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I worked at Mashable full-time
Everyone at Mashable is nice and the culture is really open and positive. It's actually quite remarkable. The founder as well as the HR team deserve a ton of credit here. Mashable is also in a state of (dramatic) growth. So working there very interesting for the time being. There are a lot of neat business problems to work on as Mashable moves from small-ish, startup-ish media company to large media company: building out corporate infrastructure, hiring, global expansion -- stuff like that. Good energy abounds; it will feel like things are happening all around you. Lastly -- and this is not uniform (I'll get to that in a minute) -- there are some very talented, hardworking people at Mashable. Some of them are a real inspiration to work with. They know who they are.
Unfortunately, until management makes some serious changes, I do not think Mashable is a place to grow your career in a serious fashion. First off, talent is very unevenly distributed. Many departments are saddled with folks who are uninspired and apathetic. Other companies would have let them go long ago. But, somehow, at Mashable, they have been able to rise in the ranks or (worse!) have been able to build whole teams of like-minded underachievers around them. Because of this, Mashable actually possesses some of the worst characteristics of the anemic legacy media companies it aims to disrupt. Secondly, this is a very competitive market and I'm not sure Mashable has what it takes to succeed. I would be wary to invest too much time and effort in it. This is for a few reasons: Aloof Management: It feels like many of them are never around. When they are around, they can seem almost...regal. It's impossible to picture all but maybe one of them pulling an all-nighter in the trenches, pounding RedBulls and hacking away furiously on a MacBook to get something out the door like other tech management folks might do on a weekly basis. Muddled Direction: Depending on who you ask inside the company, Mashable is either the next Buzzfeed, the next New York Times, or still a tech blog. The company needs to figure out what it is, then hard-code that vision into every layer of the company. Or it will be hard to compete with outfits like Vice and Buzzfeed whose brand is crystal clear to all. Denial: Perhaps worst of all, management and employees seem unwilling to speak up about these things -- there is a pervasive "everything is on the up and up" message that is megaphoned during company meetings and that people are too timid, nice, or unaware to challenge.
Advice to Management
Be courageous and cut some of the deadweight in the company, especially in management and the layer right below it. Replace them with talented folks (maybe even some from Mashable's own rank and file) who will help you compete in this media arms race. Own up to weaknesses and shortcomings. Sharpen your vision for the brand and enforce that vision across all departments. Be around the office more. Roll up your sleeves and dig in.