Thrillist Media Group

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Thrillist Media Group Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
35 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized, condescending and a perfect example about how a company should not be run.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free alcohol/beer

    Some cool coworkers

    Soho office is in a really cool location

    Cons

    No autonomy.

    Tech team is treated like children and there is a lot of favoritism. An embarassing amount of nepotism.

    Employees are not encouraged to bring up new ideas - most teams employ the same old routines that get the job done, but never go beyond.

    NO work/life balance. People who actually get to a year here are always burned out and disappointed.

    Job responsibilities are never as job descriptions seem.

    Managers are all young with no training or experience in managing people so they end up just spreading work out by who there favorite team drinking buddies are.

    Did I work at a company or at a frat house?

    Women are rarely made to feel welcome at work events unless you're making out with something at a work offsite Happy Hour (I swear I've seen this happen more than 3 times!!!) or are dating someone high up in the company (lots of coworkers sleep with each other - this makes it a super awkward and unprofessional work environment.

    The Brooklyn office is its own island. It's as if they're not a part of the company - so isolated.

    Promotions are not earned, they are given to people who suck up to managers regardless of their contribution and whether someone else was more deserving of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TMG spends money on all the wrong things. Invest in your people rather than keeping the bar full. Pay market rate, have better benefits and teach managers to make people feel welcome and motivated. It starts from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just an awful, awful, awful place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free beer, booze and free lunch about once a month...no one likes their managers (who have absolutely no management training whatsoever!) so this creates an air of solidarity and strengthens relationships between coworkers and teams.

    Cons

    Miserable place to work if you are not a part of the popular "in" crowd. In order to get promoted here you need to suck up to anyone and everyone. Managers here are afraid of hearing a negative opinion even if your intention is simply to help them improve and streamline their processes. They only want "yes men" and this is why their turnover rate is so bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - even ones at all levels. Realize that we are all on the same team and that different opinions and perspectives will help the company grow, diversify and thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Really bad place with no direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Made epic friendships in my time working at Thrillist. Crushed it regularly. Free beer yeah!

    Cons

    Terrible management. Constant turnover. No real strategy. Code is scrapped constantly. You work for nothing. Hours are ridiculous. Company is not growing, layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop and take the time to really evaluate employees. There are a lot of people who have no idea what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free Beer, crappy snacks, pto, discounts.

    Cons

    Terrible management, Favoritism is a constant. 9 to 7 work schedule, with dirty looks as you pack up to leave at 7. Most of tech's management are all friends, they run it with extremely biased.
    Basically if you are in the "in" crowd you will advance your career, if not good luck!

    As far as technology, they are about 5 years behind. Still running on a lamp stack with no TDD to speak of.
    Most work is just rush rush rush well test later, while we freak out and wonder why the build is broken.

    Compensation is pretty low compared to market value. They price out low to make it seem like raises are great even though that what you should have been paid to begin with.

    Micro managers are a huge thing here and is infused by project managers having managers.
    The "agile" environment that they proclaim to have is a joke, there is standup but no real visibility into where it fits into the sprint.

    Most of your work that you will be doing is a don't ask questions just do what your told.
    Again everything is rush rush rush to build something that will probably wont go out because product managers have decided to change direction. (ex: Jackthreads homepage switch) Nightmare!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the opportunity for an open discussion. Be more open minded to the possibilities of newer technologies. Stop patting your selves on the back for trivial tasks that are completed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Doomed.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    if you like being overworked, under-appreciated, and underpaid, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    -management is too concerned with maintaining the "cool" image of the company. we don't care about whiskey wednesdays. And the company reply-all emails with gifs and memes are annoying.

    -compensation does not match skills or effort put into our jobs. you will be underpaid and if you try to negotiate for a raise, your manager will lie to your face and tell you we don't have any money in the "budget"-- the money was probably sent on alcohol to decorate the office bar.

    -high school cliquey mentality. you can't sit with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to ALL your employees concerns- not just the "popular" ones. bagel fridays do not balance out our sad excuse of a paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's really going down hill..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group full-time

    Pros

    If you like to get drunk all the time this is the place for you. The JackThreads part of the company is doing wonderful.

    Cons

    - Senior staff is seedy, unreliable, and the company itself is in an identity crisis. There is a huge lack of professionalism, promoting "favorites" v. talent. Overall low morale in certain departments. Never see anyone on the sales team with a smile on their face, and they're just plain rude.

    - They don't match your 401k

    - Barely ever any office supplies

    - Conference rooms are sparse, you're lucky to schedule one if someone doesn't steal it

    - Work/life balance is awful for those in entry-level roles. Don't expect to get much sleep, or even a thank you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the talents in their employees and acknowledge it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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