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Vibrant Media Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
51 Reviews
2.3
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Vibrant Media CEO Craig Gooding
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is decent too (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people, environment, ethic and a great future ahead (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management tends to be less than forthcoming when talking about the company health (in 5 reviews)

  • the lack of leadership and communication from Sr Mgmt is astounding (no true CEO or company leader) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Vibrant Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are what make Vibrant. It is like a family which you chose to join. Everyone is in for Vibrant to succeed and you get that sense of wanting to take on the world.
    If you work hard, you get noticed. If you socialize, are friendly and make an effort with people, you get noticed. You need to be a part of the team as it is all about working together and creating a positive work environment. You basically get what you put in. It's not a place for people who just want a job, it is a place to go for a career.

    Cons

    No summer fridays however you can join wine club on the terrace.
    The industry is a tough one. You have to stand out in sales and be much more consultative. Vibrant's solutions are a much easier sell though than some of the standard formats you see around. You can get the opportunity to be creative and work on some really big RFPs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the team and making people feel a part of something special. Maybe consider summer fridays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lack of focus and leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Vibrant Media full-time

    Pros

    Free Bagels on Friday
    Good work/life balance
    Comp was competitive
    Really enjoyed with most of my coworkers

    Cons

    No commitment from the CEO on company direction
    Senior team made up of a lot of "lifers" offering no original thinking
    Aversion to Risk
    Reclusive CEO
    Senior managers tend to fire drill and randomize (only know about US, could be different in other countries)
    Senior management team seems lost... spray and pray strategy?
    Laying off people than Senior staff takes off on a boondoggle to Cannes that has never resulted in more revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a chance to pull out of this nose dive. Fingers crossed!
    --Get a plan and stick with it before it is too late!
    --Find a leader that actively participates in the company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    The ship has sailed

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

    I worked at Vibrant Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    At one point, willingness to innovate (if not follow through) but that isn't true anymore

    Cons

    Crowded space, clueless leadership, cronyism, promotions are a popularity contest, only financial growth is firings to save money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    asset acquisition? you are promoting people with no experience and firing any logical and dissenting voice. The d tech space has changed and you'd better too if you hope to salvage any revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Time to put this dog down....

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

    I worked at Vibrant Media

    Pros

    0 cost health insurance. Snacks galore. New computer equipment.

    Cons

    Like a dog, after 14+ years, Vibrant is on its last breaths....

    The cons start at the top. Senior leadership lacks integrity and any real gumption in strategy, decision making, and purpose. The current CEO shows a complete lack of interest in running the company. The company is HQ'ed in New York, yet he's hiding in some villa in France, not really showing his face to the company.

    After numerous rounds of layoffs in 2014, the C-Suite still had the audacity to hold yet ANOTHER FRUITLESS yacht party in Cannes. For years now, they've held these yacht parties to portray this image of a thriving and fun advertising company, even in the face of hiring freezes in past years, and layoffs this year. Two years ago, the C-Suite even held a town hall to talk about how "they were the life of the party, sipping on Rose" and building traction for future big sales to justify the yacht party during a hiring freeze.......financial windfall from previous yacht parties: layoffs to 30% of workforce in 2014. It's amazing they held it again this year.

    As for the rest of the senior team, it is composed of long tenured members who have made it there by attrition and by being enablers. What do I mean by enablers? When the old C-Suite was managing the company, making bad decision after bad decision getting Vibrant Media in its current dire state, their trusted executive foot soldiers (the current C-suite) just marched along executing these bad decisions, knowing full well these were bad strategies. They played the political game right for personal gain.

    Now the company is unable to attract outside talent and now you have leadership filled with long tenured members with stale ideas and no experience outside of Vibrant. It sucks to see Vibrant in its position now, because it was a great place.

    To compound matters, its long time competitor Kontera only sold for $150 million. This does not bold well for Vibrant's investors' exit strategy.

    It has already reached its final destination of irrelevancy. Now it's time to say a sincere sad goodbye to this once best in show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep throwing ice cream and pizza parties. It's a cheap way to smoke and mirrors the dire situation, to the young workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Spiraling out of control

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Bagel Friday
    The people
    Did I mention bagel Friday?
    Adequate benefits
    Good pay

    Cons

    All the C-suite left or were fired in October 2013
    Inexperienced executive staff left in place
    Just had a second round of layoffs (March and June)
    Decreasing revenues for 3+ years running
    Product suite is aging and not being replaced any time soon
    All the tech and business 'A' players have left or been involved in the layoffs
    CEO has cut himself off from the company and is holed up in France

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, I think the time has come to wrap it up and move on.
    Hiring is going to more difficult because of all the layoffs.
    If they do hire people, how long will they last once they hear all the stories.
    I see no future for the company past 2014.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love working here and can't wait to continue to grow here!

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

    I have been working at Vibrant Media full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Vibrant is a fast paced and fun environment that offers career growth. I am constantly learning, taking on more responsibilities and I am surrounded by extremely passionate people. I am very happy here and can't wait to see what the next few years will hold for me at Vibrant. Also, I look forward to coming to work each day and I never knew that could be possible.

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like is that there is candy in the office, so I guess all and all, there are no con's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and passionate energy!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Want to buy a ticket on the Titanic?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This used to be an awesome place to work. Great people, environment, ethic and a great future ahead. I loved working here.
    Bagel Friday's.
    The few good staff that are left.
    Convenient location for commuting.

    Cons

    No one ever sees the CEO, he is too introverted to face talking to the company so he hides away in France.
    The current senior/executive management has little to no experience running a company and
    They're also too afraid to speak against the CEO as that only leads to your dismissal.
    Sales and Technology are in disarray.
    Travelling 1st class is more important than the well-being of the staff.
    The company has gutted its staff to save money under the guise of a pivot, that failed, and is now fracturing both money and what staff it has left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're broken. The first step to recovery is accepting this fact.
    Stop the cronyism and deal with the root causes.
    Hire a proper CEO who knows what they are doing and maybe, just maybe you'll survive the year. If you let them take the steps that need to be taken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    join at your own risk

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

    I have been working at Vibrant Media (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once a great company but those glory days are LONG gone. They are very good at making you believe that things are just about to turn the corner and get better, hence the couple of positive reviews from the newbies on this page. Once you've heard 4....5.....6.....7 of these speeches you understand its all smoke.

    Benefits are avg at best. Work life isn't bad either.

    Cons

    Company still believes that the year is 2009 and that contextual advertising is all the craze. A couple reviews here talk about how the current trends play right into Vibrant's core competencies yet, they don't offer ANY of the products in that space.......be sure to ask how revenues have been materializing since 2009.....Sr management is beyond clueless (otherwise revenues wouldn't be falling so fast, no?) CEO has no business experience outside of Vibrant (and it shows).....terrible product innovation......late to market with everything so constantly trying to play catch up.......sales team doesn't understand the product and its capabilities due to poor training and unusually high attrition across all departments, therefore a lot of revenue ends up getting cancelled.........be wary of some of the positive reviews here that are more like advertisements. I've never met a person who had NOTHING bad to say about a company that was performing so poorly, have you?........Sr Mgmt will lay off any employee at any level to ensure that their precious salaries are not touched........as others have mentioned, much of the current mgmt team is there by default due to high attrition and Vibrant's inability to attract top/new talent........inability to commit to a corporate strategy for more than a month. One week its all about CPE, the next is refocusing on core product of intext, the next its all about programmatic. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of programmatic. By the time they get it out, the next wave of technology will be out.

    As poorly as this company has performed the last 36 months, I honestly cant see this company being around much more than 12-14 months. It will be a miracle if they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites (giving certain people large salary increases) and being so self centered. Put the company first. Attend a seminar or 2 on how to run a technology company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company, but now a shadow of its former self

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

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

    Pros

    The pros were once the people, the culture, the work, and the perks, but there really isn't much more to say today about this company other than a pay check.

    Cons

    I don't know if I would trust management to have the best interest of anyone else besides themselves in mind. I suppose this is a product of the state of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the business asap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work with comfortable work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ad Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Ad Operations in New York, NY

    I have been working at Vibrant Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best things about Vibrant is that there is a lot of opportunity for growth within the company, as well as learning the industry. Every department offers quarterly training, which is a great way to learn the company and helps to build internal relationships. All offices have really fun atmospheres and comfortable working environments. There is a commodore that exists within Vibrant that I haven’t seen anywhere else. This is a great place to thrive if you put the effort into knowing how your team fits into the company and how to play with the other departments.

    Cons

    Not so much a con, but this is a fast paced industry. If you are not able to multitask you could feel overwhelmed. All in all, my experience with Vibrant has always been positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication fluid and ongoing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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