Strike Social Reviews

Updated Oct 19, 2019

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4.3
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8 Ratings
  1. "Still Going Places!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Strike Social full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very strong technology! Our customers really appreciate the AI, data science, customer service and ultimately the performance which continues to be unmatched.

    Cons

    Super fast paced sometimes it's hard to catch your breath.

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  2. "Honestly Fantastic!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Media Buyer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance was amazing! Don't get me wrong it's hard work but the company was very flexible about where I had to be for work. This is something that really appealed to me considering my 1 hour commute to the office. Being able to work from home a few days a week was a dream.

    Cons

    Because of the nature of the advertising business you do feel like you're always on, but I enjoyed the work so it didn't bother me too much


  3. "Nothing but props"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Buyer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've learned so much and not just about my immediate job but about how to effectively manage and run a business. The transparency is so refreshing. Management has an open door policy. I loved being able to sit down and discuss the business, my career path and everything in between with very senior business people.

    Cons

    If you need hand holding don't even consider this place. You'll learn a ton but you better bring an entrepreneur's spirit and you have to take the initiative when you want to express your opinions or get a big raise.

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  4. "Very Progressive Exciting Organization"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love that I got to bring it here for 3 years. This place been nothing but a fantastic learning experience and I can't say enough about how compassionate these founders were while I was here. The work life balance at Strike was perfect.

    Cons

    My only complaint is that sometimes people are really quiet in this big open office. I get it, they're busy but I need a bit more interaction beyond the lunch room.

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    "Rocky Road, Promising Future"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Strike Social full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A very fast paced environment that also allows for autonomy and flexibility. The people here do a great job at staying up to date on the different platforms, and are extremely good at what they do.

    Cons

    The company recently had a change of direction in which type of projects we are going to pursue and support. The transition was a bit rocky, but now that the dust has settled there are more clear goals and strategy.

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    "Nothing good to say"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time

    Pros

    I would have once said the people, but culture is dead here.

    Cons

    Along with a nonexistent culture, the owner is clueless about management and wants to sell so completely disengaged. Company has gone through more COO/CFO staff who are gone the minute the owner disagreed with them. The SaaS was a failure and nobody ever knew how they were going to charge for it anyway. Did I mention one of the founders disappeared from the Chicago office one day never to be heard from again and one of the VPs comes to work high every day. Yes, high! Total amateur hour.

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    Strike Social Response

    October 16, 2019Chairman

    Did you really work here? We've never ever had a COO. We ended a relationship with a part time CFO last year because our Vice President of Finance who's been with us for 5 years is handling the job beautifully. So many CFOs and COOs and disagreements hmm. Btw, I still have a great relationship with mentioned CFO. He has a quote from me on his website that helps him solicit new clients. We're friend you see. Regarding the Saas, we use it every single day for our clients. We charge just like everyone else in the industry as a percentage of media and flat fee - no mystery there. Yes, after 6 years one of our founders started a new company. Pretty common stuff, entrepreneur who wanted to pursue his passion. We're super excited for him. Disappeared? He's in San Diego. Regarding someone coming to work high. You witnessed this and did what? Nothing? I wish you well on your next venture.

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    "CEO looking to sell no longer concerned with employees"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There used to be many pros but they’re all gone. The main owner and CEO is looking to sell off the company and has been slowly laying off employees and closing office locations. If people aren’t getting laid off they’re jumping ship before their imminent demise. We used to have lunch & learns and employee engagement activities, Cubs games, and now there are none. At most there are 4-6 people at the office or it’s a ghost town. They used to have monthly meetings and surveys to make sure employees were being heard. Now nothing. The CEO lives in Reno and there are no company wide announcements. Not even regarding the many rounds of layoffs.

    Cons

    The company is on its way out and the CEO has no motivation to continue with Strike Social. He has cost a lot of people their jobs and livelihood. Employee engagement is nonexistent. He has completely run the company into the ground.

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    Strike Social Response

    October 17, 2019Chairman

    Interesting analysis, because of our reputation, growth and press “the 17th fastest growing company in the United States according to Inc Magazine.” We receive a solicitation to buy or invest in our company at least once a week. This has been happening like clock work since early 2015. A vast majority of these solicitations are ignored but every once in awhile we like to see what’s out there. So, of course we’ve entertained a few offers and because we’re a transparent organization we tell our employees when we’re going through due diligence. Since inception we’ve had 5 serious offers. We’ve turned them all away, including a recent one. If we were trying to sell we’d hire an M&A firm and sell. We’re still here. We have no idea what you mean by cutting revenue drivers. We have no idea what you mean by changing business models. We’ve expanded into two new territories this year Canada and Emirates and we’ve never closed a single location. We’re constantly hiring, we’ve hired 4 people this month alone! We’re glad you enjoyed the Cubs games and wish you well on your next adventure.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Company Culture is Deceiving"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, decent benefits, unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    No direction in the company, no marketing plan, and no clear vision. There is a huge oversight in training (or lack thereof), so those even with some paid media experience will suffer early on. Everyone seems to come to work just to work with no goals defined, no company or employee development, and little or slow progress in collaborative efforts. The biggest, and saddest con of them all — the company culture is extremely deceiving from the outside. Glassdoor reviews tend to paint Strike as a wonderful, exciting and growing place to work. The company's biggest "draw" for new hires is its culture, but many employees will find lack of morale, little team effort or collaboration, and no camaraderie among staff. Expect to come to work with your head down where you can hear a pin drop. And if you're not one of the few who started earlier with the company, expect no rapport.

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    "Exciting and Growing company to Work For"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Strike Social full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit and fun atmosphere at the company is like nothing I have ever experienced before

    Cons

    Objectives and specific roles are not always well-defined

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Life is good"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Strike Social full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    We had what they're calling a Lunch & Learn yesterday, a chance to learn about what's going on in the company. With presentations from department heads and updates on our products it feels like they want to keep us in the loop and continue to expand what we offer. Communication has improved a lot and I can see positive changes and growth. An employee newsletter also gives everyone a heads up on new business and where we stand. Everyone is motivated too. I'm happy to be here.

    Cons

    Strike has been listening to employees and working on concerns and improvements. I feel like they do care about what we say. In the last three months they increased the amount of money the employer adds to healthcare, and added a 401k and commuter benefits too. Other feedback is being addressed too.

    Strike Social Response

    August 21, 2017Director of People and Performance

    Thank you for the positive feedback. It's great to hear we're moving in the right direction. We understand communication is important, and we're glad information is being shared in ways that work for you. And, I'm really happy to hear you liked the Lunch & Learn. I love hearing from team members about their point of view so this is truly appreciated. If you want to share additional feedback, please know you can reach out to me at any time. Thank you for pausing in your day-to-day to add these comments. -Sheri

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