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CBS Interactive Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
191 Reviews
3.6
191 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance depends on your specific position, but it's OK for the most part (in 15 reviews)

  • All of that contributes to a good work environment (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management is sort of stuck in the past (in 9 reviews)

  • You need to be buddies with the upper management to move up (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were many talented people in the team.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other companies in the area.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work I was doing was relevant to what I wanted to do
    Learned a lot about web technology
    I worked with big name customer sites
    The culture was great, laid back,
    Free snacks

    Cons

    Seemed to be a little bit of tension between some of the Engineering team and some of the Sales team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should hire more than 1 intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Secure learning evironment for driven people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    CBSi is a comfortable work environment with great camaraderie. The work/life balance can be great, but is entirely up to you and your team. CBSi offers a great opportunity for driven individuals, more responsibility is given to younger people with less experience so they learn quickly. This means you can learn the skills earlier here than you would grinding out time for others.

    Cons

    Because it is hard to get fired there are some people camped out without pushing innovation. It has been a few years since I've worked there, but signs were on the wall of slowly stagnating approach to innovation. CBSi was slow to move into emerging categories leaving them on the sidelines. In general pay is below market standard in sales department, but again you trade that for more responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It has been too long since I was there to weigh in on this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great stepping stone for young professional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've learned a lot and have an awesome team. The company does fun things and work is enjoyable.

    Cons

    The company doesn't seem to care about it's employees work load vs pay balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage a team dynamic, do fun things with them, and always show appreciation, even for the small things. You'll get a lot more out of you employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Compahy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Writer in La Habra, CA
    Former Employee - Writer in La Habra, CA

    I worked at CBS Interactive part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Liked the people. Good hearts, helpful and spirited.

    Cons

    Wish they weren't so damn slow in paying people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Stable, secure company. Internal organization needs more thought.

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

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stable job, don't really need to worry about lay offs. Excellent work-life balance. Constant re-platforming provides a lot of opportunities to learn and develop new skills. Food Truck Fridays in the summer. Happy hour once a month. Easy to commute with BART.

    Cons

    Annual summer re-orgs, some of the management in my department sits on an analytical high horse and berates and belittles when you don't read their minds and/or disagree or have an alternative approach, no support for personal development. A consistent sense that your performance is never good enough, a lot of inflated sense of self importance on the team I was part of. Lack of support when it comes to managing work load and setting priorities. Really have to fight for raises (if you get a raise, you're lucky, if it's more than 1.5% you're doing well) and negotiate initial salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really think through the re-orgs and determine if the plan truly makes sense. Placing a team under a director with little to no experience with their job functions is not acceptable. When working with a demanding team (in both a good and bad sense) make sure manager support is there to firmly set priorities and have your back. Keep your promises, especially when it comes to adding additional team members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    Comfortable setting, great people, and great company events.

    Cons

    Little room for vertical promotion

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and people to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun company to work for. Value internal growth. Interesting projects. Fast paced environment. Great company culture. Week off between Christmas and New Year. Work from home on occasion.

    Cons

    Pay structure is less competitive than other tech companies. Big company makes it hard to push change though quickly. Association with CBS TV network also brings an old school way of thinking about things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    was a great place to work, now only okay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    CNET was an amazing company to work at. Very social. Full of smart, driven people that loved building cool sites with industry respected editorial. With the right manager, hard work was rewarded with pay raises or promotions.

    Cons

    Since CBS purchased the company they challenged everything from the enjoyable social atmosphere to personal benefits to farming out technical teams out of san francisco. Used to be fun. Now it's just work. CNET/CBS pays right at or slightly below industry standard. The lower salary used to be balanced by better benefits but those have been reduced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people

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

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Without exception every person I've worked with here has been warm, friendly, and decent. Great people makes for great team.

    Cons

    Facilities leave a lot of be desired. Especially in NYC. We're split into three buildings right now and the space being renovated is unsuitable for the number of people who are expected to work there and sort of cheap considering the size of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Space matters. People need facilities they can be proud of. Its not a good look when startups have better spaces than one of the biggest and most successful media companies in the world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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