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  1. "Great team fairly unstable"

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    Former Employee - Data Quality Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Data Quality Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great people to work with here and learn from. Great work life balance. Loving the tech i get to work on.

    Cons

    The cubes are pretty ugly. The company has been struggling for a little while now, and the future is uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers and get out of the failing business model. Focus on a product that creates value for the users not just a dollar.


  2. "Local Corp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Local Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the company is in bankruptcy now and maybe the new owners can save it and turn it around.

    Cons

    This company deserves to be in BK. Management has been terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Management drove it into the ground


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too Late for a Great Little Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer (Not Specified) in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer (Not Specified) in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Local Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Local had a unique and very positive company culture:
    smart, talented, friendly people
    great work-life balance
    it supported it employees who were going through difficult times

    These things were reflected in the unique phenomenon of frequent re-hires, it was a common event for people to leave the company for other opportunities, but return later.

    For awhile it had hit upon a very profitable business model.

    For the last couple of years it was pursuing exciting new business lines and technologies.

    Cons

    Ad arbitrage, its cash cow for years, was its downfall. As often happens, it let its one big success dominate the company for too long, leading to failure. This was always a vulnerable business model, and when things finally turned against it in a big way, it was caught unprepared.

    It did attempt diversification while flush with cash, but the decisions made by the C-suite were stunningly bad. The company tried to grow by acquisitions, rather than relying on their superior technical staff to develop and diversify its offerings. And all of the acquisitions were stunningly bad decisions, done without due diligence (e.g. the technology of an acquisition was never evaluated), and then mismanaged: wasting money, resources and more importantly time.

    The company was always plagued with top-heavy management, too many layers of executives, and particularly harmful for an adtech company - only in the last two years did it get a technology executive who was competent. All of the previous VPs, Senior VPS, and Executive Directors of technology were incompetent and demoralizing for the engineering team (but as public SEC filings show, made huge salaries) and accomplished nothing (or made things worse).

    The engineering team was systematically neglected for most of the company's existence - talents wasted and not rewarded. It is remarkable that the company was able to keep so many excellent engineers so long.

    But now its most talented people have left, at every level and function.

    It is going bankrupt, and it is too late to turn around. My overall rating has to reflect this fact.

    Advice to Management

    The new management is not the old management, but it is too late to offer any advice but to sell it off and shut off the lights.


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  5. "It could have been a great thing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of motivated employees.
    For a while the company made an effort to provide free lunches three times a week.

    Cons

    Bad decisions from Upper Management drove the company to bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    Be wiser assessing new acquisitions and profitable products.


  6. "Downward Spiral Continues"

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    Former Employee - Senior Level Business Leader in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Level Business Leader in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good if you want a quick stop before finding your real career
    -Friendly folks and somewhat collaborative group, in some areas
    -Faced with obstacles in the past but was able to overcome through a group of talented people

    Cons

    -Dysfunctional and unable to create a sustainable business model
    -CEO has no operational success to show or understanding of what it takes to turn a company around. Completely out to lunch, working on other projects
    -Bad management at all levels. Much of the real talent left some time ago, or is out the door soon.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it off quickly. Get out of the company. Never attempt to run a business again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worked at Local for 2+ years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Tele Sales in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Tele Sales in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Local Corporation has strong work-life balance and benefits. There are good opportunities for advancement. Many of the technical and sales folks are well qualified and professional.

    Cons

    The Executive Management Team is improving, but has lacked professionalism at the COO role. The company's "co-operatition"model with the major search engines puts the company in a fraught and vulnerable position.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest ensuring that productivity, diligence and integrity are the factors for advancement; the new CEO is apparently inclined towards a meritocracy, which would be a step forward.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "I have been with Local.com for 6 1/2 years. This company is great! The professional environment encourages growth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity; Compensation for productivity; Leadership; Technology; Work environment; Location; Benefits; PTO; Management Team: The executive management team has been very supportive.

    Cons

    Today's competitive environment to acquire and keep good talent requires a bit more flexibility around the ability to work remotely. The constraints on dual working families is extreme. Commuting is wasteful. I would recommend flexibility to work remotely for at least several days per week or month.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be supportive of your A-Players. Listen and act quicker on advice from key executives. Stay focused on strategic intiatives. Be more proactive on diversifying the technology (especially our patents) beyond our core technology.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Uncertain Future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, nice employee perks such as the holiday party

    Cons

    Not enough technical resources, not proactive in preventing revenue affected products.

    Advice to Management

    There are more managers getting hired when they should be hiring more developers, engineers, and programmers to help improve the product. Test a product before launching it to the public and focus on improving products that have been working for the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Positive work environment and entrepreneurial spirit"

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    Current Employee - Director Sales in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Director Sales in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Local Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has created a positive culture where employees can grow professionally. Without question, this company is the best I have ever worked for at communicating the goals, vision and direction of the company to all employees. Though they have been in business for almost 15 years, they maintain an entrepreneurial spirit and are not afraid to try new ventures. This creates learning opportunities and keeps things stimulating & interesting.

    Cons

    All of their businesses units face intense competition and core revenue streams are highly dependent on the major search companies. This can sometimes leads to choppiness and unexpected disruption

    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovation including continuously refreshing and expanding current products as well as developing the new, blue ocean strategies.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Telesales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Representative in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Representative in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive employee culture, great product, very happy to come to work in the morning.

    Cons

    The sales department was laid off without notice.

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees a chance to improve their performance if it is not up to snuff.



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