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Spongecell Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2019

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18 Ratings
  1. "Good company"

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      Former Employee - Production Manager in New York, NY

      I worked at Spongecell full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      great people, great benefits, great product

      Cons

      some bad eggs, eventually left due to toxicity

      Spongecell2019-07-09
    • "Loved every minute"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Spongecell full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great company culture and excellent opportunities to learn and grow.

      Cons

      When Flash was abandoned by the ad industry, they weren't able to revamp their product fast enough to maintain viability.

      Spongecell2019-05-13
    • "Account Exec."

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

      I worked at Spongecell full-time

      Pros

      Great culture, product generally worked, good leadership

      Cons

      Culture was changing for the worse, not many big developments (when I was there)

      Advice to Management

      Keep an ear to the ground of employee frustration, ensure the team is jazzed to be there.

      Spongecell2018-03-29
    • Helpful (1)

      "Interesting place to work"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Spongecell full-time

        Pros

        Learned a lot while working there. For a while, the culture was very good. Now, and on my way out, it seemed like things were running out of runway.

        Cons

        There was a lot of turnover in engineering due to issues with engineering management.

        Advice to Management

        Increase general transparency and engage in better vetting of engineering leadership.

        Spongecell2018-01-24
      • "Great experience!"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Spongecell full-time

        Pros

        Strong and transparent leadership Fair and meritocratic culture Collaborative environment across all teams Great free lunches

        Cons

        Elevators are slow at peak hours

        Spongecell2017-08-09
      • Helpful (2)

        "Ok place to work if you're 22"

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

        I worked at Spongecell full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Respect for work/life balance, very regular performance check-ins, lots of internal promotions. They do a good job developing young talent.

        Cons

        The word "transparency" gets thrown around a lot but there is none. The company underwent some pretty seismic shifts in structure with almost no warning to anyone outside senior management. Most communication with staff feels condescending and watered down. The trouble they went through to get us to swallow a totally useless healthcare plan was flat out insulting.

        Advice to Management

        When you address the company, bear in mind that you're speaking to reasonably smart adults.

        Spongecell2017-05-25
      • "Great Place to Work"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Spongecell full-time

        Pros

        Passionate people, fun culture, challenging environment, ever-changing field, lots of opportunity to learn new skills

        Cons

        sometimes disorganized, company standing goes up and down, lots of bros

        Advice to Management

        Hire more women. Get rid of low performers.

        Spongecell2017-03-21
      • Helpful (3)

        "Not bad"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Spongecell full-time

        Pros

        Good work life balance. Good people.

        Cons

        Faux transparency. Team meetings feel a little cultish.

        Spongecell2017-02-08
      • Helpful (2)

        "Room for Much Improvement"

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

        I worked at Spongecell for more than a year

        Pros

        Spongecell is a great place to make friends, enjoy the WeWork perks, and get to know the ad tech space. Perfect for a year to gain experience, learn some new programs, and get contacts.

        Cons

        Management and upper management don't seem to care for their employees, their ideas, nor their interests (career and personal). Bringing these up to HR doesn't seem to make a difference either. You could have been great, Spongecell!

        Advice to Management

        When your employees talk, don't just listen, ACT.

        Spongecell2016-12-17

        Spongecell Response

        December 20, 2016HR Business Partner

        Thanks for your feedback! We too agree that it’s the perfect place to foster strong, collaborative relationships and learn a ton about the adtech space! We are actively improving our HR process to ensure each employee knows (and feels) they are being heard, and sees positive change, ...

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      • Helpful (7)

        "People Are Great, Business Not Going So Great"

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

        I worked at Spongecell

        Pros

        People you work with are great The senior management are nice and approachable

        Cons

        Senior management are nice people, but they often make decisions which everyone else pays for. High turn over in the last two years, out look of the company does not look good. Don't expect a bonus at the end of the year. HR is very practiced at talking around concerns and giving non-answers. Bait and switch health plans where they have a guy come in and present a nice insurance package, then they switch it out a...

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        Advice to Management

        Good luck

        Spongecell2016-07-06

        Spongecell Response

        July 22, 2016HR Business Partner

        Thanks for the review. We too think our people are a key element of our success. We recognize we need to get better at cohesive communication into the why and how decisions are made, and pushing that down through the org. It's unfortunate you felt HR was not more helpful in answering ...

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