Vibrant Media Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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Vibrant Media CEO Craig Gooding
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Pros
  • Work life balance is decent too (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people, interesting and challenging work (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management don't seem to have a clue what's going on in the ranks (in 5 reviews)

  • Complete and utter Lack of leadership across the board, little to no business sense at the top (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Solid Company - Cares about Their Employees

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are always receiving updated/new products to bring to market (accompanied by lots of training on new product and team calls to discuss), monthly company calls showcase great sales strategies and highlight wins. Great team in SF; good support from management.

    Cons

    Being remote, can be hard to get answers from NY after hours (them being 3 hours ahead).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer training and opportunities to advance.


  2. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and the people are great. Vibrant provides a supportive and collaborative team environment. Surrounded by smart people who want to help you succeed and leadership takes care of their people.

    Cons

    Not many cons come to mind, but this is a fast paced industry. If you can keep up, you're in good hands with good people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent and sharing company wide business updates. Communication is key and the leadership does a good job of keeping the teams in the loop and allow for everyone to have their voice heard. Keep it going!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Fun Company, Dull work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are pretty cool, USA today company meetings are fun, Nice office and area to be in, Bagel Fridays, Drinking on Fridays, Foosball, pingpong, you become pretty close with your co-workers

    Cons

    Hours 9-6= DRAG Compensation is low Work is boring unless you LOVE LOVE LOVE media


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Company Could Use Some Help

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They were always doing the right things to think ahead.

    Cons

    Too many people who didn't work well together. A lot of finger pointing. Not my job. No one wanted to dive in and do a job that wasn't on their job description.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to employees and fine out what makes them tick. You should be as invested in your employees as they are in working for you. Also, encourage employees to be proactive and work in an environment that is nimble and provide employees incentives to stay appreciated. Otherwise, you will continue to hear the word attrition. Turnover was AMAZING when I was there.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Things changed for good and bad

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I first started, they were still taking the entire company on a holiday trip. The last one was to Miami and it was a BLAST. Soon after, the co-founders left, new management came in and it was more about the bottom line than it was about taking care of the staff. The product was unique and the leader in the space. Most of the people were fantastic.

    Cons

    One of the co-founders came back to run the company. He may be smart (?) but has almost zero interaction with a relatively small team. No emails, no video conferences, no face time. The company lost a lot of its heart over the years. Hours are 9-6p.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people again. Lose the "hours". Evolve your story and your product offerings. Stop trying to be everything to everyone (programmatic was not a smart choice).


  7. Helpful (3)

    It was ok...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They knew how to throw a good party. Lots of booze and food. Office space in NYC has an awesome deck to have parties.

    Cons

    Upper management had favorite salespeople, particularly women. If one particular person liked you and did not feel threatened by you helped you tremendously. If not, forget about it, you are screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites with those that drink your cool aid. The old boys clubs from London don't jive in America let alone the NYC media world.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (6)

    Lack of focus and leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  10. Helpful (11)

    Time to put this dog down....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (10)

    The ship has sailed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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