BabyCenter

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BabyCenter Reviews

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
18 Reviews
3.4
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company, great culture, limited upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BabyCenter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working for a company with a higher purpose, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Limited career growth and upward mobility, heavy reliance on contractors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great for many years, now struggling with departure of CIO and other key employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BabyCenter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Good work-life balance
    * Work that makes a difference in parent's lives
    * Smart, hard-working employees

    Cons

    * Engineering has lost leadership with departure of CIO and other key employees
    * Senior management often strong-arms their ideas through
    * Those from engineering and product lines at Director level and above do not often get along

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-hire a CIO soon. Keep a closer watch on what the Director of Engineering is doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work. Smart engineers, good product, great work environment

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    Current Employee - Release Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Release Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BabyCenter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very smart, high quality engineers

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst work environment experienced in my career

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BabyCenter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Open to allowing working from home when needed

    Cons

    Relies to heavily on contractors. Heavy employee turnover. Management is disconnected to its employees. Owned by Johnson & Johnson which has a poor reputation in how it treats their employees as well as the toxic products it produces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more full time permanent employees.
    Offer more opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I learned so much working here!

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BabyCenter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful place to learn about the business side while focusing on the editorial side.

    Cons

    Little to no room for promotion. They seem to use a lot of contractors working full-time hours but earning only hourly wages (no benefits).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Focus is on "More for Sales" not on "More for Users"

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BabyCenter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Work Life Balance - people can take care of issues by working from home
    * Focus on Development - FTEs take charge of their development and can focus on any area they want
    * Competitive Salaries - realized that getting high quality people is costly

    Cons

    * Working from home has gotten out of hand for some areas
    * Many areas of the company only have one employee focused on the work and their time out of the office generates bottle necks for others
    * Management is weak - Management is focused on bringing in more revenue dollars from Sales not on areas to enhance the site
    * Small work force so not much in the area of advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generate new revenue models that focus on the site's mission statement.
    Determine better Work/Life boundaries for all employees not just the privileged few
    Create a better work environment where everyone is happy to be in the office and go beyond their own area of focus to become better as a team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good people and good product, but change is necessary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BabyCenter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really smart team, especially engineering.
    Great pay and benefits.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Revenue model getting stale.
    Too risk adverse, need to broaden their scope.
    Competing against companies with a broader base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on new sources of revenue and growing the company. Push people to perform at a higher level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great team of people, company is in the midst of a management overhaul

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BabyCenter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great group of smart people, who encourage innovation and ownership of new projects

    Cons

    Almost impossible to get promoted, management only realizes the value of the employee and contribution after they leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    It was a pleasant experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BabyCenter

    Pros

    Leadership and quality publishing digital company with a feel good component to the job!

    Cons

    Contracting does not easily lead to a full time position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent from management in changes company is undergoing and better inner communications

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Review on BabyCenter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BabyCenter

    Pros

    Reward to know you are helping moms and moms-to be.
    Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The building is a shack. Very dirty streets. Pretty disgusting.
    Leadership is not focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to your audience (the readers). That should be the priority. Don't do business to please your advertisers. Spend more time building good content, then the readers will come, and then the advertisers will naturally follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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