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MediaMath Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is also a major draw card; the work environment is very flexible (in 57 reviews)

  • Amazing collection of smart people, focused on a common goal (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Amazingly, he's still employed though no one on our engineering team can explain what he does (in 6 reviews)

  • HR department was always having problems (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    "Whiplash, frustration, and big egos in senior leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MediaMath is a great company for work/life balance. Expectations are such that you just need to do your job and aren't held to specific hours.

    MediaMath does a great job in hiring smart and driven people, and if you end up working for a solid manager who's interested in helping you grow, you're life here will be productive in your own development.

    Cons

    While MediaMath does a good job hiring talent, they don't help themselves at all on retention. It only takes about 12 months for solid performers to see what's it's like and either resign themselves to staying in their role long enough to avoid questions in future job interviews, or start looking immediately for their next step.

    Leadership here is quite poor. Over a two year period, the company completely switched departmental priorities multiple times based on the latest "opportunity" in the market without adhering to a long term vision and without properly resourcing against current commitments. This is a culture of "no" internally, but "yes" to everything under the sun externally. This is the place to work if you're willing to sit at your desk and do a limited role, and aren't easily bothered by meetings and inefficiency. If you have suggestions on how to improve processes, expect to fight hard and get nowhere.

    On culture, it's only as deep as your manager. In the Cambridge office, the engineering team lacks leadership of any kind, and the attrition over the last 12 months is evidence of that. The engineering lead for the last two years is openly disrespectful of his own team and his product peers, and has loudly yelled at and berated others in the office with no repercussions. Amazingly, he's still employed though no one on our engineering team can explain what he does.

    If you're hurting for a job, sure, jump on board here until you find your next step. Otherwise, keep looking. C-level leaders are much more focused on getting acquired for a price that begins with a 'b' than making a quality product and aligning resources to serve market needs (reportedly turned down an acquisition offer for $900M).

    Advice to Management

    Commit yourselves to understanding what leadership really means. It includes humility, an ability to listen, and the competence to provide a practical vision that you can commit to.

    Also, and it's amazing that this even needs to be said, ripping into your direct reports in public meetings doesn't make up for a lack of competence. This is especially true of product leadership at the most senior level.

    MediaMath Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – SVP, Engineering

    Your feedback is appreciated. MediaMath is certainly a fast-paced environment! Our capacity to lead the market demands agility and innovation. We've undertaken a series of internal initiatives... More


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of hot air"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NYC office is beautiful (4 WTC). Very modern and cool, well stocked kitchen with lots of free snacks, etc. Plenty of conference rooms, all with great integrated technology (web cams, digital whiteboards, etc.) I found the compensation to be fair - even slightly better than fair. No annual merit increases though - only bonuses.

    Cons

    CRAMPED workspaces - tiny desk (not even full cube - more like a library kiosk but with less privacy), even for VP level.

    If you are an "A player" who is not afraid to fail on occasion, you will not like it here. Decisions are only made by committee, and only after agonizing for months ( usually after the request has long since been forgotten about ) - meeting after meeting filled with buzzword bingo, constant need for a "more complete understanding of the request" before making decisions (in other words, keep kicking the can down the road). No real work is done. No real action. No ownership. Senior leadership recognizes it and says it openly but then does nothing about it but apologize.

    If your hope is to get hired and disappear into a small corner, do mediocre work and be praised for it, this place is for you. If you're accustomed to taking charge, diving in and executing - forget it, you'll be immensely frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the B-players (most of your upper management). Start fresh. Trim down on all the products and constant rebranding, pick one thing and get back to executing and being the market leader on it.

    MediaMath Response

    Aug 8, 2017 – Chief People Officer

    Our open, collaborative environment is reflected in our space and in how we work with each other. We’ve found power in bringing smart people together to solve tough problems. For some that may look... More

  3. Helpful (22)

    "Burning ring of fire"

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

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

    Pros

    Some great people, unlimited vacation time, flexible work from home policy

    Cons

    MediaMath used to be a great environment to work with lot's of friendly faces and interesting things to work on. Sadly since last year's layoffs things haven't been the same and probably never will be. MediaMath's executive team is a complete disaster, more than half of the team has no idea how to run their organizations. Unfortunately because so many of these members have inflated egos they're unable to take a step back and realize they are no longer the best fit for their role. The client success organization is filled with an overwhelming sense of entitlement and importance they simply do not deserve. Sales and account managers are a dime a dozen and it doesn't take a rocket scientist. They also spend more money on frivolous client dinners, happy hours and ridiculous amounts of travel that don't amount to more revenue.
    For most new people coming in there is almost no training or on-boarding because people are leaving by the masses. There are also no raises or promotions for employees who have worked hard and deserve it, only for those who are willing to suck up to whoever will listen and spend hours stroking managements egos telling them how wonderful and smart they are. If you're an employee at MediaMath and have been at the company for 2 years or more you can forget it you're probably not going to get that raise and promotion you were promised. You'll be better off going somewhere that will actually pay you what you're worth.
    The HR department (or what's left of them) is pretty incompetent for the most part and don't actually have any power to change or do anything because no one seems to trust them. They did hire a new CPO finally so hopefully she'll be able to make some changes but that's doubtful considering there's never been strong leadership in that department.
    Overall it's really sad what happened to a once fun and happy place to work but management only has themselves to blame.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, provide better training for new employees and especially management. Get rid of the management and executives who are dead weight, and go back to focusing on building a stronger Product. Set goals and stick to them instead of changing directions every 6 months. You'll never accomplish anything that way and it sends a message that it doesn't matter how hard you work because in 6 months all that work won't matter anyways!


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Very poor engineering and product culture"

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

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

    Pros

    - smart engineers that you can learn a lot from
    - good work-life balance
    - Interesting problems to solve
    - cutting edge technologies
    - excellent views from the office

    Cons

    - Executive team has their own agenda. They don't care about you or your opinions.
    - Poor Engineering practices and lack of coordination.
    - Understaffed Engineering teams manages multiple codebases
    - Heavy tech debt that isn't addressed
    - Engineers are seen as execution monkeys. We are not involved in decision making and our concerns are disregarded.
    - The Executive team launches new projects without regard for resource availability, engineering inputs or ongoing priorities. Apathy is the best word I can use to describe their attitude.
    - Product Managers lack ownership. Ownerships. Many good ones quit as a result.
    - There is a team called Product Strategy that runs the show.

    Advice to Management

    - SET your teams and employees up for success. Stop adding new projects and work streams without resource implications

    - Spend more time with your employees than clients. It is what is needed right now.

    - You can't sustain a successful business without keeping your employees happy.

    MediaMath Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – SVP, Engineering

    Thank you for leaving a review – this is a valuable point of feedback, although I think you missed an opportunity to see progress on some of the points that you identified above. The fact is that we... More


  5. Helpful (32)

    "Absolutely horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MediaMath (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office, free snacks, matching 401k

    Cons

    Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.I dreaded coming to work here everyday.The most toxic work environment I've ever been in. Most of the positive reviews here have come from the "Marketing Engineers"(MediaMath's glorified intern program) who are entry level folk that come into Mediamath via a special program so they are coddled more than the rest of the org, I don't feel like their reviews are a fair representation of the company for a role where you actually have to accomplish things. The executive that runs the department I worked in is completely inexperienced, and it shows. They are a basically a show pony for MediaMath. Bad leadership aside, this place has the most sketchiest people I've ever met. People are constantly trying to "one up" you behind your back, it's like high school. The product itself is LIGHTYEARS behind anything in the market really, MediaMath is a dinosaur with no real vision-- nothing that is a real big differentiator as most functionality relies on partnerships, which they try and spin into a positive. Love politics? Then this is the place for you, it's DROWNING in it. Decent, smart people who deserved to get promotions never did, and the brownnosers seem to keep moving up the food chain with made up VP titles. It's a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Keep firing amazing people so you can set them free. Most of the smart ones already are gone or are about to jump ship.


  6. Helpful (30)

    "Even Execs are leaving this Sinking Ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Snacks, Great Views, Unlimited PTO. There are some competent people in the sea of ego, and it's well-known and respected in the convoluted Ad Tech industry.

    Cons

    In the last 2 years, we have lost our Chief Marketing Officer, Chief People Officer, General Counsel and two (yes two) Chief Financial Officers!!! What does that say about company confidence? Oh, and then there was the massive layoff. I think they kept it at 9.99% to say that it was under 10%, but it was essentially a reduction of 10% of the workforce.

    Lots of ego here (it helps to be white, male, obnoxious and loud!) They hand out VP titles like candy to the squeakiest wheel, even if they don't know what they're talking about, a very "bro" culture. Don't bother giving any sort of constructive criticism or even asking basic logistics questions, you'll be shut down and yelled out of a meeting.

    Remember, this is an ADVERTISING company, so they make everything look and sound glamorous. For example, before the layoff they said our "retention rate" was 90%+. Of course if you look at the definition of "retention," the calculation is the number of positions which continue to be filled. So, if someone quits or is fired and then replaced, it would have no effect on retention. This is the "openness" of the management to the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to yourselves and your employees


  7. Helpful (23)

    "Don't do it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, friendly office managers, neat perks (massages, stocked kitchens, company lunches, etc.) They do a good job of onboarding new hires into training them about the ad tech industry (...maybe too good. It made me realize that it's not an industry I want to work in.)

    Cons

    People are rude and treat you like you're disposable. Many people on the tech side are narcissistic, immature, and act like petulant 3rd grade bullies. They'll trash talk each other in "private" chatrooms and then pretend to be all smiles when dealing with you directly. You'll get put on and pulled from projects faster than you can imagine, leading to you completing nothing in the end. No direction, no clarity, no structure.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the quality of the humans that you hire. Nobody wants to work with oversized children. Treat humans with respect. Nobody wants to feel disposable.

    MediaMath Response

    Jul 6, 2016 – CIO

    We try hard to foster an environment on our tech teams and across MediaMath that promotes respect, trust and professional maturity. What you describe here is not common or acceptable from members of... More

  8. Helpful (51)

    "Don't risk working here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MediaMath (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    You're likely here because you're thinking of working at MediaMath or maybe you have an interview scheduled.

    And like any big decision, you want to make sure you know where you'll land before you make the leap either from another job or maybe this is your first job out of college.

    This review is a warning to you.

    You see, choosing a job isn't just about earning a living.

    It's about choosing the people you spend 8+ hours with a day, 5 days a week.

    It's about putting your faith in the stewards of the company to make the right decisions.

    Decisions that affect your life and livelihood.

    If you have a family, the company's decisions affect how you can take care of your family and children.

    If you're just starting your career, it will affect your career path.

    Your decision to work at MediaMath is not a light one. It's not just about collecting a paycheck.

    Here's my warning to you:

    You cannot trust this company.

    The biggest evidence is their secrecy. Nothing is ever discussed openly. They laid off an entire company all while smiling and giving signs that the company was doing fine to all employees before axing 10% of the workforce.

    You can't trust working at a company that wants to hide information. Especially when that information would have reduced harm to their own employees.


  9. Helpful (26)

    "Strength in numbers, eh?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great projects and people working at MediaMath. If you have an open mind, there is potential for exposure and growth

    Cons

    However, there is a chance your potential can be stunted by organizational ineffectiveness and nepotism. Its no surprise that people jumped ship before the it capsized. The classic hypergrowth into trainwreck start-up issues also seem to exist within the company.

    Advice to Management

    It would've been humane and transparent if the company internally acknowledged the bump in the road PRIOR to the lay-offs.


  10. Helpful (32)

    "Phonies"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and PTO. Really not much else, most are jaded - check out the review trend.

    Cons

    Everything else. When the head is stupid the body will suffer.

    Advice to Management

    It's astonishing how incompetent executives are at this company. Majority are carbon copies of themselves that just goes around smiling, saying industry buzzwords, and just waiting it out. Absolutely no value add.


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