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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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3.1 26 reviews

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    Chaotic and Directionless

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Editor (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementWith 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible and uncaring

    Jackthreads (Current Employee)

    ProsRelaxed place to work, happy hours

    Consvery 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 Senior Managementcare 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsMake 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Close-minded and condescending Management

    Marketing (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate better and get to know newer employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disorganized

    Senior Front End Developer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWork on new projects, great development team

    ConsDisorganized, 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 Senior Managementlearn how to manage a business and then you won't go bankrupt

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Roller Coaster Ride

    Production Assistant (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    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.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours. Nothing to show for it.

    Editor (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe office is nice. The location is great. There is a party atmosphere. Some of the staff members are friendly and helpful. Everyone seems motivated.

    ConsThe hours are awful. The management is awful. Newcomers are not welcome. Smug employees. There is no clear voice or direction. The higher-ups edit content, but have never been writers/editors anywhere else. The lack of real world experience shows. When the day is done, there is no feeling of accomplishment. The daily work could be finished in a few hours had the editing process been smoother. Everyone is in too many meetings to actually get things done. The party atmosphere is incredibly fake and forced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your creative talent. Stop micromanaging.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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