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IAC Oakland Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, Great perks, Good work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Fun work environment, busy office, smart and creative colleagues (in 14 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. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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!!


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "Sr. Java Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IAC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good location , good environment

    Cons

    bad management , poor motivation

    Advice to Management

    improve magement


  9. "Neutral experience, good for a couple of years maybe"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of groups within IAC - so a lot of opportunities, not sure how easy or hard transfers are though
    Good benefits - Opportunity for career growth, very good comp package
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    There is a lot of disconnect within the various groups
    Negative reinforcement - temas are unwilling to take calculated risks
    No high class products or innovation going on - at least in Search and Media
    Lots of revenue coming through the Google deal

    Advice to Management

    Need to build and grow a culture of innovation
    Build great products


  10. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, open to change and new ideas.

    Cons

    Communication was not the best when I started there but started to improve


  11. "Tough but fun"

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    Former Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging issues and working with smart dedicated employees who strive to help one another. Good colloboration even under duress and heavy workloads. Fast paced and always something new to learn. Fun work environment includes regular socializing and team building. Welcoming environment for new employees.

    Cons

    Lots of management turnover make for a new strategy every year. Frequent New York and California culture clash results in poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in expectations.



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