning and work flow streams. An employee's tenure hinges on one client project, week-to-week potentially. An odd working environment as no one collaborates well, and third party solutions are used at a rapid rate and sold to the client as uniquely built solutions. Shady business practices abound in most aspects which leads to gouging the clients budget and never really producing unique creative solutions. Whether you are looking for contract-to--hire or freelance this may not be the place for you if you are wanting steady work. I and others were let go, without notice (myself the day of finishing another project) when we had long standing agreed upon contracts.

    This spoke volumes to me about Maxmedia. I was let go via email, and I was in the office that same day. Like a girl breaking up with you via text messages...this is Maxmedia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for the talent you have and also be more honest with candidates before you bring them on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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