Ziff Davis Media

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    Terrible Entry-Level "Sales" Position.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LQT Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - LQT Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Ziff Davis Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The location of the office is literally the only true "Pro" that I can think of - it's in the heart of the financial district of SF. Employees (aside from management) are good people, and people that you'd enjoy going to happy hour with; however, from a business/professional stand-point, mediocracy is the standard.

    Cons

    I want to preface this by saying that I am writing these Cons from a genuine belief/truth, and not out of spite.

    1. It is not a sales position (contrary to what the job post says). It is literally glorified telemarketing.

    2. The OTE and "commission" they explain in the interviewing process is extremely misleading/innacurate. They claim that you will receive a 5k bump in salary once you have "ramped up;" however, the story changes once you are fully ramped up, and try to pursue the 5k bump from management.

    3. Management is horrendous. There is terrible communication, terrible coaching, and absolutely no follow-through.

    In all honestly, if you are passionate about pursing a career in tech sales (or sales in general), then don't waste your time in this company. During my time, I literally developed ZERO true sales skills. The only skill I developed was being comfortable/confident speaking on the phone with business professionals - this is a skill that was not taught/coached/monitored, but a skill that naturally developed from making 150 phone calls a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO/COO are bright, and other parts of the company are doing well. The B2B "sales" side of the company is a mess, and seems like a sinking ship. I truly believe that it is only a matter of time before the B2B lead generation side of the company is shutdown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Old media trying to be new again

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis Media

    Pros

    Good place for young people to work to find out how media really works. Some good content, mainly reviews. Top notch analyst team.

    Cons

    Lots of editorial is basically content farm stuff, very SEO driven. Tech of the site is years behind competitors. Site does not put readers first, and it shows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Site needs to be rethought from top to bottom. Way too much clutter. Rethink or scrap content farm stuff. Switch to different CMS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A company of number crunchers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn about the technical publishing world.

    Cons

    Everything is financially driven. There is no credible mission statement or focus for the company beyond making the owners more money. There is no interest in soliciting the view, opinions, ideas, and contributions of the employees and staff. It is pretty autocratic where employees must do as they are told, even in situations where the employees have ideas to save costs or increase revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are not interested in hearing any advice; they have made that very clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The bottom line and nothing else

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

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media full-time

    Pros

    Well known legacy brands with an enjoyable niche attraction to some types of employees.

    Cons

    The bottom line is King which is of course if the case with most companies But at Ziff it means delivering a subpar product with overworked staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more about putting the right staff in place and delivering quality before going out an acquiring more companies you can't handle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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