FriendFinder Networks

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FriendFinder Networks Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
39 Reviews
2.8
39 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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
  2.  

    This is a Great company and can only Rise to better levels

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have worked on and off, off site for this company for a number of years. I have watched it go from being brand new kid on the block to well known. I have seen all sides of the company from being a member to helping out where I could in several depts. I have never been disappointed in the site, the company, the jobs or the management. The company is working very hard alongside the man who created the original site to improve the business, the site and bring members a new level of entertainment while using the product. The only place they can go from here is UP !

    Cons

    Are there issues ? Yes, but if you work hard, prove yourself to be a loyal employee with great creativity you can rise in this company. Tough times call for all employee's to tow the company line and help in bad times as well as good. Will it be hard ? Yes. Will it be worth it ? Yes indeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would follow the great advice posted on Linked In about managers asking employee's how they are doing as a manager and where improvements can be made. Listening to employee's concerns and ideas should be a large part of any management job. We can only grow and get bigger/better if we implement new ideas and encourage employee creativity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    About as bad as a company can be without being run by LRon Hubbard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

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

    Some Things are Rather Ridiculous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    It'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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    my career

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Myself 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    fix PTO/sick days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Toxic, dysfunctional, terrible place to work.

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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

    Free parking. Free gross food.

    Cons

    People 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 ManagementAdvice

    You're all beyond hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    like my job most of the time

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

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    poorly management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks

    Pros

    view more interesting adult sites.

    Cons

    CTO is 100 percent dictatorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employee the way they treat management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    NY staff is a good group of people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks

    Pros

    Great if you're interested in the social networks.

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks

    Pros

    free lunch from Monday to Thurs

    Cons

    Before 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 ManagementAdvice

    they 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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