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Xaxis Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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Pros
  • TONS of smart people at the company working to make progress for the programmatic advertising space (in 15 reviews)

  • Great people, lots of resources to achieve targets, market leading (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance also non-existent (in 5 reviews)

  • intense workload, long hours can sometimes be a drag (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I thought it would be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Xaxis looks great on paper
    Some great people you work with
    Free coffee
    Free fruit on Monday and gold fish / peanuts on Wednesday
    Booze everywhere
    Decent days off
    Wear Jeans

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing and are not properly trained
    Some very rude and angry people
    Politics galore
    No process or internal communication strategy
    You must work within a box
    Toxic Managers

    Advice to Management

    Managers need further training on supporting the team as leaders


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportuntities exist for those who actually want to grow and work hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The expertise of the people around you
    - Exposure to GroupM, clients, partners and the ecosystem
    - The culture
    - Opportunity to grow as a self-starter and learn different disciplines of an organization

    Cons

    - Being part of WPP can sometimes be challenging, but also has many perks
    - Going through a transition in both the industry and within the organization, which is not a fault of the company but is still a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Get clarity around positioning within mPlatform; this is a time of change, but with change comes a lot of opportunity and we're the best and the brightest within GroupM, so we need to know what our futures look like. Also, get rid of the people who are too immature to work together during times of change. They are toxic and not worth the headcount.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Xaxis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friday evening events, nice promises

    Cons

    Very poor engineering in some groups, too many politics and intriguers


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  5. Helpful (5)

    ""Account Manager""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Laid back
    - Free coffee
    - Booze everywhere
    - Decent days off

    Cons

    - Management has no idea what they are doing (plus, most are only in their early 20s);
    - Company will prob not exist in its current form in 2018-2019;
    - Politics galore;
    - No process or internal communication strategy;
    - Don't waste your time

    Advice to Management

    Instead of just hoping that people leave, get it over with and just do it!!!! make it quick and put us of our misery


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Getting Ugly."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Analytics in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, Analytics in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of your co-workers will be fun.

    Cons

    A lot.

    If I were a betting man, I would bet on Xaxis folding within the next 24 months.

    All of the talented employees have left for GroupM's transparent programmatic arms.

    The agency teams have always been understaffed and undertrained. This problem has been exacerbated by shrinking resources because fewer GroupM clients see any value in working with Xaxis and spend has dropped precipitously each of the last two years.

    The members of management who remain are the ones who seemingly don't realize they're the officers on a sinking ship.

    They inexplicably rolled out a "performance" media company based on outcomes. It folded and was swept under the rug. This is standard with any Xaxis product because they're all poorly conceived and somehow executed even worse. Xaxis Media Group is probably next.

    They consistently promote the wrong people and allow them to frivolously travel and waste company resources. This happens while 99% of employees are told there is a freeze on travel, hiring, and raises.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fixing your company instead of policing negative Glassdoor reviews.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Xaxis - the Sinking Ship of Digital Advertising"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Literally nothing. Used to be a great company with lots of growth but upper managements lack of any business knowledge has turned it into more of a morgue than an office.

    Oh - happy hour on Fridays is great.

    Cons

    Where to start:
    - Politics everywhere
    - Favoritism is very apparent, people that havent contributed anything tangible are somehow promoted over and over.
    - Even these people that are promoted over and over just got screwed by not getting paid for their last promotion! Hilarious.
    - This year has already been chalked up as a loss and no one is getting raises - and if they are its going to be a cost of living increase and (2% if that) and raises will be delayed by 3 months.
    - 401k has been changed to be only matched at the end of the year instead of matching every pay check like it used to be - another way to trap employees from leaving (people are still leaving in droves and leaving money on the table).
    - Every person here hates being here
    - Upper management keeps promising things will get better but have no plan on how to do it, they just know it cant get worse - HA!
    - HR should stand for Hardly Resourceful - they dont even answer emails.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for ruining a great company. Can't wait to see which company you go to when Xaxis folds and ruin that one too by bringing on all of your friends.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Jack of all trades, master of none - would not recommend to anyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people

    Central office location

    Free coffee

    Cons

    Lots of recent graduates who lack real world experience. Lots of projects lack direction and true management.

    The company invests in way too many products. No slowing down in figuring out what they truly want to present themselves as.

    Heavily influenced by agencies. Margin is king.

    Disorganization and lack of collaboration across teams.

    Management plays favoritism toward people who have been at the company for a while but don't produce results over people who are new hires and are making real impact


  9. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Xaxis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Competitive salaries
    - Great perks

    Cons

    - Very bureaucratic
    - The workload can be too much


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Product Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Product Manager in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Xaxis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Strong company with excellent position to innovate within the industry.
    * Reputation drives business
    * GroupM's strategy ensures continued success for Xaxis

    Cons

    * Xaxis has the soul of an agency (seeking margin, accepts employee turnover, perception over performance)
    * Weak / inexperienced leaders who may not be capable of effective management
    * Employee's may not get the appropriate support and direction needed
    * Offices and teams may operate differently making cross team projects challenging

    Advice to Management

    * Seek external career coaching resources to help your staff grow
    * Evaluation of competency might warrant external perspective free of politics from within


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and be benefits

    Cons

    Weak HR department . Need to be more compassionate to employees

    Advice to Management

    Strenghtened Hr to better assist employees


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