Mediaspace Solutions

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Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Company has GREAT potential... but lacks leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    *Pub Room - with countless beers on tap at all times.
    *Laid back atmosphere - music can be heard, TV's available.
    *Solid product - company has great intentions, can grow exponentially if done right.
    *Flexible work/life balance - taking time off is easy, managers approve everything.
    *Great people/good relationships after hours - life-long friends are made at this company.

    Cons

    *LACK OF LEADERSHIP - total boys club, little to no desire to place a female in an upper management position. Those currently in place need to leave before the company can actually move forward.
    *Weak staff - one department in particular has a terrible team with VERY few bright spots. They need to really take out the old and replace with the new if they want to keep clients happy and continue to grow the business.
    *No 401K matching - while the HR/Finance department is solid and the benefits are really good, they don't have a 401K matching program, which really sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. You're bringing the place down.

  2. Oh boy,

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

    I worked at Mediaspace Solutions

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment, ok benefits. Good opportunity for entry level worker looking to get something to put on a resume to get a real job. That company has a college house feel to it. Its a job if you can't find anything else. If you like to drink and party, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons. First and foremost is the boys club mentality...if you're a women get out as fast as you can.. Regardless of experience or ability only the guys who are buddy buddy with the COO move up. Yes, there is a bonus structure but it is set out of reach and I believe it has only been given out once in the last five years. The bonus is tangled in lieu of a pay increase, the company does not believe in regular merit increases. Business practices are questionable, gathering competitor information whenever possible, by whatever means possible. 70% of what is worked on never comes to fruition so the actual work is unfulfilling. Clients are small and budgets are smaller. If you are not happy with something there is no one to talk to about it because there is really only one person running the show. The office itself is dumpy and probably a fire hazard. Younger employees are not trained on standard business practices.

    Advice to Management

    There is a difference between casual and unprofessional. Happy hours are great but serving drinks before noon puts you in the unprofessional category. Expand your offerings or the business will not be around long.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Potential for success high, but daunting challenges.

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

    I have been working at Mediaspace Solutions

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Beer on tap
    - Employees encouraged to change and solve problems
    - Work life balance
    - Casual work culture
    - Open work space (no cubicles)
    - Time-off polices
    - Self disciplanary training

    Cons

    Although employees are encouraged to find and solve problems within the company, their "solution" is usually meet with discouragement by upper management. That is to say the cost, change in work flow, or organizational change is considered too costly. This greatly reduces chances for business success.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to department managers. Don't try to pick sides and/or weigh-in when lower management offers a solution that can solve problems within office. Allow an idea to be fully explored and weighed (pros and cons) before implementing it throughout the company.

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  5. Excellent place to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Mediaspace Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    If you're a strong and motivated worker Mediaspace is great at taking care of their employees. Once team members prove themselves this company will give their employees a great deal of responsibility and growth opportunities. Being a smaller company, if you're doing a good job it is easily noticed and rewarded in a variety of ways. Vacation time is easy to take and personal time is as well. Benefits are awesome and the culture can be stressful (this being a media buying agency) but really fun.

    Cons

    In the midst of a system overhaul we have run into challenges with roll outs since we relay so heavily on our proprietary system, however, this area is definitely improving. I think there are process improvement areas where some changes can be made but it's a pretty agile company that if something isn't working employees are empowered to make changes (and quite easily, no red tape)

  6. A great small company with a fun and creative staff that rewards all levels of contribution.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mediaspace Solutions

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for people with a desire to learn new things and grow.
    A fun and relaxed environment, optimal for new ideas and strong desire to learn.
    A company wide bonus program, that rewards staff at all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    If you are a person that likes a highly a structure environment, not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for new opportunities to grow, you have a great team in place!

  7. Helpful (4)

    Old boys network and mad men wannabees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mediaspace Solutions

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

    Pros

    Seems fun and approachable when you start

    Cons

    Sexism, racism, alcoholism, lack of vision, double standards, stealing secrets from competitor's employees, sexual harassment, bullying

    Advice to Management

    No amount of advice can help this company

  8. Helpful (2)

    Think Twice

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN

    I worked at Mediaspace Solutions full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Most people are friendly and have a good attitude
    - Craft beer on tap
    - Flexible schedule if time off is needed

    Cons

    - The long-term financial outlook of the company is very poor. Their main focus is newspaper advertising and the newspaper industry is struggling. As a result Mediaspace has been struggling also.

    - The company’s leader has absolutely no vision and no plan on how to dig themselves out of their troubles. Nobody has seen a detailed plan that outlines the steps the company will take to improve their situation.

    - Morale is at an all time low. There were so many resignations in 2014 that I lost count (maybe 17-20) and already 3 in January 2015, including the CFO. For a company that has under 50 employees, this is incredible. Think about it, if the company was good, why would so many people leave voluntarily?

    - The lack of communication throughout the company is mind-blowing. Leadership doesn't communicate well and departments don't communicate well amongst each other. In a company that is very process driven, communication should be a top priority. It simply isn't at Mediaspace and the end result is frustrated employees.

    - Do you value coming to work and sitting in a professional workspace? If so, you won't get that at Mediaspace. Their carpeting is patched, walls are awkwardly placed, floors are slanted, basement smells and desks are cheap… and I'm not exaggerating. You will see for yourself if you interview there, and don't forget to ask for a tour. Since employees are a company's most valuable asset, you would think they would invest more in their workspace.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new CEO. One with a vision and a plan.

  9. Account Development

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mediaspace Solutions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Environment and the people who work at MSS

    Cons

    Upper management and the lack of communication between departments

  10. Helpful (4)

    Good people, but attempting to make the jump from print to digital without a real clear direction of how.

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

    I worked at Mediaspace Solutions full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Free beer. The small town of Hopkins has its charm

    Cons

    Lack of executive direction, they hire and fire seemingly on a whim; people come and go all the time. Senior management is pretty deceptive, smiling at someone one day, and then setting them free the next. It;s somewhat demoralizing to be so out of the loop about what is going on, far less than with most employers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people as supposed consultants only to disregard their advice. If you don't want consultative advice about how to become more successful, stop hiring and firing people when they speak their mind. It seems as though the best people don't stick around very long.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Work Little, Play Hard

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Happy hours with free beer occur very regularly
    - Potluck breakfasts; celebration of holidays
    - Fun coworkers, a family-like atmosphere and excellent work-life balance
    - Exceptional people are noticed and rewarded

    Cons

    - Poor benefits
    - Poor traning leads to a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of the company
    - Poor accountability results in throwing people under the bus for to cover one's mistakes
    - Significant under-performers are tolerated and kept on because they are well-liked
    - Significant variance in person to person final outputs in the name of "client customization"
    - The advertised "work hard, play hard" the approach is usually "play hard, scramble to get some work done, play hard"

    Advice to Management

    There is a general lack of professionalism to how the company operates. The fun and games can only last for so long; you must add some consistency and quality assurances between people's work so it looks like an actual company and not a home project. Serious strategic direction also needs to be developed. The focus needs to be internal, not external.

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