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Former Employee - Editor
Former Employee - Editor

I worked at Patch full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

While Patch was owned by AOL, employees were given excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Working from home was also nice.

Cons

Zero work-life balance. There were no set hours, and the work was never done. Management was very inconsistent. Some managers gave the editors complete flexibility and autonomy, and others were micromanagers.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Great job before the massive layoffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patch

    Pros

    Patch was a great place to work prior to 2013 when they had to scale back dramatically. The pay was great for a job in journalism.

    Cons

    Management was great for the most part but there are always a few bad apples. It was inconsistent from one region to another how successful the sites were but some regions had it down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Idea...Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Boston, MA

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    AOL dumped a crazy amount of money into the idea.

    Cons

    Nothing like the training you go through. Very inefficient internally and operationally confused. Management is unsure of how to lead from the front. "Do as I say not as I do mentality."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees on a regular basis rather than burn them out and hope the numbers fall in your favor from the amount of calls they are making. Educate them on best practices frequently, and encourage time spent AT WORK to research industry statistics. 10 Engaged employees are more valuable to a company than 20 burned out employees. High turnover from poor leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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