Y Media Labs Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2020

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3.5
65%
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76%
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Y Media Labs CEO Ashish Toshniwal
Ashish Toshniwal
65 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great place for kick-starting your career(in 15 reviews)

  • "YML is an ambitious company that treats its employees with respect(in 8 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Excellent learning place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at Y Media Labs full-time

    Pros

    Great projects, great place and great people

    Cons

    I did not see any cons

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lacking Company Culture"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Project Manager 

    I worked at Y Media Labs full-time

    Pros

    This place might be a good place for some early exposure and experience but it’s short lived. - Free Snacks and Drinks

    Cons

    This company lacks long term vision. Client projects are treated like a factory project, timelines and deliverables are all that matter even when quality and innovation should be of higher focus.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "A typical agency"

    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 Y Media Labs full-time

    Pros

    You’ll get exposure to lots of industries. Good if you’re straight out of school or have no experience. Used to be full of talented designers, but they’ve all left.

    Cons

    Lots of crappy clients and not a good environment for the long term. You will be used and not valued. People are commodities and the turn over rate reflects that. Companies like this are exactly why agencies get a bad rap, because they are run like factories and are all about appearances and shiny things, with little to no value placed on solid product design. Hard to keep employees happy when the culture established from the top is all about business and not about people.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, terrible pay, terrible benefits"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Y Media Labs full-time

    Pros

    friendly coworkers, free snacks in the kitchen, catered lunches on mondays

    Cons

    lack of benefits (no stock options, 401k matching, poor healthcare benefits), no catered lunches, beneath the market pay, no career growth

  5. Helpful (3)

    "A great place for Junior designers, terrible for pay and quality of life."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Y Media Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will get to peek behind the curtain of what a somewhat competent agency is.

    Cons

    - It's an agency at the end of the day. They are run by a parent company that is economically in the red. That means the quality of work and life will always suffer to maximizing profit. - Poor pay and benefits - Long and non paid commute - Long Hours - The agency is becoming an ad shop. - There is no real knowledge of product design. - A bunch of turn over.

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Proceed with Caution"

    2.0
    • 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 Y Media Labs full-time

    Pros

    - Coworkers are generally good people - Nice offices - Free parking - Stocked kitchen

    Cons

    If a friend of mine was considering working here, I would tell them this: Proceed with Caution. YML can be a good option if you're looking for somewhere to work for a year max, get some decent client names under your belt, and then move on. I would NOT consider this a great place if you're hoping to truly learn and grow. Several people have been fired simply because the company doesn't understand how to utilize their extensive knowledge. There's EXTREME favoritism. It is very obvious who is "liked" by leadership and who isn't. People have been expected to work nights and weekends instead of properly setting client expectations for a reasonable turn-around time. And worst of all, the company exists in its own delusion of grandeur. Those who turn a blind eye, walk the "YML is the best place on earth" walk, and do as their told are rewarded. Those who challenge, disagree, or see room for improvement are punished in one way or another. Whenever a pitch isn't won, they find a way to blame the client's budget. Its never, "We didn't do something right" because the almighty YML is never wrong. You can see evidence of this in all their rebuttals to the negative reviews. It's the employees fault for not "discussing with your manager." Many people have been leaving week after week for months and there's a reason for that...

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, but Leadership needs work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Y Media Labs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Talented designers who put in the effort - Free lunches on Mondays - Very relaxed vibe with easy to talk to peers

    Cons

    - Does not understand the strategy in their work, but rather trying to sell the next project - No real clear path to growth - A lot politics including leadership being very opinionated that their answer is the only answer - Focused on just creating mobile apps, and not seeing the big picture from a strategy perspective - Leadership thinks that overtime is expected and accuses people of sacrificing their work/life balance

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  8. "Lots of growth in the last 2 years!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Y Media Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really good changes have been happening at YML in the last 2 years- more senior leadership, more employee centric activities and programs, more listening from the leadership team, a lot more transparency from the leaders, more care for the employees overall. I feel very appreciated, seen, and heard at YML now. In fact, I heard our HR say the other day that we do not hire or promote managers, we hire leaders and regardless of your title or level, everyone has the capacity to lead. I’m in favor of this approach. Great flexibility, no micro-management, lunch each Monday and breakfast each Friday, paid sick and family leaves, Flexible PTO, exposure to multiple industries and brands resulting in interesting work.

    Cons

    I hope we can invest more in growth of top talent.

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  9. "Refreshing culture and team atmosphere"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Y Media Labs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great work/life balance -Exciting projects -Growing expertise -Knowledgable people -Fun environment -Focus on gender equality and women empowerment -Good new mom/father policies. -Lunch on Monday and breakfast on Fridays -Good location and easy commute

    Cons

    The company has been working on many of our areas for improvement, which is refreshing - they listen. Still, we don't have Summer hours.

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    Y Media Labs Response

    September 9, 2019Head of People & Culture

    Thank you very much for your review. We take your feedback with much appreciation and will connect with our Technical leadership regarding your concern on better collaboration.

  10. "Enjoyed working at the company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Y Media Labs full-time

    Pros

    - Positive working environment

    Cons

    - No major cons

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