Cooking.com Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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  1. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cooking.com (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good environment, good team, good management , lot of scope to learn and explore.

    Cons

    small team, not a such place for individual growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Company is Slowly Disolving

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cooking.com (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None that can be thought of at this point

    Cons

    Company is 'folding' into the sister company, which means mass layoffs and low morale. The people left to do the work are all looking elsewhere and trying get off the sinking ship.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Stay Away

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Marina del Rey, CA

    I worked at Cooking.com full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    GlassDoor suggests I should consider discussing company values and culture here, both of which were horrible.

    Cons

    Company culture or lack thereof; Lack of vision; Bad office energy; Upper management doesn't know what they're doing as Target tries to absorb the company instead of treat it like a separate entity; Internal teams are rude to each other

    Advice to Management

    I had a stomachache coming to work each day and when I quit, I received a phone call from someone very high up in the company, who I respect, who was shocked that I had left. I was told that I wasn't "the only one who gets a stomachache everyday before work" and that if things didn't change within the next few months, said person would be leaving the company as well. This is not okay and I sincerely hope that things have changed, but I doubt it. In addition to this higher-up, I was told via email and phone by three different people that they understood why I quit and some wanted to as well but couldn't for various personal reasons. Stop walking on eggshells with Target. They're trying to steal your advertising ideas and then oust the entire ad team. Culture is formed from the top-down, so create some! The company has been a wreck ever since it was acquired by Target - massive layoffs, too much red tape, confusion over the general goals and values for the company, one person doing the work of three, people who are afraid to be assertive... The list goes on. I'd like to wake up inspired to go to work; instead I dreaded it with Cooking.com. View Simon Sinek's Ted Talk called 'Start with Why' and make every higher-up watch it. Then host an open forum so that the higher-ups can rediscover what makes Cooking.com the company that it is as well as solidify it's goals for the future. Now share it with all of your employees. There is no unified company vision and I don't see passion or a love of Cooking.com at any level.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Bad technical leadership ... only one person praised in technology

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Marina del Rey, CA

    I worked at Cooking.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    scope to learn new technology. flexible working hours. everyone does everything

    Cons

    Bad Manager ... One person get credit for all project launch. Need to change Manager. Increase compensation. Don't loose good people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what people are doing in each department and reward hardworking people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooking.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Being a small company there is not much hierarchy, good for beginners as everybody does everything. Management likes to maintain work-life balance.

    Cons

    No process in place for anything. Management depend on single individual for all technical advises. Need a strong development manager to lead and deliver high quality software product.

    Advice to Management

    Put some process in place!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a forward-thinking company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooking.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, casual culture, easy access to senior management

    Cons

    Lots of shortsightedness, incompetence, poor decision making, misplaced priorities. Should have been strongly profitable long ago.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great teams hindered by C-Level management's decisions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooking.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Things have gotten better since the CEO left. There are a number of talented people at the company that are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Everything is legacy. Management has historically treated the company at a retail shop and refuses to go after new customer bases.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your past mistakes instead of doubling down on them. Learn to adapt to the new world.


  9. Customer Service Department needs love

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooking.com part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great discounts on their store

    Cons

    company is cheap and management ignores CSR dept

    Advice to Management

    dont forget about the csr's


  10. Helpful (1)

    Clueless managers leading unmotivated employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooking.com

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good location, good employee discount.

    Cons

    Management has no idea how to make the company profitable. No bonuses or raises. Heavy turnover. Culture is geared to group think and has no desire to learn from past mistakes. Long-time employees who have ground the company down in the past few years are firmly in control and will fight any new ideas. Computers and internal software are broken, obsolete, and impedes productivity. Most of the great employees have left in the past year, and everyone is doing the jobs of multiple people.

    Advice to Management

    No one has the guts to tell the CEO that she is running the company into the ground. There needs to be new strategic vision or the company will bleed to an ugly death.


  11. Fun place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee With Degree in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Employee With Degree in Marina del Rey, CA

    I worked at Cooking.com

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great fun people, great discounts on cooking products, growth company.

    Cons

    small company with limited processes sometimes make things inefficient

    Advice to Management

    You may lose a lot of good people because of the low compensation, investing more resources in tech would be a good idea.



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