Gawker Media Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Lofty Ideals, Same Old Story

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The brightest minds and greatest writers in the business.

    Cons

    Media and blogging, especially in the NYC bubble, have a strange idea that ambition always includes paranoia. This company's culture that thrives on the usual meaningless cloak and dagger.

    Advice to Management

    Live your stated principles, stop playing the upstart game, and create something of permanence.


  2. Awesome experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere, really get hands on experience, even interns are really involved in the company lifestyle

    Cons

    The separate teams do not have the best cohesion, could use some organization


  3. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, Good content and story.

    Cons

    No product roadmap, editorial looks down on sales.


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  5. Fun place to be but not for a career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Roof deck, free parties, decent perks i.e. catered food, matching 401, free gym membership. People are pretty cool if you need to interact with them but there isn't a real culture of camaraderie .

    Cons

    It might be a departmental issue but management really drops the ball on managing their people. There is no follow up or direction on their part. They seem to be busy building the business externally rather than internally. You are basically on your own to push your career forward there. Fun stuff to do but not very rewarding. Like a previous reviewer stated it seems more like a stop gap company where you stay for a bit, eat some hors d'oeuvres and go on your next thing.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to have more of a 360 review process, perhaps more frequently. Engage your team more often and see what they are up to and what their goals are and how you can help them get there.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Fun place to stop by but nothing to stick around for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Parties, events all the time.

    Cons

    High turnover, seems like everyone knows you're not going to stick around. Nothing to build off of.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your best employees, it might be beneficial.


  7. Helpful (2)

    A good place to network and become involved in online publishing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are a lot of social activities and opportunities to bond with coworkers. Also really great benefits.

    Cons

    There is a high rate of turnover.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great way to understand online publishing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Chance write something that thousands will see instantly

    Cons

    Interns do not get paid


  9. Gawker -- work hard, get read, get paid, don't get sick.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to write and you want to be read, go to Gawker. There's also a bowling team.

    Cons

    No health insurance and the uncertainty of contract work.

    Advice to Management

    Nick Denton doesn't need my advice.


  10. Helpful (1)

    For the ambitious, self-motivated

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It doesn't matter where you work or what you wear. It provides an opportunity to write about a subject matter you're passionate about in your own voice, and have direct feedback with your audience--turning story writing into conversations. It's a great place to be if you crave instant feedback on your performance.

    Cons

    Chew them up and spit them out. Gawker has a habit of seeking out kids who don't know any better and using them up until they're completely burnt out. The pay per click pay scheme rewards scandalous story angles. There's also no escaping work--you're compelled to always be posting content.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the message your current pay scheme sends. It promotes turning every story into something scandalous.


  11. Great place to make a name for yourself

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    Former Employee - Blogger
    Former Employee - Blogger
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All Gawker's sites have notoriety and huge reader base. It's a great place for an aspiring writer to make a name for themselves, but don't expect a huge salary or great benefits -- or good hours. However, you can easily make the jump from Gawker to another, more employee friendly company, plus some people thrive on the huge workload.

    Cons

    LONG hours, huge expectations, very sink or swim attitude. Either you can hack it or you can't, there is no middle ground. Benefits suck.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your people and listen to them when they're unhappy! Also, large changes at the company can be quite sudden and unpredictable.



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