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IAC Oakland Reviews

Updated September 26, 2017
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Oakland, CA

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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, Good Perks (in 19 reviews)

  • Fun work environment, busy office, smart and creative colleagues (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • in addition, there continues to be a huge lack of communication between different teams (in 6 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for growth; senior management is out of touch with the office; promotions are based on favoritism; compensation is not competitive (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good 9-5"

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally the work atmosphere was all right; developers were pretty smart and interesting people and our team had a great dynamic. At the time we were transitioning from Java to NodeJS.

    The benefits were absolutely excellent. Unlimited vacation and sick can sometimes be a red flag for people, but myself and my team mates NEVER had an issue taking a vacation, as long as we planned accordingly.

    Cons

    Raises were few and far between at best. I rarely saw my team mates (or myself) ever receive promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your hard workers. You will lose many engineers if you choose to skip annual raises or promoting your best and brightest.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "IAC Applications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and PTO, great office space, intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    No long-term vision or plan, erratic direction from upper management, lack of career development programs

    Advice to Management

    Set a long-term strategy for growth and success and stick to it. Dismantling and reassembling teams so frequently is disruptive and counter-productive.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IAC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met great people, worked on challenging problems using lots of data, fast-paced environment, great work space with snacks, beverages. Awesome exit package!

    Cons

    Many silly products, just about making money quickly/dirty, no vision, no synergy among companies (The CEO explicitly said he's against it)

    Advice to Management

    They never listened to anything, so no advice to give


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Traditional digital media culture and mindset"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people and relatively stable

    Cons

    Very P&L driven, its fine but know the focus is running existing businesses well and not a place to drive new business concepts. In many ways it operates like private equity firm


  5. "project engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    smart and nice people to work with

    Cons

    management does not care about the product that much


  6. "Poor management, Excellent Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Programmatic Advertising Coordinator in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Programmatic Advertising Coordinator in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, bar in office, awesome snacks, etc

    Cons

    My manager was horrid, as was the pressure and hours expected. However, I was in a spin-off within IAC that had a startup atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers better!!


  7. "Good Place To Learn, Limited Advancement Opps"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid work-life balance. Great office. Fully-stocked kitchen. Close to Bart. Great training opps. Can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Personnel decisions are highly subjective and based on favoritism. . Most promotions are based on ones ability to talk a good game in meetings.

  8. "Great workplace!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IAC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    APN offers great challenges because of the fast-paced environment but without unreasonable pressure from peers nor management. People really work as a team and do their best to deliver great solutions to partners and end users.

    Cons

    Cynism often creeps up in discussions and can cause demotivation among employees. Upper management could do better at keeping people in the loop and presenting meaningful ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and encouraging.


  9. "Great people, Opportunity to move upwards quickly"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Amazing people to work with. Very friendly and helpful co-workers who want you to succeed.
    -Managers are very hands-free and give you the opportunity to shape your responsibilities and do your work the best way you see fit
    -Really great perks and benefits (parking/transit comps, gym subsidy, summer fridays, 401k matching, lunches, happy hours, movie days, volunteering, tri-level snack complex with frozen yogurt machine and toppings bar)
    -Great work-life balance
    -If you are committed and do the job you are hired to do then management will recognize that and promote you to keep you motivated
    -Great place to learn new skills as it is a very "ask and teach yourself" environment rather than a "keep to your own work" environment that is the status quo in most places
    -Management is very open to employee feedback

    Cons

    -Accountability is an issue for some employees and managers don't always address it in time
    -Competitive landscape changes almost on a weekly basis, hindering long-term roadmap creation
    -Overall the mood and culture here is upbeat, young and fun however some legacy employees who have been around for too long have a tendency to create negativity instead of doing their job

    Advice to Management

    -Management needs to focus more on product ideation than just on sales
    -Need to define a long-term vision for the company
    -Improve employee retention by providing clear growth paths


  10. "At an IAC company in Oakland"

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    Former Employee - P M in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - P M in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. (Management was great about vacations, WFH, etc.) Pay was reasonable. People were nice, if generally uninspiring. Lots of team functions/happy hours (though this may be a negative in some people's books).

    Cons

    IAC runs their portfolio companies with a very short-term mindset. It's all quarterly targets and "what's the Street gonna think?" This makes transformative product development nearly impossible. (If you're not willing to sacrifice ANY near-term revenue, it's gonna be pretty tricky to come up with the Next Big Thing.)

    Also, no real growth opportunities across IAC companies. (It's not particularly easy for a mid-level employee to transition from one IAC company to another. You have to apply as if you were an outside candidate, at which point you might as well apply to a sexier, faster-growing outside company.)

    All leads to a pretty stagnant, second/third-tier feeling company. IAC is the anti-Google.

    Advice to Management

    Address the issues outlined in the "Cons" box above. Also, go easy on the corporate-speak. It fell out of fashion 20 years ago, and it's not generally useful or descriptive.


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