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  1.  

    It was a long haul, but work the experience i acquired.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buzzmedia full-time

    Pros

    Diverse environment, people are generally intelligent and willing to collaborate on projects.

    Cons

    Senior staff are sometimes clueless -- Misspending all over

    Recommends
  2.  

    Disorganized company with unhappy, 'hollywood' people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at Buzzmedia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Lots of minor perks (free lunches, dinners, snacks, events, misc.)
    -Casual, laidback office environment (wear ALMOST whatever you want, informal dealings)
    -Some cool work for some cool (big) clients (since its music & entertainment and ALL digital there's a lot of space to do cool work here although interns don't really get in on that much.. we just tracked stuff a lot of times.)

    Cons

    -TOTALLY disorganized (consistently cancelled or postponed meetings, miscommunication among staffers, lack of existing structure)
    -"Too cool" people (stuck-up hipsters and hollywood-types who seem like they would be really nice since the office environment is so casual, but everyone is pretty cliquey)
    - Overall negativity/low morale (most people who work here or have worked here is pretty unhappy or were pretty unhappy here.. despite trying REALLY hard to pretend otherwise during office hours)
    - High turnover/low retention rate
    - Minimal hiring and promotion from within
    - Underpaid, overworked staff (Unpaid interns where there are SO many interns and none of them get hired so it becomes pretty clear to you that they just want to use interns for the free labor. No time to train or work with interns much because everyone is so busy and in some cases, just doesn't care about mentoring or even talking to interns much at all.)
    - Company politics (at every level)
    - Observed some less than ethical/transparent business practices in my opinion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce - in hiring, promoting, training, and motivating them. And, stop cutting so many corners in order to squeeze every drop out of your work, clients, and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Great environment, but needs some reorganizing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Buzzmedia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people, exciting work, and wonderful culture.

    Cons

    cramped office, not very organized, communication problems between departments.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Why go to a sinking ship?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buzzmedia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At first the environment was great, people were smiling and there were super smart, dedicated people that enjoyed going to work every day.

    Cons

    They do not appreciate experience. They prefer to hire "interns" but use them to replace fulltime employees. They drive off people with non-inclusive behavior, not being transparent and having an inner circle of favorites that know everything but are, in some cases. the least experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth to your employees. Figure out a direction and stick with it. Don't waste money on an ego acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    At first it was great... then it went downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buzzmedia (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good culture, some good perks

    Cons

    Needs new leadership... too many inconsistencies and money spent on personal initiatives it seemed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a direction and stick with it. Appreciate the talent that you have instead of playing favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Hard to see a future at Buzz

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Buzzmedia full-time

    Pros

    Buzz Media is a rapidly growing company with limited vision. It does offer a lot of entry level opportunities in the media creation area and has a dense and heterogeneous mix of pop culture blogs to gain experience with. It's quite easy to get a lot of responsibility very quickly, it acts like a startup in this way. Compensation is market value and the staff are largely a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Buzz Media has made terrible strategic choices for years and what success it has gained has been in spite of itself. The focus has always been on relentless acquisition of new, popular sites at the cost of developing their existing properties; usually new purchases rapidly lose readership as they are loaded down with ads and starved of original content.

    A total replacement of the leadership from CEO on down has failed in staunching the blood loss. Buzz constantly hiring to replace experienced team members, who often leave after a couple of years for companies that can offer clear objectives and a stable work environment. The employees who do stick with it for the long term, are frequently and unexpectedly forced out when the strategic situation veers in a new direction.

    During my time I worked in engineering which was probably the greatest mess of all. There is a flood of ever-changing requirements from the relatively small circle at the top, and projects would consistently be shunted aside or left to die without any resources allocated to them. My co-workers at times seemed simply shell-shocked and grasping desperately to find a way out.

    The work environment is appalling, as others have described. Frequently the air conditioning and kitchen areas were nonfunctional, even bathrooms are difficult to find free for use. Oddly for an internet company, keeping the internet working seems to be a pretty low priority. If you are trying to concentrate on any task, you'll have at least 40 chatty coworkers within earshot at all times. And if you think you will mitigate the mayhem by working from home instead, forget about it; managers are rabidly hostile to any amount of telecommuting.

    When hired at first it seemed perhaps there was just a lack of transparency into the decision making at the executive level - eventually it became apparent that the upper leadership has no real interest in input from their staff. Which is too bad, since they are badly misinformed about the situation 'on the ground'. As of the writing of this review Buzz Media has just laid off about 20% of the company, which seems to be yet another attempt to get the 'right' set of drones that will follow the mismanagement lead from corporate without thinking about it too hard. If you do decide to work here, stay away from the Kool-Aid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they won't listen to the highly experienced and qualified people they are perpetually cycling through the company, why would they listen to an internet review?

    The biggest change is you could start allowing your workers to be effective at their jobs, which will require completely inverting the way the company has evolved. Start remembering what it was like to be a startup, and solicit input from the ground up instead of working it all out in the inner cabal. An annual 'suggestion box' is useless. Try _frequent_ communication within departments about the entire product spectrum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    decent first internship with celebuzz

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buzzmedia

    Pros

    given responsibilities on first day and allowed to work independently

    Cons

    little structure and not given enough to keep busy on a daily basis

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great content and staff, lacking clear direction and resources

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buzzmedia full-time

    Pros

    Buzzmedia has an awesome portfolio of properties which allows employees on the tech side of the company to touch multiple properties and never get bored with the content. Great location, not venue. Free bagels on Friday's and if you work past 7 on Wednesdays...... you get dinner.

    Cons

    Offices are old and feel outdated. Having 40+ properties there are multiple business owners for each property making it difficult to get things done. Overall leadership and company transparency leaves much to be desired. Overall company culture is pretty poor, however there have been recent efforts to improve this. Management constantly reminds employees that "if your butt isn't in the seat, the CEO thinks you aren't working". Company is always hiring but can't seem to get the right / enough resources to stay a float

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Training staff and investing in expanding and improving their skills maybe expensive but it helps them to understand that you value them and that you want them to be the best at what they do.
    2. Create staff incentives and perks - A well thought-out system of incentives and perks can help to retain staff in the long term. They can also be used to recognise good work and initiative, and encourage staff members and teams to compete for the prize. (Pizza or a $25 gift card for spamming our FB Friends to click on an AD campaign we run doesn't count)
    3. Flexible working - Flexible working is one of the key things that new employees are looking for. According to a 2010 study by professional services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, flexible working was more than twice as important to staff than more traditional benefits such as performance-related bonuses.
    4. Make the office a home from home - An attractively decorated office, kitchen and rest areas can improve morale massively. A place to work hard and play hard.
    5. Transparency - It's helpful to understand where the business is, what the goal is, and how we are getting closer or further from the goal regularly.
    6. Strategy - Develop a real strategy and vision, that isn't acquire, acquire, acquire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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