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CBS Interactive Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
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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
  • Upper management disconnect with lower management means HORRIBLE job retention (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good springboard company

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of different roles to play and skills to acquire given breadth of their business.

    Cons

    Low salary relative to Blue Chip tech companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Techies

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

    I worked at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    Lots of projects, lots of work, some good people. Free coffee, popcorn, beer at events. It could be a good progressive culture, but it isn't.

    Cons

    No decent management, and no support from that management. People who have been there many years know how to set up others for failure. Latest management group in charge is paranoid of anyone who has worked for former management group. Longest retained folks get promoted no matter how many systems they've messed up. Just don't find large, wide-spread errors in the systems caused by others in the group, or management will fabricate problems with your performance. Yes, favoritism is rampant. And management keeps quiet about large issues that may reflect badly on their core performance. Then someone gives them a raise.
    Good place to hone skills, and learn how not to manage people. Then, quietly move on to a better environment that also pays better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now I know why some new managers 'clean house'. Good old (but they say it is new) ways need to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Billing Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Billing Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    It is a really great place to workm, very friendly eniviroment.

    Cons

    Moving locations, other then that I do not have a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CBS Interactive is a really good place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, low pay - revolving door

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    Current Employee - Operations Trafficker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Trafficker in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture. Fun place to work. Friendly managers.

    Cons

    Upper management disconnect with lower management means HORRIBLE job retention. Company is more concerned with stock price that quarter then growing a business. 5-7 people leave every month for better pay. No one is retained. When people leave they often do not rehire only shuffle the work to others (without extra pay).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your talent, yes this costs money. You are doing great harm to your business in letting people leave after training them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Learning Experience

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

    I worked at CBS Interactive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was part of the Intern program, learned a lot about iOS on the CNET team, and had lots of fun at CBSi. The free beer, drinks, food-truck fridays, and other events were really fun and a great way to meet other co-workers in the company.

    Cons

    Was a great place, but moves slowly since it is such a large company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life is very good, got to do a lot of fun stuff, and the office culture is very relaxed where company events happen every week and fun co-workers to talk to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and a great environment to work in

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

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

    Pros

    Great Company, Great environment, great people to work with. dot com feel

    Cons

    no cons, great company, no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people/environment, but you're just a number.

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    I can definitely say that I work alongside most of my best friends; all people I met upon starting at CBSi. The company is full of young, smart & fun people and the culture tried to align with what you would see in more of a start up rather than a big corp (bi-weekly happy hours, company wide events and free beer on tap!).

    The president (and all execs for that matter) are highly approachable and just good people in a general sense.

    Work-life balance depends on your specific position, but it's OK for the most part. A week off during holiday times, in addition to the normal 10 days of vacation.

    There are a lot of people who have been with the company since it's inception, which is not only motivating but also offers great people to learn from.

    You can really try anything and go anywhere in terms of departments; people are very open to allowing you to switch roles/teams if there is something you are interested in.

    Cons

    At the end of the day, as much as CBSi is trying to be more like a start up, it's still a huge corporation that makes it difficult to get substantial increases in pay or even title promotions. If your ask is outside of their budget level (which it normally will be) then the answer is typically something like "you are welcome to go elsewhere." People aren't valued based on the amount of work they do, and corporate politics definitely still play a huge part in decision making.

    No one is working with an ultimate goal in mind, aside from getting to the end of the pay period and getting their paycheck. This makes it hard to get things done. People want to do as little work as possible to scrape by unnoticed, and this can be aggravating if you are a hard-worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved it here for the first couple of years, but it's becoming increasingly clear that if I left I would be forgotten and replaced in a matter of days. Turnover is becoming a bigger and bigger problem and people just don't feel valued. Consider a more competitive salary offering or a better bonus structure, even if it's based on merit. Make it clear that you value your employees, and that they aren't just cogs in a wheel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good learning experience, failure to meet market compensation levels

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

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    CBS Interactive was a great experience. I learned a ton about the online media industry and the advertising industry as a whole. The free beer and food truck Friday's were great.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they don't keep up with market compensation levels in San Francisco. They do not give bonuses to people under the director level. Also, they spend large amounts of money on "fun" things like conventions and holiday parties, yet skimp on their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what it takes to keep good employees or continue to struggle.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience!

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    There were many talented people in the team.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other companies in the area.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Secure learning evironment for driven people

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    • 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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