Grist Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Capable of great things, but never quite delivers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grist

    Pros

    Org embraces new tools and technologies. Open to employees working remotely and having a flexible work schedule. Great opportunity to work with lots of smart and talented people.

    Cons

    Not the best at making the staff feel valued. Turnover is high which prevents org from progressing to its highest potential. Senior management is working to address these issues, but the dysfunction remains pretty high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and trust them to do the work you hired them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cliquey, unfocussed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grist full-time

    Pros

    Some passionate, nice people who genuinely believe in being green and sustainable, with a sense of humor were there. Interesting visitors all the time.

    Cons

    CEO and Senior staff (writers and fundraising) are cliquey and are not open to other viewpoints. Always chasing money for fundraising, which felt more important than the readers and issues. No sense of humor from Senior staff. Sadly, I never got a clear sense of direction about where the website was headed, it was always looking at what other sites were doing and trying to copy them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are other people who work for you besides the writers. Listen to other points of view and stop being so stubborn. Let your readers have fun and show some humor. What happened to being edgy and a little controversial?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    CEO is terrible, staff is friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mostly friendly staff, there's a couple of bad seeds who can be extremely cliquish and ruin it for the nice people, but for the most part friendliness prevails. Outstanding editorial team makes up for lousy leadership from the CEO.

    Cons

    High turnover. CEO is a super micromanager and incredibly abrupt, rude, condescending. A lot of great people have left or been fired, mostly due to him. I would warn against accepting any position there that works with him directly or indirectly. Staff who don't have to work with him seem much happier. It's too bad- they put a lot of energy into recruiting good people and HR is fab, and then the CEO comes and flushes it all down the toilet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great people, lousy leadership, no transparency

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Grist full-time

    Pros

    Grist's best asset is its people. It's a fun, lively place to work. It feels good working for a nonprofit doing cool, progressive stuff.

    Cons

    For how small it is, Grist can sure be dysfunctional. C-level staff don't communicate vision beyond vague brushstrokes. Mid-level management is well-intentioned yet ultimately ineffective. Turnover is high. Major shifting of gears occurs, seemingly at the whim of outside consultants, without much warning. Pay is low. All of this breeds resentment and failure to keep talented people who have fled for more stable pastures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your best staff members. Help them grow and make them happy. Otherwise you'll keep hemorrhaging. Be more transparent and have well-thought-out reasons for major changes, or at least involve staff in huge decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Rewarding, challenging, and eye-opening

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Grist

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, a lot of creative freedom.

    Cons

    Leadership conflicted and sometimes obtuse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with staff.

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