Dwell LLC Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Great people, incredible brand

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dwell LLC full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers who are passionate about what they do. Multi platform company with tremendous opportunity to work on multiple aspects of the business and expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Needs to focus staffing resources on fewer business initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Top heavy organization. Hire fewer directors and managers and more individual contributors.


  2. Abhorrent Executive Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dwell LLC full-time

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

    Pros

    Dwell is a well loved brand.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is a disparity in the resources available for different departments. Unqualified people are hired and promoted at levels beyond their skill or experience level. Extremely high turnover. In the course of two years there was approximately 75% turnover in the company. Salaries are generally way below market rate because the attitude is that one should be considered lucky to work there. Work environment was extremely toxic and executive management has no regard for the employees.


  3. Great editorial brand but toxic work environment.

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

    I worked at Dwell LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great brand and Great editors

    Cons

    Top heavy and very political.


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  5. Limiting, Confusing, Disappointing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Dwell LLC full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The product was great. I truly enjoyed being part of an amazing product.

    Cons

    Extremely low work morale. I didn't go one day without hearing someone complain about their manager or their day to day activities. I've seen employees in tears because of insensitive, manic managers. Simply put I never believed in the peter principle until I started working here. Huge changes need to happen at the top for this place to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. All of them, not just your VPs. There is a fundamental lack of communication.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lack of talented managers / leaders may bring Dwell's growth to a halt.

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

    I worked at Dwell LLC

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

    Pros

    Quality of the product is excellent for the most part.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication between the employees and the way they let go / fire employees is pretty shady. Management of the teams are usually not helpful and are busy averting contact with employees

    Advice to Management

    Be there, and explain what it is you want your employees to do.


  7. Solid internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Dwell LLC as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Dwell. I worked with cooperative and helpful partners, and I feel as though I gained a lot form the experience.

    Cons

    As an intern, I did sometimes feel ignored by office members I didn't work closely with


  8. Passionate about design, culture and profit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dwell LLC full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, Multi platform, Motivated Staff

    Cons

    Top Heavy Management and needs to unify


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor Leadership, Unhappy Staff, Inability to work together as a Team

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dwell LLC

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

    Pros

    For those pursuing a career in the publishing industry, Dwell is a great title to have on your resume

    Cons

    I didn't meet one "happy with my job" person at this company. The leadership and communication by VPs was disappointing and pernicious to the overall sustainability (how ironic) of the company. VP's inability to work cross functionally was demonstrated with the untimely and sudden departure of the Editor in Chief of ten years and Creative Director. Without a solid hold on their digital platform and stronger management, this will remain what it has always been - a niche magazine with a demographic that doesn't reach outside of SF. Fine for the bubble, but bad for business.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture the energy and creativity of innovation. Take some courses and embrace a philosophy that will create a better work environment for your employees.



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