MySpace
2.9 of 5 106 reviews
www.myspace.com Beverly Hills, CA 500 to 999 Employees

MySpace Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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2.9 106 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

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Tim Vanderhook

(2 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Innovative field of social networking, hundreds of millions of users means your code is used by the world, not just grandma next door"
    in 7 reviews
  • "MySpace offers a challenging, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for hard-working individuals to advance their career in the tech industry"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack of vision, lots of lay-offs"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Poor vision of future from senior management team"
    in 5 reviews
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Talent aside, this place (in its current state) needs to focus and stick to it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at MySpace

ProsDespite the product over the past year or two, there are some really talented people who worked or still work for MySpace. If you can find them, make friends with them and you may learn a thing or two.

ConsThere was a time where you could see the passion for the product in all levels of the company. Today, that sense of unity, pride and passion is absent with a large majority of the staff and that attitude is reflected back into the product. While I said one of the pros for working there was that there are really talented people who work at MySpace, but with that comes the fact that there are also a lot of 'cooks in the kitchen' and projects once thought to be a 'game changer' are de-scoped weeks before its release.

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what your internal processes and structure needs to be and stick with it. Changing every six months leave people disillusioned, frustrated and complacent. Also, empower team people in all departments and let your teams do their job. Stabilize this and the passion may return, and perhaps so will the users.

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MySpace is still a company

Customer Support Specialist (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at MySpace

ProsFree food, great benefits, friendly environment, great place to network with your coworkers

Conspoor middle class management, low tier agents often overlooked, work schedules changed without your discretion

Advice to Senior Managementalways ask for feedback from your underlings

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for interns

Intern (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at MySpace

ProsThe environment is very laidback. The people in general are very nice and as an Intern I was allowed to sit in a lot of meetings. Interns also have an opportunity for real work experience rather than making copies, answering phones etc. There is a cafe now on the third floor which makes getting lunch convenient. The patio on the 3rd floor has an amazing view of Los Angeles.

ConsInterns are unpaid and there are cliques in the workplace.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be more innovative.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software development

.NET Developer (Current Employee)
Beverly Hills, CA

I have been working at MySpace

ProsSome of the cutting edge stuff used in development, if you get to work on it.
Fancy food on the 3rd floor cafe, if that's important to you.
Flex work hours.

ConsPoor vision.
Poor inter/intra team communications. Lack of cross team coordination, Lack of accountability. Release dates are picked seemingly arbitrarily and discarded easily without a second thought. Aggressive schedules often lead to inferior product, that supposedly gets pushed to a phase 2 schedule, which never pans out. Usually phase 2 involves a re-architecture.
Managers do not provide any feedback(positive or negative),
Employees are on the edge most of the time,
Information sharing is not encouraged, employees avoid sharing, seemingly it provides them job security.

Advice to Senior Managementdevelop some management skills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Growth Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Beverly Hills, CA

I worked at MySpace

ProsMySpace was an awesome entry level job for me and I got to learn a great deal about the industry. There were tons of great coworkers, some nice perks including parties and concerts, and the excitement of working for the world's largest social network.

ConsThings started to go downhill after a while, and it became clear that MySpace was just not nimble enough to keep up with rapidly gaining competitors. Perks slowly disappeared, some great managers were pushed out and replaced by less competent ones. By the time the big layoffs hit in 2009 the atmosphere was not recognizable compared to what it once was.

Advice to Senior ManagementMySpace is still a huge entertainment portal, but it needs to be about the complete user experience. World domination is an unrealistic goal at this point.

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This place was like being in Junior High school

Customer Care Agent (Former Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I worked at MySpace

ProsName recognition
Conversation starter when applying for other jobs
See the backend and risks of social networking

ConsManagement
cliques
unprofessional co-workers and supervisors
politics in terms of promotions and well...everything
no communication unless in a clique
hardly hired their temps even though they say they are temp-to-hire
International department is favored
Computers are joke

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up you are not in high school

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Executive Vision and Leadership Sorely Needed

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Beverly Hills, CA

I have been working at MySpace

ProsGreat people, working with Engineering is a pleasure.

ConsProduct Vision is not clear. Product Management overall is extremely weak and lacking ownership.
They struggle with vary basic tasks such as defining the behavior of their products. If we can't get a well thought out requirements document, how are we supposed to deliver solid product?

Priorities across the company are not consistent and often compete. It's clear our exec team is not functioning as a team. As a result, development teams are left to deal with the chaos.

Cronyism galore - the new executive team brought too many of their friends on board, often in roles that are not needed or that add a distasteful layer of bureaucracy which kills productivity.

The company needs to be more agile, not bogged down by people who have no idea what they are talking about and little incentive to actually perform their jobs adequately.

Accountability - where is it? How many times can an individual fail to deliver and not reap the ramifications. This especially holds true for the cronies.

Incentive based rewards - how about taking care of the developments teams who are asked to work evenings and weekends to deliver product? This should start by making Product Manager work evenings and weekends to deliver a proper spec.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor your own sake and that of your employees - GET ON THE SAME PAGE & STOP COMPETING! Understand your roles and responsibilities. And no, you should not have the same responsibilities.

You need to utilize your resources wisely. You have to work smarter so they don't have to work harder.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The culture is no culture.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Beverly Hills, CA

I worked at MySpace

ProsGreat location in Beverly Hills, good lunching opportunities, casual dress, recreation room, decent tools to work with.

ConsLack of vision, poor communication from senior management, arbitrary rewards and recognition, cronyism, focus on getting things done over building a trusting, team-based culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuy yourself back from Fox. Bring in change consultants. Write a vision/mission statement and make sure it is plastered all over the walls. Give people a reason to want to work at MySpace aside from the money or padding a resume. Innovate. Beat competitors at their own game. Focus on social networking as much (or more) than shoving content down people's throats. Make MySpace friendships meaningful, not shallow and happenstance. Improve collaboration functionality. Clean up the UI.

Mike Jones appears to be attempting to make some improvements, but it's an uphill battle. He seems to get it more than the previous CEOs and I wish him luck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Strong tech base and good people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Beverly Hills, CA

I have been working at MySpace

ProsWe're still developing against the latest tech and the people here can work great as a team when the right project comes along.

ConsStrategy is still undefined and the culture has taken a major hit over the past few years.

Advice to Senior ManagementNew executive management should take advice from the current employees before announcing organization and strategy changes.

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excellent people, poor environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Beverly Hills, CA

I worked at MySpace

Pros- excellent benefits package
- co-workers are intelligent and fun
- ability to work for hundreds of millions of users

Cons- low morale
- atmosphere is very similar to a convalescent home
- internal communication is non-existent
- lack of company direction

Advice to Senior Managementit's too late

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