Thrillist Media Group

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Updated December 23, 2014
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great Potential, Complete Disaster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - This is a Review for sister company JackThreads in Columbus, OH.

    PROS: Coworkers are very helpful, a nice new spacious office in the middle of a very populated area with lots of activity. Different events spread out throughout the year. A good entry level customer service job and excellent training program.

    Cons

    Management. They isolate themselves in a corner and make it very intimidating for people to approach them. I once had a manager surprised I said hello to them and they replied "people only say hello to me if they want something". Beware if you already have experience in customer service, formal approaches are wrong and the company is losing credible by talking how u txt. Don't expect exiting from the company to be a clean break, even after leaving you will receive cold shoulders and will not be responded to.

    Advice to Management

    You can't put everyone who enters your company on the same scale, people come in with many diverse skills and talents. Don't isolate yourself in a corner with a large blank space in between, it makes it seem as if you are more superior then your employees and that leads to complete disconnect in collaboration. If you schedule a meeting, don't miss it. If an employee needs management back up while on the phone, have their back and help them instead of putting them in an intense situation where they don't have the tools to resolve it.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Very bro'ey, filled with young pups thinking they were going to get rich or become friends with the CEO.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    tons of booze and fun products laying around the office from businesses that wanted to be featured. editors were very down to earth and good people. lots of very smart kids from top schools.

    Cons

    8:30am-7pm made the "work hard play hard" mentality hard to live up to when it was frowned upon if you weren't going out drinking with them every night. time-off except for christmas was frowned upon. very weak comp for silicon alley. seemed like there was always a new sales lead every few months.

  3. Helpful (6)

    Walked on egg shells only to get unexpectedly let go

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best part of the job was the friends I made. They are smart, driven, and will help you out in the future.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they are doing and are quick the point fingers and let go of employees underneath them. Very clique-y. Lack of communication. Seems like the upper management were all losers in high school and use their "power" to compensate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management

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  5. Helpful (6)

    Chaotic and Directionless

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group

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

    Pros

    High turnover and rapid growth leave room to step up and take on more responsibility. Coworkers are young and there are lots of company happy hours, tastings, and other food/drink related events. The company picnic is a two day extravaganza.

    Cons

    There are way too many inexperienced managers who run their own isolated departments within the company with little to no direction. Most employees work with muddy expectations and no clear path for advancement within the company. Work hours can be brutal - you're required to stay until 7pm every night, even if you're not that busy. There are plenty of workaholics who wear the number of hours they work as a badge of honor, even though they are totally unproductive throughout the day. While TMG is willing to promote from within, it can be frustrating to work with people who are utterly unqualified for their position and have no experience outside the company. There is extremely poor communication between departments. The office can feel like a frat house sometimes and all company events are very centered around drinking. This is definitely not a place that you want to work at if you have a family or if you don't drink. Benefits are not great - no company stock option or retirement plan to speak of and we have to pay into our health insurance plan.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the people who actually make the company work - the engineers, copywriters, designers, buyers, etc., instead of only interacting with mid level managers and execs. Spend a little extra to hire good talent into the bottom and middle ranks, instead of hiring them all out of college for bottom dollar. Set a real direction for the company and show some leadership instead of letting managers run in a million different directions with it. Appreciate your employees by showing them respect, allowing them to have a work-life balance, setting clear expectations, and giving feedback. Define job descriptions and roles and make sure that everyone understands what is expected of them.

  6. Helpful (5)

    A worthwhile experience on how a company shouldn't be run.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was able to experience a pseudo-editorial role that I could possibly take into a better regarded, valid media publication.

    Cons

    No concern or love for remote employees, poor salary for a company that's supposedly "doing well", constant changing of editorial strategy before key metrics can be taken into account of what's "working", fraternity atmosphere, extremely unprofessional working environment at corporate office, no opportunity for advancement of remote employees, sketchy upper management decisions (employ of people who have committed fraud), basically chasing short term success instead of a long-term editorial vision.

    Advice to Management

    With the current management in place, I don't foresee Thrillist lasting. It's already no longer a factor or resource for the local content readers want. Being a Buzzfeed knockoff is far from innovative. Trust the people in the roles you've designated and recognize them when they succeed.

  7. Helpful (4)

    Horrible and uncaring

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

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed place to work, happy hours

    Cons

    very low pay, can never give advice to management, very high turn over rate - don't care about employees easily replaced. NO OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH

    Advice to Management

    care more about the employees and listen to what they have to say, the upper management really is out of touch with the core day to day responsibilities

  8. Helpful (4)

    Beware

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun. That's all Thrillist is. The office has a full bar, and drinking is not only allowed, it is encouraged.

    Cons

    Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. This place is great for interns and recent grads, but if you are serious about your career, Thrillist will not take you anywhere. The company is run by founders/execs who were all college buddies and have no management (or work for that matter) experience outside of Thrillist. All the senior execs with real experience who joined, left or were let go (who knows what really happened?) within a year.

    You will be overworked, underpaid, not treated as a professional, not treated with respect, and stressed out of your mind. But you will have fun and lots of good stories to take with you to your next and better job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about your public image and start paying attention to all the internal issues. YES, you ARE a cool company with lots of unhappy employees.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Close-minded and condescending Management

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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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, party environment outside of work. The few people that were humble, were friendly and cool to party with outside of work.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and communication from the top-down. Longer tenured employees made no effort to welcome in new employees. No hard work was rewarded, nor was credit for original ideas ever given.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better and get to know newer employees.

  10. Helpful (6)

    Disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Front End Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Front End Developer in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work on new projects, great development team

    Cons

    Disorganized, bad management, would have to work extra hours because certain people not carrying their weight without extra pay, parts of the company going bankrupt, no room for growth, young managers that care more about partying and spending money than learning how to manage a company

    Advice to Management

    learn how to manage a business and then you won't go bankrupt

  11. Helpful (5)

    Roller Coaster Ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Columbus, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ***Review for JackThreads, owned by Thrillist***

    JackThreads is the sister company of Thrillist, the company culture are pretty much the same, but not quite. The company puts a lot of money into keeping the frigs stocked with beer, and tries to do events like weekly whiskey tastings or football games on the weekend. It's very casual and laid back. As someone once put it, it's a company run by ivy league frat boys. There are also lots and lots of emails to the whole company regarding anniversaries, achievements, and not logging off the conference room computers.

    Cons

    As mentioned, while the companies are similar they are not the same, JackThreads wants to be concise and cohesive but isn't quite there yet. There's a huge gap between the two companies in terms of funding and budgets, which means everything Thrillist gets is better. Promotions are given based on seniority or favoritism. Upper management wants a say in every aspect of the company yet never bothers to find out what it takes to get there. People who dare to state their opinions are usually dropped after they finish their tasks at hand. In general, the company is disorganized and inconsistent with what they say they want/will do.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized. Allow people who know what they're doing, do their jobs. You hire a lot of qualified people, now get to know them a little and maybe give them room to use their strengths to better the company - not punish them.

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