FriendFinder Networks
2.9 of 5 37 reviews
www.ffn.com Sunnyvale, CA 150 to 499 Employees

FriendFinder Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
FriendFinder Networks – US – “FriendFinder”

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Andrew Conru

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    About as bad as a company can be without being run by LRon Hubbard

    Technical Consultant (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros* Free Food
    * Ample parking
    * Coffee & Tea
    * An impressive company christmas party.

    Cons* Bizarre possibly chemically imbalanced (or "enhanced") management that likes to yell (or whimper) over random things
    * Poisonous politics
    * disorganized multiple groups filled with demoralized people
    * random waves of layoffs
    * if the Klingons were real and managed an IT company this would be it

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    my career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsMyself and a quite a few others have been here several years. There are some that have left and come back - I see that as a testament to the quality of the workplace. I'm challenged here every day. If you put yourself out there and really do 110% you will be rewarded, but you are not rewarded just for showing up like at some other companies where I have worked.

    ConsThe sick days are from the same pool as PTO. This leads to people coming in sick often which is pretty bad, it gets everyone else sick then we lose productivity and everyone is in a bad mood.

    Advice to Senior Managementfix PTO/sick days.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some Things are Rather Ridiculous

    (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-Depending on the group, there are some really great people in the company...at least at the "worker bee" level.

    Cons-Poor upper management as well confused C-level team
    -HR is practically nonexistent, HR issues means you get fired
    -Friends of friends still hold high positions hence the poor quality of people in Directory, Manager, VP and C-Level roles
    -Wives, girlfriends, ex's on payroll means no one who actually does work gets paid well or can get a raise
    -"Owners" ran the company dry (poor decisions, friends in high-positions etc.) now the hole is too deep to dig out from

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's bad enough that you have the position you are in, if you want to help the company as a whole, either:
    1) Resign
    2) Take a pay cut

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Toxic, dysfunctional, terrible place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree parking. Free gross food.

    ConsPeople thought it was bad during the days when Andrew Conru ran the company, but it only got even worse (and slimier) after Penthouse bought the company.

    Upper management are all men, and unabashedly sexist in both their hiring practices and the way they discuss female employees behind closed doors -- there's already been one high profile sexual harassment case that was settled out of court (look it up). The company has been sued so many times you'll lose count trying to keep track, and the employee turnover rate is the highest I've ever seen. The most talented people leave because of the dysfunctional work process and abusive environment, and new hires quickly have their morale crushed within weeks of signing on - it's not uncommon for new employees to voluntarily quit within their first 4 weeks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're all beyond hope.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    like my job most of the time

    Developer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros-my job description was accurate and I actually enjoy it most of the time
    -management is reasonable
    -flex hours
    -coworkers are kind, open-minded and competent. Generally helpful, too.
    -if there's politics I'm kept out of it
    -LGBT friendly. Nice for those of us who aren't, too, btw.

    Cons-the porn is not my favorite, and it IS part of the job.
    -working from home rarely and by exception
    -commute
    -sick time and vacation time from the same pool. If you get bronchitis, you lose vacation.

    Advice to Senior Management-revise vacation/sick time policy.
    -allow employees to work from home one day or even half a day a week, as long as we don't have meetings. Or even on designated spare-the-air days. Or on condition that we work half our normal commute time extra.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    poorly management

    Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosview more interesting adult sites.

    ConsCTO is 100 percent dictatorship.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat employee the way they treat management team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    NY staff is a good group of people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat if you're interested in the social networks.

    ConsBad if you're located in NY and the happening scene is in CA.

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    this is an echo of the other review describing how a mature company works like a 0-yr old startup

    (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosfree lunch from Monday to Thurs

    ConsBefore start going into details, I tell you the work is not challenging. You look at their sites, services and products. You tell me how complicated or challenging it is

    This is a matured company, but it does not have any thing in place; here are some examples: No product planning (management says we should that; we do it). No release system (that means bugs are everywhere; time waste in FINDing root cause of bugs is a big issue). No test / dev environment ( that leads to fix of one bug is another bug). No unit test framework (keep finding root cause and fix bugs baby). No bonuses (obviously, doing extremely good jobs does not result to any reward). No raises (no wonder why people leave every 2yr). No fun (there was an team outing last week; it was 15 miles away from the office and it was during the worst traffic hours; No wonder why 15-20 out of 70s went). Public flames on internal mailing lists directed at you, your team, etc. A culture of "blaming someone else" - the people responsible for problems get away with everything, those who implement the bad decisions are blamed for everything. A classic "toxic corporate culture". Run and run as fast as you can

    No telecommuting. This is not entirely true because if you are your boss's pet you can WFH.
    Be prepared to sit in one of the very uncomfortable meetings where your boss is screaming at you (or your coworker) in front of everyone else and tell you how suck you are at your job. Btw, your boss will privately apologize to you after that to make you feel better and happy to work for him/her again.

    Be prepared and don't be shock if your boss is praising your work privately, but when it's time to deliver results in front of the audience, if there is someone starting attacking your work, your boss turn around and no longer be on your side. So if you are loyal, it' will be heart-broken because even your boss is not behind to support you when things go south. Wait, the boss supported and praised your work earlier right? Yes, but I guess it's politics and to cover their azz, they turn around and blame you for doing a poor job.

    Advice to Senior Managementthey just started to tell everyone it's time to put unit test framework in place. I hope it's not too late.
    Be responsible for your team. Don't embarrass your employees in public. Respect your employees. If you want people to go out and have fun, pick a place/time that is convenient. Don't make people feel like you announce there will be a team outing, but you don't want people to go to save company money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unprofessional, Incompetent Management Crushes Morale, Rewards Self

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsA free lunch M-Thurs. Free parking.

    ConsNo telecommuting. Poor management. No strategic vision. No product planning. No release system. No test / dev environment. No change control. No bonuses. No raises. No fun. Public flames on internal mailing lists directed at you, your team, etc. A culture of "blaming someone else" - the people responsible for problems get away with everything, those who implement the bad decisions are blamed for everything. A classic "toxic corporate culture". Run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn professionalism. It's not something you can learn in a book or seminar. You have to associate with and learn from professional people. Clearly that never happened here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This place was a stepping stone. Not somewhere someone would want to be long term.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood benefits, competitive salary, decent company perks, some of the employees were personable, I hear they provide free lunch now.

    Consadult content, politics in the office, upper management has big egos and big disconnect from employees. Morale of the company seemed low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect and don't keep them in the dark about what's really going on behind closed doors.

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