SAY Media Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
51 Reviews
3.3
51 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. 1 person 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great office, nice people, poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ideally, a cool place to work but upper management is a catastrophe.

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Unlimited vacation
    -Fun culture
    -Budding media/tech company
    -Fun brands

    Cons

    -Pay: unless you are an engineer, expect to get underpaid & overworked
    -High turnover: most people that work here have been employed with SAY for less than a year, expect at least one person a week to leave the company
    -Office politics: A lot of people here don't get along. It has to do with poor on-boarding and mismanaged departments. Collaboration with other departments is hard, people try too hard to grab credit instead of recognizing the efforts of the entire team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency. You need to be more transparent with ALL your employees, not just the ones you favor. Dissolve the office politics, it's a complete waste of everyone's time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for & passionate people who work there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the coolest, smartest people in NYC.

    Cons

    Not too much room to grow within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management- very results driven.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Decent day job with no future.

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    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SAY Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed office environment and friendly people. The company gives you as many other perks as it can afford to make up for the fact that it can't do much for your career.

    Cons

    Be careful if you accept a 'design' position in the 'studio' at Say. You will be used as a mindless tool and piece of human software for the sales department. You will work under talentless people with nothing to teach you and are entirely focused on deadlines. You will complain, your complaints will be heard, and then immediately disregarded. When working at Say you will quickly learn how the 'corporate game' works and what it's like to be a number in the system. If you're able to accept it for what it is, working there can be a decent day job before finding a real job/ career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great culture. Rapid changes require agility.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Say offers employees flex time off and is very accommodating for personal needs. That said, because we are all given laptops and phones, there is a culture of always-on and always-accessible unless you go out of the country.

    Great people -- creative, smart, intuitive.

    Company quickly adapts and addresses industry trends, so there is always more to learn.

    Cons

    Company is quickly changing. We often say that the one constant thing about Say is change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun Culture, Chopping Block

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy in New York, NY

    I worked at SAY Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun culture.

    Innovative company with some very talented people. The product is very fun to pitch and you get to be very creative in your approach to making decks and building solutions for brands.

    Free lunch Friday..

    Cons

    I saw several people get laid off during my time at say. For a while it was weekly. Very sad for moral.

    Upper management was very baring, did not keep promises for growth opportunities.

    Constant change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sure you know what's broken.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Media Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people, always learning new things, good perks.

    Cons

    Lack of direction. Poor policy on promotions and raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop the people you have before you lose more good people

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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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