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MediaMath Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is also a major draw card; the work environment is very flexible (in 54 reviews)

  • Amazing collection of smart people, focused on a common goal (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Proceed with a heavy dose of caution"

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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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of snacks.
    Smart coworkers.
    Nice offices.

    Cons

    Where to begin... You will work with a lot of very smart people, but the amount of ego here is incredible. They think by hiring smart people that will make a great business but they forget to give them defined rolls and direction. And that all starts at the top. This company is one of the most poorly run businesses I've been apart of. The CEO is basically checked out. There is a lot of turnover in executive positions. 3 CFO's in 2 years. No head of HR for over a year. 3 execs lead the technology organization with not one being in charge. People's rolls are blurry at best and there is a lot of unnecessary crossover and confusion about where responsibility should land. They went on a huge hiring spree when the company was booming and even after a few layoffs they still have way too many people. So many people just seem to float around and get in the way. Making matters worse, a lot of these people have very inflated titles which makes telling them to stay in their lane more difficult. This company HAD huge potential and still could be a decent company but there is just leadership and desire to do what is necessary. Joe should step aside and get a fresh set of eyes on the business. On top of this, there is no discernible culture or vision.

    MediaMath Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – Chief People Officer

    We are excited by the new energy and strength of the leaders brought in to take a high growth company about to celebrate 10 years, to the next level. And it’s working. We are having one of our best... More


  2. Helpful (8)

    "There is Potential."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot - "do it yourself" attitude.
    Forefront of Programmatic Industry.
    Potential to be great.

    Cons

    Pushes products on clients vs listening to what they need.
    Several large changes in leadership direction in less than two years.
    Too much "do it yourself" at times.
    Needs structure and internal accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Sit and listen to the clients and the market, become more nimble and flexible in enhancements; your products will only be better.

  3. Helpful (16)

    "Happy to be out of there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good tech
    -Smart people
    -Benefits were decent

    Cons

    -Bad pay
    -Bad management; sales managers seem to have no idea what they're doing
    -Lack of direction; trying to do too much
    -Cannot hold on to employees (I've never seen so many employees quit in a short time span)
    -Toxic environment
    -Limited growth potential
    -Two rounds of layoffs in 8 months

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better; you hire smart people but you can't hold on to them

    MediaMath Response

    Dec 20, 2016 – President

    Thank you for sharing your feedback here, and thank you especially for recognizing that brilliant people and solid technology are our highest priority. I’m sincerely sorry that you lacked direction... More


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Bad decision"

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

    I worked at MediaMath full-time

    Pros

    Open vacation and work from home policy if your manager approve.
    Great, smart people around. (and they know how to promote themselves)

    Cons

    Poor management. Manager needs to be honest to your employee, specially they are butch of smart people.
    Very limited career growth and bad promotion decision due to lost a lot of top talent.
    Most people are only doing works that benefit themselves but not the company.
    Thin communication between teams and that end up stall on every technical decision.
    Have to obey their "culture" to be treated as a member of the group.

    Limited hiring budget, uneven resources, intensional bad review to shave bonus, slow decision on product decision, 2 CFO, CIO, CTO left in the past year has lead to something....

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat your employee better. There are too many smart people in the company, they knows what you are lying about.


  5. Helpful (42)

    ""What happened to our love""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at MediaMath full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance and PTO

    Cons

    Oh MediaMath, we had a good thing going...but you squandered it on reckless spending and attention to delusional executives. All the things you once stood for are disappearing fast. I will have to move on to another that rewards effort and sacrifice. Very disturbing to read the review below - someone is happy that a massive amount of hard-working people were layed off in such a cold manner.

    Advice to Management

    Endless PowerPoint presentations are not impressive.


  6. Helpful (39)

    "What happens when consultants and salesmen take over a tech company?"

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

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

    Pros

    Some brilliant people, great work-life balance, countless interesting problems to solve. The company is well positioned to win big in the space.

    Cons

    Upper management is unable or unwilling to make the necessary investment to seize the market opportunity available to MediaMath. A generous series C was squandered on an army of sales and account people, plus a thoroughly useless "product planning" team. Now they've had to turn around and lay off all those people, only to discover that the technology has fallen far behind the offerings of our nimbler and better-financed peers.

    The CEO is a fool. The presidents, Mike and Ari, are brilliant but completely out of touch with reality. The company's new restructuring won't save it: for the most part it's more of the same poor judgement. Two of the three business units are now headed by sales types with no understanding of - or interest in - the technology they're meant to be selling. Executive leadership claims to be investing in the product again, but the proof's in the pudding and there isn't any pudding yet.

    Advice to Management

    You need twice as many engineers as you have in order to meet your product ambitions. Even if you start today, it's going to be hard to hire all those people before you're overtaken. Paying your engineers a competitive salary would help.

    This is a 21st century business. You can't run it like a consultancy or an agency. Our customers are going to figure out which is the best product and they're going to choose it. Check your egos at the door, roll up your sleeves, and figure out how to improve the product.


  7. Helpful (34)

    "The Leftovers..."

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

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

    Pros

    Great people overall and the best work from home/PTO policy you could ask for.

    Cons

    I joined this company because of the tangible culture you could feel when you walked into the office. That is long gone. What's left at the "new" Four World Trade Center office is an array of open and empty desks and a dismal looking set off staff. The recent layoffs have left an unrecognizable MediaMath behind. HR has been an easy target to blame, when they themselves have been left in the dark with no leadership while operating lean for months. It's unfortunate when lower level employees have excellent performance and could really make a difference in the organization but are overlooked and stumped by the wads of money spent on the front of house teams budgets and spending. Most lower level employees are underpaid and could make loads more at any other job. Only thing keeping me here is the unlimited paid time off, but wouldn't be surprised if that went away next...considering every perk that make it bearable to stay here has been slowly taken away or lessened greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize. Listen to lower level employees. Stop trying to lessen the recent layoffs and acknowledge that hardworking teams took HUGE hits because of mistakes and bad decisions made by those higher up. PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES BETTER SO THEY WANT TO STAY!! Equity means nothing when you're not making enough money to sustain your own living expenses in NYC.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "Engineer"

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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 MediaMath full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to learn about the industry
    friendly environment
    smart people to work with
    the new york office is really nice

    Cons

    Previous post was correct. Massive layoffs just happened and in the midst of yet another re-org
    poor pay
    best chance of career advancement is to find another job

    Advice to Management

    mid-level management is doing their best with what they have. Upper level management, please get your act together.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Amazing culture, great learning experience and stepping-stone to accelerate career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    people, good 'micro-cultures' across various teams, unlimited PTO, huge learning curve, fair work/life balance

    Cons

    Awful HR culture, ironically. Mediamath is like that internship in college that is a great learning experience, but is unpaid without a single penny of stipend when you really need it.
    Compensation/recognition is severely lacking for Front-of-house teams (from a high-level HR/systematic perspective). Credit is not due when its due and unfortunately causes resentment between internal teams... and skewing overall sentiment towards "dissatisfaction". that's how bad it is :(

    Advice to Management

    re-evaluate HR and compensation for front of house teams.

    MediaMath Response

    Apr 7, 2015 – Chief People Officer

    Thanks for your candid feedback. On your concern areas, we strive to recognize the contributions of the brilliant and dedicated people on our team for the incredible work that they do everyday... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Employee survey"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great company for younger employees

    Cons

    does not acknowledge hard working individuals


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