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SAY Media Reviews

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

  • Too many changes, everyone is disposable (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "An Advertising Company Pretending to be More Than That"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer led and misogynistic company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Extremely unprofessional with terrible management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Junior Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Confused management, low morale, no career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Management has no idea what they're doing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "get it together!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    company has cool offices in cool locations.
    they use apple computers and phones
    coworkers are cool to work with and fun.

    Cons

    this company has no idea what they are doing. media? advertising? publishing platform? pick one! and get good at it.
    because there is no clear mission statement, everyone from management to entry level is confused. one day a priority is x the next its y. too crazy to keep up with.
    when i say i work at say media, people are like what media?
    no one takes time to think things through. they are basically shooting in the dark a lot and hoping they hit something.
    career paths, expectations, is unclear.
    no retirement plan.
    shitty health care.

    Advice to Management

    figure out what our company does. stop pretending to be visionaries. actually be "transparent" and don't fire your two vps of sales and not expect people to feel hopeless and anxious about their job security.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "One day they're one thing, the next they're something else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -A few of my coworkers were phenomenal
    -Office locations, though the actual office space was often so overcrowded and noisy

    Cons

    -Trying to be a lot of everything, but doing none of it very well at all.The company is an ad network, but they want to be a media property, to create publishing and ad serving platforms, be an ad agency and anything else that sounds cool to the executive team at the moment. Trying to be like AOL is not something to aspire to if you want to be a success.
    -Always chasing things that don't matter. Priorities shifted all the time. Time, money and morale wasted on projects that get abandoned.
    -Wasting money throwing "cool" parties at industry events and conferences. Invest in your people and projects, because those things will advance the business better than a bunch of party/club promoter type pictures.
    -Buying up second rate media properties. Or worse, spending money to create them.
    -Convoluted work processes. Things needed to pass through way too many hands, way too many times to get done. Something that should have taken 2 or 3 days, would often take 5 or more.
    -Empire building. People who brown nose and kiss up are the ones who get ahead. This behavior isn't even something that is hidden or a secret.
    -Can't retain good workers and managers.
    -Really weird healthcare plan.
    -Unlimited vacation. Sounds good at first, but it also means that when you resign, you won't get paid out for vacation time you were never able to take. Rewards people who take lots of time off while you're stuck covering their work.
    -Way too concerned with appearing like a fun and cool place to work. Projecting movies onto the wall of a bullpen area during work hours is not cool. It's obnoxious.
    -Hipster central.

    Advice to Management

    Think carefully about what it is you want to be. Saying it isn't enough. Wishing it isn't enough. You need a solid gameplan and people who are willing to say "no" and call you on your bull if you want to succeed. This isn't an ego stroke for you, it's peoples livelihood.


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