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Mediaplanet Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
70 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lot's of creative freedom to make your own mark as a project manager (in 10 reviews)

  • A ton of authority given to young people -- ability to network with high level individuals and learn a lot in a short period of time (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • While they were good as project managers, they are not necessarily good as managers (in 12 reviews)

  • There are much more aspects to the job then sales however the base salary does not reflect that (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager - Publisher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager - Publisher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mediaplanet full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people that work in this organization are great. Big support system, lots of shared ideas. Role is diversified, you are working on a different campaign every 2 months. Lots of good practical experience that can launch you in a lot of different directions c

    Cons

    The sales are kind of advanced for people who have never done something like this before. Same output in terms of clients as other sales companies, but the actual pitch is complicated since you oversee print, digital, editorial, social media, etc. More support may be needed her for people that have the business side but not the creative side and vice versa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue supporting new hires

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Mediaplanet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Good job if you want to learn about Sales/PR/Marketing
    -You can make a good amount of money. No cap on commission.
    -If you want to something else afterwards, it's amazingly easy to get another job. Employers will be impressed with your work (and you can spin the work you've done in so many ways)

    Cons

    -The project manager role has an expiration date. Hard to do more than 6 or 7 projects.
    -If you don't get promoted, make plans to move before you hit year 2, otherwise you'll hit a wal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people more time to work on projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice People Overall, But Absolutely Terrible Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Publisher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Publisher in New York, NY

    I worked at Mediaplanet full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Company makes an effort to set goals that, when met, trigger rewards such as trips, outings, and prizes.
    - Company is comprised mostly of young people, so the culture is not at all 'stiff'.
    - Compensation isn't capped, so if you're good at selling you can make decent wage. Still, you'd probably make better money elsewhere.
    - People are nice overall.

    Cons

    - Very little training for new employees. You WILL be fired if you do not succeed on your first 'campaign'.
    - Culture feels something akin to a frat party telethon. You are always on the phone, and when you're not, you're forced to take part in ridiculous gimmicks that are intended to boost enthusiasm. It's a pretty constant cringefest.
    - You will devote 99 percent of your time to ad sales, and cram everything else into the last 1 percent. What's more, the publications you're selling ads in are essentially advertorials placed as inserts into major newspapers. There isn't much evidence as to the measurable effectiveness of this method of advertising, and as such it's a very difficult sell to most prospective clients.
    - I found myself working often on weeknights and sometimes on weekends. This is not at all mandated, but it is basically required if you want to be able to finance a project.
    - Company has unfortunately developed a negative image among a fairly wide group of prospective clients. I was hung up on on numerous occasions once the person on the other end of the line heard the name, "Mediaplanet."

    While I couldn't prove it, I'm fairly certain that most of the positive reviews on this site were posted at the behest of the management in order to improve the company's glassdoor rating. Take the advice of another poster here and heed the warnings of the neutral and negative reviewers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your newbies to adjust to the steep learning curve by not firing them if they can't get the first project off the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard work pays off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This is not for anyone looking to check in and check out of their daily work. Mediaplanet gives you a ton of opportunity to start as an entry level Project Manager and run your own business. If you are looking to have a great job in a cool environment for a few years, if you are looking to work hard and make a lot of money, or if you are looking grow and use this as a stepping stone to the next step in your career - this is the place for you!

    Great place to learn marketing/branding/PR
    Very strong team environment
    learn how to overcome the many challenges that arise in business
    Networking tool
    Business school

    Cons

    If you ever love what you do - you will find yourself working too much. Things can get overwhelming, but as is with work. For better or worse - this is a career not a job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible growth experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The company provides a great platform for growth and success. The investment on the individual is unique for an organization focused on sales. It is a very demanding environment but very rewarding experience and true entrepreneurs thrive at Mediaplanet.

    Cons

    This is not a place for someone looking for a very structured, corporate environment. The company is relatively young and still defining its corporate policies But if you are a proactive and self sufficient individuals, this can be an opportunity to rise to the occasion, and be part of defining policies and strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in the individuals and identify talent early on to secure future leaders for the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Whirlwind - Confusing.

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

    I worked at Mediaplanet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Young environment, open loft work space, community tables, and music blasting the entire work day (maybe not a pro....)

    Cons

    After 4 days of bleak training, you are given a topic, layout, and some brief background on it's importance within the . I think my favorite part of my first day on my own, was realizing i prospected incorrectly based upon the training received. New employees shouldn't have to ask their boss to set up so many vital accounts (jigsaw, hoover), in order to research prospects correctly. This is something that should come in a bundle and be described as such.

    Once you have the correct log ins and are up an running, make sure to research and create a LONG roster of sales contacts, the cold calling begins on Day 5 and if you aren't seen making enough phone calls in one hour, let alone 20 minutes, know your BD (business development manager -- someone who is supposed to guide and aid you through your campaigns) will ask to speak with you, in one of the non-sound proof conference rooms, to discuss the troubling issue. Please know, if you take this position, all that matters is selling ad space, nothing else will happen until all your ad space is sold. Also know, if you can't get your FIRST campaign off the ground, they will FIRE you (this happened to 7 people while I was there).

    The work you compile involves lying, pushing, and lots of energy for very little reward. You don't get paid commission until the client pays, which can take months and your base salary is less than 35k.

    Management buys everyone red bull or booze and asks them to drink it, while standing in front of their computers, which sit a top weak and broken cardboard boxes, to enforce a higher cold call volume. From what I experienced, this wasn't a request, but instead a harassment by my BD with skype chats that enforced I do so.

    Mediaplanet is at will employment, they are free to fire employees whenever and for whatever reason they want. Employees who are unable to get campaigns funded (a killed report) but have one campaign under their belt, will (most likely) be kept on staff for the next quarter and receive a new campaign title, however, if it's your first report and you're at the end of the 5 weeks, and you do not receive extra help from another project manager or at the very least your BD (at the end of the quarter MP will often double up PMs on reports to increase revenue on slower reports) you'll be fired. The constant overturn of employees, and the constant explanation of "it just wasn't the right fit for _________, they wanted us to say goodbye on their behalf," grows very old. It made for a very sour tasting work environment.

    Another area of extreme weakness is the lack of real editing going on. A lot of errors and mistakes are found lingering in each report. Many past advertisers and journalistic contributors call and complain about errors, which go unanswered, fielded, or cared for. From what I saw, the designer, and PM do most of the editing even though there is an "editorial manager."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    commit to your employees, especially the new hires. treat them with greater respect and appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Before Your First Day of Employment Here, READ This

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

    I worked at Mediaplanet full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Trader's desks, everyone sits atop one another, party-like atmosphere, excellent experience for cold calling.

    Cons

    You may choose to read the positive reviews on here and you will notice a trend: 'MediaPlanet is not for everyone.' The fact is that if you value your resume and your name, you will heed the warnings enumerated in the more neutral or negative reviews. You will need to ask yourself: Why are all the positive reviews so similar? Why are all the negative reviews so thorough, varied and comprehensive?

    Business practices that involve haphazard hiring/firing are not sustainable. Why the sudden push on this website to defend the organization from truthful reviews? No fine firm responds to online criticism in this fashion. No fine firm is adorned with so many negative reviews whatsoever. The need to respond to the "negative" (truthful) content on this website speaks volumes. Any respectable organization would merely ignore the fodder...and any sophisticated thinker would not fall prey to online banter. The back-and-forth on here is illustrative of fearful behavior; it is reactive, not proactive.

    When you consider working here, whom do you trust?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

  9.  

    Solely sales driven job

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

    I worked at Mediaplanet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very fun and young work environment. A ton of freedom given however management is there to help. Great stepping stone to launch a career.

    Cons

    Strictly sales driven job do not let anyone tell you otherwise. There are much more aspects to the job then sales however the base salary does not reflect that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set more realistic goals and up the base. This would be a great paying job anywhere but NYC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    This job teaches you things that no business degree could give you. A lot of growth potential - hard work is recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    High expectations from senior management. Not your average 9-5 job - but if you put in the time and effort you can see the payoff in terms of commission :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to up the starting salary. Although you can make a lot in commission, the base salary barely covers basic living essentials/rent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity to grow, learn, and make a ton of money in fast paced company

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great, and the team environment is like no other company I have ever seen. As a young professional, you are given a crazy amount of opportunity and freedom to excel and be creative while developing experience that you will use wherever your future leads you. Millions of people seeing your name on a published campaign is obviously an amazing feeling as well.

    Cons

    The work is harder than we expect. The expectations are high, and if you do not handle stress well- your in for a lesson!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are looking for a place to start the next phase of your career - its here. You will learn how to translate your talents into practice. Good luck!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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