Monster Inc

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Monster Inc Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
66 Reviews
2.2
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Monster Inc CEO Noel Lee
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many of the rank-and-file people that work there are quite nice and interesting (in 6 reviews)

  • The worker bees are great people and can teach you a lot if you are fresh out of college (in 6 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monsterous Monster

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

    I have been working at Monster Inc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good ideas can come from anywhere. You don't have to be afraid of throwing your idea into the ring nor be afraid to call out a bad idea. Just be prepared to defend it. Monster has an entrepreneurial spirit. Wide variety of products offered.

    Cons

    Convoluted mottos. Dated looking products. Waits to bring products to market rather than lead. Many product delays due to production issues. Noel Lee can be his own worst enemy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline products. There are far too many outdated offerings. Get proper IT tools in place for the company to run more efficiently. Create an inspiring atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A monster of a place to work

    • 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 Monster Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's an entrepreneurial company and if you want your own business this place is a good place to get experience as there is a lot to learn about what works and more importantly what mistakes not to make. There is good work life balance if you are a staff employee in a department that does not drive sales. If you are in a highly visible role or you are in upper management and Noel knows who you are then work life balance is nonexistent.

    Cons

    Management has a hard time making decisions which often results in delayed product launches and wasted resources and money. Decisions cannot be made without the approval of the head monster so basically everyone runs around to appease him. A lot of money is wasted on marketing and sales strategy without any accountability or analysis after the fact on whether what was done really drove any sales and as a result the company keeps on with the same unsuccessful strategies. There are no raises before I started at this company even in good times. Also if you are looking at this company be aware that they have not given out bonuses in awhile and probably won't unless business improves. Also layoffs are a reality here and they will let go of a few people every so often. Unless things change expect the layoffs to continue. For the most part people are really nice here, but some in upper management could use sensitivity training. Technology is really outdated here so don't expect to learn any new applications to build on your skills to make you marketable for your next job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is really poor from upper management. Morale would benefit from regular performance evaluations and raises. Getting a bonus is not in lieu of a raise. Communicate there won't be bonuses until business improves. Employees just want to know what's going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company can get your feet wet, though it's going down hill and unexpected lay-off happens all the time.

    • 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 Monster Inc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get your feet wet, great introduction to the industry - several former employees end up going to high profile companies like google and apple.
    Lots of cool products that you just end up getting for free or for a stealing employee discount.
    Lots of chances to meet athletes and celebrities.

    Cons

    Unless you're someone important, nobody higher up will take you seriously, until one day they want to lay you off.
    Too many non-sense decisions made by the decision makers.
    The company itself isn't too big, but it doesn't really feel like a friendly work environment. back stabbings and finger pointings all over the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spreading the resources so thin, stop making craps that nobody buys and focus on only Cable and perhaps headphone. Proof? Out of Monster's 35 years of history, how much $$ had Noel make from products other than cables and Beats?

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

    Mixed Bag

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow. Cool products. A lot of good people working hard to "win".

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. Conference calls are scheduled at all hours and days, and then rescheduled 5 minutes before. There are a lot of qualified people who work there, but only one person can make decisions (CEO) so there is no room for forward thinking or creativity. The company defends and keeps the employees they like, even when other employees complain/report HR issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bottom feeders, NOT the qualified people who care about the success of the company

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

    Great Coworkers, Incompetent Management, Lack of Respect for Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Anyone who has worked at Monster knows that there are a lot of fun people that work there. Musicians and artists are everywhere. The company tries to create a dot-com era environment with some nice parties every so often. The environment is "fast paced" and for someone straight out of college, you will be able to learn how a dysfunctional company is run, learn and polish some software skills and you may even be able to join in the mayhem.

    Cons

    Management will often makes last minute decisions after not making a decision for weeks on end. This leads to very disjunctive marketing messages and a lot of wasted resources, time and money - not to mention really sloppy work. Many of the managers are not qualified to be managing their departments as they have not actually done any of the work they are attempting to manage. Lack of respect for in-house experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions based on real data not on past failed attempts and be accountable. Upgrade your ancient FileMaker marketing database with modern technology. Focus on creating excellent products, not on all the marketing fluff. Get your data and content together. Invite people who actually do the work to some of your meetings so that you can make informed decisions, not ill-informed ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management led by a megalomaniac with a massive ego and an even bigger head.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at Monster Inc full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to interact in the entertainment industry with high-profile celebrities and event. If you are blonde and cute then you have a good chance of an almost executive-level promotion, no experience necessary.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero respect for their employees and forget about work-life balance. On call 24/7 or they will threaten to fire you. Every day is a non-stop fire drill exercise. If you enjoy having profanity and insults thrown at you constantly by the CEO then my friend, this is the place for you. Surrounded by "yes men" who bow to the superior leader, nothing will ever change with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For once, do what is best for the company and stand up for what is right. Perhaps you should have recommended that the CEO Noel Lee, a man who rides around on his gold-plated Segway, not have his 5-million dollar Lamborghini delivered on the day that you are having massive layoffs. I wish that were a joke or an exaggeration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Life as a Monster.

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

    I worked at Monster Inc

    Pros

    1. Meeting Hollywood types. 2. Driving a Lambo. 3. Great Food. 4. Learning about people with money.

    Cons

    1. Direction not clear. 2. Working 24/7. 3. Constant turn over.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very demanding and challenging place to work

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

    I have been working at Monster Inc full-time

    Pros

    There are many really good, hard-working co-workers. The work is often interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    A few bad, high-profile managers are coddled when they should've been replaced. Management ethics is questionable. Planning and preparation can be non-existent, instead depending on spur-of-the-moment decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people to do their job. If you don't trust them, replace them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not worth it

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

    I worked at Monster Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people (not in management) are great. We all know how bad it is, but we ban together to get jobs done for the most part. When the company was doing well, at least the brand made you marketable to other companies.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Long hours. No respect for individual's personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees appropriately. Stop allowing money to be wasted without accoutability. Stop flaunting expensive cars in the faces of loyal folks who have never received a raise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Monsterous!!!

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

    I have been working at Monster Inc full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to learn how to run your own business, this is the place. I have also never worked for an organization where the team feels like your family. My best friends in my personal life I have met while working at Monster.

    Cons

    Being a company in a fast paced and constantly shifting environment, the company chooses to move with those changes and in doing so impacts the focus on the fly. By doing that it causes disruption and those people who are not use to an environment like that struggle and often complain. That attitude drives negativity into the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus everyone on a vision and drive to that vision. If people are not doing their job they need to not be a part of the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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