SAY Media Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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Pros
  • Unlimited vacation, good location in SOMA (in 7 reviews)

  • SAY Media pays well and offers a great vacation policy (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Benefits are average if you are single and don't care about 401K matching (in 3 reviews)

  • Constant Change and at times overly ambitious (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Most talented group of passionate yet weirdly awesome people I have ever worked with.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture is a lot of fun, expectations are usually very flexible, and people care more about getting a well-tested, long-term solution than just finding hack-y, temporary fixes. Also, dog-friendly office and my coworkers are my friends.

    Cons

    Lots of business changes have been somewhat weird to work around, and there's sometimes a frustrating disconnect between the engineers and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We can't afford to consider tech debt as low-priority forever! The longer it takes for us to do cleanup, the more potential issues we're going to run into in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Lots of challenges and problems to solve!

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 SAY Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to make an impact and interesting problems to solve. Great work-life balance with good vacation. The management structure is fairly flat so there is a lot of opportunity to have an opinion in the direction the technology is going. There are a lot of great engineers with a very open attitude towards teaching and learning new things; it's easy to grow here.

    Cons

    The business has pivoted a few times in the past, which can lead to some disarray, but growing out of startup mode and into a sustained business is not easy to do and sometimes the fat needs to be trimmed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the current plan and grow the technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Such an intelligent, hard working and fun culture...can you beat it?!

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

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    All of the employees are extremely friendly and truly enjoy working with one another.
    It's refreshing to work for a company where managers take responsibility for their employees and everyone works hard to get the job done. No micromanaging! Amazing culture...it's great to come to work everyday.

    Cons

    Lots of changes happening, but for the better...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely keep the lines of communication open. Everyone should have an open door policy and be willing to share the good and the bad with employees. They'll appreciate the honesty in the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    I DARE you to find a company with a better culture than Say Media.

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

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing group of people, great benefits (unlimited vacation....umm...yes, please!) very transparent Senior Executives, extremely laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Company makes a lot of changes (ex: letting go of the President) and can't seem to make up it's mind on their mission statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being transparent. As much as the truth may hurt us sometimes, its way better than sweeping it under the rug, or even worse - lying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    xoJane internship is really enjoyable!

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    Current Intern - XoJane Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - XoJane Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at SAY Media as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    nurturing work environment, welcoming, creative input from interns encouraged, can listen to iPod while doing computer work, everyone's open to feedback

    Cons

    loud-ish music, communication not always super clear, everyone eats lunch at their desks, always either too much work to do or barely any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with interns is always better, they're less scared of screwing everything up that way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Working with the best of the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Say culture can't be beat. I always felt like I was surrounded by the best and brightest in the business. People are also genuinely nice, collaboration is key and people never had problems helping or working with other to get something done. Management is approachable and also grouped in to the 'genuinely nice' category.

    Cons

    Lots of change, but that's the industry-wide and not specific to Say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. The best place I've worked in a long time

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 SAY Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The business side of the house is surprisingly sane, and makes smart decisions even when they're tough. I trust them more than any management team I've seen. The culture is generally good and fosters honest communication and focusing on the long-term goal. There are lots of very smart people doing clever things.

    Cons

    When people leave the company it often happens very quietly and sometimes people don't learn about it for a long time. A couple of managers have fallen into the empire-building mindset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    great, friendly, mellow work enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Editorial Intern
    Current Intern - Editorial Intern

    I have been working at SAY Media as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard-working, easy to talk to people. During my interview I felt very comfortable and they got back to me almost immediately. Since then working at saymedia, specifically xojane.com, has been a great experience. I'm only an intern but I've felt respected and welcomed to the team. They also treat educational internships very seriously, so every minute spent in the office is a learning opportunity Every day is different and exciting, a lot of work gets down though the feel is laid-back.

    Cons

    So far no con's to share.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    My Overall Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Production Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Production Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAY Media as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone works hard and is mellow. First time I have not been in a high stress environment but all the work gets done with ease

    Cons

    You never really know what someone is thinking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Creative, smart people, fun culture.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    SAY is a fast paced environment with a high growth rate. Employees are friendly, qualified and smart. Emphasis on company culture. Office space is super rad, lots of perks and parties. Work hard, play hard atmosphere. Lots of upward career opportunity.

    Cons

    Some issues surrounding vision of company, though execution is always beautiful. Media and ad space are changing so rapidly, companies like SAY are trying their best to stay on the frontier as things develop.

    Positive Outlook

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