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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. "Associate Creative Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very proactive leadership. Great work atmosphere and wonderful studio morale.

    Cons

    Company changes directions quite often.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sale Executive"

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

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Small Company perks
    - Creative Environment
    - Commission based (no cap)

    Cons

    - Frequent change of products
    - Employee Turnover
    - Managers not alway transparent
    - Can be political
    - Not always stable

    Advice to Management

    - be more transparent
    - reward focused employees

  3. "Never Afraid to Change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAY Media full-time

    Pros

    - All the people are great here- I've never seen anyone want to leave because of personalities
    - Has a great business strategy going forward
    - Comes from a place of great technological innovation, and is still contributing a lot in open source
    - Has recently become amazing at inter-department communication & collaboration thanks to having offices in multiple cities and being remote-work friendly
    - Puts a lot of effort into making things work both professionally and interpersonally
    - Does a lot to accommodate employees with special needs thanks to its wonderful HR Manager

    Cons

    - Has had to sacrifice a lot due to pivoting the business
    - Relies on drinking too much as a social activity
    - Doesn't have a lot of room to grow a career here without others leaving & probably won't for the next 1-2 years
    - Isn't sure how to really integrate Sales with the pace of the technological side of the business

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees sooner. Don't hand down decisions with little explanation as to why it was picked over other strategies. Learn how to use your employees' strengths and support their weaknesses better. Be more open with employees on a more individual level- you're a startup, and you need to get a better pulse on your people than what you've previously been used to.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice people, free food (once weekly breakfast or lunch; source of food changed every time so no chance of food boredom), very nurturing environment.

    Cons

    Once Videoegg became Say Media, the business changed focus. Eventually, my position was eliminated, and I was laid off along with other engineers.


  5. "Software Developer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SAY Media as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, flexibility to move across teams and technologies, fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Many people keep leaving the company due to some reason, the company isn't making much of a profit I think and hence salaries might be lower compared to others.


  6. "Forward -thinking company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good snacks, good morale. Flew new hires into San Francisco for orientation and guacamole party! Really liked a lot of guys at "the top" -- creative tech people.

    Cons

    The goals of the company could be kind of confusing. Sometimes it felt like they dabbled in too much but didn't focus enough on certain websites, etc.


  7. "Great culture and teammates."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is great. Fun to work there, smart people. Spends actual effort on improving and developing culture. Great office location in SF.

    Lots of trust and flexibility from management. The open vacation policy is just part of that; you're treated like an adult.

    I like the HSA insurance and it would be hard to switch back to a regular PPO.

    Cons

    Pulling off the longer-term vision to become a larger, more stable company isn't a guaranteed thing. It's a tough industry at the moment but it does feel like there's an opportunity cost.

    NY is having troubles but SF feels great.

    Missing some of the perks of other companies like daily meals and other free stuff.

    Generally don't know what's going on with the company until we read it on TC.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with your employees. Create more career opportunities. Make it worth it for those that work hard for the company.

    Fix the attrition problem. I wonder if you're reading these reviews and trying to fix the problems.

  8. "Really fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people. I was consistently impressed with the quality of people Say Media is able to attract. The workforce is a good mix of young people fresh out of college to 20+ year industry veterans. Very culturally diverse as well.

    Cons

    Say Media is in the online content and advertising industry. That industry is very unpredictable with piles of competition. This makes executive management of the company extremely difficult. I saw the exec team make some really hard decisions that negatively impacted many people. Employee benefits are somewhat bare bones. No matching 401k. Middle of the line HSA health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your employees in terms of problems the business is facing. Your employees more loyal than you think they are. If faced with a challenge, they would rather find a solution than give up and quit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared to be challenged to solve interesting problems!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard fun problems, good coworkers, and a fun atmosphere. Know that you will have to work hard to solve a wide variety of problems.

    Cons

    The digital media industry is undergoing rapid change. Many of the problems you will face are hard to define or poorly defined.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more aware that most people are not that comfortable with instability.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Always a new challenge"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Say Media has changed a lot during my tenure, from an ad network to a media company and now to a product/tech company focused on reinventing online publishing in the likeness of glossy magazines rather than tabloid newspapers. The new direction means that the company is positioned as a startup but benefits from the revenue streams of the older businesses.

    For someone who enjoys being challenged to think outside the box and embrace change, engineering at Say is exciting and there's lots of potential for individual impact as well as great teamwork.

    The founders are friendly and always willing to talk frankly about the business in a one-on-one setting, including both successes and challenges.

    Flexible work hours allow for great work/life balance, with accommodation for both regular and unexpected life interruptions. Work expectations are reasonable and flexible, with individual contributors driving project planning and scheduling aside from occasional exceptional circumstances. Individual contributors are trusted and encouraged to work autonomously and set their own technical direction, and share results with the rest of the team.

    There is lots of room for career growth in Engineering, with most employees having been promoted at least once during their tenure and separate defined career tracks for technical management, architects and distinguished engineers. A driven employee can learn a lot at Say, and where growth isn't possible the culture supports and celebrates employees who grow as far as they can at Say and then use those skills to earn a promotion while moving to another company.

    Management is lightweight and those in more senior roles all spend lots of their time acting as individual contributors.

    Cons

    Benefits are average when compared to similar companies in the area.

    Broadcast communication from management (as opposed to one-on-one conversation) is inconsistent, and in a few instances I have felt that better decisions could be made if team members had been better informed about forthcoming changes.

    The business environment is constantly changing and so priorities can shift rapidly from one quarter to the next, which presents challenges for longer-term engineering efforts and can cause more cautious development increments, which can be frustrating.

    Office environment is open plan and can be noisy.

    Advice to Management

    Be less cautious about sharing details on upcoming strategy changes and trust employees to respect confidentiality when warranted.


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