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MySpace Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
118 Reviews
3.2
118 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits through working for a Fox-owned property (in 7 reviews)

  • 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)


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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  1.  

    Good company but you can feel that its declining

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

    Work is actually very challenging. Managers are good and coworkers are reasonably competent

    Cons

    Company is on the way down and you can feel the desperation in the executives. Work is piled up in a desperate move to stop the decline. The worst part is none of the work you do will ever be appreciated by the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better Product managers that have real web industry experience instead of former baristas, wannabe musicians and journalists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

    Company is well known. Situated in Beverly Hills.

    Cons

    No good managers. Management is full of idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change your managing staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Interns are unpaid and there are cliques in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more innovative.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent aside, this place (in its current state) needs to focus and stick to it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

    Despite 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Figure 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.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    MySpace is still a company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always ask for feedback from your underlings

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    develop some management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place was like being in Junior High school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Agent in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Agent in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Grow up you are not in high school

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Executive Vision and Leadership Sorely Needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at MySpace

    Pros

    Great people, working with Engineering is a pleasure.

    Cons

    Product 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 ManagementAdvice

    For 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The culture is no culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Buy 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Growth Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MySpace

    Pros

    MySpace 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.

    Cons

    Things 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 ManagementAdvice

    MySpace 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.

    No opinion of CEO

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