Mission: Removing the expense and inefficiency of ad agencies by working directly with partners to automate the building and buying of advertising. To be the best and last local marketing decision a business will ever make.
I worked at OwnLocal full-time (More than a year)
Great benefits. Great people. Generous severance. I didn't leave a review when I first left the company because I was sad, but I understood why it was necessary. We were overstaffed and needed to scale back. With our departure, we were given a generous severance, a long timeline to transition, and introductions to new employment. I've never seen a company do this before. Now I've been working for close to 15 years so I've seen my share. Most of the bad reviews are from the kids they should of never hired in the first place. First job, entitled, wanted to be paid while watching Netflix. I wish I was joking, but it was common to see on the screens. It actually really bothered a lot of people who cared about the company. But one benefit, they trust you to do you job. Its sad to be coupled in with that bunch, but if it was my company, I would have done the same.
OwnLocal is an actual real cash-flow positive business who's not bloated by VC money. They care about the bottom line and that's good if you want to work for a real business, not one chasing the next fundraising round. If you are lucky enough to get to work here, just know whatever happens you'll be taken care of.
The newspaper industry is rough. It's hard to be the most successful company in a dying industry. To grow we have to cover the natural decline and then some. Also, there's not much day-to-day oversight, which is great for natural leaders or self-motivated people, or real professionals who know how to be employees but not ideal for folks who need a lot of direction, guidance, and acknowledgment.
Advice to Management
Celebrate the wins more. And not just what sales was doing. For each team. We always had a lot but we focused on where things were failing instead of the good we each were doing.
I applied online. I interviewed at OwnLocal in May 2016.
I had a phone interview with them. It was the standard "get to know you" interview where they ask questions about you and your resume. He asked me to send in a coding sample after the interview. He had mentioned several times that they were swamped with applicants and gave no specifications on what kind of code to send. So I sent in a simple linked list, thinking it might be helpful for them to look at something they already knew about. I was soon denied to continue on in their (6-step) interview process. I was rather annoyed because I hadn't been given good instructions on what to send in. They could have easily asked for something more complicated, and I would have sent it.
OwnLocal acquired technology startup Sidengo http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIfhh
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