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CBS Interactive Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
171 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance for the most part (in 11 reviews)

  • All of that contributes to a good work environment (in 18 reviews)


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

  • Upper management not innovative enough (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    sales Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Company culture, great management, lots of room for growth

    Cons

    not any that i can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    was a great place to work, now only okay

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    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
  3.  

    Had a great experience

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

    Pros

    Many women in executive and senior roles. Family friendly, fair compensation package, great office space in San Francisco's south of market dist.

    Cons

    Big company - need to stand out to get noticed. Not culturally diverse - still male/white dominant staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Advertising trap

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work for well known brands;
    - Live in San Francisco;
    - Young crowd;
    - Opportunity to pave own way in changing environment

    Cons

    - Pay not competitive;
    - Lack of clear direction;
    - Slow to make changes in a fast paced industry;
    - Slave to Sales and whatever brings in money;
    - Get promoted, and realize you don't make any more money at end of day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Train people better;
    - Give competitive raises when promoting within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I used to love it here.

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

    Pros

    Vending machine sodas still only cost a quarter.

    Cons

    Senior management solutions to just about everything typically involve creating additional and unnecessary management layers, scheduling endless meetings in which very little actually gets done, and/or giving powerpoint presentations in which jokes are all too often more plentiful than actionable ideas.

    On those occasions that meetings result in meaningful discussion and good ideas, almost never any follow through.

    Far too many folks just going through the motions day-to-day. People here used to be so passionate!

    Antiquated systems for expense reports, PTO requests etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time getting to know the people who work so hard for you. Interact with folks outside of your pay grade. You might be surprised at just how brilliant many of them are.

    Question the need for managers and management layers before appointing/creating them. I'll never understand how my former manager and I, without our own positions changing, came to have two management layers between us.

    Look at the job descriptions for folks in management positions and ask yourselves if they are living up to them.

    Not every single decision needs to be made by a committee. Give us leaders with clear visions and we'll follow them. Current leaders are so busy meeting with one another and ensuring that they're not individually accountable for anything ever that any messaging we get is muddled at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No complaints. Everyone was very nice and new CEO was making the work environment more fun.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    People are generally helpful in the organization. The leadership is sometimes slow to make decisions but that isn't particularly new in this size of a company.

    Cons

    Some employees are complacent because they have been there for a long time and they aren't going to move if not provoked. I'd like to see them cut some of the stale talent there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Again, cutting some of the stale talent who are people that have been there for awhile and not really contributing any new programs or new initiatives and just spinning the same message with different language

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people, not for growth

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Close to downtown SF.
    Semiformal-casual environment, depending on which team you're on.
    A lot of free beer.
    On average most regular employees are really fun, nice, intellectual people.

    Cons

    If you work in creative, engineering, or product, beware of the extremely novice senior management. You will be surrounded with by all means very nice people who were promoted internally over the years without having been reviewed against external talent. Lack of experienced managers with people managing experience causes a lot of internal friction here. External hires for top senior management were generally from acquisitions, C positions included. CEO regularly makes detail design, engineering, and advertising decisions that go implemented and unchallenged by senior management. The overall age of senior management with headcount is much older than if you were at a Twitter, Google, Apple. The company promotes many growth opportunities yet does not encourage a mentorship environment or foster dialog for growth within the company from the top down. Which is really disappointing given the large amount of talented employees that do work here and are eager to share information with one another. One of those you might love it and stay for 5 years, or you might hate it and be out in 6 months types of places.

    Cross functional organization breaks are present especially with the company's dependence for advertising revenue. Where quality controls are usually overlooked in order to make stretch goals for advertising partnerships or sales relationships. Company promotes longer term strategies for content and user experience yet has difficulty meeting basic deadlines in cross functional capacities. Communication is not structured to promote accountability from the senior management down. Instead tends to "pass the buck" until there's a fire drill. Many instances of product launches being hindered as early as the planning phase, but the corporate culture demands that "something" goes live. Not a quality controlled system. Senior management consistently broadcasting "wins" across the company, although the reality of success with launches on deadline is marginal at best.

    The overall culture is pretty good for a tech company. It's not the most progressive place for women and minorities, although heavily promotes that it is. There are a lot of parties and social functions hosted at the building if you're into that sort of thing. Ladies, the "Boys Club" mentality is the the general rule of law here, you've been warned. Fitting in and being friends with management is the unspoken culture, those that don't participate aren't hurt by this in their performance review per se, but it probably doesn't help your visibility.

    Great place for a stable paycheck albeit much less competitive than their competitors literally down the street. I feel that if the general lot of good employees stay the positive, intellectual types they have been, they might just be able to pervade the current management/organization in a few years and finally manage to grow there. Definitely worth keeping an eye on, but there are better deals in the SOMA now.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Company with a great research department

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

    Pros

    Understanding managers that have been there a long time, great location/office to work at

    Cons

    Socially a clicke-driven place and making co-worker friends here is like returning to high school dynamics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A fantastic, easy going dot com

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

    Pros

    Great culture, good brands, has the budget to execute on big ideas, an extra week off during the holidays. Fun internal events

    Cons

    Can sometimes get bogged down in bureaucracy, considered by some to be "old internet," pay could be a bit more competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Really great culture and a state of the art building.

    Cons

    There is no loyalty and they are constantly laying good folks off.

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