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Millennial Media Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Fast growing company with some upward mobility (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible, relaxed work environment (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • While the training structure is great for internal processes and products (in 2 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. "Results driven and start up mindframe..corporate environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and empowered team
    Clear set goals and initiatives

    Cons

    Unattainable goals in order to obtain profitability
    No direct connection to product team


  2. "Very Good Environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very technology focused and they work to keep employees happy. Unlimited leave policy. Bonuses and stock options. Competitive salaries. Worked on leading edge technologies.

    Cons

    Worked there 2 years and had 4 managers. They seem to change the Tech leadership pretty often, and hence, the planning sometimes went out the window. Several abandoned projects while I was there.

    Advice to Management

    When you lose people at a pretty rapid rate you should probably start looking at why they are leaving and try to address it.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "No Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Well-meaning peers. Supportive management until money needed to be spent to raise profile in a new market.

    Cons

    The IPO destroyed the company that hired me. Mgt changes post-IPO were disruptive. Mgt's became reactive, not proactive, and long-term planning disappeared. Mass exodus of staff. Recruiters refer to MM as buffet from which they can easily lift staff as needed.

    Advice to Management

    Little to advise because there are new fires being put out daily.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good a couple years ago during IPO"

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

    Pros

    Was an exciting place to be
    Market leader in the digital advertising space
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    It doesn't seem to still be this way
    Company has undergone a serious cultural shift since IPO and Jumptap avquisition


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good Stepping Stone, Bad Everything Else"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of marketing fluff, which result in fringe perks such as parties and freebies.
    Strong industry presence, which is good for entry into the mobile media world if you are a fresh graduate, decorating your resume with a branded company (albeit the reputation is tumbling)

    Cons

    The management is extremely micro-managing while they don't seem to look at themselves as that. They love to speak of "flexibility" but always doing the exact opposite and justify it with sentences like "I know we are flexible but there should be a limit because of company image." They are also adverse to feedback and have a tendency to say "oh sure that sounds like a great idea, but we need data to back that up, could you provide a daily report for the next 3 months to show what you said is feasible?" while disregarding the fact that time is needed to prepare the report everyday.

    The training and development of a person as an individual is extremely limited too. While the training structure is great for internal processes and products. External progression of the market however, is completely shut off from junior roles, as if the management are afraid that if the junior employees learn too much, they will want to leave. Which is a mark of bad employee retention. To build on this, try asking Account Managers, Account Executives, or even System Engineers and Operation Analyst just how much do they they know about "incentivized traffic" "non-incentivized traffic" "DSP" "SSP" "RTB" "burst campaign" "SDK" "Pixel Tracking" "Server to Server" "PMD" etc.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the following:

    When an employee from the ground give feedback that is collectively agreed to be a good idea by majority of the fellow workers, try bringing yourself down from the throne and see things from the "commoners" point of view

    Politically correctness works only between industry leaders and shouldn't be applied from supervisor to reporting staffs. Transparency isn't transparency if the manager only know how to push people away because "this is how we always do things"

    Training and development should always involve external trainings as well. Understanding one company's market competitive advantage can only be beneficial. If someone wants to leave, they will leave whether or not you develop them. I quote a famous internet saying "what if I train my people and they leave?" when a better question is "what if I don't train them and they stay?"

    Do ponder.

    All the best and regards.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Disorganized management, poor operations, no communication"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun team outings, free food, free fruit, drinks. Pretty flat structure, there are some good leaders. Good benefits (healthcare) Interesting projects if you show initiative and interest. Competitive salary and strong bonus system.

    Cons

    Weak technology, poor managers who didn't know what they were doing, lack of communication between sales and operations leading to breakdown, inability to deliver what was promised to our clients. Unfair promotions to undeserving candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen the technology team, introduce more flexibility in process, provide clear direction and hire better managers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the engineer here are smart, friendly and helpful. You can learn a lot as a freash man to this industry.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind for now. Maybe, the new hire should also get some expense benefit as the old emploee.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Majorly in flux, not for the timid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Historically, the company treated it's employees very well while pressing hard for optimal performance. There are some sharp minds at Millennial. There are people there who are good at team building and providing incentives. People can have fun.

    Cons

    Very few people who are rank and file actually believe that the company is moving in the right direction. There seems to be a lot of flailing around. As far as values, I once heard an Account executive wonder out loud hot it was that she became such a liar, telling her clients that she was delivering on contracted media as the agency wanted. When presented with making revenue, no one in operations or sales seems to care about being honest with the client.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your employees are under extreme pressure and work harder to help them invested in the long term growth of the company. Articulate that growth better than you are now. There are some arrogant people on your team and they need to be weeded out as they are destructive.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the pros sadly are from before the co-founder and CTO left. When I started it was listed in Baltimore magazine as one of the best places to work in the area -- not anymore! I suppose you still get a reasonable salary with some nice perks (free drinks, etc.) You also work with some really good people -- although many of the best people left or are leaving after the management shakeup. To be fair the company used to be so good that I suppose it makes the current state of the company seem that much worse.

    Cons

    After the co-founder and CTO left they went through a series of frankly bad moves. First they fired all of the tech managers (including the people in charge of QA.) This caused quality to seriously drop. So they bought a much less successful company from Boston and had their people replace all of the managers they just fired. The new managers wanted to try to replace all of the Baltimore tech (not perfect but was well tested and is making most of our revenue) with Boston tech (many problems and frankly some parts don't work at all.) We basically spent 6 months trying to put features that were already in the Baltimore tech into the Boston tech (and in most cases the resultant product wasn't as well engineered as what was always in the Baltimore tech.) They are now backing off that position but the damage has been done. A huge amount of the best people who knew the most about the Baltimore tech have now left the company (Baltimore tech is still making the lion's share of the revenue and the Boston tech cannot replace it without serious work and maybe even a re-write.) The people who are left are going to have to take years to relearn how everything works. If you ask "does anyone know anything about such and such software from the Baltimore tech?" and you get a lot of "no, everyone who did left." I think they can probably recover from this but it will likely take quite a while (in the mean time the company's competitors haven't exactly stopped innovating.)

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you should check to see if a company's algorithms actually work before you buy them; not after you buy them, place all of the people at the new company in charge of technology, and then have them try to replace all of your tech with their tech (thus forcing many of your best people to find other companies.)


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership manages up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Embrace open technologies, nice, but low value perks, like ice cream days half day summer Fridays

    Cons

    Leadership only seems to manage up, compensation was significantly worse then previous jab and tanking stock really hurts


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