FierceMarkets Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Fun company to work for, learn a lot, low pay

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual environment (jeans every day, free soda and coffee, many office potlucks and happy hours, boss sometimes goes around handing out beer). Opportunity to learn a lot of business and editorial skills. No editorial content paywalled. Plenty of opportunity for conference travel. Very team-based environment, not a big feeling of not knowing what the higher ups were doing--lots of communication and all hands-on-deck-meetings. Good benefits. Paid publishers holiday between christmas and new years--awesome. Cool, young environment.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Emphasis on quantity rather than quality of work. Lots of turnover and sometimes they never re-hire people, giving the work to remaining employees with no extra pay. Not serious journalism, if that's what you're going for. You will be too busy juggling editorial tasks like social media, webinar recruitment and editing to pursue big stories.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Its like high school-- mean girls, low pay, and free booze

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of happy hours -Great 1st job - A great learning experience - Flexible dress code

    Cons

    -It takes A LONGGG time to move up into a managerial role, which doesn't make sense because turnover is super high -low pay -behind on web tools -emphasis on sales but no support for traffic team -a lot of cliquey girls, it feels like high school

    Advice to Management

    GIVE YOUR EMPLOYEES A RAISE! and disciple the people who suck


  3. Helpful (3)

    Steer clear of Fierce

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time

    Pros

    Fierce used to be a really robust, exciting company to work at. Change ups in management (fueled by 3 of the top managers leaving to found a rival company) have led to less innovation but a bit more room for promotion for staff working in Operations and Editorial.

    Cons

    If you work in the right department, you're constantly praised. If you're in a vertical that hasn't been set up for success (poor management, difficult audience, etc) you'll feel constantly on the verge of losing your job. There's essentially no HR presence for this 20+ million dollar company. As a result, inappropriate behavior runs rampant and the worst comes from senior management. Sales base salaries are really low, and even when you are promoted you're looking at a $1-2k base raise at best. Commission was cut recently despite ever-growing, unrealistic sales goals. As a result, most of the team are unhappy and leaving. Management can't figure out how to slow the bleeding and continue to promise higher revenue numbers and profits to VCs and investors, despite declining sales numbers and declining ad results.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell your team that "everyone is replaceable." That doesn't instill a lot of confidence. Give mid-level managers more room to grow (more responsibility at the same amount of pay does not qualify). Set realistic goals and expectations. If you're not hitting numbers, try to figure out WHY rather than telling the team to just 'work harder.'


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  5. Technology Internship Review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technology Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Technology Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really awesome company culture. Dress code was laid back and the office had a very fun environment. Was able to learn about the core functions of the company and the B2B marketplace during a short 4-month internship. I worked part time while still taking 12 credits at school, they were very accomidating with my hours.

    Cons

    The IT department was very fast paced. I would have liked a little more training at the beginning of the internship so that I was better equipped to take on the different projects.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend more training for new employee's.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Was good until the takeover

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fierce is a well-run, aggressively managed company that seems to be able to dominate any niche it shoots for. It offers great jobs for sharp young minds that are ready to move at a fast pace and be challenged. It also has an excellent reputation in the marketplace, which helps grease the wheels when doing business.

    Cons

    When I was there, I served under the company's founder, who though capricious and confrontational at times, was very good at steering the ship and creating a reasonably pleasant atmosphere. But once he sold the company to a VC firm and existed, things got tense and managers increasingly petty. Also, at least when I was there, combined sick AND vacation time was only two weeks in total (though the health plan was good). Also, on a personal note, I believe I accomplished a great deal for the company, but advancement seemed to be out of the question.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just run a mill cycling through bright young things and freelancers. Give more senior people a chance to expand their duties!


  7. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They worship profit. Scrooge could learn a lesson or two.

    Cons

    High volume minimizes in-depth reporting.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very mixed bag

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at FierceMarkets full-time

    Pros

    If you are in the right department (vertical), you can have a very positive experience.

    Cons

    If you choose the wrong publication to write for, you will be in trouble. One vertical in particular has a lot of problems. Success is not based on how well one does one's job, but how well one flatters the head of that vertical--stokes this person's ego. The company has a lot of potential--why does it waste it on a certain "leader" who's all talk/bluster and little action?

    Advice to Management

    Look at the heads of the verticals and don't allow yourselves to be influenced by bluster and fast talk.


  9. Smart people, lousy attitude

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, aggressive people who are generally very good at their jobs. Opportunity for advancement is there if you work hard.

    Cons

    Good health insurance but otherwise very weak benefits. (Only two weeks of combined vacation/sick time in total!) Arrogant attitude among middle and senior managers despite textbook management "happy talk."

    Advice to Management

    Increase vacation benefits if you haven't already!


  10. Helpful (3)

    Amazing company if you work in the right department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at FierceMarkets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great prospects for extremely talented people. Liberal office culture that works for those who are self motivated to make the most of their position. You get to learn a lot of things and touch lots of systems.

    Cons

    Many in leadership are completely in over their heads. Their excuse on being so terrible has to do with their corporate "shareholder" who strangles this once great company. Learned helplessness. The ones in leadership who actually work hard for their employees end up demoralized too, which hurts the rank and file. Too many personal relationships that trump accountability. Often feels like one must be sneaky to get something accomplished. Very bad IT and operations leadership. Lots of great people in the department who scratch their heads at the micromanagement of lack of trust given to them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying on personal relationships as a management technique. Employees can see right through it.



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