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Updated November 26, 2017
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  1. "Complex organization with a lot of growth opportunities"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Team in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thoughtful Media Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    International operation with exciting growth in emerging markets around the world. Cool developments in AdTech,

    Cons

    Hard to navigate operations in a lot of international offices. Not everyone knows what is happening in the other offices.

    Advice to Management

    Help improve communication between offices to share the overall positive growth with the global staff. Because the organization is big, sometimes people feel left out of the big picture and progress.


  2. "Smart guys, but with some blind spots"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was fine until it was not.

    Cons

    When there was a problem with the product they were selling, they blamed the salespersons instead of addressing the problems. A long line of salespeople came and went before and after me.

  3. "Thoughtful isn't going anywhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Thoughtful Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Snack
    Only 40 hours a week
    Cool people

    Cons

    -They don't care about the employees
    -There is no career or salary growth. It's a good place if you want to get your foot in the field, stay for 6 months and get out.
    -No benefits
    -Most people are hourly and they don't even
    pay for time off
    -Business model is terrible - they are still trying to figure it out. They are having trouble defining who they are and where they stand in the market place.
    -Their competitors are way better than them.
    -High turnover
    -Won't hire anyone with experience
    -Management doesn't have a handle on the digital space and is really out of touch with the market
    -Very low wages

    Advice to Management

    If you want to take your company seriously, invest in your employees. If you can't pay more - at least offer better benefits
    -management is a bunch of talk.. but the company really isn't going anywhere


  4. "low pay, great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thoughtful Media Group full-time

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Opportunity to learn a lot if driven

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay/benefits
    - Work with revolving door of interns and management


  5. "Don't get your hopes up"

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    Former Employee - Was Never Sure
    Former Employee - Was Never Sure
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thoughtful Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Co-workers are wonderful and friendly.
    -Managers are nice.
    -The work is easy.
    -Great starting point for someone new to the working world.
    -Occasionally fun projects to do.
    -Stocked kitchen.
    -Casual dress code.
    -Get to interface occasionally with CEO + top management

    Cons

    -Too few people doing too much work.
    -Deadlines get pushed, projects get changed mid-process.
    -Very little follow-up.
    -If they say "90 day review" you'll have to push them to get it on time.
    -Low pay.
    -CEO is overworked on other offices, LA is not given resources to grow.
    -Upper management can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up, so managers are constantly changing the directives given by other managers.
    -Their Computer equipment is outdated and works slowly.

    Advice to Management

    -Admit to employees that the LA office is a small testing ground and that their best bet is to gain some experience, build in new projects, and leave after 6 months.
    -Follow up on your ideas and promises.
    -Be decisive and actually stick to your decisions.
    -Don't talk about employees to other employees who aren't their managers.
    -Delegate better.
    -Keep middle management in the loop.
    -Don't blame people for your lack of follow-through.
    -Keep your feet on the ground.
    -Be consistent.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free snacks from Costco
    - Great coworkers - I love everyone!!
    - Tasks are easy
    - Fun environment
    - Chill workplace
    - Good for people who don't have experience yet

    Cons

    - Internship takes more than 3 months and there's a chance you'll not be full-time
    - No free parking space
    - Work is repetitive
    - Happy Friday - Once every 3 months


  7. "Thoughtful thoughts"

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

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

    Pros

    •very positive environment
    •objective focused
    •foreign locations
    •learning experience
    •socially rewarding
    •not political

    Cons

    •in between small and big firm
    •lots of focus on markets that I don't work on
    •you might not get hired from internship in the first 90 days
    •parking for full-time staff only

    Advice to Management

    Don't grow too fast that you pass by the people who were here first. Everyone wants to grow into management roles.

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    "A former director/manager's input"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers (small office of ~15, so that's really nice!)
    Casual dress-code
    A few have discovered how to take advantage of the cons...

    Cons

    Company problems:
    This company lacks a motivated/knowledgeable captain that's truly invested in the day-to-day operations of the company. There's a lot of disorganization in all aspects of the company. Since this is the headquarters, it should maintain a high-level representation for other locations, but instead they operate independently and often contradict or back-pedal on goals, values, and more.
    The company also handles clientele poorly an often delivers subpar service - this is largely in part to the lack of staff and knowledge, so there are a lot of people doing random jobs, and taking on tasks they aren't experienced in. If you're a jack-of-all-trades, this could be a great springboard for you.
    This is a small company, and they often preach to be a family-like unit, but it couldn't be further from the truth. It's a small company, operating with managers that have a fortune 500 mentality.

    Operations/Overall:
    Horribly unorganized
    Low Pay - expect minimum wage as an intern and then an offer of ~$30k salary, and you'll have a difficult time receiving a raise. I'd also suggest not accepting any offers that include a bonus, unless the base salary meets your expectations.
    Unprofessional in: client management, upholding contractual obligations, meeting deadlines, maintaining brand consistency, etc.
    Mismanaged - Seems to be a lot of uncertainty and lack of experience/knowledge. Lacks trust in others, and often makes poor decisions without consulting those that will be held responsible.
    Very little guidance in every aspect.
    Everyone seems to operate in different realms - no one is on the same page.
    Lots of last minute odd-jobs that do nothing to better the company, and often push deadlines of more important projects.
    Makes promises/deals that cannot be delivered.
    Hours can be long
    Hardware/software is often faulty/malfunctioning because it's not properly equipped or licensed.
    Cheap; really lack ability to provide a budget for anything... it's always done using borrowed resources or whatever is cheapest.
    Time off is unorganized and has resulted in lost time off (no roll-over)
    No self-control when it comes to showing investors/clients numbers they want to see (just claim it was a typo)... just a bit of shady business over the time I was there.

    Internships:
    Internships rarely last 3 months - timelines are neglected until you speak up. When you do, you'll be asked to extend your internship for further observation before making a decision. This rarely ends in being brought on. Most internships end in frustration from no guidance on their career at Thoughtful.
    The interns that have gone the furthest are the ones that put in the extra time and showed a sense of independence and ability to make smart, educated decisions on their own.
    Interns do the majority of the work.... and it's expected that you find ways to make the process, or the company better in that regard to get noticed... it often feels like no one knows what they're doing until you show them what needs to get done and as an intern, that can be very frustrating.
    No parking - need to park down a block or two

    Creators/Network:
    The network team is extremely dedicated, but often stifled by "budget" constraints, so creators often don't receive the appropriate attention they deserve.
    Creative services once included studio space and access to some equipment, but they've since demoed the studio and it's not easy to gain access to the equipment now (was easier when you could come in and shoot with their cameras)

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional. Don't discuss personal topics with other coworkers (especially when it's just to spread gossip and not seek a critical eye). Give up the whole "hire people dumber than you so they don't take your job" mentality (I remember I was told that). Start spending money wisely.


  9. "worth the effort"

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

    Pros

    i put alot of effort into getting my job here and trying to stand out and it seems to be paying off with more responsibility and while i seem to be at the office longer than i used to be, i don't really mind.

    Cons

    its a small company but its adding alot of people and i hope to be given a bigger job. so i really can't say anything bad except for maybe that the parking sucks for junior people and we really do need a bigger office like they have in china.

    Advice to Management

    let some new people host the meetings so that you can see that we are really committed to the company. Also, how about bonuses for hitting our goals?


  10. "growing company"

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    Current Employee - Network Staffer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Network Staffer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I see a lot of changes as the company grows that will probably affect me. So I am quite enthusiastic and look forward to managing teams of people. The company has raised quite a bit of money lately and seems to be growing faster than before. There are a lot of new things going on domestically. So it doesn't feel like only China is important here. Very little drama exists here. There's no political in-fighting. Women and men are treated, paid and rewarded equally.

    Cons

    Sometimes changes happen and information isn't properly shared throughout the organization. There have been some big events that everyone should have been invited to at our overseas office. But only management was permitted to go there. I would have liked to have been invited

    Advice to Management

    Some of us have been here the longest and really deserve the promotions as they become available. Don't leave us behind as you get bigger. One of the biggest complaints of MCNs is that they bring on new people and that leads to politics. Thoughtful doesn't like politics. At all. Please keep it that way. Implement a bonus structure soon!!!


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