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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior management is lost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Healthline full-time

    Pros

    It's a (mostly) easy ride and they allow dogs in the office.

    Cons

    Often makes you wonder - is today the day the investors will finally pull the plug.
    The good people work hard but lots of people just skate by and never are called to task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Fire yourselves. The entire executive team is an expensive waste of resources.
    2. Do sexual harassment training - rumors of inappropriateness have been flying for years and sooner or later a lawsuit will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The working environment in the engineering department is very poor

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Healthline full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Location with respect to Caltrain, Muni and restaurants, free snacks in the kitchen, pay checks are on time.

    Cons

    The working environment at Healthline engineering is filthy because of the shoddy work ethics of the engineering management (shouting/yelling, discrimination based on work authorization status). Many talented engineers left the department while I was there. Morale is generally low. There is poor work life balance and you feel burnt out and not appreciated enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    If failure were a company thy name would be Healthline"

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    Current Employee - Editorial  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Editorial in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Healthline full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Few - The paychecks don't bounce - though they have missed individual ones from time to time.

    Cons

    Many - this is literally a madoff-like-ponzi scheme on a smaller scale - no IP, no real talent for the business they're in, no promising upside. For those who work there now - RUN. For those considering - SEND CALLS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the nearest window.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Definitely NOT the highlight of my career

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Healthline full-time

    Pros

    Your typical start-up culture. Casual relaxing environment. You can bring your dog to work. A few sharp and fun people to work with. Compensation and benefits are weak but bearable.

    Cons

    Management is concerned with addressing short term goals and putting out fires more than long term goals. No investment in training staff. There is a huge employee retention issue with this place. Saw a few people start and leave during my brief stint here. Of course my recruiter informed me about Healthline's reputation only "after" I left.

    Every job has some degree of making you feel like a "means to and end." However, you really feel it here : under-appreciated, overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at staff retention. There is obviously something wrong here. I'm sure a lot of $$ has been lost when all the lost intellectual capital is translated into a money. As an investor, I'd be pissed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Blah Company with Little Upside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Healthline

    Pros

    Decent pay and a good office location. Employees at the manager level or below tend to be nice and reasonably smart. Good snacks in the kitchen.

    Cons

    As other reviewers have pointed out, management at Healthline is terrible. They have no real interest in improving access to good health information. Management's primary interest is in short-term revenue aka 'the ends justify the means'. They are completely disorganized, do not set clear goals, lack a coherent vision and truly could care less about customers or employees. Even though the company has existed for over 10 years, Healthline is not even close to being in the top 10 in terms of popularity amongst online health sites.

    The founders had little previous Web experience before Healthline. Meanwhile, Healthline has recently brought in some cocky new VPs & Directors from Yahoo. After dealing with these former Yahoo employees, It is now clear why Yahoo the company has experienced such a dramatic decline. The general assessment from Healthline employees is that things are only getting worse. Meanwhile, there is no training or continuing education provided to employees.

    Note that the one positive review of Healthline on GlassDoor was written by one of these VPs. Does this sound credible to you?

    While salaries tend to be OK, the benefits are mediocre. If you interview at Healthline, you will notice how 'blah' the office is inside. This is actually very representative of the overall mediocre nature of the company. Turnover is high - though management will publicly say otherwise.

    In summary, if you just need to pay the bills, Healthline is not the end of the world. But if you hope to learn, innovate, enjoy your job or be respected - do not work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to an organization with better management. If no one will buy Healthline, fire yourselves. If you must continue running the company, stop focusing on short-term revenue and invest in building products with real value. Treat employees better so the good ones will stick around to help you build those products that have real value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Squandered Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Healthline full-time

    Pros

    At one point, interesting technologies could have been scaled

    Cons

    Hubris is the arrogance of the damned.

    How out of touch, arrogant, and reality-blind can an organization be? Boundlessly, in this case.

    Management is altogether resistant to change, refusing to invest time or money into product. In a landscape dominated by commoditized media, RTB, and many lookalike environments, the HL offering remains stuck in the stone age. Appropriately, this swill offering is priced beyond anything else in the category. Smart.

    Innovation: squashed
    Ambition: discouraged
    Client Relationships: ruined
    Delivering Value On Time At A Fair Price: Hahahahahahahah

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like another review said, just sell to a competitor and get out. Some things are simply broken beyond hope of repair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Healthline perfects the outdated business model of CPM arbitrage.

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    Current Employee - Ad Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Ad Operations Manager

    I have been working at Healthline

    Pros

    Healthline received several rounds of venture capital and employees can skate by without doing any real work because the exec team is clueless.

    Cons

    Exec team has zero focus on any real business objectives. There is no business model other than CPM arbitrage. Average age of the exec team is over 50, and no one above the manager level has any knowledge of the internet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and save the board some much needed capital. Hire replacements that actually understand the internet. Stop convincing yourselves that the company will make it because the venture capital is almost gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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