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Internet Brands Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
144 Reviews
2.9
144 Reviews
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Internet Brands CEO Bob Brisco
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a positive environment and great work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • that being said a stress free work environment is never good for growth, on both a personal or company level (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is significantly below market average, leading to high turnover (in 11 reviews)

  • super low pay when I say low i mean LOW (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Internet Brands

    Pros

    Very casual laid back working atmosphere. Not micro-managed and in a great location. There is a variety of different things to work on at any given time.

    Cons

    There are a lot of recent college graduates that get hired here and then they tend to leave for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is tons of room for advancement within your department or moving into other areas of interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice people to work for, BUT NOT THE COMPANY.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Internet Brands full-time

    Pros

    Except friendly coworkers and flexible hours, nothing else.

    Cons

    The company is only care about one thing: MONEY. Super low pay and not much of raise. Very high turnover. This company is just a stepping stone while looking for a real job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advices from other big companies and spend "some" money for the well being of employee. Happy employee = happy company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Take it with a grain of salt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Internet Brands full-time

    Pros

    A great place to learn, and start your career. The work culture is nice, resulting in good people to be around.

    Cons

    When viewing like positions at other companies, pay is much lower. In the time at Internet Brands, I've seen a lot of turnover. Sometimes it gets too loud with the open space. Be prepared to wear your headphones most of the day to drown out unwelcome conversations.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good opportunity for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Internet Brands full-time

    Pros

    I have been a "long time" employee of Internet Brands (6+ years), and have enjoyed my experience with the company. I started at a graduate level position with no experience in the internet sector, and was given responsibilities that I would not have expected. It did command lots of work and dedication, but I was provided with great opportunities,. I have (and continue to) make great friends at the company.

    Pleasant work environment
    Growing company
    Good work-life balance
    Intelligent, hard working and friendly colleagues
    Good opportunities for personal growth
    Very limited politics/bureaucracy
    Flexible structure to enable you to do what you want with your job

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower scale for tech companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    If they take over your company, you have 2 options.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Internet Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If Internet Brands buys the company you work for know this... you are inevitably doomed. Your experience depends on how you choose to leave. You can either stay and get paid to do literally nothing for as long as it takes them to shut your operation down or you can find a new job and quit early. If you are in urgent need of a raise or were previously promised one, find a new job that pays more money because you will not get one here. If you don't mind the pay freeze and would like a zero responsibility and zero accountability work place than go for it, enjoy. Management is completely incompetent, there is no communication between middle and upper management.

    Cons

    If this company becomes your new employer through an acquisition, there is a very good chance you will be let go regardless of how many times they say everything will remain "business as usual". They are a technology company who does not utilize technology effectively. They have very little concern for the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better, even though when you don't value them it doesn't really fit into the business model. Enjoy running a company where most of your employees are unhappy.

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

    talented people, low pay, stepping stone

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at Internet Brands part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the company usually has a strict recruiting process and hires quality talent. I have met many people at the company that have become my good friends. chill work environment, casual dress, promotion opportunities. I have seen many people go to great companies after leaving such as facebook, google, edmunds, etc

    Cons

    super low pay when I say low i mean LOW. MBA students/grads making 10 or 12 / hr. Mid level programmers for 40-50k. everyone at the company is mad at the low pay which creates a terrible work environment of low morale. Very difficult to get a raise, and even if you do get promised a raise or promotion they delay it for as long as they can to penny pinch all their employees. 3+ months after your "promotion" to see a raise. Any resources you need to do your job more efficiently takes forever to get. Refuses to invest in better technology, unless you are a high up manager or developer, you only get one monitor and a crappy computer that costs 250$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    like a previous review... Bob Brisco proceeded to thank the employees for adding another zero in his bank account when everyone is struggling to make ends meet with the low wages at the company. Bob gets another zero in his bank account and the employees get a cheap duffel bag. invest in your employees and talent it will save the company money and create a better working environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Internet Brands

    Pros

    A good place to gain experience. But warning, get out as soon as possible.

    Cons

    I can not begin to describe how horrible this company is. I worked at IB Headquarter for a year and am glad that I got out. The company makes false promises to employees about raises and promotions and cheat their employees constantly. The turnover is high at internet brands. At my one year at internet brands, I have seen so many employees leave the company and I am not surprised. The company treats their employees poorly, they are cheap, there is not room for growth. The company like to make themselves seem like a great company to work for, yet they are full of lies and fake promises. The company does not care about their employees and like to put their employees down-very unfair treatment. Management only care about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to give employees recognition for their hard work and don't make fake promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive Experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Internet Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great company culture.
    -Ability to see your ideas come to fruition.
    -"Try it first" mentality. Meaning, management is open to trying out new ideas and see what happens, rather than shut them down right away.
    -Flexible work schedule.
    -Laid back environment.
    -Very friendly executive team. They are always stopping to ask how you are doing.

    Cons

    -Pay is below market, but the flexibility helps make up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bottom of the Barrel

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Internet Brands full-time

    Pros

    If you don't work in HQ, you won't be expected to do anything.

    Cons

    * No 401k match.
    * Unless you work in HQ, they don't know you exist, nor care about you.
    * They buy up companies, absorb their tech stack into their data center, and then shut them down.
    * None of their departments communicate with each other, so they get nothing done.
    * Managers are spineless, and never make any decisions.
    * Pay is terrible
    * They prefer to hire entry-level people and brainwash them into thinking that they work at a great company
    * If you work in HQ, your workload will increase whenever someone leaves, because they never hire anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire management, hire talented people, and pay them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pray they don't take over your company!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Syosset, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syosset, NY

    I have been working at Internet Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the coworkers were awesome. No dress code.

    Cons

    Internet Brands bought out the company I work for about a year ago. My
    company is located in NY, and Internet Brands is located in California,
    so we didn't actually get to meet a representative from the company
    that was now essentially taking us over. They did however send over
    someone from another company based out of Chicago that they had
    previously bought out. This company was similar to ours, also a website
    hosting company. The guy who came to our office let us know that
    everything would be “business as usual”, yet he also stated how
    "excited" he was for what was to come. We never did get to find out
    what he was so excited about….

    Over time, they would send someone else over from that other company to
    check in with us. We had very little interaction with anyone from
    Internet Brands though, and were never really told who we could go to
    with concerns, or who was "in charge" of anything. We had an HR
    contact, but once that person resigned we weren't officially given
    another point of contact. Promises had been made in original employment
    contracts that were not being honored. Yearly performance reviews that
    were given in the past or that had been promised were no longer being
    given, raises were no longer being offered, and no one received end of
    year bonuses which were offered every other year and were relied upon
    as part of our yearly income. We were overworked and underpaid, with no
    one to voice our complaints to because we no longer had a boss and the
    upper management didn’t have answers for us either.

    Employees quit due to the unfair treatment and realizing that there was
    zero room for advancement anymore, and temps were hired to replace them
    instead of permanent salaried employees. Training was not offered to
    these temps, so the work was not getting done properly which made the
    workload and frustration levels increase for the remaining employees.
    Eventually they just completely stopped hiring replacements for the
    employees that kept quitting so it was basically impossible to keep up
    with the workload and no one was compensated for taking on double or
    triple the amount of work than they used to do.

    We soon found out that while we've been asking them to hire more people
    for our office in NY, they instead had secretly hired a "back up team"
    at the Chicago office to help us out. Why would we need a back up
    team?!! We needed a team in OUR office. We kept asking if they were
    shutting our office down, and were assured that everything was okay,
    and we would still have jobs. They claimed they were looking at the
    budget first, and then we would get new hires.
    Well, a few weeks later, an HR rep from Internet Brands hopped a plane
    to our office to deliver the news that our office would be closing and
    we are all going to be laid off. First time we ever actually met
    someone in person from Internet Brands.

    Now we are expected to basically train and assist the new team that is
    replacing us while they transition into taking over the company that
    our staff collectively spent years building loyal clients for. Good
    luck retaining the clients who have been treated like gold by a hard
    working and caring staff. It’s unfortunate that no one from Internet
    Brands got to know any of us well enough to know who the real honest,
    loyal, and valuable workers were.
                                                                             
                                           

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take over companies, making promises to improve them if you're just going to lower morale and eventually let all of the staff go. Respect your staff. Be honest. Don't be so shady.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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