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Participant Media CEO David Linde
David Linde
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Pros
  • "Most employees deeply care about creating social change through campaigns(in 5 reviews)

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  1. A great company, with a great mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Participant Media full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven company producing extraordinarily high quality content that makes a positive difference in the world; Competitive pay and benefits; Warm and caring colleagues

    Cons

    It can be difficult to balance the "double bottom line" goals to reach the company's full potential

  2. Good Place to start with your career

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Participant Media part-time

      Pros

      - You will get to learn a lot about your field.

      Cons

      - You will a career wall easily.

    • Helpful (3)

      Participant

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Participant Media full-time

      Pros

      It's a beautiful building and they do a good job of hiring an eclectic group of people throughout departments– there's decent diversity. The benefits are pretty good and they make an effort to practice what they preach in terms of sustainability and philanthropy.

      Cons

      They do not promote women, for the most part. You're made to feel that the company wants you to make your career there, but they don't promote from within. TakePart in particular offered raises to male writers and not to their female employees. This isn't just a "lean in" issue. On at least four occasions I experienced and saw women passed over for jobs they were more than qualified for and men from outside the company...

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      Coordinator

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Participant Media full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      This company definitely attracts quality people. So many join the company with the goal to effect social change and do great work that will have a measurable social impact. I’ve been able to work alongside some very bright, smart and talented people who have great ideas and have been a pleasure to work with. As a company they have good intentions. The mission is ambitious and lofty and people like myself chose to work...

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      Cons

      Although the company has a great mission, the willingness to do the work to make it a reality is nonexistent. It’s really a façade. They do just enough to get by and not publicly get called out for it. The executive team pays a lot of lip service to transparency, making a social impact and being a “family.” However, the business decisions they make are not in alignment with these goals. In fact, many of their actions...

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      Advice to Management

      I suggest that the executive team get clear on what they want to accomplish and what they’re willing to do to get it. The culture of any organization starts at the top and sets the tone for everything else. Have a plan and communicate it to all the departments. If you honestly don’t know how to carry out the mission of the company, then ask for the input of all of your talented, smart and bright employees who want to...

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    • Sales

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Participant Media full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great company focused on storytelling with social impact

      Cons

      Lack of commitment to business lines helping to create social impact work

    • Positive Work Environment

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I worked at Participant Media full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      The HR team at Participant did an excellent job of communicating with employees and encouraging a collaborative environment and positive company culture.

      Cons

      Some former executive management leaders were a bit closed-minded to the evolving media landscape which resulted in a trickle down of limited capabilities in the marketplace.

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      Best Intentions

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      Former Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Participant Media full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      At its core, Participant has a valiant, although muddled mission. Very good benefits, nice physical office, and a few remaining dedicated employees.

      Cons

      This place is rough. The CEO and senior management regularly demean more junior employees both behind their back and in front of their peers. No one is quite sure what they are doing or why they are doing it and the execution of the valiant mission is as confused as ever. The people who help develop and finance the films are terrific and very talented, but they are surrounded by consistent power grabs and navel...

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      Advice to Management

      Be honest with yourselves and treat your employees, regardless of their level, with decency and respect.

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      Looks better on paper

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

      I worked at Participant Media full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      -Great benefits -Amazing and smart employees -Produces good quality, award-winning content -Modern building with various fully stocked kitchens -Most employees deeply care about creating social change through campaigns -Most people get promoted within a year

      Cons

      -The majority of employees take on their position excited about working for an entertainment company that cares about creating social good in the world and usually leave after learning that it's all a facade -No diversity -Lack of transparency/communication on vision of the company often leaving staff in the dark about long-term goals -Poor branding, no one knows of Participant -Poor or no processes causing confusion...

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      Advice to Management

      -Learn to be more transparent with ALL staff -Don't call yourself an entertainment company "dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change" when the company is always so careful about being bipartisan. In order to create social change you can't be bipartisan on every issue. That's why Deepwater was a flop. -Find better distributors for your documentaries. Preferably digital ones. (Hulu, Netflix,...

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    • Participant cares about its people

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Participant Media full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great benefits, work life balance, meaningful work.

      Cons

      Ultimately a media company, and Hollywood execs can misunderstand technology.

      Advice to Management

      Give us autonomy to build great things.

    • Helpful (3)

      Good idea for a company, bad execution

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I have been working at Participant Media

        Pros

        Good employee benefits as others noted, but that is about it. They provide Apple laptops and nice tech for work use.

        Cons

        Doesn't "walk the walk" of social good double bottom line, which is demoralizing. Hierarchy is very prominent and bottom level employees are treated as such. Lack of transparency creates a negative and hostile environment.

        Advice to Management

        More transparency would probably increase morale

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