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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Matt Sanchez
17 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    XoJane internship was

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media as an intern

    Pros

    snax. satellite radio (nice but distracting in the office).

    Cons

    Teaching Jane Pratt how to use cut and paste on the computer. Transcribing hours of vapid celebrity interviews, for articles never published. Receiving good feedback for articles I wrote, which were then never published.

    No pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay interns if they are the ones doing the work-- the internship program offered little to no training and XoJane would not exist were it not for the interns-- the site was launched on the backs of those who were unpaid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once Great, Maybe Okay agin Soon?

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    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 technology stack is very interesting. Almost every fancy language makes an appearance--node, python, JS, CSS, HTML5, Go. They own a lot of their internal code, as well, which means a lot of things to learn, but a lot of ways to improve. The company is constantly struggling to define itself and is working to pivot majorly. Employees have a chance to make a major impact, especially considering the size of the company.

    Cons

    They own everything in house, which means constant struggle against in-house made code. Little collaboration with the outside world. They pivot every 3 months -- full re-org, new tech stack, new goals, new people, new desks. The churn is insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something even if it's wrong. You're afraid of failing, but that's hampering your chance to succeed. Decide if you want to become a big 10 company or go IPO or get bought out. Figure out some way to promote people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dont make friends too quickly

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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 an year)

    Pros

    People at Say are nice but they're making this up as they go along. Vacation policy is 'take as much as you need' but the people who take advantage are usually very junior.

    Cons

    Managers are looking out only for themselves and often do not give credit to underlings. They do not support advancement. They do not give raises. They only time they give raises is if someone they are really keen on threatens to leave. Oh, they also re-org four to five times a year and have had several rounds of layoffs, especially with the new investors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop paying for big named editors who you think will get you the headlines you need to be in the game. Invest in the people doing the work. Stop laying off the core of your business. Sanchez should stop playing favorites and show his face from time to time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Micro Managed

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and they have fun things after work.

    Cons

    Management picks favorites and same level co-workers think they are managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work spaces are too small. Hard to have phone conversations with clients without person next to having to be quiet. Why no 401k?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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 an 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.  

    Keen eye for design, strong technical chops, GREAT culture

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

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

    Pros

    The culture at SAY is amazing. I can't say enough about it. Other benefits are:
    - A high level of design discipline and desire to create beautiful products
    - A very strong engineering team (including co-CTOs - both of which are hands on and have done big and meaningful things)
    - Reasonably strong alignment of goals (but they do change often - see below)
    - Amazing benefits (fully pay your medical, have unlimited vacation, etc.)

    Cons

    There are a lot of artificial deadlines and there are a lot of shifting goals. It's to be expected, as the company is still learning how to work in a different mode (as a media company). Despite shifting goals, they are often well communicated so people have a common understanding (a plus)

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, unconventional compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media

    Pros

    The company is at this great size where new employees can "stake out" their existing roles and junior level employees can move up.

    The culture is awesome:
    - a dog-friendly office
    - many happy hours
    - lunch/breakfast once a week
    - boozy holiday parties (x2)
    - unlimited vacation
    - younger (avg age right at 30)
    - yoga classes once a week
    - other small events every month or so (beer tasting, cocktail challenge, cheese making)

    Cons

    There are no bonuses. Moving up/getting a raise requires a full title change. No equity and no 401k matching. Our "bonus" is our holiday parties.

    Another con is the ever changing focus of the company. Senior management had a major shift in the past 6 months and with it came a company shift. The overall strategy for becoming the next big media company seemed solid but the execution/results were not that impressive. (Owning second rate sites that attract other second rate sites.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow down the list of sites to just 1-2 high quality choices. Trying to be a leader in every channel just leads to a watered down list.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people, smart and fair management, good location, culturally diverse workforce, open minded and passionate employees. The good folks get rewarded. Very approachable management, generally down to earth. Doing really genius things with online advertising and content creation.

    Cons

    Short lead times, frequently changing priorities, no 401k matching, vacation policy is good and bad in that it isn't tracked but but there is no accrued time either. Frequent re-orgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard on connecting with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    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

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