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Horizon Media Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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Horizon Media President, Founder, and CEO Bill Koenigsberg
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  • "For the most part it is a great work-life balance" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Depending on the client, could have long hours" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Best Place I've Ever Worked!"

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

    I have been working at Horizon Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding work environment. The company is the most caring and thoughtful company I have ever worked for. When the fires were bad in Thousand Oaks in 2018, they saw my family lived there and emailed me about offering any assistance. A company being so kind speaks volumes about the culture here. Analytics is the most cutting edge here!

    Cons

    There are some long hours from time to time, but that's really part of the industry in general. For the most part it is a great work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  2. "great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    client roster, leadership, perks, people, location, office

    Cons

    like any big agency the hours are long and salaries starting out are very low

  3. "Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and great office

    Cons

    Employees who are entry level should be trained with management skills

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Far Far Away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office space
    Free perks once in a while—if you’re willing to slave away at the job and sacrifice your mental health for a free meal or two, this is a place for you

    Cons

    Oh man, where do I even begin?

    The department I worked within was very cliquey. Seemed more like a frat/sorority setting than a place of profession. The higher ups—AMDs/directors will gossip among themselves about you if you don’t take time out of your day to kiss their bottoms. If you display any signs of autonomy or having a mind of your own, they will feel threatened and make you feel like you’re incompetent even though half of them don’t even know what they’re doing when it comes down to the nitty gritty. Billing process is a wreck and nobody knew what they were doing or how the client was going to pay for the service until the very last minute.

    My experience here was full of incompetent leadership lacking any type of emotional intelligence, let alone intelligence. They chose to hire externally for positions that were higher up instead of promoting people who were actually qualified internally and have been with the department for several years. Most of the people who were promoted were white. The diversity among higher levels is lacking. People in high positions will pretend to care about your wellbeing during meetings, but leave at 5-5:30 on the dot, while assistants and mid level employees stayed until 7-8:30.

    It was almost ridiculous how unprofessional this place was... sad to even consider this place a legitimate agency.

    Advice to Management

    Higher people with better leadership skills who care about their employees instead of their own image.

    Listen to lower level employees instead of promoting/hiring incompetent people.


  5. "Not what it seems!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Horizon Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office space. Lots of perks for employees.

    Cons

    Local Buying teams(tv and audio) are very cliquey. You only get ahead if you are close with SVP/VPs, not if you do good work.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house within activation. Stop the favoritism and recognize those who are busting their buts.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "WHERE Team - Poorly Managed, Bad Culture, Dysfunctional"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro is work-life balance was prioritized

    Cons

    - Didn't know my job function three months in
    - No thought to a career path
    - Laughingly penalized for asking questions
    - Intimidation factor from upper management
    - Shady way of reviewing employees (I was not not to provide bad feedback on a review out of fear that someone was looking elsewhere)
    - Management needs to learn to actually manage the team

    Advice to Management

    In a time of transparency, hiring someone with certain experience that you consider not enough, means you should invest in them.


  7. "Good intentions - somewhat chaotic delivery"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Horizon Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people, beautiful office space, progressive thinking, inclusive environment, great parties

    Cons

    Limited structure, chaotic environment, lots of change - no change managers

  8. "Great place to begin a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Horizon Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very positive community environment and great people.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is challenging to manage.


  9. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Horizon Media full-time

    Pros

    Promotion fast to some extent, fast pace

    Cons

    Base salary is unbearable low...


  10. Helpful (7)

    "If you’re mediocre at your job, you’ll do fine"

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

    I worked at Horizon Media full-time

    Pros

    - Decent office with lots of space to sit if you don’t want to sit at your desk
    - Coffee shop in the office that has overpriced but good coffee
    - Fooda is great in regard to convenience, though it can be pricey
    - Central location
    - Decent clients

    Cons

    - Incompetent management. Be prepared to do anything and everything outside of your scope for clients. Doesn’t matter if the company isn’t being paid for it. They don’t know how to say no. Leadership is passive aggressive, inappropriate and is incapable of doing lower level jobs, so they have no grasp of what the work is actually like and set lower level employees up for failure. Frequently lying to the client is just the start. Their delivery of information is completely useless. They’re not empathetic and do not care about your growth. They flit in and out of the office like it’s a part time job and drop everything for pitches even if their clients, who pay them, are suffering because of it.
    - Mediocre people. If you like to coast, you’ll thrive at Horizon. The laziest people on the team are promoted. If you’re lazy and actually do your job for 30 seconds, you’ll be praised like a baby taking their first steps. They’d rather promote incompetent people than hire new people and build stronger teams.
    - You’re tied to your title. Lower level employees are not be given opportunities beyond their title. It’s non negotiable with upper management and very poor business practice.
    - Everything in the office costs money. Want a drink at happy hour? Be prepared to pay for it in the name of charity. I get it, it’s a nice gesture, but it would be nice to have happy hours that we, as employees, don’t have to pay for once in a while too, especially because they serve their clients’ alcohol that doesn’t cost them a dime. There’s food in the office? Yes, fooda. Be prepared to pay for it. There’s a coffee shop in the office? Yes, The Local. Enjoy your $4 coffee. There’s a place called Snack Island? Yes, hope you brought your wallet.
    - Team building only exists outside of the office. You have to make an effort as a team to bond. Upper management doesn’t do anything in regard to that.
    - Extremely low pay. You have to be a senior and above to actually make money and you’ll still be paid less than anywhere else
    - Incompetent HR. They are not capable of even doing half their jobs. They will lie to you and never come with a plan of action to a meeting. In fact, most of the time, they don’t even show up to meetings. They won’t take action against anyone and will do nothing to stop conflict or build trust. I won’t ever work there again because of HR alone. Never mind the rest of it.
    - Prepare to not interact with anyone beyond your team. No one is social.
    - Work hours are EOD. Management will send you things at the last possible minute and expect you to make a miracle happen.
    - Managers spend more time in the gym than they do working.
    - Made up jobs = no future anywhere else.
    - Trainings are a joke. You’ll be forced into training that you’ll get absolutely nothing out of.
    - Reviews are catty, ruthless and unproductive. It will be a personal attack that will bring you emotionally down

    Advice to Management

    Be better at everything. Stop promoting lazy people and giving lower level employees the power to be mediocre at their job. Retrain HR and fire people who lie. Rework management to actually function correctly. Say no to clients when they’re asking for things way beyond scope. Make people want to come to work everyday by providing resources, support, and opportunities. Stop allowing people to run the company when they’ve proven to be incompetent. Check in with employees to ensure management is doing their job. Read managers’ reviews of employees and do not allow personal attacks to continue. Step in and be present. Learn lower level employees jobs to understand their workload instead of turning a blind eye. Give people more reason to stay by being supportive. Encourage team bonding in the office. Give employees every tool to succeed. Put your trust in the right managers, not just the managers that coast along. Stop mandatory trainings and bring departments together. Listen.