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Millennial Media Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Fast growing company with some upward mobility (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people, with a real passion for the industry, the company, the products and each other (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It went public, which put it under pressure to deliver results to the Wall Street cadence, rather than adtech growth patterns (in 3 reviews)

  • Pay was not where it should have been and ops is all in baltimore which for a west coast seller is a huge challenge (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Life at a Media Tech Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Millennial Media full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing people
    - Really fun culture
    - Opportunity to completely own projects from beginning to end
    - High Visibility with senior leadership

    Cons

    - No formal training, very adhoc
    - Constantly re-branding the same products
    - Hard to move teams internally unless at HQ
    - Expected to be Always On, even on vacation as campaigns are usually only owned by 1-2 people aka no work/life balance


  2. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    -very talented and nice people
    -great technology and work
    -lot of flexible hours/work from home days
    -free snaks (cereals, fruits, milk, drinks etc)

    Cons

    -can be less transparent at times

  3. "Mobile UI Developer Position"

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    Current Employee - Mobile UI Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Mobile UI Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Millennial Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Millennial Media promotes a very altruistic and teaching-and-learning-based work environment and culture. Employees are encouraged to help one another succeed on every level.

    Cons

    Company is located in Baltimore, MD.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Strategy in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Strategy in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Millennial Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people and office location in NYC

    Cons

    Lots of turnover, morale is low since stock isn't doing so good

    Advice to Management

    focus on employee wellbeing more


  5. Helpful (2)

    "So Much Potential"

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

    I have been working at Millennial Media full-time

    Pros

    Company Outings, free snacks (Boston), free breakfast & snacks (Baltimore), solid hardware, great office locations, and mostly friendly employees. They do a lot to promote a corporate culture and they do that well. Millennial Media seems to be relatively solid, financially and is a definite player in the industry.

    Cons

    Management lacks leadership. Organizational Chart too complex: Too many levels of differentiation and management. High turnover leads to understaffing, which leads to more work to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the organization. Remove unnecessary levels of management. Institute strong, competent leaders in management positions. Recruit new talent more aggressively. Work harder at keeping the talent you have. Encourage more communication and social interaction across team boundaries. Ditch the totally open office plan. Sometimes people need an office to work in. Need a feature freeze, code review, breakfix breakout, and overall stability of technical assets.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Steer clear..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, fun office in Baltimore. Lots of perks and flexible working schedule. Ability to work with well known brands. Good spot for first job out of school.

    Cons

    Executive leadership rarely around anymore and mid-level executives seem like they're just along for the ride. They approached employees in the spring asking them to post positive reviews on Glassdoor to improve their image. Image is everything. Focus way too much on having fun and can't be taken seriously especially with the company doing so poorly. Sales and marketing churn through cash on clients that never actually spend with company. Mid-level management is extremely inexperienced. Promotions from specialist to "sr manager" with no experience managing people and no training. Tech teams are disorganized and can't roll out products before they've become obsolete or redundant. They're constantly changing the org which has led to key departures and high turnover. There have been HR issues that get ignored or buried due to fear of retribution. The days of the startup mentality, passion and sense of community are long gone.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, sell, sell before you run out of cash. There's nothing Millennial does that another company doesn't do better or could build cheaper. Should've expanded the San Fran office a long time ago to build more innovative and experienced tech teams. Become a true thought leader in the industry and not a fast follower. Getting new products to clients first doesn't make you innovative especially when they're not wanted or don't work well (e.g., all Jumptap products/DSP). Many of those products have failed, become obsolete, and retired.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great learning experience
    * Smart people who want to help you succeed
    * Incredible space and view of water. Restaurants in walking distance
    * Leadership takes care of their people
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    Cons

    * Very fast paced company with a lot of change (If you don't like companies that move quickly, this is not for you)

  8. "Great Company, Passionate People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Millennial Media full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about the products they are working on, the clients they are selling to and the technology platform that runs our business. Very little politics, fun culture with a good mix of work hard/play hard. Leaders are visible and willing to go the extra mile. Good benefits. Love the unlimited paid time off.

    Cons

    So many offices and no real central location (even though Boston and Baltimore are bigger offices).

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent. Appreciate the regular all-hand meeting updates with the opportunity to ask candid questions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing first experience in the workforce"

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

    Pros

    I had worked odd jobs throughout high school and college, and had never had a real corporate experience. After graduation I got an internship working in one and I hated it. I counted the hours and couldn't wait for the work day to end.

    Since joing Millennial Media, I actually enjoy going to work every day. the people I work with are great. Everyone has been helpful in showing me the ropes, my managers are patient and are very eager to help me learn and grow.

    I've worked jobs before with little recognition, and Millennial feels like the opposite. Every task no matter how small it feels like I'm being told how great of a job I'm doing. Being able to be in an environment with such mutual respect and easy to get along people makes waking up every morning a real treat.

    Cons

    Reall the only downsides I have had with Millennial are the same struggles that come at any technology company. You are very reliant on it. And the slightest bug or issues can be very frustratting when you are in a good work flow, or if something you are working on is time sensitive.

    Advice to Management

    None, I really love the direction of the company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not Transparent or Highly Motivated"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Millennial Media (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Anything in mobile is a great place to be in right now
    Monetizing mobile has a huge amount of potential upside
    Fun Work Environment with lots of "startup-ie" stuff going on

    Cons

    The people are not very highly motivated - everyone is just working for the weekend
    There are a lot of questions about whether management is being transparent and whether the corporate values mean anything
    Technology is junk

    Advice to Management

    Strive for more than just being carried by the tide that is mobile
    You'll never get ahead if all your people are unmotivated - hire better people or find a way to incentivize current employees more
    Emphasize the tech department more - the product is probably the weakest part of the company


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