FriendFinder Networks Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Eh. It paid the bills.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly, helpful, and the best part of working here, you will make great friends here. There used to be free meals, but that is going away. Very flexible hours, depending on your manager you can be very independent. Health benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they are doing. There seems to be no strategic long term goals that the employees are working for. Everything you do will be reactionary and short term (forget about planning!). People are promoted who have no management skills. Pay is pretty low and bonuses are very small. No work-life balance, prepare to work long hours and weekends with no acknowledgement. Averaged about 1 layoff per year during my tenure.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  2. Good people, bad leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the people - the individual contributors. And my manager was good.

    Cons

    High up leadership is terrible. Unqualified is an understatement.


  3. Good perks, shady company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free lunch (though I heard it's going away, which is needs to since they aren't doing well financially) benefits were good, 401k, paid vacation accrued immediately, company holiday parties and lunches.

    Cons

    Not resume worthy, you have to beat around the bush about what you did to other employers, especially if you worked in the CAMS or AFF department. Communication is nonexistant. They will tell you they have something to go over real quick with you and lead you to a conference room to meet your demise and say you're fired. The manager will ditch you there and leave you with HR, who will act as if they have no reason to why you're being terminated. Very shady. This is also a very cliquey place.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your employees as if they are disposable, at least let people go with dignity. Cut back on some things like the free lunches if you're filing for bankruptcy. If you're having to let people go, you need to cut back. I'm sure those lunches cost a fortune.


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  5. WARNING! Don

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks

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

    Pros

    People are friendly, benefits are good.

    Cons

    No raises in years, and when one is finally given it is not worth the paper it is printed on. Not even a cost of living raise. Bonuses have not been given in years, and finally get one, and that too is not even good. Moral is at a all time low. No incentive to come to work. Management has no idea really what is going on, nor do they care. Employees having issues getting other. Saying you were once employed by FFN is a huge red flag. People are pushed out if not complying to HR terms.

    Advice to Management

    Get people in that know what they are doing. Treat people with respect, and not making them feel like you are doing them a favor.


  6. Spent a lot of time playing catch-up to implement competitors' product features, and little time innovating.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart colleagues. Casual atmosphere. Employee attrition seems to be high enough that new opportunities will likely arise.

    Cons

    Performance reviews are rare, and if your manager doesn't provide one, you may need to initiate one. If you feel you deserve a raise, you probably need to ask for one.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make employees ask for raises. If they are doing a satisfactory job, consider giving them an annual increase to keep up with inflation.


  7. Helpful (1)

    leadership role

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you really really really need a job.

    Cons

    If you value yourself and your profession, do not even think of working here. Seriously. If you consider yourself as one of the dregs of society, you've found the right place. Complete chaos, no money, mean spirited crazy lazy people with minimal skills and no drive.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.....


  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Maybe good for someone waiting for the retirement

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

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Hard work is rewarded.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    what a joke

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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