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Updated June 19, 2017
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Pros
  • If you want a great work life balance then this is the company for you (in 20 reviews)

  • I am very proud of my company as it provides extremely healthy & contended work environment for working mothers (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • I have found no cons yet in the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Insurance could be better, 401k match is laughable (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging and Fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging atmosphere to work in
    Good people all around guiding you when ever you need any help
    Lot to learn because of the fast paced industry

    Cons

    Sometimes disorganized as too many things are looked into at a single time


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Support Specialist II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Specialist II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Specialist II in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO
    Provides time off for volunteer opportunities

    Cons

    Company does not care about the satellite offices outside of the New York office.
    No career advancement opportunities outside of the New York office

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend stop giving employees false hopes on new positions, trainings, and new opportunities that do not exist.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Downhill over past years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated, working people who still keep this ship afloat.

    Cons

    Eroding people-oriented culture, which is getting replaced by hectic attempts by new owners to increase profits and massive outsourcing to other country.

    Advice to Management

    Restore moral, improve product quality and give jobs to people in US.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Was Great - Now Awful- Dont Believe The Hype"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Mediaocean full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the team, some really great people.
    NYC office is in a great location.

    Cons

    Salary - bad benefits, crappy management that will lie to your face and act like they are doing you a favor.

    CEO walks around acting like he's superstar. Wants to be loved by all. Will ask you questions and has an open door policy but never listen to the answers. He just starts talking about himself. Man, he loves to talk about himself. He hires his pals for all of the open C- level positions.
    The people he keeps closest are the ones who yes him to death and make him feel special.

    One of the "leaders" he brought in a few years ago constantly says "when I knew Bill at Yahoo" so often that we're all like "yes yes we know... thanks for telling us, again".

    There is no growth here. Very few people actually move up. Sometimes the wrong ones do, but that happens everywhere. For new people leaving reviews saying there's growth opportunities, that's because there has been massive layoff, many rounds. So there is room when that happens but otherwise many people have been in the exact same roles for years. 5,10,15 etc without a promotion.

    Mediaocean was 2 competitors that merged with 2 very different cultures. Much has been replaced or more like, the culture really met in the middle. But there are people from both sides that hate the other and REFUSE to change the way they do anything.

    They re-org their internal structure so often, about 3 or 4 times times a year. Re-assigning teams and roles. They have a few team leaders who everyone HATES, the clients, and the MO personnel working for them. But for some reason keep those lazy, no good, do nothing, pass everything off, client ignoring account directors or SADs in place.

    They also blame EVERYTHING on Vista (the equity company that purchased them). You want to work from home? No you can't, Vista - a few months later, it was stated it really just depends on your manager. Vista is always their first response for motivation. Then after a change doesn't go over well the story changes.

    Advice to Management

    None, as they don't want hear it. They got MASSIVE payouts from the Vista buyout and are only there until their contracts are up. Then they will jump ship, once they can do so.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best software company I've ever worked at over 15+ year career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mediaocean full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture is great. No politics. People are professional and willing to help. Leadership genuinely tries to balance doing what is right for the company, clients and the employees.

    Healthy technology stack and processes: java, spring, spring boot, maven, mongo, oracle, docker, git, jenkins, knockout, bootstrap, grunt, require js, bower.

    People who don't perform or who have attitude problem will be given chances to improve but will be let go if they don't change. This sounds cold but those kind of people can be cancerous to others.

    The company is well positioned to grow. It has a stronghold on the traditional media world. However, with the changes in the way media is consumed, there is a lot of change and potential for growth.

    Cons

    - No bonuses
    - 401k matching is soft
    - Development teams are spread across multiple teams. This is both bad and good.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Gone downhill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mediaocean full-time

    Pros

    -Most people are genuine.
    -Great area to work in (Chelsea).

    Cons

    -Management, or lack there of
    -A once great company has turned into a cold place where everyone is just a number

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people that are keeping that place afloat.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall very positive, but there are growing pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and environment. The leadership team does a great job engaging with employees and creating an open, transparent culture. There are also lots of perks for employees that have come to be expected from software/tech companies: happy hours, catered breakfasts, yoga, video games, etc.

    The media/ad industry is fast paced as it is, and the technology in the sector is constantly evolving. It's a great place to be for personal career development and growth.

    Cons

    Like any growing company, there are pains. The product suite, employee base, and target markets have grown considerably in a short period of time. Along with that comes uncertainty and change as the organization adjusts to it's new model and structure. It can often feel like ambiguity or a lack of direction to some, but that doesn't mean the change is not in the best interest of the company.

    If you're looking for a run of the mill 9 to 5 to accomplish the same 5 tasks every day with no variety or growth in your role, this is probably not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. There are lots of good, smart people in this company. It can feel political at times on some of the decision making and employees can sense it.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "OK place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mediaocean (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have Innovative technology, and many good people

    Cons

    Teams do not talk to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a better overall plan for company


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mediaocean in Chicago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well known organization within its industry space. Largest company of its type worldwide.

    Cons

    Tendency to "build the plane while flying it". Over promise to the client and then figure out how it's going to be developed.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the cliques. Invest in process & product development. Deliver and over deliver on client commitments.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Mediaocean"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is some folks who have been there a long time and they are a good group of people. There is a good amount of comraderie within some of the teams.

    Cons

    There isn't always clear direction given and not a lot of support given from upper management. It no longer feels like the company cares about the individuals. It began to feel like we were just a body.


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