FriendFinder Networks Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
38 Reviews

2.7
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work is rewarded.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Developer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Let's get real...people complaining on this site are disgruntled folks who feel they should be given everything without earning it! They compare this company to the Big Dogs (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.), but FFN can't run with the Big Dogs because it's a different breed altogether! The company provides more in fringe benefits than other companies this size: anniversary bonuses, a 401(k) match, a PTO program that blows others out of the water (20 days/25 days/30 days -- depending how many years you've been with the company). A majority of companies start you off with 2 weeks, and one review on this site is wanting to go back to separate vacation and sick leave! Does he not get it?!

    A big pro is that both Marc Bell and Dan Staton are no longer associated with this company! They were the most arrogant pair who didn't care about the employees and we didn't care about them. They were an embarrassment.

    This company is going through a transition. Andrew Conru has returned and has started to breathe new life into the company, but we're all still cautious. Most important, though, is we now have hope.

    So, people should stop bitching because we do have it pretty good here. We're being paid to produce good work, so step it up if you're dawdling around mediocrity! And to all the former employees who produced less but felt entitled to more, who didn't like the food, the management, their salaries . . . good riddance!

    Cons

    Mid-level managers need more training. I've asked my own manager questions only to realize later that he steered me down the wrong path! Also, there are department heads who need to be replaced as they don't seem to contribute anything -- it's so well-known that people from different departments chat about it during lunch. It's an ongoing joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the staff and make it clear to us what the culture of the company is, especially with the changes taking place. There's an opportunity to get it right this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely horrible company to work for under Marc Bell and his cronies. Toxic culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time

    Pros

    Andrew Conru is perhaps the best thing to happen to this company is a long while. It is now private, so perhaps things got better.

    Cons

    It was down hill once it was acquired by Marc Bell and turned into a public company. Upper management is horrendous. All managers seemed to be from engineering backgrounds, knowing absolutely nothing about managing people

    Highly discouraging atmosphere. non existent praise. toxic culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the management to people who value and respect other people. Invest in a few management courses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Maybe good for someone waiting for the retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch, shower room, food cube...
    Social Network Industry is fun.

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy, some upper managers are good technicians but lack the management training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read and answer the email, useless to ask to send the daily report without replying it.
    Andrew is cool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    what a joke

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Not Applicable  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    there are no pros at all

    Cons

    the employees at the corp office were immature and paid way too high. Management and executives were a joke. Not a lick of common sense between them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enough with the micromanagement - stop lining your pockets - stop hiring who your sleeping with at the moment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's not about what you know, it's about who you know...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Complimentary breakfast and lunch Monday to Thursday
    -Free Porn
    -Opportunity for advancements if you stay at the company long enough

    Cons

    -Porn is visible at every corner of the company. If you are not comfortable to see graphic human private parts, don't even think about work for this company. Compliant about sexual related stories happen at the HR department frequently. Lots of lawsuit against the company.
    -Favoritism is a norm in the company. Most executives have low or no education and no prior experiences on managing people nor a department before join the company. You can start out as a temp, then hired as a VP if you know how to please the top executives. If the higher up executive likes you, you will get bonuses for no reason, additional PTOs, multiple promotions, free excess to the porn sites, work couple hrs a days and get pay in full...
    -Low moral - most people there to collect their paychecks, no one seem to care for the company.
    -Extremely Poor management. The exec. spent millions to acquire bad companies and hired lots people. In less than a year, laid off the same number of people hired and closed down the acquired companies. The exec have no idea what they are doing and no directions. Unfortunately, the employees suffering from it. Regardless how long you worked there, the severance is two weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask your employees to be accountable unless you do the same!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    I would not recommend this company to anyone

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    Former Employee - Translator  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Translator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free catered lunch everyday. except for Fridays and weekends

    Cons

    No room for growth, very hostile work environment, managers are horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Uninspiring, demeaning leadership from Leads to CEO

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are into politics and gaining success from it. This is your place!

    Cons

    Politics rampant within the entire company. Bully emails from CEO. I can't tell you how many of them I have forwarded to friends that are not employed at FFN. They are always shocked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees mirror your leadership. Epic fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    IS THIS A JOKE?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    can't think of a thing

    Cons

    too many at corporate - the daycare attitude - the micro-managing, the security of the office supplies vs the integrity of the network / information; the segregation of favorites vs other employees, etc., etc, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay well for good / qualified people - loose the friends that are only in the position they are in because of friendship and nothing else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, but outdated bureaucratic policies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The projects I am assigned are generally interesting and allow me to grow my skill set.
    Most colleagues are affable and professional.
    GLBT friendly
    There is a free lunch, although it's generally high-fat.

    Cons

    The porn is not really my thing
    Outdated policies include no working from home and, in the bay area with its unpredictable traffic, extreme emphasis on being on time. These are placed at higher importance over productivity.
    lunchbreak policy: "everyone takes some kind of break", so it is counted against you even if you work through lunch and take nothing but bio-breaks. (yeah, that's illegal in California)
    Discourage direct communication with Taiwan office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're not willing to offer top dollar to good employees, at least be more flexible with hours. Get with the times- there are plenty of ways to ensure that employees working remotely are getting something done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A stressless, dead-end job with free meals if you don't care need to make ends meet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Free lunch from Monday to Thursday.
    * Pretty stressless job (though there is nowhere to go).
    * Deadlines are not real.

    Cons

    * Poor management with little or no communication
    * There is no trust in employees. Management treat employees like children.
    * Like other companies, there are few apples in this company where employees have bad attitudes, work is not their priorties. Management opt to do nothing about them,no disciplinary actions, etc.
    * Unprofessional work environment
    * Managers lack leadership & vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage by knowing the employees, not by sitting in the offices. Most managers don't know how to be good managers. Train them!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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