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Federated Media Publishing Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "End of an era"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Federated Media Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, people, professional growth, free snacks

    Cons

    Closed for business in March


  2. "Confused company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Company had some good employees and a pretty relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Disorganized, didn't really have a stable product and management was either top-heavy or filled with middle managers who wormed their way up.

    Advice to Management

    Are you an ad network, a publisher or a network of mismatched properties?

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    "No Longer in Business"

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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

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

    Pros

    The people at Federated Media are some of the smartest people I have had the pleasure of working with. Incredibly hard working, incredibly forward thinking, and incredibly kind.

    Cons

    Federated Media has laid off the majority of its workforce and sales force. There are currently less than 10 employees working on FM business.

    Advice to Management

    Release a press release regarding the closing of the business.


  4. "Small publisher startup that has changed with acquisitions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federated Media Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Great, smart, young coworkers at a job with real autonomy and fast-paced work, if you're interested in the industry.

    Cons

    Not much upward potential for career growth, lacked transparency from senior leaders.


  5. "Great people and mission, not so great business model"

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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

    Pros

    I found the people to be really friendly and smart for the most part. People did good work with the cards they were dealt. It's a pretty well-known company in the space and FM gets big RFPs from a lot of major brands. The bloggers you get to work with are usually grateful for opportunities and it feels good to help them make money and continue doing what they love. I think this company is a good stepping stone into digital marketing or advertising -- you get to learn a lot and most people take on a good deal of responsibility (especially the account managers).

    Cons

    Good amount of layoffs and turnover while I was there, though that may have lessened over time. This is including upper management and the CEO. FM has been acquired by a couple different companies over the past year or two. The main issue with the business is that successful bloggers will eventually leave FM to do their own sales, so increasingly the roster has been shrinking to more long-tail sites. They've tried focusing on premium ad placement but the performance isn't great, and they also offer programmatic ads like all the other ad networks. A lot of "pivoting" but my sense is that the business is not very profitable and is on its last legs.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate by building more technology tools to work with the bloggers. Focus less on building ad products and more on an influencer platform if you want to stay alive.


  6. "Ownership, Freedom, Teamwork & Promise"

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    Current Employee - Post Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Post Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent teamwork
    Lots of opportunity to own something - all opinions are heard
    Above average flexibility in product offerings (offerings that can and do change to keep up with market)
    Good integration between departments
    Great location(s)
    Par benefits and salaries
    Open & transparent management (I have found if you are curios about something YOU have to manage that communication)
    Not very political

    Cons

    Always something going on. Be it a transition, migration, acquisition. New product launch. new process. Those that can hang with that noise tend to stay a long time and are well taken care of. However many more less experienced people tend to get scared or are unable to find a way to adjust. It is digital and it is moving very fast.


  7. "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"

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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

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

    Pros

    Amazing NY Offices, Cool People

    Cons

    This ws a rudderless company after being purchased in 2014. Strong plan and leadership in 2015 resulted in a huge revenue turnaround, then 2016 management sweep left no one in charge (40 most expensive people fired in April in a finance led costing move), no leadership and no plan. Big TV parent co just does not get this business.

    Advice to Management

    Get in or get out. Sitting on the fence is a death sentence. Recruit another strong leader and give them the authority and resources to succeed.

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    "Growth & Ownership"

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Operations in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President, Operations in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This company allows for you to learn everything in the digital media industry. The ability to grow and learn is enormous and everyone's contributions matter. Culture, volunteer events, team building and a group of highly dedicated and driven team members are the life blood.

    Cons

    Teams are split in multiple locations, continue to use technology to bridge the communication gaps.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to unify and bring together the teams from separate locations. Keep sharing the vision and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to continuously improve and help the company succeed.


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    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    We are talking about Federated Media Publishing which includes the content business and does not include the Austin media buying business (LIN Digital) or HYFN or what was once Dedicated Media. Back in the day this was a great place to work for...

    Cons

    FM has been struggling for awhile, and once LIN Digital acquired FM it seemed the writing was on the wall, leadership drove the business to the ground and then add another acquisition by Media General... Fast forward to spring of 2016, FM went through a large lay-off, essentially allowing FM to hang by a thread. This is no longer a great place to work for, the few people who were left are leaving, and leadership is not replacing many of these positions. This leaves only a few people left to pick up the pieces.

    Advice to Management

    *Warning* Run away, Do not pass Go! Do not take a job at FM unless you're very desperate. There are too many questions and a likely chance that FM will not exist by Q4 of 2016. Nexstar will be acquiring Media General (FM's Parent Company), in Oct'16 the acquisition is supposed to occur. There are too many questions and it seems that Nexstar is not interested in FM.


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    "GREAT company until LIN Digital bought them"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very talented people working for this company. Ability to acquire some of the best content creators out there and build from there. Hardworking marketing, content strategy, Sales, and Ad Ops teams.

    Cons

    Poor NEW Leadership (aside from the Chief Strategy Officer0. Backstory: LIN Digital boutht FM, moved in and took what was a solid culture and destroyed it. Yes, FM needed updating/tweaking, but the takeover was very mismanaged with poor communication. *I don't blame the worker bees at LIN Digital; I'm referring entirely to LIN Digital's Top Management. The FM leadership was mostly solid, but the LIN Digital leadership that subsequently broomed the FM leadership were terrible. They were influencing too much of the decision-making process at FM without really knowing that they're two entirely different offerings. Another complaint is the turnover rate was pretty high and good people were let go for being "too old" - that's not an exaggeration.

    Advice to Management

    Your current sales team is almost devoid of any of the "Pre-LIN Digital" FM sellers (either by lay-off or they quit) and the head of sales thinks that all the former FM sellers suck. So, my advice to the management team, if they even want to bother to know, is this: Since you think the "old guard" of FM sellers were the problem then I suggest you take a look at things 6 months from now. At that time If your sales are way up then you made a good call; if your sales are down then you probably shouldn't have pushed everybody out the door. By the trend of declining sales ever since LIN took over, I think it's a foregone conclusion that you guys don't know what you're doing.


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