Operative Media Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Getting better

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Ops in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Ops in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture, career development, bagel Wednesdays. Seriously though, you can be promoted quickly if you are a fast learner and make the effort.

    Cons

    The Revenue Department doesn't play well with the rest of the company. Entry level pay is good for entry level but on the low end of the spectrum given the responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the comp plan for contributors, figure out a bonus structure for every employee.


  2. Process engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Manager
    Former Employee - Process Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Open space. Clear visibility. Good work life balance. Loved bagel Wednesday's

    Cons

    Not too many to list office has now been moved... Earlier they were in a smaller space


  3. Helpful (1)

    Revolving door

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson Heights, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bagel Wednesdays, good people, laid back atmoshpere

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about employee, only about their own well being. Hard to get promoted. No one take responsibility for anything, but blames everyone except themselves. Understaffed and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees and take responsibility for your actions.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good luck!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time

    Pros

    Very fun group of individuals and a lot of opportunities to get to know others socially. Most people who leave tend to get a decent job elsewhere.

    Cons

    This company isn't doing well and they're brutal with lay-offs. People are let go in droves and yet the executives are still celebrating. They don't know how to spend their money.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company or cross your fingers that you get acquired. Get a real HR staff.


  6. Good company that has had its share of issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a product that is very hard for competitors to match and are really entrenched in their market.

    Cons

    They have had some execution problems, though they seem to have overcome many of them and now have a pretty solid product.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Opportunities to grow in a poorly-managed company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Assistance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - User Assistance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn learn and take on more responsibility Good colleagues Informal environment Flexible schedule Snacks & games Average age is late 20s, which might be a pro or a con, depends on you.

    Cons

    Management very uneven at all levels. At higher levels in general, management & planning seems immature, not yet ready for prime time. Future of the company is still uncertain after laying off 10-15% of the staff in summer 2014.


  8. Short but sweet

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for young tech savy kids looking to delve into the ad tech industry. Smart creative employees Friendly welcoming atmosphere Great work/personal life balance Flexibility Strong rev pipeline Impressive clientele dedicated and bright VP and director level Employees are well taken care of

    Cons

    Overspending. Complacency has not been fully eradicated. Training program could be stronger Errors and Bugs in the technology C-level Fiscal irresponsibility Volatile client retention rates raised questions during my time

    Advice to Management

    The finance dept needs to seriously get it's ducks in a row. Revenue organization can only do so much. Help them out Stop spending beyond your means. I thought we learned something in 08'


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad place to start, Company needs work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time (More than a year)

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    circling the drain

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant, Professional Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant, Professional Services in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Operative Media full-time (More than a year)

    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 Management

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


  11. Operations Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Operative Media full-time (Less than a year)

    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 Management

    keep on truckin'



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