Vibrant Media Reviews

Updated Apr 26, 2021

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3.0
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Vibrant Media CEO Craig Gooding
Craig Gooding
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "Not only have I learnt a lot but I have met some really great people in my time here too(in 13 reviews)

  • "Amazing work/life balance - great people(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management team seems lost(in 6 reviews)

  • "Upper management does not put anything into the entry level employees(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Always innovating

      Jul 22, 2020 - Sales 
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      Pros

      Contextual is on the rise again and Vibrant is well positioned to take advantage of the decline of the third party cookie. Its a much smaller company than it used to be so anyone who is willing to come in and roll up their sleeves can make a huge impact!

      Cons

      The prior management made some gaffes that really set Vibrant back and so its been a game of catch up since 2018. Missed a crucial window for DSP integration but there are new paths they can take advantage of now.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Painful Experience

      May 17, 2016 -  
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      Pros

      -Learned more here than any company I've worked for -Some of the employees are genuinely nice people -Free insurance

      Cons

      -Work hours are bad (9a-6p) -Work/life balance only applies if you live in Manhattan -Senior Mgmt is completely clueless -Cronyism is the way of life here -Entitlement of Senior Mgmt is out of control -Promotion through attrition is an everyday occurrence -Zero formal training -No 401k match -Salary not competitive -Silos built between departments -Frequent rounds of layoffs to save money -Constant, blatantly stupid ideas and demands that waste money and bring in zero revenue

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people

      Sep 25, 2014 - Sales Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people are what make Vibrant. It is like a family which you chose to join. Everyone is in for Vibrant to succeed and you get that sense of wanting to take on the world. If you work hard, you get noticed. If you socialize, are friendly and make an effort with people, you get noticed. You need to be a part of the team as it is all about working together and creating a positive work environment. You basically get what you put in. It's not a place for people who just want a job, it is a place to go for a career.

      Cons

      No summer fridays however you can join wine club on the terrace. The industry is a tough one. You have to stand out in sales and be much more consultative. Vibrant's solutions are a much easier sell though than some of the standard formats you see around. You can get the opportunity to be creative and work on some really big RFPs.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Things changed for good and bad

      Apr 2, 2015 - Sales Manager 
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      Pros

      When I first started, they were still taking the entire company on a holiday trip. The last one was to Miami and it was a BLAST. Soon after, the co-founders left, new management came in and it was more about the bottom line than it was about taking care of the staff. The product was unique and the leader in the space. Most of the people were fantastic.

      Cons

      One of the co-founders came back to run the company. He may be smart (?) but has almost zero interaction with a relatively small team. No emails, no video conferences, no face time. The company lost a lot of its heart over the years. Hours are 9-6p.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Vibrant Media is a great place to work

      Jan 26, 2011 -  in New York, NY
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      Pros

      This company is great for many reasons, but the three most compelling reasons that I like to work here are as follows: First, there is great opportunity for me to forge my own career path here. My manager and upper management are willing to let me take on different responsibilities than what my traditional career path should be. Second, the employees/employers here are very fun. The culture is a great hybrid of working hard while also mainting a laidback approach. Last, this industry and the space we occupy is very fast growing so there is great job stability and expected future job growth.

      Cons

      I feel that promotions are not necessarily performance based, but rather on a set timeline or based on some other criteria that is not immediately recognizable.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Past its glory years. Now a really bad outlook

      Mar 21, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Once filled with great and excited people, Vibrant Media had a great culture. It was the epitome of what all companies had in this space (advertising and advertising tech). Fun parties, great comradery. Made many friends here. I learned a lot about business process here.

      Cons

      The original founder and CEO was amazing. Then, they brought in a new CEO and she brought in her people. She was extremely charismatic, and made a lot of concrete decisions, but in the process, KILLED the culture. Unfortunately, the decisions weren't the right ones, and ones that the company couldn't stick by for more than a few months. They couldn't even decide and stick to a decision on what office people would sit in for more than 4 months, much less a real business decision. The company pushed the CEO out, and the rest of her C-Suite. What's left in senior positions now, are people that made it by attrition. No matter how you spin it, growth by massive cuts is not pivoting towards greatness. It's only delaying what's inevitable.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A company that needs to step it up and know its talent

      May 11, 2009 - Sales Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      It is a fun and young work environment and everyone enjoys hanging out with each other. However, it was more fun when it was smaller and the workplace has started to sour as the economy took a dive.

      Cons

      The upper management tier has too many people, half of which are totally undeserving of their positions. There are too many VPs at the company and half of them have been brought from outside (from big name companies) and not from within. As a result its hard to move up and the company doesnt know how to recognize true talent as many of the people at the top know they are not worthy of their status.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Want to buy a ticket on the Titanic?

      May 27, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      This used to be an awesome place to work. Great people, environment, ethic and a great future ahead. I loved working here. Bagel Friday's. The few good staff that are left. Convenient location for commuting.

      Cons

      No one ever sees the CEO, he is too introverted to face talking to the company so he hides away in France. The current senior/executive management has little to no experience running a company and They're also too afraid to speak against the CEO as that only leads to your dismissal. Sales and Technology are in disarray. Travelling 1st class is more important than the well-being of the staff. The company has gutted its staff to save money under the guise of a pivot, that failed, and is now fracturing both money and what staff it has left.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Terrible place to work

      Apr 16, 2017 - Account Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Awesome people. The company did a great job of hiring people that fit in with the culture. That's about the only pro I could possibly think of besides free bagels on Friday.

      Cons

      Where to start. CEO has almost no involvement with the company and its employees. Company spent an insane amount of money on trips and events that weren't necessary. That money could have been spent and invested in employees or ya know, actually hiring managers that know that the hell they were doing. Their tech was out dated and took years before they said hey! Maybe it's time for an upgrade. The training is basically a note book. Once you read that notebook it's go out there and handle thousand dollar campaigns with almost no guidance! What's the worst that can happen? You lose the company money and we lay you off? Yes! That's exactly with happened. Company went from two floors, to one floor, to a small wework office. I could honestly go on and on but by the time I finish writing this review I wouldn't be surprised if vibrant door has closed.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place for fresh out of school graduates starting their career

      Aug 20, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - strong sisterhood, brotherhood type environment where everyone is friends with each other outside of work. Great parties (all the time). Bagel Fridays. Management tries to communicate quarterly, but only tells you what you want to hear.

      Cons

      Lots of parties also means no social life outside of work. You have no time for a social life. Management is in flux right now. There's a lot of changes, and the strategy of the company is changing every other week. The company promotes from within (which is good); but sometimes promote people with no management or leadership qualities or experience. (which is bad)

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