Allrecipes.com Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Sammamish, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Sammamish, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great family friendly work culture and fun food culture

    Cons

    Didn't seem to be much room for growth


  2. Helpful (1)

    We used to deliver wow, not so much any more.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, great location, it was great being part of the #1 digital food site in the world. Or at least they were when I left.

    Cons

    Parent company is/was a disaster. Clueless when it comes to true digital. Pretty much the only way to get a pay raise is to get a promotion but even then there's a cap.


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    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love the Seattle office. The people are great and a fun product.

    Cons

    Meredith CEO and Exec Management are part of the good old boys network, more concerned about bonus & dividend than delivering a good product.

    Advice to Management

    Get the Des Moines leadership to pay market rates for Seattle so there less turnover


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    Upbeat culture, average leadership, undervalued employees.

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable coworkers, fun work events & corporate parties, lots to learn and do (rarely a dull day).

    Cons

    Compensation is below average, unfortunately. Leadership and managers are not great about mentoring subordinates or encouraging/helping their direct reports to grow within the company (i.e. few promotional opportunities or room/chance to develop an internal career path). While company culture in general is upbeat, employees feel really under-appreciated. Layoffs have become common and remaining colleagues then absorb the extra work, without any incentives or shown gratitude. Also, health benefits are terrible!

    Advice to Management

    Proactively groom your current employees, especially if you can't offer raises or bonuses. Your employees will still be happy & work hard if they at least feel individually valued! Don't regard them as expendable or give the impression that they're all replaceable.


  6. There are problems, but I still love it here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - very cool projects to work on - amazing co-workers with a collaborative spirit - fun culture; great work-life balance - it's a well-loved brand, and it's always fun to tell people where you work. - great location, cool office (expansive kitchens that have everything you could need, are well used, and are a great gathering place for employees)

    Cons

    - friction between Allrecipes and the parent company. Parent company, Meredith, is an old school print corporation that doesn't seem to understand digital, and uses Allrecipes to keep its other digital properties afloat; also places insane demands upon Allrecipes to sell print magazines, often at the cost of the digital business. - tension seems to be thick lately as we prepare to launch a new version of the Allrecipes platform. Leading up to launch, our President seems to want a start-up culture (Work weekends! Work late!), but isn't providing the incentives or the benefits that go along with start-up time commitments.

    Advice to Management

    - people will get more excited about the new site by being inspired, not by being bullied - taking a stand against unreasonable parent company demands would be valued by Allrecipes personnel, who often feel like they're at the mercy of Meredith's whims. - don't let Meredith kill the golden goose


  7. Great product, good people, bad parents

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership in the food category is highly motivating. Its great to work at a place loved by so many people.

    Cons

    First Readers Digest, now Meredith -- print-based companies are using the Allrecipes.com's profits to fund the magazines on life support. In spite of all the praise they have for the hard-working staff, they siphon the profits away to fun non-digital businesses. As a result, Allrecipes has not maintained leadership in in video, mobile apps, and now even in traffic (Foodtv.com has finally overtaken them); the social media footprint should be much bigger. Many good people have departed over the last year, quite a few of them involuntarily. The heady growth days are over. A lot of the sales relationships have been taken over by the print people, which is ominous.

    Advice to Management

    Company definitely has a good culture and the right values, but the direction from Meredith is slowly sapping their vitality.


  8. An amazing place being swallowed up by large corporation

    Current Employee - Corporate IT in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Corporate IT in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Company tries to maintain an amazing work-life balance - Full-size kitchens, and lots of left over food - Great energetic staff no matter the turnover - Right in the heart of Seattle - VERY laid back

    Cons

    - Pay isn't as competitive - There was an acquisition that is changing all the dynamics of what Allrecipes used to be - High-turnover since acquisition (slowing down now since 90% of the company turned over) - Not much room for growth, if any - Although making drastic and positive changes, their site is behind schedule when it comes to innovation


  9. Doing less with less

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location and nice co-workers. A decent work/life balance perhaps as a way to compensate for salaries inconsistent with the current market, but that seems to be changing with a lack of hiring to replace people leaving.

    Cons

    Decisions are made in a vacuum and employee input is not valued. Opportunities for career growth are minimal, and the salary increase when moving into a more senior role is capped to a small percentage of the employees original salary. Mediocre health benefits. High rate of attrition.

    Advice to Management

    This section is moot considering management has turned a deaf ear.


  10. Great culture, but room for improvement in professional development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com full-time

    Pros

    The people are genuine, intelligent, hard working and fun. The business has a great heart and is doing innovative, industry-leading work.

    Cons

    You have to fight to develop your career here, if you want to grow beyond the position you were hired for. There is also some dissonance in the strategy. Teams can be so focused on their own piece of the puzzle, they don't consider impacts to other areas of the product or business.

    Advice to Management

    Work on synergy, overarching product strategy, and professional development opportunities for your team and your will see more and smarter innovation and higher levels of employee retention.


  11. Truly amazing... in its day

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, enthusiastic/dedicated employees (in the trenches, executing/delivering)

    Cons

    The culture that made it such a great place is evaporating quickly - and anyone championing it will not be welcomed in the shift to the parent company's corporate "values." There is minimal-to-no transparency into strategic planning occurring at the Executive level - Communication has evolved into "need-to-know" approach.

    Advice to Management

    Allrecipes became #1 in its space because it was in touch with its user community, and it harnessed the enthusiasm and dedication of its employees to try and deliver the best user experience.



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