SAY Media

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SAY Media Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
55 Reviews
3.2
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get new managers who have actual training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Management, Poor Leadership

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineer led and misogynistic company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Go public so you can be replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    toxic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAY Media

    Pros

    self image, entertainment, perks and location

    Cons

    schizophrenic, unprofessional, internally tumltuous, and disorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont take any more investors' money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    An Advertising Company Pretending to be More Than That

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SAY Media

    Pros

    Unlimited free diet coke in the fridge. Free lunch or breakfast one day a week. Convenient for the Caltrain station.

    Cons

    This company sells Intenet advertising. They are trying to turn into a web publisher, but plans for growth and acquision in that area are not working out. The company has found it easier to hire product managers than engineers, and the resulting empire building has resulted into engineering being split into too many small teams with unrealistic deadlines and often adversarial relationships between teams. The working environment is overcrowed and noisy. You need sound cancelling headphones to get anything done. Lip service is paid to Agile development, but in practice deadlines are set months in advance, often before detailed requirements are known.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back on the growth plans. Look for more off the shelf solutions instead of trying to reinvent the wheel - home grown solutions are not always better, but they are always more expensive. Look for someone interested in acquiring the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    get it together!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAY Media

    Pros

    company has cool offices in cool locations.
    they use apple computers and phones
    coworkers are cool to work with and fun.

    Cons

    this company has no idea what they are doing. media? advertising? publishing platform? pick one! and get good at it.
    because there is no clear mission statement, everyone from management to entry level is confused. one day a priority is x the next its y. too crazy to keep up with.
    when i say i work at say media, people are like what media?
    no one takes time to think things through. they are basically shooting in the dark a lot and hoping they hit something.
    career paths, expectations, is unclear.
    no retirement plan.
    shitty health care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out what our company does. stop pretending to be visionaries. actually be "transparent" and don't fire your two vps of sales and not expect people to feel hopeless and anxious about their job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brain-Drain! No Direction

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation, good location in SOMA.

    Cons

    Say has let just about every capable person walk out the door. Limited room to advance, low-ball salaries across the board as part of a failed HR initiative to "not offer raises". This company never found it's way and hid behind a great brand despite the fact that it never had it's business model figured out. Many failed aquisitions/partnerships. Lot of jargon and buzzwords to describe an ad product that frankly doesn't work but looks pretty. There are number of good people left but the culture is deflated and there's a lot of internal strife.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great office, nice people, poor management

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    great location, nice people, good culture and a lot of events and fun, unlimited time off!

    Cons

    not sure if this company makes any money, spending all the time, and then can't pay the bills, recently management shifted strategy *again* from brand creation to increasing advertising prices, why did it take them so long to figure out? not paying the bills should have been a big clue. explains high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to make a profit, stop letting HR drive salaries down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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