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Fullscreen Media Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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Fullscreen Media CEO, Founder George Strompolos
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  • Persistent growing pains and communication issues (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management is not on the same page with each other (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fullscreen Media full-time

    Pros

    Fullscreen is a great place to work! I am happy to work here and look forward to seeing how the company continues to grow. From an HR standpoint, it's exciting to see (and be a part of) all of the great things being put in place to add continuous improvement!

    Pros:
    - Flexible work schedule (can work from home a couple days if I want)
    - Lots of opportunities and room for growth career-wise
    - Management is great (smart, give & seek feedback, provide guidance if requested, etc.)
    - Great team & people
    - "Use What You Need" vacation policy!
    - Great culture & company values that I definitely agree with
    - Fun events like happy hours, Fullscreen cup, beach clean ups, etc.
    - Great perks - unlimited snacks, bikes for rent, in-office massages, nutritionist one on ones, on-site gym, dog days & catered lunch on Fridays, and much more

    Cons

    Honestly, don't see too many cons. The only thing I can think of is that because we are growing at such a fast rate (and because the company does so many different things), there can sometimes be some growing pains or grey areas in regards to responsibilities (i.e. who is doing what, what are the priorities, etc.). However, this is something that is consistently improving in every way and is also something that likely all companies experience who are growing at a fast pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Additionally, continue working on improving top down communication with employees and confirming company priorities. I think there are a lot of great things in place already but would love to see efforts in this area continue.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pluses and minuses"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Growing company that has a good reputation in the industry
    - The work is interesting and always different
    - People generally want to do what's right
    - It feels like we're still building something
    - My boss fights to take care of our team
    - Tons of social activities
    - No two days are the same

    Cons

    - Still have lots of growing pains and shifting focus
    - Shiny ball syndrome and favoritism happens a lot
    - A handful of individuals carry the bulk of the work
    - Pay is lower than average and is not consistent
    - New employees are hired with higher salaries than those who have helped build the business
    - Top level leadership is absent or inexperienced and the day to day leaders are swamped trying to fill in the gaps
    - High expectations without a lot of mentorship
    - Very few people move to other roles despite this being something that's talked about regularly
    - Only way to get a raise is to complain to HR
    - Micromanagement in some cases

    Advice to Management

    - Communicate a clear vision
    - Empower the people you've hired to do their jobs
    - Practice the culture you preach
    - Don't use people as a means to an end
    - Stop acting like yelling, screaming and telling people they suck is supposed to be motivating
    - Don't just reward the people who brag non stop about their successes
    - More professionalism

  3. "Fair Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Never a need to head into the office to work.

    Cons

    - Compensation is not as competitive as comparable jobs at other companies


  4. "Great Company but could use some improvements"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible work hours
    -Free food (that's also super yum!)
    -Fun Happy Hours
    -Dogs in the LA office
    -We are truly at the corner of what is happening in tech and media - it's awesome to see how much we are changing

    Cons

    -Need more clear communication from the top
    -Need to let go of low-performers and not tolerate poor performance
    -Unorganized
    -Vision and Mission isn't clear

    Advice to Management

    Communicate! Most people at the company want to be helpful and make this place awesome, be super clear about what the vision is.


  5. "Love this company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fullscreen Media full-time

    Pros

    exciting place to work, great people

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  6. "Great young company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fullscreen's goals are ambitious across the board, and the company from the CEO on down strives to do the right things for the audience, our clients and employees consistently. It's a very young company that has experienced explosive growth both organically and by acquisition and while growing / merging pains do occurr, there is also opportunity across the entire company.
    Talented people in every division.
    Strategic partnerships and willing to invest in employees and products to win.
    For the most part, employees are given a lot of flexibility and freedom to own their job as long as they are communicating and producing results.

    Cons

    The merging of hard charging, once separate companies will take time to mold into one single organization.

    Advice to Management

    Continue down the path of one Fullscreen and to communicate as much as possible to the entire company. Continue making great content and placing big bets!


  7. Helpful (13)

    "No Passion + Incompetent Management = Down Goes Fullscreen!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fullscreen Media full-time

    Pros

    Until they go out of business, you'll get your paycheck. There are snacks. The people are (mostly) a fun bunch. Happy hours. Generates temporary intrigue when telling people where you work, because absolutely no one knows what Fullscreen is or does (intrigue dissipates upon any attempted explanation of what the company actually does). Benefits are OK.

    Cons

    The CEO, while a lovely guy, doesn't seem to have any genuine interest in the content they're creating. Recruiting does a poor job of finding qualified candidates for roles, and they take a very long time doing so. Want to hire someone? Better have someone in mind. Human Resources is incompetent, dishonest and manipulative, acting against the better interests of the company. Engineers don't stick around. A cloud of doom hangs over the SVOD team. McBeardians, while fantastic at what they do, have a snobbish attitude and like to pretend they're not actually part of the company. There is very little collaboration between departments. Harassment runs rampant. There is no focused vision for the future of the company. C level executives are brought on with great fanfare and then disappear without explanation a few months later. Interns are brought on board in massive numbers, plied with snacks and drinks, and spend their days lounging and socializing. They are, however, asked to do one, and only one thing: write a positive Glassdoor review. Ahhhh now those 5-star yet completely unsubstantial reviews below make sense, don't they?

    Advice to Management

    Come to the office once in a while. Yes, the new unlimited vacation days policy was implemented for you to abuse while restricting lower level employees' time off, but you're not supposed to be so blatant about it!
    Andy - you are this company's best hope. Do something drastic and bold. Shake things up and rally the troops. Ditch the entitled VPs that don't do squat. Define the company's vision and build some excitement man!
    George - we know you're bored. Put some blackout blinds on your office windows so everyone doesn't see it when walking by.
    Peter Chernin - Don't feel bad, we all make mistakes buying "cool."
    AT&T - Perhaps you should actually, like, promote the free year of Fullscreen's SVOD service for all AT&T subscribers instead of burying the announcement and rollout of the offer? Oh wait, you already dropped the ball on that. Wait, AT&T...you've heard of Fullscreen, right?

  8. "Fullscreen is great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fullscreen Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, Fun environment, Get to be creative.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work as a freelancer, lots of people to communicate with on a simple project sometimes


  9. "It just keeps getting better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Amazing people
    -Solid pay
    -Great benefits (401k, stock, insurance, pet insurance)
    -Some work remote options
    -Doing creative and fun work
    -People are positive
    -Learning so much
    -I work hard, but can stop when the day is done
    -Great parties

    Cons

    Everything can change fast, so it's hard to know the role each person plays

    Advice to Management

    I love working here! The only thing is perhaps we genuinely do need things that may seem obvious really explained clearly and regularly. Sometimes I struggle to explain the company to my outside world.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fullscreen Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Awesome office and smart engineering team.

    Cons

    You only get two weeks of paid vacations (which includes sick days).

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

    Fullscreen Media Response

    May 11, 2017

    Thank you for your review! In January 2017, we launched a 'Use What You Need' paid time off policy, which does not limit employees to a set number of days off per year. We want team members to have... More


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