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Mergermarket Group Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
27 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start

    • 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 Mergermarket Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is young, laid-back, and cool.

    Cons

    Long hours, high turnover rate, and not as well perceived as some competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Please don't make the same mistake I made by working here

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

    I worked at Mergermarket Group

    Pros

    20 days off per year,

    Cons

    The company has no boundaries, which is trickling down from the very top. Basically, everyone knows each other's business and gossip runs rampant. There are also very strange people who work here, which make it an impossible situation, especially since it is pretty much everyone. The ones who are not like that just get super depressed and become a shell of their former selves, which is what happened to me. I could barely make it a day without having some type of a breakdown. Very dysfunctional corporate culture that has bullying and is like a lunatic asylum. They have a lot of lawsuits and issues with all types of harassment. It is a bullying culture with very unhealthy, unhappy people who are guaranteed to make your life hell. The company has a no-training policy, even with people who have no experience doing what they are doing. By week 2, you are told that you should know everything.

    Journalists are graded on every move they make and it's like high school but much, much worse.

    Some of the people in management have severe problems with mental health and are still in charge of a lot of people, and HR is extremely biased and unhelpful. They always take the side of the higher-up.

    You will be abused, and you will regret taking the job. I can promise you that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly think it's hopeless at this point. The company would need a complete and total overhaul of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Totally random and unfair promotions, bad management who are highly overpaid

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

    I have been working at Mergermarket Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people work there, intelligent and young spirited so quite a social place

    Cons

    The management are all people who worked their way up with no formal
    Management training and no clue how to handle their employees. There is no decent or real training in place and no fair system of credit or recognising talent rather than just exploiting it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some proper training in place, start seeing and rewarding the real
    People doing the work and not just lining your own pockets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do more with less mentality

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

    I have been working at Mergermarket Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice office in west Soho

    Cons

    pay here is lower than the norm; too many cliques; half the people here tend to be cold and don't seem to have basic manners; no upward mobility; lack of empathy from supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of addressing work-life issues = we're an internet-based company...allow people more flexibility to work from home. Dump the fish and foosball tables...that's just bending to the whim of a handful of people; place better people in management positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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

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

    Pros

    - Laid-back but professional at the same time
    - Fun coworkers
    - Strong support from fellow coworkers
    - Intellectually stimulating
    - Interesting niche company with great potential

    Cons

    - Strong division among the different product groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Build more legitimacy in the financial services sector
    - Seek collaborations with industry leading firms
    - Hire more experienced/older individuals (currently very young employees with high turnover rate)
    - Company needs to learn to bring together the different products to provide a valuable service instead of having everything separated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Client Relationship Manager

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

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

    Pros

    - great culture work/life balance
    - smart nice people
    - Nice senior management

    Cons

    - technology is lacking
    - continued training is non-existent
    -salaries below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training to develop additional skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

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

    I have been working at Mergermarket Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good business very loyal to its employees and customers. Still has a start up feel.

    Cons

    Not very analytical - staff often get promoted on likability vs talent. Has not adjusted to its size by implementing strong management functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More systems in place to ensure quality checks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Reporters treated poorly

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

    I have been working at Mergermarket Group as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unorthodox payment policies will reward the few willing to work holidays and weekends
    They stock a lot of alcohol in the offices... good if you think highly of beer at work

    Cons

    There's a number of systems built into keeping costs low but overworking, criticizing, confusing, humiliating and otherwise mistreating reporters
    Those who become managers are best at negotiating abuse from above or dealing it to those below
    The editors are inexperienced, not only as editors, but as reporters, and offer little in terms of developing stories -- all they can really offer is criticism, which is constant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reporters, believe it or not, are professionals. Something should be done so that they are treated as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    It's a vibrant and entrepreneurial company that empowers employees

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

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

    Pros

    The working environment and management is encouraging and spirited to encourage employees to strive for high standard works and results.

    Cons

    The organization structure is a bit flat and does not have much of a defined hierachy to ensure a clear career path and development for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great corporate culture

    • 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 Mergermarket Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    friendly and helpful work environment with growth opportunities

    Cons

    base salary is not that impressive and compensation incentive is decent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should focus more on employees' work performance rather than sociability and personality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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