Common Sense Media Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. Intern-Common Sense

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Common Sense Media as an intern

    Pros

    Management is very supportive, really treats everyone well and works to make you feel included. A great place to work. They are also very willing to mentor and network for interns.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be long stretches with little to nothing to do, making it be quite boring. That was not an ideal situation


  2. Mixed Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Common Sense Media full-time

    Pros

    Potential for great impact and mission is strong. Smart staff get the job done.

    Cons

    Leadership is abrasive and the culture is a weird mix of non-profit and tech start-up that just never gels.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Wish I could recommend, but...

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Common Sense Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many people here are very nice. Family-friendly work environment. Some departments like Consumer Editorial seem to run very smoothly and help each other out. Organization somehow gets a lot done despite problems with management.

    Cons

    Other departments are seriously dysfunctional. No clear process and decisions change with the wind. Lots of complaining about others behind their backs and going around people to get things done "their" way. There's a culture of insider politics and bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership only communicates by arguing, bullying, and cutting each other off. Grow up and set a better example!


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  5. Good company performing an important public service

    Current Contractor - Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Common Sense Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom of assignments, flexible schedule, timely payment.

    Cons

    No set place to check assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Could use a method of tracking which writers are working on what.


  6. a mixed bag

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Common Sense Media as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company seems to attract intelligent and compassionate hires.

    Cons

    During my time, poor communication between departments and in particular, poor management of mine, made work challenging.

    Advice to Management

    More communication between lines of business is key.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great people, great mission, and great place to work

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

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. The organization really values its employees. People are smart and hard working. The mission is also rewarding.

    Cons

    Management sometimes get stuck in analysis paralysis. There could be more sharing and communication between teams. The offices are a little drab.



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