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SAY Media Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  1. "Used to be a great company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    A few genuinely creative and hardworking people in the mix; casual dress in the office; dog-friendly office; and unlimited paid vacation (though no one ever takes it due to pressures from mgmt).

    The people that work here have become my family over the years, unfortunately, as moral has gotten extremely low over the last few years, friendships and company culture have become superficial and nonexistent. There is a level of distrust now that has tainted relationships at all levels.

    If you are good at paving your own way and not needing a manager tell you what to do, there are opportunities to grow and snatch positions that you wouldn't have normally be offered. Your position is what you make of it.

    Cons

    Highly disorganized, chaotic, cross-office collaboration is non-existent.

    Junior designers are expected (without a pay raise) to step up and take over Senior management work when upper-level management gets laid off.

    Whatever your salary offer is at Say Media, double it and that is what you should be getting paid.

    What used to be an innovative place to work 5 years ago has now become a production factory.

    Lacking in training opportunities. Expect to manage not only your own workload but your own career growth

    Management is stretched thin and lacks the time/resources

    High turnover, continuously reinvents itself which puts a huge strain on the folks in lower level positions.

    Say Media boasts transparency, flexibility, and a forward-thinking culture but in reality, this is a toxic environment that is just smoke and mirrors. It's hard to trust anything upper-level management says anymore.

    CEO has been trying to sell the company for a number of years without luck. Lot's of layoffs at the end of the year, every year, to try to prepare for potential sell. Don't work here if you are looking for stability and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team. Be transparent. Support safe and healthy work environments. Compensate people fairly for the work they are doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Management"

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

    I worked at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    The people, snacks, and dogs.

    Cons

    Management is not transparent at all, they cut people left and right without reason. Moral is low and HR is terrible. Definitely steer clear.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your people.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Management has no idea what they're doing"

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

    I worked at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    There were some gems of people that worked there. I really lucked out being able to work with some of the people there.

    Free catered breakfast or lunch once a week (before they silently got rid of it for some weeks)

    Unlimited vacation (only if your manager lets you)

    Cons

    It's taken a lot of restraint to not write a review here but I must share the truth. It was a really great place to be when I joined and I was truly happy as the people were one of a kind, nice, and generally pretty smart. I snapped out of my honeymoon phase after half a year when I started to find out that middle management was pretty much sucking money out of the company and a waste of resources. They are mostly selfish and don't care about employees progress or handle HR cases in a professional manner. Since I was lower on the totem pole, I wasn't taken seriously and talked down to by engineers. I saw full employee turnover rate and said goodbye to great coworkers and friends as they were fired or laid off while their managers weren't doing anything. Meanwhile the people that were left had to deal with the workload of the people that just left. They started hiring really talentless and lazy people because it was cheaper to cover up potholes instead of hiring great and brilliant people that could fix problems that weren't just surface level.

    When I started we owned the entire building and by the time I left, they laid off most of the company, SILENTLY, while the rest of the employees that were left had no idea that happened, and then eventually moved everyone into the first floor and basement as they couldn't afford rent for the rest of the building.

    As for all the "wonderful" perks, it happens rarely and the free Costco kindergarten snacks SUCK. I would have rather there be no snacks so the company could save money and some people would still have their jobs.

    All in all, HR is a joke, this is a fake company with no real or clear mission statement as it changes a few times a year. JUST DON'T BOTHER. PLEASE. This place put me and a few others into a depression. HR won't help you advance your career and does not care if your manager, like mine, was extremely verbally abusive ranging from sexist to racist comments on the daily.

    Advice to Management

    Just close up shop or be transparent with your employees. You guys keep changing the mission statement and if you really think you're "laser focused" with Tempest and the company's finances, I suggest thoroughly looking into the managers who are way overpaid, lazy slavedrivers who let their teams go that actually did all the work. You have it all backwards. P.S., Tempest still looks like a web designer's first college project.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Editor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food and free coffee.

    Cons

    Company does not know what it's doing, puts on a happy face with a lot of B.S. forced fun events and free food but has no concern for employees. Has flip-flopped repeatedly over the years, no one is safe.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great during the earlier Say days but not the same company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, creative, hard working loyal employees.

    Cons

    Vague & indirect management - managers communicate with assumptions, generalities & lack of direction.

    Does not:

    1. Give constructive feedback in private.
    2. Follow up on employee ideas.
    3. Give frequent praise.
    4. Support employee development.
    5. Allow flexibility and realistic freedoms.
    6. Communicate directly and specifically.
    7. Demonstrate that you care.
    8. Allow employees to share and shine.
    9. Respect individual differences.
    10. Admit it when you’re wrong.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Confused management, low morale, no career growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    Great vacation policy, good teammates, nice offices. Solid challenges to solve in an ever evolving environment.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected with the company and nobody seems to care that there is a sizable talent bleed and workers keep quitting. People are promoted for being buddies with the right people even though they are not right for the job. The management team is male heavy and many of them treat women in the company as if they are dumb. Upper management is mostly focused on blame games because the company has a reputation of laying off or firing their VPs and employees at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is actually doing good work. Stop promoting people because they are your drinking buddy. Do something about the continuous talent bleed. Appreciate the people that work hard for you even though you treat employees like they are expendable.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Junior Designer"

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

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere, Awesome People, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't seem to care about their employees, I've seen entire teams laid off with less than a week's notice

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Extremely unprofessional with terrible management."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They paid a great base salary.

    Cons

    The managers are completely unprofessional and play favorites. They have a "training" program each week that is more like a pop quiz session of who they can humiliate each week. They fire someone new almost every week. NO JOB SECURITY! For the record, I left before that could happen.

    Advice to Management

    Get new managers who have actual training.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer led and misogynistic company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    Coddled if you are an Engineer, you don't have to be good at it.

    Cons

    Don't accept a job if you are a woman. They appraise them at different value than men, you will also be the first fired.

    Advice to Management

    Go public so you can be replaced.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "An Advertising Company Pretending to be More Than That"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Unlimited free diet coke in the fridge. Free lunch or breakfast one day a week. Convenient for the Caltrain station.

    Cons

    This company sells Intenet advertising. They are trying to turn into a web publisher, but plans for growth and acquision in that area are not working out. The company has found it easier to hire product managers than engineers, and the resulting empire building has resulted into engineering being split into too many small teams with unrealistic deadlines and often adversarial relationships between teams. The working environment is overcrowed and noisy. You need sound cancelling headphones to get anything done. Lip service is paid to Agile development, but in practice deadlines are set months in advance, often before detailed requirements are known.

    Advice to Management

    Scale back on the growth plans. Look for more off the shelf solutions instead of trying to reinvent the wheel - home grown solutions are not always better, but they are always more expensive. Look for someone interested in acquiring the company.


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