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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. "Results driven and start up mindframe..corporate environment."

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    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."

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    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"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Software enginneer"

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

    I worked at Millennial Media full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home a lot, the schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    There are lots of hierarchy here. There is a thing here called "engineer managers", which are the people that are not necessarily better than you on technology, not necessarily with experiences of managing, but they are "managing" you, you will report to them. and similarly they are managed by some other mangers (the real managers) on a higher level, because the real managers don't feel like managing too many people and have to delegate their work to your manager, therefore they can draw a nice org-chart with levels.
    They also don't allow big changes, but understandable, because it is a public company now.

    Advice to Management

    You dont need so many managers, and the managers are not very convincing, that is why people are leaving, it is obvious.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good a couple years ago during IPO"

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    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"

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    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)

    "Good for Jr Level Staff, terrible for women in IT and senior IT staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Typical startup dress code, free snacks and breakfast, beverages. Semi-relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Typical boys club type of the environment. Almost no women managers or above in IT. Promotions are given out with no reasoning, no career paths, and no true mentorship opportunities. Management hires people that are not smarter than them, hence allot of problems when it comes down to giving direction or accepting innovative ideas. There is tons of redundancy that comes from either bad managers, bad decisions or mergers/acquisitions . All of which result in no knowledge being accepted from those that have been working on projects or processes before the new hires get there. Allot of "lets rebuild the wheel from scratch" type of an attitude. Tons of reorganizations that result in employees being undervalued, not listened to, and disrespected. Most acquisitions or mergers bring in further animosity into organization with people referring to each other as team green (legacy millennial), or team blue (jumptap) , or by Office location name.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the employees that you have hired, or those that have been there for a while. Learn about the products and processes they are experts in before forcing them to go and re-do everything from scratch. You will find out that there are valid reasons why certain decisions were made, and you could benefit from the progress that was made before. Promote and empower women in the technology organization its 2015!!!!. Train your managers to recognize that women are important in the organization and are not just there to do your secretarial work. Finally - for end of year benefits and promotions set realistic goals that everyone agrees to achieve ahead of time. Don't just impose what you think the goals are. Ask for commitment and do a sanity check.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "GOING TO HELL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    i honestly have nothing positive to say. Used to be nice place before jumptap was bought by millennialmedia. Everyone from jumptap was either fired or left since this company is going south. Stocks have plumit

    Cons

    i honestly have nothing postive to say. Used to be nice place before jumptap was bought by millennialmedia. Everyone from jumptap was either fired or left since this company is going south. Stocks have plummet. Dont bother joining. Chief architect and Scientist has recently quit. The CTO is scared as he knows nothing good is coming in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    stop hiring outside senior management and giving them millions of dollars. You need to spend money at your current employees then outsiders.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sad to see what happened here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pre IPO the company was focused and produced good technology and results. Post IPO it was all about the numbers and management lost sight of the people who worked hard to get the company where it was. Some of my best memories were how much fun it was to work with my teammates.

    Cons

    Terrible, shameful management. No regard for the employees, no morals

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding yourselves with no cost shares. Modern robber barons.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Corporate Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Well Known in the industry, good resume builder. If you can stick it out here for a year or two, doors will open for you in other companies.

    Cons

    I really can't discourage anyone strongly enough from working here. The company has made the choice to grow through acquisition rather than innovation. The result of this is multiple technology stacks all in varying states of decay. All that aside, what really made this such a terrible place to work is how downright toxic the corporate culture has become. Thought the various mergers and acquisition, little attention has been paid to truly getting everyone to function as a team. This has lead to a culture where the only way people feel the can get anything done is by screaming -- and they do scream -- a lot. Nobody has any respect or professional courtesy for anyone else who joined the company as a result of one of the many botched mergers. Wonder the halls and you'll routinely hear people referring to each other as green or blue (a reference to former Jumptap employees).

    Compensation is generally not not competitive. I suspect this due in large part to the fact that the company is headquartered in Baltimore where the cost of living is low and people just don't realize what it costs to live in other parts of the country. While I'm on the subject of Baltimore by the way, the headquarters there is an absolute mess. Some of the other offices are a little nicer, but still really below par given their size.

    The bottom line is that I'm of the opinion that no matter what you're pursuit in life, chances are you can find better places to pursue it than this.

    Advice to Management

    Put an end to the infighting. People just flat out don't respect each other and you know it --you watch it happen every day and don't do anything about it. If you want to attract and retain talent, you're going to have to spend money to improve compensation, benefits and perks.


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