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Operative Media Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
27 Reviews

3.6
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    Operations Manager

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

    Pros

    quick paced! great people and a fun environment. opportunities to step up and work with many different ppl and departments. very young group, which is great if you're a young college grad.

    Cons

    lots of work, but you'll learn a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on truckin'

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place to start, Company needs work

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good place to learn the publisher side of the business. Like most all companies in this industry, there is great culture, great people. As well as the usual digital advertising culture gimmicks such as: happy hours, free food, ping pong table, rec lounge.

    Cons

    Compensation. Across all departments, the sentiment from my co workers was that we were all underpaid and under-appreciated. Poor planning both financially and strategically. This is not the only ad tech company with this issue. Lacks structure with regards to hiring, career progression. Sales and account management best practices / processes / benchmarks seemed to change every 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term. Create formal processes for all aspects of daily business operations, and stick to them. Invest more in your employees, not only in compensation but also by putting more time and thought into the hiring process. Build the company from the bottom up not from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    circling the drain

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    Former Employee - Consultant, Professional Services  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant, Professional Services in New York, NY

    Pros

    Youthful atmosphere
    Professional services team is excellent
    Managed services division keeps the company afloat
    If you're a man, you will do well here

    Cons

    Boys' club
    Rampant spending and big ticket hiring led to cash-flow shortage, which led to 10% lay offs in July 2014
    Irresponsible, inexperienced leadership
    C-level execs are out for themselves, and to hell with everyone else - typical 1%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. You'll do fine for yourselves. Good luck sleeping at night.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Long way to go

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    Pros

    Bagel Wednesdays
    Employer sponsored farewell parties (we have several of these every month)
    good people at the grass roots level
    very young crowd that is fun loving
    very wild Christmas parties ;)

    Cons

    Work is very monotonous.
    Product is filled with bugs and poor technology decisions
    Several bad releases caused customer attrition.
    Account management team spread thin due to problems with execution
    Lots of office politics for a company this small.
    No clear vision and direction.
    Average employee life span in about a year. High burn out
    No work life balance. You are expected to put in 60-70 hours a week or you will be phased out.
    Most of the jobs are being shipped to India. Quality is suffering.
    R&D management is clueless on what to do. Very dictatorial style of execution (my way or highway)
    Employee churn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are trying to brand yourself as a technology company then do something about it. Fix the problem with technology and product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting and rarely dull

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent perks, free snacks and drinks, frequent free food and beer.

    New and differing issues constantly pop up which makes it exciting to learn about all the facets of the technologies involved.

    Cons

    There is advancement potential but a lot seems to do with luck and patronage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the painful parts of the software and start fresh where you can.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am never leaving!

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    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Awesome place to be, lively fun environment with smart driven people. They take care of their employees and are open to suggestions and changes to the direction of the company. Everyone is young and beautiful, which is a plus.

    Cons

    Must be proactive and driven to succeed here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to progress and focus on the revenue growth of the company. Continue to be transparent and open with your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting place to work - great customers, unique position in market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Processes billions of dollars in advertising from the top media companies in the world, helping quality media thrive.
    Very interesting technology problems to solve, still a lot of future development for products.
    Product has improved massively in the last 6 months.
    CEO is fun and serious about winning, company strategy now is credible and exciting.
    Truly cares about customers, employees, and doing the right thing.
    Lots of new customers and money coming in the door.

    Cons

    Last year was a tough year, rocky product release in the summer, and company overspent and had to clamp down.
    Still a lot of hard work to be done, and strategic priorities compete with tactical ones.
    Complex product, so customer satisfaction still creates fire drills to make things right.
    Neutral: People who weren't working out were cut. Good to see slackers gone, but not hiring promised replacements fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to unblock whatever is slowing down bringing on new people. I've seen a few new faces in engineering, but we probably need 10 or 20 more to do the things you want us to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    feels like a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    tackling some really interesting problems
    exciting, fast paced, culture
    opportunity to learn a lot
    really smart people work here

    Cons

    management is absent or too busy scheming behind closed doors to be helpful
    very poor career development, compensation, and expectations setting
    struggling to clearly define new "focused" strategy
    lacking transparency and communication for major company changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please be more open about what you are planning and what is changing at the company, even if you aren't totally sure yet.

    keep your promises to employees regarding performance evaluation and compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Industry, decent learning opportunity, not the best company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very fun company to be at. There is a lot of opportunity to learn about the industry and the product. Mostly a great group of people minus the occasional few.

    Cons

    Management is not as in touch with its employees and their problems as they should be. Salaries are not paid in accordance to the amount of work done. Not too much in terms of growth path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to understand your employees better and actually listen to them when they are expressing concerns about the company and the product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    like a puppy whose limbs are too big for it's body

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Successful company, great employees, not done growing or establishing it's identity yet.

    Cons

    Same as pros. Company is successful and continues to grow, but does not have an identity yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capitalize on successes, define what the company wants to do. There are some areas that are excellent at what they do and others that are not. Take the heads of the strong groups and let them work their magic for the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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