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Mindspark Interactive Network Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
18 Reviews
3.4
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Safe Place To Work If You Want a Paycheck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Fantastic work/life balance
    -Really nice perks for employees; free snacks, drinks, breakfast and occasional free lunches
    -Trendy new office space (although it's in Yonkers)

    Cons

    I was surprised that my opinions match a lot of other reviews.
    -Very political
    -I saw a great post by another user.....power is very concentrated at the top.
    -People are concerned with making themselves look good rather than doing a good job
    -Definitely a "Good 'Ol Boy" environment at the executive level
    -I saw other reviews had this same analogy....employees are treated as pawns. Your career objective isn't really left in your hands. You're put wherever management wants to plug a hole.
    -Products aren't that innovative....or profitable, Mindspark hasn't developed a profitable product line in many years, just rebranding their already existing products. Many many failed attempts
    -Only a small percentage of people will grow with the company, those that brown nose and commit endless hours
    -Red tape no matter what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think this section is meant for executive management to truly take the advice into consideration......I won't waste my time filling this out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very successful, stable tech company

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is very profitable, and employee life is flexible and relaxed, provided you do your job well. Lots of independence to produce results without micromanagement.

    Cons

    Products aren't very glamorous. Power very concentrated at the top.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Avoid, if you can.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, free snacks & casual dress.

    Cons

    No opportunity for career growth. Very political. If you're not in the "in crew" don't expect a promotion or increased responsibility. Most of your career options are based on the whims and desires of your Manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Nothing will change. It's a good ol' boys system so employees learn to deal or leave. It seems to work for them since employees stick around ( probably for the fee snacks) and profits keep growing. If it's not broken, don't fix it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you're not on the A team, you're undervalued

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    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Time off policies are all right; they have a very nice holiday policy of a half day before every major holiday, two days for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and for Independence Day this year.

    HR people are stellar. I have nothing but praise for them. They work hard and they care. Review cycle is maintained with rigorous punctuality, which must be hard because I've rarely seen this at other companies.

    Cons

    Mindspark has certain pet projects that get a lot of praise and attention. If you're not on one of those, it's equivalent to Siberian exile.

    The highest senior management has promoted themselves two or three times in the 18 months I've been with the company. In general the company seems very management heavy.

    The company culture is extremely siloed. Teams from individual projects tend to hang out (lunch, etc.) together and not include other coworkers. This behavior is top-down driven.

    They only give two weeks PTO (personal time off) for the first SIX years at the company (after that you get an additional week). Especially since the parent company, IAC, and many other IAC subsidiaries, have a FIVE year policy before the upgrade. I think two weeks is extremely stingy. They also give a mandatory week off between Christmas and New Year's, which is fine, but it's only for use during that time, so it doesn't count as discretionary time off. They also lump sick days in with vacation, which is cheesy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the cons.

    Plant some grass around the Yonkers compound - it's a little industrial (and creepy at night).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern ITNS in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Intern ITNS in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back relaxed work atmosphere, great company culture and unlimited free snacks, coffee and soda! As an intern at Mindspark it was a very fulfilling and enriching experience, would do it again in a heartbeat! They also provide (interns/employees) with a pre-loaded metro card every month if you commute by public transit!

    Cons

    There were no cons that I saw. All of the employees were very nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright place if you don't mind working on toolbars

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The NYC offices are possibly the most beautiful, most luxurious and most well equiped offices you can find in NYC.

    Every Friday in July and August you get to go home at 2pm.

    Good size company, sometimes it still feels like a startup. But they have the financial resources of an established company. Upper management is easily approachable.

    Cons

    Don't believe the 'digital snacks' spiel. They make 95% of their money from toolbars. It is not fun to explain to your friend engineers 'what your company does'.

    Technically not very stimulating. Most projects are toolbars, widgets or very simple websites or mobile apps. Management doesn't like to take risks.

    No clear direction. Management likes to start new projects and kill them off if they are not profitable after 12 months. If your projects gets killed off you get either fired or moved to a different team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear long term vision when it comes to your 'new investments' projects.

    Good engineers are harder to find than product managers, so listen more to the needs of your engineers. Moving them from project to project like pawn in your chess game is not okay.

    For crying out loud, do code interviews during the hiring process. You have some engineers working there who can't program themselves out of a while loop.

    There is a huge brain drain going on right now in the NYC office. Maybe you want to look into this.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not very optimistic about this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Infrastructure is good given the company size.

    Cons

    No internal mobility. Poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know business goals as well as employee's professional goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun but no long term growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY

    I worked at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun. Snacks. Relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Very political environment. If you know the right people, you will move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher or promote people with the right skills to grow the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place and people

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

    I have been working at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    tons of perks food-PTO-fun activity events
    good benefits
    great culture
    almost no overtime at mid levels

    Cons

    none the place aims high and hits the mark

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thumbs up

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid place to work for

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

    I have been working at Mindspark Interactive Network full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues, free snacks, good social events, learning new things. Team work is valued in this company. Senior employees generally stay for a long time.

    Cons

    Not clear of the future direction of the company. Junior staff are given less responsibilities even if they outperform peers. Some key staffs left.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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