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Specific Media Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
35 Reviews
2.9
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Work for a division of Specific Media, truly never been happier!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant- C Level in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant- C Level in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Stocked fridge, beer Fridays, young hip culture. 100 percent paid medical!

    Cons

    Ive been trying to figure this out for few months now! Haven't found any cons yet! Whom ever is complaining needs a few daily doses on how lucky they are! Its a cold world out there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the employee recognition things you do. All of it helps!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyed my time at Specific Media, but it was time to get off the sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Started working at Specific Media shortly after graduating college. The company [had] and amazing culture and strong products. The office is beautiful, tons of food, fun people, lax business environment, 100% paid benefits, paid vacation time. They valued references and promoting from within. They were eager to give inexperienced people responsiblity to grow within the company and beyond. Very collaborative teams, strong training programs, open door policy. Employees are able to be autonomous and innovative. Specific Media saw great success, and was a launching pad for many over the years.

    Cons

    Over time the culture has been deteriorated by over-working and under paying employees. There is huge income inequality both inter-departmentally and across departments. Company started engaging in questionable business practices. Many execs have left the company and many other employees have followed. Hiring standards have lowered, compensation has continued to decrease. Investments are not being made in technology. Many band aids are used to cover up short-comings. Low morale due to lay-offs, and poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has made a series of bad business decisions, and has left undeserving people in management/upper level positions simply because they happened to get there first. There is high turnover just about everywhere else except management, most have whom have held their positions for 5+ years. Invest resources in technology, and more importantly invest in your employees.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just.....no

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

    I worked at Specific Media full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office and great location (I can buy my own coffee thanks)

    Cons

    Abusive, Cartoonish, Sexist, Racist. Management enjoys bringing out the worst in people. One former senior manager was infamous for drunkenly urinating in hotel lobbies, verbally abusing employees, throwing things at employees and in general confused himself with some pathetic combination of Don Draper and Tony Soprano. This person used the n_word in reference to a subordinate employee ( while drunk).

    Another Sr manager spends thier time online shopping while taking credit for other people's work, laughing waaaaaay too loud and stabbing thier own team members in the back.

    This abusive behavior is not only tolerated, it is encouraged by systematically ignoring everything but the numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the bullies. You are a tech company for crying out loud hire some nerds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Circling the Drain - - Run Away Fast!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Office location in NYC is in midtown next to central park. Great view.

    Cons

    Everything. I was hired to replace someone who had just been laid off that same week. It wasn't long before I realized most people either quit because the place is such a disaster, or get laid off because they aren't a member of the very small inner circle "frat club" aka upper management circle. Employee morale is the worst of anywhere I've worked. Management team is NY is disliked and not respected. There are no employees who have been in the NYC office for longer than two years with the exception of the people on the management team. Constantly changing business model and direction, very reactive management style due to rapidly declining revenue. No 401k, health insurance is super expensive. No tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate office in Irvine, CA needs to look at the high turnover in NYC. Retention will continue to be a challenge unless the management in NYC office changes. Read the other reviews on this site about the frat club management culture. As long as the chief executives continue the frat club mentality- only promoting "friends" who have been there a long time and only relying on those people to make hiring/firing/layoff decisions in the lower ranks = tunnel vision and no true perspective around whats really going on, especially in the offices outside of the Irvine headquarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have loved my time here at Specific Media.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The people. Some of the best personalities are here at SM. They make it fun to come to work.

    Cons

    Pay. Lots of work and long hours for low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the right individuals not just friends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Tech Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment. Can come and go as you please without being monitored. Fully stocked fridge. Supportive upper management. Mobility across departments and positions- you can be a life-timer here.

    Cons

    There is a constant battle between departments with different objectives and goals, which makes it hard to efficiently work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some veteran employees at Specific Media that are complete slackers and I think a review process should be put in place where the department that they support can anonymously rate that person as part of their review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frat House Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Specific Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salaries were decent, working conditions were nice (free food, fun team building), nice building to work in, free parking and access to the airport

    Cons

    The owners have a frat house culture and promote their friends. Promotions aren't based on ability, but who they like the most. If you are serious about getting a good foundation to take to another job, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up, smell your nice Starbucks coffee and run this place like a real business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Maturing startup with some growing pains

    • 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 Specific Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits - unlimited snacks, food, drinks, catered lunches, great events. Insurance premiums fully paid, rich health plan. Opportunities to learn about cutting edge products and innovations.

    Cons

    This company has experienced some growing pains and transitions. The digital media industry is cutting edge and competitive and management can be slow to respond. It is a large maturing company but in some ways retains start up chaos and disorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more transparency, communicate strategy and direction regularly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Campaign Manager- RUN AWAY!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Specific Media full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks and coffee in the kitchen, monthly catered lunch, summer outings, christmas parties

    Cons

    Management is a complete joke, they only promote people they like and not based on their ability to manage or experience. Campaign Managers are working ALL the time, I mean holidays, on your PTO, overtime and most weekends. The overtime is not compensated for since you are on a yearly salary. Seriously say goodbye to your personal life since you will be slaving away at this dead end job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that are actually experienced and not based on politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely great company to work for/with...for the right person

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specific Media full-time

    Pros

    -The company is definitely moving in the right direction in gaining their own traction in the Mobile and Video ad space, as well as Programmatic offerings.
    -The culture is great and very family oriented and always have employee lunches
    -Very casual work environment (listen to music all day, walk around the open office and speak to anyone anytime, free snack galore, 2 big screen TV's in both kitchens to take a much needed break any time)

    Cons

    When you occupy certain positions (ie Camapign Manager) you will not have any time for family or friends. Because the internet is 24/7 and this is an internet advertising network, you HAVE to work ALL the time. Whether it's a weekend, holiday (Christmas Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.) you always need to have your computer with you to manage your campaigns. If you are a younger contributor without a family and are able to get a decent salary negotiated, it's a great place. Just be prepared to work constantly if you go there as a Campaign Manager. All other positions have a great work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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