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MLive Media Group Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • MLive Media Group, from everything that's verbalized, comes off as, in their own words "badass" and "leading the industry with cutting edge solutions" (in 6 reviews)

  • good work-life balance, free coffee (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Little training, unusual super high turnover (in 8 reviews)

  • High pressure, sales people wear many hats (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MLive Media Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to produce content, good coworkers, freedom to create and the technology to identify metrics to evaluate your own productivity.

    Cons

    Struggling to find direction with financials and trying to stay afloat. Need to have fewer managers and more producers to create content.

    Advice to Management

    Value people over fads


  2. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MLive Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Work / Life balance. Good Commission with making goals. Free coffee.

    Cons

    No training. No communication. No Direction. No satisfaction.

  3. "Revolving Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MLive Media Group full-time

    Pros

    good training for most every employrr

    Cons

    revolving door, constant churn, political climate is highly beaucratic

    Advice to Management

    the west side of the state is not the same as Metro Detroit -- listen to the provessionals that you hire


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Constant layoffs and restructuring"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MLive Media Group full-time

    Pros

    A few hubs to work out of
    Computer and phone provided
    Will hire sales people with no experience
    Digital products to sell

    Cons

    Weak auto management in Detroit –
    Not enough staff to carry out and manage campaigns
    High pressure, sales people wear many hats

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason why there super high turnover with employees and client churn. Get rid of managers that are full of hot air, don't contribute and do not know how to effectively manage (hint: most of them are friends or relatives of other managers and drink the kool aid)


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Strange uncomfortable place to work - culture problems"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great horsepower and parent company to provide great results, however....

    Cons

    Don't even know where to start. You would think the mass exodus of seasoned, talented sales executives might give upper mgmt a hint that middle mgmt isn't doing their jobs. Every middle manager, director, etc. is completely inept at proper communication. Inability to understand what a new hire will need to be taught in order to be successful is the biggest problem. Then again, if they talked to them they would know. Like other reviewers have said, sometimes weeks go by without your manager touching base to see what you need right after you start and throughout your career.

    Hidden, or small print "caps" on earning potential completely misleading. Now you can only make so much per month, and now they made a "true up month" once a year to cut you a check for your commission. This allows them the chance for you to have a bad month or two so they don't have to pay your commission since you have to be at 70% to plan in order to earn a dollar in commission. I've never heard of anything so crazy!!
    Managers use intimidating techniques and seem to hide facts to help you close a sale, then they swoop in with the real "information" to seal a deal, and make themselves look good.

    Promises of overwhelming support during the interview, yet in reality if you need help and your manager won't respond to phone or email, you are left frustrated and without answers until your manager that is in a meeting about another meeting decides to respond to you... but normally it's too late.

    Nepotism

    If you aren't part of the "core startup crew" you will be looked down upon and never given an opportunity to fit in.

    One young, inexperienced manager in Auto has no clue how to respect his reports. He no shows "one-on-ones" and doesn't even apologize or tell you he has to reschedule. But if you are one minute late or need to reschedule, you will get the worst sarcasm and cold shoulder for weeks.
    They don't even pay the federal standard for mileage reimbursement so you have to wait and claim it on your taxes.

    This place is a sinking ship, obvious by the latest push of 90 day contracts. It seems like the business needs cash fast and is cutting staff like crazy.

    Overworked, lean, inexperienced support staff. Skin and bones support for sales leads to horrible rollouts and campaign launches, but blame goes to the rep. O

    Advice to Management

    Realize you are being lied to by your middle managers. The proof might be that your whole sales staff is completely new.


  6. "account executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MLive Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work-life balance, free coffee

    Cons

    minimum expectations are unrealistic and is not matched by top executives


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, the best part about MLive is the people. Some really intelligent and supportive people there. You get a few cool perks... however, nothing greater than what you get at any other agency in town. MLive is a great stepping stone for someone just getting into the industry. You'll learn a lot and meet some great people.

    Cons

    Oh, lord... where do I begin. Let's start at the top! Most of the executive team is so out of touch with the reality of the business. The main guy (Matt Sharp)... he barely looks or talks to anyone unless you're on his team. If you are just an ordinary worker he doesn't even notice you. Great speaking in front of the group, but one-on-one you're invisible. The folks setting your goals aren't working towards any commission, so there's little support or compassion from them. You goals are so high that they are almost out of reach. Even if you hit your goal, when a client backs out of their agreement you lose out as that goes back on your goals. When a client cancels their agreement its not anything the sales rep did, its all MLive. MLive is not appropriately staffed to handle the work or the creative. Almost everything they do has little thought behind it, unless its a high paying client. There are a lot of folks getting rich over there and I promise its not the sales reps.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, the turn-over rate is so high you'd think someone would take notice to the chaos. Nope, they just keep tossing people out the door while the management doesn't change. Doesn't work for the Lions, wont work for MLive. Mlive had the opportunity to be a really cool organization in Detroit. I'm not sure if they screwed it up on purpose or if it was an accident, but its probably time to focus on the online newspapers biz and stop stealing money from small mom and pop shops.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenge models, embrace change, be motivated. A rewarding career path"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MLive Media Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very adaptable to the constantly changing digital landscape, client focused, good benefits and great leadership support

    Cons

    Goals are challenging but the opportunities exist in the marketplace to continually meet and exceed them with focus and persistance

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on building a culture of recognition, accountability and career growth that employees continue to be excited about and tell others


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unreasonable goals create unworkable atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MLive Media Group part-time

    Pros

    Largest media entity in the state, lots of publications to release content to

    Cons

    No loyalty, no career advancement opportunities, shrinking payroll, staff cuts every few months, terrible working environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying so much about ad revenue and more about the people who work hard for you.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Lazy and so oblivious"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got a parking pass...

    Cons

    I went to MLive because the company was great about lying about how great and buttoned up they are.
    However I was hired in and worked here over three weeks and never had one conversation with my manager... Had no clue what my goals were, quota, commission... The list goes on... I personally emailed her a couple times and texted her twice asking her if we could have a 1 :1...she NEVER EVEN RESPONDED TO MY REQUESTS... Never have I ever had an experience like this with an employer... Worst place ever... Seriously, if you're thinking about joining this company, and you don't want to believe what I've written... Just continue reading all the other reviews!!! It's NOT a coincidence that most of these reviews say how horrible MLive is to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Doing your job would probably be a great place to start, don't you think?


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