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  1. Helpful (2)

    You get what you put in.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, good people, full benefits, work-lief balance. Flexibility in hours and for working remotely. Opportunity to grow within is there, but you have to work hard and push to make it happen.

    Cons

    Communication of company goal, changes, etc. gets lost between upper management and employees. Things often come as a surprise to everyone not involved in the executive team meetings. Not a lot of structure, sometimes difficult to figure out when people will be available or in the office. General consensus is that salary is on the low end for those below Director level.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to "keep secrets" from lower level employees, it makes some people uneasy to have changes thrown at them with very little time to react or adjust. Make an effort to assess the implications of decisions (operational, client issues, tech changes) before they are made rather than having everyone always reacting to problems that could have been prepared for with a little more time/planning.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A Guatemalan Tech Company

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

    I worked at Vantage Media full-time

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

    Pros

    Stocked kitchen, good people, great insurance, weekly lunches, opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Still scratching my head to figure out what the vision or goal is of the company. Poor decisions and execution of ideas have caused the current state of affairs at VM. You will be moved around like a chess piece in the office, typically happens quarterly as the vision of the company changes once a quarter. Good chance for you to clean off the dust on your desk. Quality engineers=Quality product, not the case here. Realize that quantity over quality is not always the answer. The entire technology team is located in Guatemala, think about it. Upper Management. The communication is catastrophic.

    Advice to Management

    Only successful businesses can create and secure jobs. Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you. Exercise being proactive instead of reactive in all business decisions. Lead this company so that people want to work here and believe in something other than the diet coke in the fridge.


  3. Helpful (4)

    once upon a time a great company

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

    I worked at Vantage Media

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

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen Free benefits Catered lunches Great people to work with (excluding management) Flexible work hours Great location Very casual dress

    Cons

    Executives are all MEN Zero communicantion Company vision changes quarterly Your position will change quarterly....this is not a promotion, will be a lateral move and you have zero input Executives seem to part of an elite all boys club and don't speak to those who aren't part 75% of the company is located in Guatemala...nice people but no Bueno

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they will take care of you. Open your eyes, people are leaving and leaving fast!


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Decision-ing With One Eye Open

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - A Thinker and Doer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - A Thinker and Doer in El Segundo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Mostly friendly and diligent workers. Some interesting, well-rounded, and passionate people. Many treats like a weekly lunch, birthday and cultural celebrations, and nice office space. Flexible work location and time arrangements. Accessible managers. Talkative people.

    Cons

    Not hiring appropriate talent to solve important problems. Several arrogant yet non-critical thinkers. Not having a test-and-learn strategy. Bulldozing despite scope creep. Lacking clarity about engineering resources and feasible deliverables. Supposed analytics people that did not know analytics (math and data technologies).

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions with both eyes open, which means listen to major pain points, and then test-and-learn to start avoiding sub-par error-prone do-everything solutions. Learn how to match data and technology problems to appropriate skills. Stop pandering and pointing; start identifying problems and collaborating to solve them. Stop hiring based on standardized tests; doing so further suggests you do not know what to look for. Study this mashup scenario: 12 angry men in a leaking boat, paddling in several directions but not solving the leak.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Relaxed but disconnected

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

    I worked at Vantage Media full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people to work with, relaxed environment

    Cons

    Lack of business intelligence, poor communication across teams, the company feels disconnected until "all-hands" quarterly

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with the entire company, be open-minded about feedback, be realistic about deadlines


  7. Helpful (5)

    Most People are There to Raid the Fridge and Collect a Paycheck- Sad! Wait it is Work Spirit Week!!!

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

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

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

    Pros

    come one come all get your cupcake in the Kitchen----shhhhhhh don't let the birthday person Know! good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of Management Knowledge and Support Lack of Operations Lack of IT Department Lack of HR Dept Lack of Company Policies and Procedures Lack of One Department Knowing What the Other Departments are Doing- shhhhhh! Don't tell! Lack of Leadership. Managers who Have no Idea how to Manage Lack of Company Focus Lack of Direction Lack of Revenue Generating Stability Lack of Employee Insight Lack of Listening Lack of Training Lack of Marketing Dept Lack of Messaging Lack of Customer Service- Embarrassing! Lack of Privacy Lack of Employee Respect Lack of Company advancements Lack of Employee Retention Lack of Employee Satisfaction with Mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Talk To Employees Not at Them Get a Proper HR dept Recognize Employees who are Doing a Good Job Leave Your Big Egos at the Double Doors Have an Open Mind and Listen to What Employees are sharing Support your Employees THE COMPANY IS FAILING AND PEOPLE ARE BAILING Ask Yourself WHY- why are people leaving, resigning, and there is a lack of motivation


  8. Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Vantage Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Vantage full-time for more than 3 years. Intelligent people who are passionate about their jobs, inspiring CEO, amazing culture. Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development.

    Cons

    Hard to say any downsides, except they give so much it’s easy to take for granted.

    Advice to Management

    I have been happy with management at Vantage Media. My efforts are greatly rewarded.


  9. Willing to invest heavily in their Employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO and the company go out of their way to invest and provide support to individuals to help them build their careers and experience. Vantage is very supportive allowing team members to take risks. While somewhat unstructured at times, everybody is allowed to take ownership of meaningful parts of the business which makes it an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    While its unstructured nature allows the company to be nimble and try new things, this can sometimes cause confusion or deter focus from the current strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to merge the company together into one common name, goals, systems and culture. The old culture from the mergers persists, yet people need to let go of the past and fully embrace the future.


  10. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Vantage Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Diverse group of employees - Great place to learn from people who have been doing this for over a decade - Fast Pace - Great training programs (spanish, excel, seminars, etc.) - Free Food and Fully Stocked kitchen - Opportunity to travel to different places (Miami, Guatemala, San Francisco, etc) - Promote a healthy work/life balance - Willing to make mistakes and quickly learn from them

    Cons

    - Tech and Business teams are physically separated which can be challenging at times to get quick answers and/or to collaborate

    Advice to Management

    Always remember to stop and enjoy the companies success. Sometimes this can get lost when moving at such a quick pace. Employees like to know when the company is doing well.


  11. Smart people, ability to choose your career path

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

    I have been working at Vantage Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of talented and smart people. Good ideas are respected no matter what the seniority level of the person making the suggestion. Competitive compensation, including a generous bonus. Flexibility to make your own career path if you make a case for it.

    Cons

    Not a lot of training, more learn on the job and in the role.

    Advice to Management

    Make training and reviews less ad hoc



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