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CBS Interactive Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
193 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • Work-life balance depends on your specific position, but it's OK for the most part (in 15 reviews)

  • All of that contributes to a good work environment (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management disconnect with lower management means HORRIBLE job retention (in 10 reviews)

  • Senior Management is sort of stuck in the past (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Below expectation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    Informal atmosphere fosters creativity and fun

    Cons

    No resources or leadership or communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring, training, morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible Management, stay away

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    Thirsty Thursday, this company actually pays for everyone to drink beers once a month.

    Cons

    If your a temp, get a new job. This company does not promote, or make temps permanent, its a dead end job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to evaluate what you have. Its a numbers game, quality is thrown out the window. Get your heads out of your butts.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible - Fort Lauderdale, Florida location (CBS Sports)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Email Product Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Email Product Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    They all seemed nice in the beginning, but that was merely a front.

    Cons

    severe lack of communication within and between all levels of employees and departments, no one knows what the other one is doing or cares - extremely disorganized - Is anyone over there actually working?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    accountability and communication is key

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place to learn and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    If you're interested in working in Online Media, but only want to put in minimal effort, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Zero challenge, whatsoever. Management is very hands off. Management also lacks talent and industry intelligence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you're CBS, doesn't mean you don't have to keep up with what is happening in the industry. "Good enough for Government work."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    The brands are highly recognizable. This makes CBS Interactive (esp CNET) an attractive place as a stepping stone to a different company.

    Cons

    - No career advancement if you are at any point but just starting your career
    - Failure of senior leadership to grow middle managers
    - Poor employee recognition
    - Middle managers provide terrible leadership and are politically concerned to the point where they show little to no concern for direct reports (this is systemic, no group appears to be immune).
    - Product development is weak. There is no focus and senior management appears incapable of correcting this despite recognition of the problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Client Services in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Client Services in New York, NY

    I have been working at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    The free will to do what I want at this job is outstanding. I basically manage myself which is terrific for personal growth.

    Cons

    There are way too many to list. Just to name a few:

    No employee recognition or retainment
    No opportunity for advancement
    Horrible business model
    Incompetent management
    The wallet is always closed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to spend money to make money!

    There are dozens of others in our business unit that share the same opinions I do, not to mention the clients we offer our "services" to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Way too much work, stress, OT. Unrealistic expectations from new AC's, no reward for hard work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    *Company is expanding but AC position is a revolving door.
    *Looks good on your resume but not sure if all the stress, hard work and OT is worth it.

    Cons

    *When i interviewed for this position i thought i would be focusing on the clients instead i am staring at excel sheets, reports and dealing with creatives and tags most of the time.
    *Managment reassures you that you can go to them if you need help and when you do they get irritated or say unecessary smart comments that make them sound condescending...your fellow AC's when they have a chance to breath will be nicer about helping you because they know its tough.
    *They expect new AC's to know everything and understand everything and do things right.
    *Long learning curve
    *2 week training only prepares you for the basics not the chaotic, complex, stressful work that comes your way...so its VERY irritating when a manager points out that your question was included in the training...UNREALISTIC. Its a lot, too soon, too complicated..so give your AC time to learn!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Please split the AC position into an ad traffic coordinator and an AC position. I dont understand why AC's are involved with tags and creatives...in other companies this is not the case. Take that away and folks can work on developing their sales/client skills.
    What worked years ago may not work in the future..your company is expanding rapidly please restructure.
    *Stop giving AC's false hope about moving up to a manager in a year...there are way more AC's now so more competition.
    *Please be honest with potential employees about what this job really entails.
    *Ease the transition with accounts...accounts are thrown at AC's too soon.
    *Cant speak for the AC's in the SF office but in the NY office AC's are stressed out to the max.
    *Simplify things..it seems like everything is so unecessarily complicated and long of a process in CBSi.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    all about politics since the CBS acquisition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    Very large, well known company, easy to interact with HR, good benefits but expensive, ability to work from home if needed

    Cons

    below average salary, no bonus program, charges quarterly fee for 401k plan, extremely high health insurance rates, senior management more interested in playing politics then creating good products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on culture, employees are your most valuable asset, so treat them as such, eliminate the 401k tax, institute bonus program for high-achieving employees, ensure salary's are aligned with geographic averages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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