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Former Employee - Editor
Former Employee - Editor

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

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

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.

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  1. I worked at Patch

    Pros

    There is an incredible need for hyperlocal journalism in the 24/7 model. Audience loved it when we gave them the tailored content that worked in their particular communities. The next iteration could capture this massive market!

    Cons

    Mixed messages, cross purposes conspired against sustained growth.

    Advice to Management

    Start small, solidify the model for success, then pick it up and replicate. Do it patiently, with purpose and focus, and it will spread like wildfire.


  2. Fun job, micromanaged staff

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    Former Employee - Local Editor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Local Editor in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The job enabled me to network in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    The job expectations led to burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Management should commit to a list of deliverables for a sprint.


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