Thrillist Media Group

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Thrillist Media Group Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
32 Reviews
2.9
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks like everyone who created a positive review was an intern. Everyone else is right on the money.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Thrillist Slave and Skilled Creative Peon in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Thrillist Slave and Skilled Creative Peon in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Fun party atmosphere.
    - Free booze everywhere you look.
    - Casual dress code is cool.
    - They pay me on time (sad that I have to consider this a pro, no?)

    Cons

    - Severely underpaid considering similar roles at competitors, larger companies (obviously) and even at smaller ones.
    - Upper management doesn't care about anyone but themselves and will absolutely take all the credit for your work. In having spoken to other coworkers, this seems to be a common thread across several different departments (especially in the design/product team).
    - As several others have mentioned in previous Glassdoor reviews, people who have been with the company for quite some time ARE cliquey and AREN'T welcoming at all to newer employees...this makes in office happy hours feel uncomfortable and awkward for those of us who have only been here for about 1.5 measly years instead of like 7.
    - Our CEO seems like a nice enough guy who likes to do a lot of pacing back and forth and bark orders at his poor Executive Assistant (or should I say former EA...it was a thankless job I'm sure and his old EA is at a much better place now). I sit on the same floor as him, so trust me on this.
    - Turnover is so ridiculous. Feels as if every single day that I come in, someone is sending out a bittersweet "good bye / last day". It's sad, demotivating and ultimately makes it hard for projects to get done if we're consistently losing good people.
    - Layoffs - every week or every 2 weeks some of the brightest, most talented hard working people are let go and I'm convinced that it's a money situation because it's always the folks who are almost in-line with what they're getting paid...
    - Benefits - we used to have free lunch once a week, this is over because our e-commerce arm is weak and JackThreads isn't hitting the numbers/goals, etc., etc. and we don't have a lot of money to spend on frivolous things like feeding your employees who put in long, 10-12 hour days for little to no recognition. Vacation starts at 2 weeks, I am thankful that my recruiter (who sadly also left and was probably the shining star in our vapid HR dept) was able to get me more, but it's new york city and and we're supposed to be an awesome start-up, 2 weeks vacation simply doesn't cut it.
    - No tuition reimbursement: I should correct this to, No tuition reimbursement if you're not a manager's favorite or a brown-nosing individual with absolutely no self-respect or esteem". Yeah, that's better. No learning and development programs either...would it make sense to invest into your work force so that we can in turn churn out more creative wireframes, copy and better thought out media plans? There isn't any personal growth here, I haven't ever felt challenged and management takes credit for my ideas during our morning stand up meetings. It's very frustrating overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people.

    Teach management to be friendly to new people so that you get employees to last more than 3 months. The work place shouldn't feel like Mean Girls.

    Don't expect people to go to company events and then charge them $80 for one ticket to do so.

    Buy less alcohol and spend less money on frivolous things that don't help you or us.

    Clean the bathroom more on the 5th floor and keep it better stocked with toilet paper.

    Give credit where credit is due and pay people better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 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 an 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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    engineer

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

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Doomed.

    • 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 (more than an 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
  6. 3 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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