Monster Inc Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Monster Inc CEO Noel Lee
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Pros
  • There's a some smart people that work very hard, it's somewhat of an interesting job because priorities change a lot, constant surprises (projects) etc (in 6 reviews)

  • Some great co- workers , but they are leaving in droves (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely zero respect for their employees and forget about work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    always a problem to solve!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monster Inc full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people work there. Opportunity to build your network inside and out. Great location.you can always voice your opinion at any level. Not bad place to start out

    Cons

    hellish hours. un-realistic expectations.poor planning.weak leadership.last minute drop everything meetings called all of the time. impossible to get work done.personal time not respected at all.too many chefs in the kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    There is more than one way to do things right. company strategy should be directed from the top,and talented employees should be given the room to make decisions and execute the strategy. Leadership needs to lead, plan in advance.


  2. Helpful (1)

    National Sales Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - National Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Monster Inc (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace, exciting and something different every day. Aggressive attitude around getting things done and completing what is necessary to make and keep happy customers. Exposure to new and exciting products on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Could use additional process in place to stream line the business as well as helping new employees understand the systems.


  3. Great company to learn and grow from

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Monster Inc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting, fast paced environment. You can really define your career path and opportunities, as there is always opportunity to take on new opportunities and projects, even if not within your job description. A relatively flat organization means that you get regular involvement in large scale initiatives and work with all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    More process needed. Being an private/entrepreneur company leads to a lack of role clarity and process that can be hard to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency would improve communication and morale. Employees want to know what is going on, and the direction of the company.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Visionary company stuck in the past

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX

    I worked at Monster Inc full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Meet great people, some celebrities. Free concert at CES every year, some great. You will be pushed to achieve new heights. You will leave the company with the ability to tackle even the most complex challenges. Working for any other company after Monster will feel like a walk in the park!

    Cons

    Everything is done at the last possible minute. Even the most important projects are thrown together at the last minute. It's not that hard working, talented people haven't been preparing for these projects for a long time. The issue is the lack of trust in any given employee's ability to do the job they are hired for. Thus, every project is torn apart by the people at the top and ordered to be Frankensteined together at the last minute with much harsh criticism and verbal abuse. You are literally punished for doing great work and forced to redo it under duress.

    Advice to Management

    As Steve Jobs once said, ""I've learned over the years that when you have really good people you don't have to baby them. By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things. ... A-plus players like to work together, and they don't like it if you tolerate B work." Hire the right people. Trust them to do the job well. Most importantly, get rid of those who consistently fail to deliver. You know who they are. We all know who they are! You are only destroying your own credibility by ignoring the problem.


  6. Helpful (4)

    The boat has SUNK! Bail Out

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Analysis and Market Intelligence in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Analysis and Market Intelligence in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Monster Inc

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

    Pros

    Not many pros of working at Monster. The only pro for me was that it was in in the city of san Francisco, so I could drive there.

    Cons

    On day one, the IT department gave me a used computer from someone they fired in the previous week. It was from 2010 and it was 2014. It was very embarrassing. I asked if I could get a pair of headphones to wear at my desk, and they told me to buy them on eBay bc it was cheaper than employee price. I purchased some on eBay and they broke after 2 weeks. I worked closely with the sales team and Im not sure if they actually sold anything. Sales went down almost 90% since 2010. The Sales Team revised the annual budget over 100x and make it lower and lower every month. I sat through many investor meetings and no one wants the place. It is like putting your money in a penny stock, very similar to the wolf of wallstreet movie. All the senior execs got free stock in the company and they loose it if they leave. So you are stuck with them forever. I have never worked at a company where qualifications mean nothing. You can have a MBA and your boss could have a GED and you take orders from them on strategy. Most of the senior management went to Jr. College and have the qualifications to run a sears store.

    Advice to Management

    Have everyone re-apply for their position. None of the EC can get a VP job anywhere else. How can you have the CFO be in charge of GAAP from USA if they are not even a US citizen. The brand name is good but keeps going down. When is the last time management sat down and gave their worker bees a raise or evaluation. Even when I worked at Subway I got a raise every 6 months. At monster your salary is set for life. If you beg you might get a $500 spot bonus after you make the company $1,000,000 or more.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Analog In a Digital World

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monster Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You will likely make life-long friendships here. Great people. Past successful industry experience and influence decorate halls that attest to that *past* success. Actually makes great products.

    Cons

    Ever heard of the saying "old dog wants to learn new tricks" - well that doesn't happen here. In fact its worse - "old dog wants everyone else to learn outdated tricks". It's almost like that friend you really want to help with some bad habit...but insists that you try it. Analog strategy, perhaps sadly even mind-set, in a new world. Past successes may have a lot to do with that - and that seems to cause the aforementioned affliction (doesn't really want to learn new tricks). Undisciplined approach to goals - self inflicted emergencies, costing the company dearly. Lack of clear focus/vision evidenced by patterns one finds in the cons expressed here.

    Advice to Management

    Big Picture Unsure what advice to give because its unclear what they can actually do. The company is privately owned and at the end of the day, ownership dictates. Many have tried in the past, and end up leaving or let go. I do hope you can stop the "Where's Waldo" answer to the question - "who owns this"? Because all talk of "ROI" starts there. I do hope you can curb the "Meet New Waldo", who is magically injected into part of some team, forget how/why..it's not worth asking, adding yet-another-cook, and likely disrupts the dish, already in the process of being prepared. And the chase-your-tail cycle goes on, and on... Addiction Quit being like that addict who "asks" for help, then ends up "telling" those who want to help that you don't actually have a problem. You were just looking for someone to influence. You don't get anywhere and it is COSTING money. No-brainer on what that will result in a few months down the road. This is probably the biggest problem and manifests in how you deal with 3rd parties that you *hire and pay* (presumably to learn/gain/obtain help) and subject matter experts you ACTUALLY have (already employed!) but don't realize nor understand.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Just Don't!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Monster Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of the best and most dedicated "rank and file" staff I've ever worked with. Made many friendships which will exist long after Monster finally closes its doors.

    Cons

    Zero Work Life Balance!!! Constant need to reinvent the wheel for each and every show and event. A CEO who rules by intimidation and bullying served by a senior management team that plays CYA caves to his outdated ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Not worth the time to offer. It wouldn't be followed anyway.


  9. Helpful (3)

    It pays the bills for now

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

    I have been working at Monster Inc

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

    Pros

    Looking for something of interest and when i find it...see ya!

    Cons

    Failing due to over priced products. Good stuff but wrong price point

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money to entertain Noel. He is not a star, never was, never will be! But if you are an con artist...line up he hires them everyday!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Jump ship!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monster Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot in a short period of time.

    Cons

    Underpaid for what you do, company has no direction, dictatorship from CEO/owner, overpaying management that makes poor decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Cherish the employees that does real work.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Run Away!

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

    I worked at Monster Inc full-time

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

    Pros

    It's unfortunate that I barely have any pro's about working here because there products are really amazing. Although they do tend to pump out more products and colors than they should rather than just stay focused on a few and really market them properly. Besides the products, the only other pro is the people you surround yourself with. I have made some great friendships. The friends you make are really your support system. You become a little family that really understands each other and how life really is at this company and you survive each day together.

    Cons

    If you want to feel like a job has truly aged you and you want to be ruled by a dictatorship, then by all means, this is the company for you. It's like being back at high school with it's endless drama. Being at this place is like having a dark, rainy, depressing cloud follow you around until you leave or get let go and then you can finally see the sunlight peeking through. This is the type of place that can prepare you for anything in life. It is so horrible and negative that you are constantly going through an emotional roller coaster. Some departments are worse than others, but don't let that fool you- it's all bad. If you are the type of person who is motivated and truly works hard then be prepared to be invisible and overlooked. The people who get the attention and praise are the people who cheat the system and do nothing but take credit for others' work. If you are a female at this company, you are already at a major disadvantage. The only way to get praise is to be a Blonde female- then you are automatically loved by the CEO- and he will make it obvious and uncomfortable. I can go on forever about how unfair the favoritism, sexism and racism is but I'll stop here. One of the of the main reasons things are so horrible is because there is a lack of proper management.The worst thing you can do for a team is get rid of the person they report to without proper notice or a even a good reason as to why they are no longer there. If that's the case then have a legitimate back up who is trained on managing a team. These actions cause morale to go down and people feel defeated. The upper management has a serious lack of communication and positive delivery which trickles down to all of your worker bees. People can't look up to you if you're not being a good leader. Also, hold people accountable for there actions. This is a huge problem which can affect a lot of people. Stop expecting the impossible when you keep throwing curve balls at people. If you are constantly changing something that has to be released at a certain date then you are doomed for failure. Stop cutting events and then bringing them back at the very last minute- the only thing this does is waste a ton of time and money. Understand that most people are doing the job of 5 people because you laid off the majority of their team. You are exhausting your employees when some work so hard to have it mean absolutely nothing.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't show your employees that they are worth it then you will loose them. Incentivize them and not with a pizza party or a B-stock product. Stop having company-wide meetings where you give everyone false hope- they can read through this. Tell people how good of a job they are doing more often then saying nothing at all. If you are going to set rules for one team then you should make them company-wide and stop picking on certain teams & people. Negativity spreads like a disease and is hard to cure. Stop having the CEO hire people based on the fact that they know a celebrity. There should be a stricter hiring process where someone can actually show a legit resume and isn't blatantly lying about the work they have done. The amount of people I have seen come and go (who get paid twice as much and are as dumb as a rock) is insane. The truth is everyone with a brain wants to leave but there are multiple factors that keep them from just getting up and quitting. Don't tell people "if they are unhappy then they shouldn't be here. This place isn't meant for everyone...." You're right this place isn't meant for everyone but people know how to adapt and get through the day for their families; or to survive in one of the most expensive cities in the nation until they can find something better. This is called being an adult and by just saying something like that you're pouring out a ton of negativity. Change the way you treat your employees or these reviews will never get better. Stop laying off the really hard working and good people and cut from the top. If you are going to cut bonuses (that are built into our contracts), then make sure they are cut company-wide. Most importantly- learn to say NO to the CEO or eventually everyone will be out of a job.



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