CNET Networks Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
56 Reviews
3.2
56 Reviews
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CNET Networks President & CEO Jim Lanzone
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting work and staff ; good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • The company culture is pretty laid back and work/life balance is encouraged for the most part (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • I've been very frustrated with upper management in the past year or so (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management inexperienced in making hard--and necessary--calls (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be, but what is?

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

    I worked at CNET Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, good culture, but used to be better.

    Cons

    Too much corporate baggage, salaries could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor
    Former Employee - Managing Editor

    I worked at CNET Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good perks, office mixers, continuing education seminars. Good office location with nearby gym and parking and plenty of lunch spots.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, salaries not up to par with going rates, best leaders get poached, leaving second- and third-stringers behind to run the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get current with modern trends, tech culture, and salaries. Spend less time in meetings and more time getting in touch with what those in the trenches do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    wow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNET Networks

    Pros

    there were no pros wow i did not like it

    Cons

    didn't like it because of the people

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  5.  

    Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at CNET Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Smart, creative professional people. Comfortable work environment and good benefits .

    Cons

    Could be a pro but average age is likely in the mid 20's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    CNET in Louisville was a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Louisville, KY

    I worked at CNET Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office environment was laid back, schedule was somewhat flexible but you still have to come in Mon-Fri. This could be different now as this was a few years ago. Folks would hang out on a Friday every month and drink beer.

    Cons

    Engineers in San Francisco didn't seem to respect people in Louisville much, but that's generally the case anyway.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fantastic launch pad for a career in technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CNET Networks

    Pros

    Coworkers are passionate about technology, and everyone loves being surrounded by others in the same boat. There are so many different departments within CNET that cover different facets of tech, that a good employee has the opportunity to prove themselves, then move around the company to try new things. One of the best things: Benefits are practically cadillac grade. AWESOME (and I miss it dearly)

    Cons

    Since being purchased by CBS, a little more of that big company bureaucracy continued to creep in. Raises and promotions are sometimes only aided by your insistence of them. Pay is... so-so.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at CNET Networks

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

    I worked at CNET Networks

    Pros

    Great location in downtown San Francisco, wonderful people that work there, open environment, afterwork parties every Thursday of the month

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than average, raises are very small, benefits are below average compared to the leading Software services companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should listen more to the employees, middle management on average is doing a great job within the company

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CNET Networks

    Pros

    CNET is a fun, open-minded, fast-paced place to work. The company alues diversity and individuality and it shows. Supports work-life balance. One can grow in their job and advance.

    Cons

    CNET can be a bit silo-ed with one hand not knowing what the other is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pedal to the medal. Though CNET pioneered new media, there are a lot of nimble competitors in each vertical these days.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    CNET. Great workplace, average compensation

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

    I worked at CNET Networks

    Pros

    The people and culture of the company is the best thing about the company. The work environment is full of passionate people.

    Cons

    The only real downside to the company is that the overall compensation range for employees is a lot lower than comparable companies in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to address the compensation aspect in order to increase the possibility of recruiting and hiring highly skilled employees and increasing employee retention.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Digital sweat shop

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CNET Networks

    Pros

    Writing about interesting things. Good technical infrastructure.

    Cons

    It's a sweat shop for editorial staff. We just crank out copy and we can never crank out enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire robots to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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