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MediaMath Reviews

Updated July 25, 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 (9)

    "Lot of potential, great co-workers, arrogant leadership and lacks focus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful office space
    Lots of potential to innovate
    Industry moves at a dizzying pace
    Wonderful co-workers
    Some differentiating products

    Cons

    1. UI from the 90s and the team lacks leadership and experience
    2. Lot of attrition
    3. Roles and responsibilities are muddy
    4. Senior leadership has a serious problem of saying 'No'. What makes it worse is that they spin up conversations and hand it off to Product Leaders without proper thought forethought into what the conversation can lead do.
    5. Non C-level leaders lack decision rights. They do not have the option of saying 'Yes' or 'No' to opportunities w/o taking it to Senior leadership
    6. Senior leadership is often arrogant and think of the competition as 'not worthy of their time'. While dreaming to compete with Google and Facebook is admirable, they are past the point of being ambitious to being delusional

    Advice to Management

    Delegate better. Give the leaders in your organization more decision rights. Bring in a culture of focus . Stay hungry and humble


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Growth isn't everything - Egos and Weak Links"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers on the lower/mid levels were nice. I didn't personally experience too much office politics but I also didn't rock the boat that much. Beautiful working environment and delicious commitment to snacks.
    Hours were pretty reasonable for me and pay was ok
    International offices seemed to be better organized.

    Cons

    HR department was always having problems. Weak members of the team stuck around for too long, strong members of the team would move on quickly. There was always turn over in the leadership (c-level and middle) positions which led to confusion throughout other departments.
    Internal rating system (for managers, employees etc) changed twice in my tenure there and both times did not seem useful or to be reflected in bonuses.
    My own managers were nice on a personal level but were also very cliquey, frequently hiring their buddies for positions they weren't necessarily suited to and not fully supporting the lower level staff even though they were picking up the slack. Culture, fun and perks took a down turn once the costs of being in the new space came into full effect.
    Hired many people during my tenure and then laid off a bunch (myself included) which speaks to the disorder in HR and lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Hire outside your social circle more. Diversity at the highest level was lacking. For a long stretch (about 10-12 months) every c-level position was white and only one was a woman. Middle management looked better but didn't necessarily act better because they were taking cues from above.

    Stop re-organizing teams before they've had a chance to do their work. While it's admirable to see when something's not working and change it, it's also very confusing.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Junior"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - smart people; pockets of brilliance
    - work is engaging, projects are stimulating
    - offices are beautiful
    - industry can be a rush

    Cons

    - high attrition
    - below average pay
    - Prioritization

    Advice to Management

    Middle management training :)


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Started off very good but has lost its way"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working arrangements. A degree of WFH is no problem for most engineers.

    Very smart people with a good engineering culture.

    Sometimes the engineering work can be interesting.

    Cons

    The company feels like it's lost it's way compared to three years ago, and it's been clear that senior management still haven't figured out what direction they want the company to go in.

    Layoffs last year were really poorly handled and shook the confidence of those who stayed.

    Not enough time for engineers to resolve mounting technical debt, due to the pace of new feature work, yet at the same time huge resources have been poured into internal projects that should help engineers radically improve the product, but no-one will take the decision to properly implement.

    Advice to Management

    Please get a plan for where the company should go and stick to it.

    Consider holding a moratorium on new development for a quarter to allow engineering to catch up with tech debt and properly use the new framework that we've been told we'll be switching over to for the last three years or more.

    MediaMath Response

    Feb 3, 2017 – SVP, Engineering

    I recently joined MediaMath (3 months now) and made the decision to come over because I realized early on that the engineering culture here is amazing and quite rare. More importantly, I was super... More


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Smart People, Bad Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -smart people
    -good product(s)
    -key platform in ad tech space

    Cons

    -didn't hire or retain talent very well
    -lots of turnover
    -lack of focus and organization

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on being the best at one to two things rather than trying to compete on everything. With as much turnover as MM has had over its existence, hard to understand core values and culture.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Program, Rotational portion is wonderful

    Cons

    Manager of the program is incompetent

    MediaMath Response

    Nov 15, 2016 – Senior Manager, MEP

    Thanks for taking the time to review the program. We appreciate your positive review of the program experience and rotational aspects. It’s important we create a supportive and collaborative... More


  7. Helpful (5)

    "It has its goods and bads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are energetic. There are lots of communication between teams.

    Cons

    Some employees are snobbish and stereotyping.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open-minded. Have more perspectives than focus on the presence.

  8. Helpful (79)

    "A Sinking Ship"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful offices in great locations. Overall, the employees are great people. Hard-working, dedicated, friendly, creative, the list goes on. Perks are on par with other tech companies.

    Cons

    MM is underway with yet another reorganization, however this one came with a heavy round of layoffs. The layoffs are being painted as giving the people who are now jobless an opportunity to connect with partners and clients, but at the end of the day, many, many talented, dedicated, and loyal staff members are simply out of a job. Seemingly little thought was given to who would be let go and why; valuable, core members of teams were let go simply because they were a redundant number on a spreadsheet. The leadership has fallen far from the days of caring about the people who have made this company a success and now only care about making themselves and the board wealthier. There's no heart and soul left at this company. It's all about the appearance of success and the bottom line.


  9. Helpful (28)

    "Disorganized and unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MediaMath full-time

    Pros

    a handful of really great people have and continue to work here

    Cons

    a haven for incompetence and ego


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Enginnering"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent perks and PTO policy.

    Cons

    Over spending and callousness. Massive layoffs and Hiring freezes.

    Advice to Management

    Budget better and don't recruit people if you can't afford to.


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