FierceMarkets

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FierceMarkets Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Technology Internship Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at FierceMarkets as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend more training for new employee's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Was good until the takeover

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FierceMarkets

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High volume minimizes in-depth reporting.

  6.  

    Very mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Smart people, lousy attitude

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FierceMarkets

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase vacation benefits if you haven't already!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Amazing company if you work in the right department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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