SAY Media Reviews

Updated March 31, 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. Helpful (1)

    Great during the earlier Say days but not the same company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAY Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, creative, hard working loyal employees.

    Cons

    Vague & indirect management - managers communicate with assumptions, generalities & lack of direction.

    Does not:

    1. Give constructive feedback in private.
    2. Follow up on employee ideas.
    3. Give frequent praise.
    4. Support employee development.
    5. Allow flexibility and realistic freedoms.
    6. Communicate directly and specifically.
    7. Demonstrate that you care.
    8. Allow employees to share and shine.
    9. Respect individual differences.
    10. Admit it when you’re wrong.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Confused management, low morale, no career growth

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    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great vacation policy, good teammates, nice offices. Solid challenges to solve in an ever evolving environment.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected with the company and nobody seems to care that there is a sizable talent bleed and workers keep quitting. People are promoted for being buddies with the right people even though they are not right for the job. The management team is male heavy and many of them treat women in the company as if they are dumb. Upper management is mostly focused on blame games because the company has a reputation of laying off or firing their VPs and employees at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is actually doing good work. Stop promoting people because they are your drinking buddy. Do something about the continuous talent bleed. Appreciate the people that work hard for you even though you treat employees like they are expendable.

  3. Helpful (7)

    Junior Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere, Awesome People, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't seem to care about their employees, I've seen entire teams laid off with less than a week's notice

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  5. Helpful (6)

    Failed business models, constant change, minimal communication

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, great teammates, amazing offices in San Francisco and New York, unlimited vacation, use of Google apps throughout pipeline.

    Cons

    Say Media does not give raises. The only way to increase your pay is to get a "promotion" or a title change which is incredibly difficult in a company that is continuously shrinking and shrinking and shrinking. I have watched many of my teammates be laid off in the name of failed business model after failed business model. The problem is that this company can not stick to one thing OR they do not know how to be profitable. A lot people here are inexperienced but hired because they will take a lower salary.

    Truthfully, I had a poor feeling from the minute I started and was right. Everything from on-boarding to the office vibe felt off. Next time, I will listen to my intuition.

  6. Helpful (5)

    Extremely unprofessional with terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They paid a great base salary.

    Cons

    The managers are completely unprofessional and play favorites. They have a "training" program each week that is more like a pop quiz session of who they can humiliate each week. They fire someone new almost every week. NO JOB SECURITY! For the record, I left before that could happen.

    Advice to Management

    Get new managers who have actual training.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Bad Management, Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the people - nice and creative, they threw good parties

    Cons

    Bad management - didn't care much about the staff, poor leadership who didn't have strong relationships with high-level agency folks and only looked out for themselves. NO mentorship as most employees had no previous experience and provided no inspiration or knowledge. constantly changing their strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at the people and maybe do exit interviews???

  8. Helpful (5)

    Engineer led and misogynistic company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coddled if you are an Engineer, you don't have to be good at it.

    Cons

    Don't accept a job if you are a woman. They appraise them at different value than men, you will also be the first fired.

    Advice to Management

    Go public so you can be replaced.

  9. Helpful (2)

    toxic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAY Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    self image, entertainment, perks and location

    Cons

    schizophrenic, unprofessional, internally tumltuous, and disorganized

    Advice to Management

    dont take any more investors' money

  10. Helpful (4)

    SAYin alot with cool typography yet doing the most wrong behind the scenes

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Snacks, beer, typography, gum, t shirts and the cafe 28 cashier downstairs.

    Cons

    Selling a fake culture of cool, both in house and to our clients
    There is no loyalty...gossip & unethical tactics are encouraged
    Will forever live in the shadow of the "other" startups

    Advice to Management

    You sold out! And it takes more than pair of ray bans and indie bands to make you cool.

  11. Helpful (5)

    One day they're one thing, the next they're something else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAY Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -A few of my coworkers were phenomenal
    -Office locations, though the actual office space was often so overcrowded and noisy

    Cons

    -Trying to be a lot of everything, but doing none of it very well at all.The company is an ad network, but they want to be a media property, to create publishing and ad serving platforms, be an ad agency and anything else that sounds cool to the executive team at the moment. Trying to be like AOL is not something to aspire to if you want to be a success.
    -Always chasing things that don't matter. Priorities shifted all the time. Time, money and morale wasted on projects that get abandoned.
    -Wasting money throwing "cool" parties at industry events and conferences. Invest in your people and projects, because those things will advance the business better than a bunch of party/club promoter type pictures.
    -Buying up second rate media properties. Or worse, spending money to create them.
    -Convoluted work processes. Things needed to pass through way too many hands, way too many times to get done. Something that should have taken 2 or 3 days, would often take 5 or more.
    -Empire building. People who brown nose and kiss up are the ones who get ahead. This behavior isn't even something that is hidden or a secret.
    -Can't retain good workers and managers.
    -Really weird healthcare plan.
    -Unlimited vacation. Sounds good at first, but it also means that when you resign, you won't get paid out for vacation time you were never able to take. Rewards people who take lots of time off while you're stuck covering their work.
    -Way too concerned with appearing like a fun and cool place to work. Projecting movies onto the wall of a bullpen area during work hours is not cool. It's obnoxious.
    -Hipster central.

    Advice to Management

    Think carefully about what it is you want to be. Saying it isn't enough. Wishing it isn't enough. You need a solid gameplan and people who are willing to say "no" and call you on your bull if you want to succeed. This isn't an ego stroke for you, it's peoples livelihood.

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