POPSUGAR Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Intelligent Workforce - Opportunity Everywhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    So many intelligent people who I learn from everyday
    A strong culture and a work hard play hard attitude
    Perks galore
    Great environment for those who like to bring new ideas to the table

    Cons

    Examples of professional development need to be highlighted more. They do exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some methodology in place to assist with career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    No clear plan. Not a forward-thinking proactive company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at POPSUGAR

    Pros

    Still trying to figure out what's good about this place.

    Cons

    Employees just do the bare minimum and aren't thinking about long term plans but this is a direct reflection of upper level management. There is no synergy amongst the different teams. Turnover rate is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about the future rather than just the "right now." Stop spending time complaining about employees and turnover rate without thinking about why people are leaving. Compensation, bonuses and promotions are laughable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    Higher ups fill their pockets while Producers, Crew, and staff suffer.

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Culver City, CA
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Culver City, CA

    I worked at POPSUGAR (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big Kitchen w/ lots of snacks...

    Great Production Crew

    A pretty easy job all around.

    Cons

    Full time employees put on a 1099 and considered "independent contractors."

    No Health Insurance and PTO for full time employees unless you're one of the chosen few.

    No Transparency even though they "promote" it.

    A big majority of the producers have very little production knowledge. No knowledge of basic protocol on set, equipment, and their specific duties.

    Absolutely no leadership.

    Forget being rewarded for hard work. Maybe after 3 years of working "full time freelance" and there's no guarantee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the unethical business practices. What you are doing is illegal, and what scares me most is that you're aware of it.

    Try to understand your employees needs, actively work to negotiate, and actually show that you care.

    Listen to your employees, moral across the entire company has slowly gotten worse over the past few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Smoke & Mirrors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at POPSUGAR

    Pros

    - Trendy, fun perks and free snacks/coffee

    Cons

    - Zero transparency from management for overall growth/outlook of the company
    - Poor (non-existent) leadership and favoritism
    - Impulsive decision-making
    - Unfriendly and unsupportive culture
    - The compensation/promotion opportunities are insulting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point, the trendy perks and free happy hours get old — focus on supporting your employees as they learn and develop and provide resources to help facilitate their growth. POPSUGAR is full of young, excited professionals that have big aspirations for their career — place value on their hard work and dedication, otherwise, someone else will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Doomed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at POPSUGAR

    Pros

    Free snacks & free coffee

    Cons

    This company is doomed. Fear, micro management and managerial disrespect to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why would I honour management with a comment?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Zero Culture, Junior Staff, Behind the Times Branding, Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at POPSUGAR

    Pros

    Benefits are solid, great location.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the wheels have come off the bus with this website/brand. Between extreme micro-management and a very junior staff, this place feels like a middle school cafeteria at best. Extremely "clique-y" and a disconnect between teams and offices, nothing seems to get done. The brand itself is very stale, and not much room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Exhausted and becoming resentful. Welcome to High school drama and bad management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at POPSUGAR (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits if you are lucky enough to receive them.
    Young office with good people.

    Cons

    Lack of proper management in Los Angeles office.
    Very Low Morale, people are upset.
    Rude and disrespectful management.
    Unclear vision.
    Horrible communication skills.
    Salaries are ridiculous.
    Employees are over worked.
    Employees do not feel respected or validated.
    Lots of drama. (people are disgusted in LA)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together.
    Popsugar has great potential.
    HR should evaluate and consider fixing the low morale in Los Angeles.
    Treat your employees like any other reputable company in the industry!
    Better salaries and management.
    You continue to grow in every department but nothing changes to benefit the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    The worst women can be when working together

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at POPSUGAR

    Pros

    Brand has some recognition. Some momentum.

    Cons

    Unfocused, nasty personnel, no action all talk management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about looking good, be less hysterical and just chill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    POPSUGAR has to do better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. And usually there's some flexibility from working from home.

    Cons

    Ah, where to begin? There's a lot of favoritism, poor management and structure, and basically they're not shy about making you feel as if you're insignificant slash replaceable slash completely devoid of value. All of your hard work will be for naught. Interdepartmental communication is practically non-existent. In most departments, there's no real possibility of promotion, which is the only glimmer of hope you'll have, anyway. Oh, and you'll likely be grossly underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the opposite of what you're doing now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Tired.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    Hardworking Coworkers
    Innovative Thinking
    Fun Products
    Engaging Projects

    Cons

    Little Process
    Lacks Clear Strategy
    Favoritism Gets Old
    Impulsive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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