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SAY Media Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  • High turnover, continuously reinvents itself (in 2 reviews)

  • Time, money and morale wasted on projects that get abandoned (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Growing pains, high turnover"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Talented people, flexible schedule, limitless vacation day policy

    Cons

    High turnover, continuously reinvents itself


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management leads to insecure work envrionment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAY Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great vision and product.
    Start-up feel and open work environment.

    Cons

    Poor and political management, which leads to misbalance in resources.
    Insecure job environment – don't expect any feeling of security in your position (regardless of job performance)

    Advice to Management

    Flesh out what you want to do as a company; try not to hold on to vestiges of a past company that are highly unsuccessful. Think about restructuring your management team.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Controller"

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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

    I worked at SAY Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location and people. COO and President do a good job of letting you know what's going on.

    Cons

    Excellent people are / were low balled and list. Lack of understanding of processes led to disorganization and difficulties in accomplishing objectives.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Brain-Drain! No Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation, good location in SOMA.

    Cons

    Say has let just about every capable person walk out the door. Limited room to advance, low-ball salaries across the board as part of a failed HR initiative to "not offer raises". This company never found it's way and hid behind a great brand despite the fact that it never had it's business model figured out. Many failed aquisitions/partnerships. Lot of jargon and buzzwords to describe an ad product that frankly doesn't work but looks pretty. There are number of good people left but the culture is deflated and there's a lot of internal strife.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great office, nice people, poor management"

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

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great location, nice people, good culture and a lot of events and fun, unlimited time off!

    Cons

    not sure if this company makes any money, spending all the time, and then can't pay the bills, recently management shifted strategy *again* from brand creation to increasing advertising prices, why did it take them so long to figure out? not paying the bills should have been a big clue. explains high turnover

    Advice to Management

    learn how to make a profit, stop letting HR drive salaries down.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Decent day job with no future."

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    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed office environment and friendly people. The company gives you as many other perks as it can afford to make up for the fact that it can't do much for your career.

    Cons

    Be careful if you accept a 'design' position in the 'studio' at Say. You will be used as a mindless tool and piece of human software for the sales department. You will work under talentless people with nothing to teach you and are entirely focused on deadlines. You will complain, your complaints will be heard, and then immediately disregarded. When working at Say you will quickly learn how the 'corporate game' works and what it's like to be a number in the system. If you're able to accept it for what it is, working there can be a decent day job before finding a real job/ career.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "XoJane internship was"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAY Media as an intern

    Pros

    snax. satellite radio (nice but distracting in the office).

    Cons

    Teaching Jane Pratt how to use cut and paste on the computer. Transcribing hours of vapid celebrity interviews, for articles never published. Receiving good feedback for articles I wrote, which were then never published.

    No pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay interns if they are the ones doing the work-- the internship program offered little to no training and XoJane would not exist were it not for the interns-- the site was launched on the backs of those who were unpaid.

  8. ""New" focus every 6 months."

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

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

    Pros

    They can leave you alone... (really a pro?)

    Cons

    They keep changing the mission of the company. So be careful and ask about the last change of company focus if you're planing to get in here. This is signs pointing to trouble quarters ahead...

    Advice to Management

    Get involve with daily operation and please, oh please, get rid of all of those managers/schedule wranglers and middle yes man... ppplllleeeaassse...... they all tried to safe their butt...


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Buyer Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free Breakfast or lunch once per week. There are some very good people that work here.

    Cons

    High stress and long hours. Company is aggressive but needs a direction. At times, it felt like every department was going in different directions to obtain extremely high objectives. HQ building in SF was getting crowded so basement in building was rented for extra space. The basement was previously used to stash furniture but now it holds people. Also, Air conditioner in summer breaks every year for weeks and you are expected to sweat it out at your desk. Benefits are average if you are single and don't care about 401K matching.

    Advice to Management

    Hit the reset button and start over.


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