Patch Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Ability to work from home, when needed (in 19 reviews)

  • Second was the opportunity to work with great people in the field (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • But it was the worst work-life balance I hope to ever encounter (in 7 reviews)

  • Last-minute fire drills from upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. A good place to work with huge potential to grow!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Patch full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work. Huge room for promotion and self-development. Flexible work hours and people here are so nice and friendly. I am so glad that they offered a salary raise before I said that. They recognize your work and value, show respect and encourage you for better.

    Cons

    Too much free snacks that made me gained 10 pounds after 6 months only..... You'd better watch it!


  2. Success against all odds, changing the world

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    Current Employee - Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Patch full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Doing something very different, creative, and with meaning. Being on the leading edge of programmatic and digital news. Achieving something generally considered impossible: a profitable, growing hyperlocal news business

    Cons

    A lot of figuring things out as we go


  3. Editor

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    Former Employee - Local Editor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Local Editor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Patch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. The community loved us.

    Cons

    No room for upward mobility within company

    Advice to Management

    Leave the "viral" crap to BuzzFeed.

    Patch Response

    Jul 20, 2015 – CEO

    Well goodness. We havent had an editor in Palo Alto since 2013. This review appears to be from then. The upward mobility at Patch has been INSANE. The analyst I hired when we took over ... More


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  5. Don't be fooled.

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

    I worked at Patch

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small teams, great office location, and decent variety of snacks.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor and talented employees across all departments burn out and leave within a few months of starting.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your reader. Ads need to be meaningful and relevant to the people who read your site. Don't bite the hand that feeds you...or increases traffic.


  6. Grew too quickly, too fast

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at Patch part-time

    Pros

    You can work from home, and the hours were flexible. It was a great way to gain experience and exposure.

    Cons

    I started here in 2010, and at first there were lots of opportunities for a freelancer. I did this as a side job in addition to my full-time position, and it was a great way to gain extra exposure and experience. However, I quickly realized that there were too many writers working for Patch in a very small local area and not enough work for us all to succeed. There was also very little communication between me and my local editor, who constantly shot down my story ideas as being "too small." I did not want to keep covering events at the local library or lacrosse games, so, I moved on to other opportunities. It does not surprise me that Patch is slowly on its way out, although I am upset to hear that this is now the case since this website started off with such promise. But I think it grew too fast, added too many towns and areas, and couldn't keep up with everything they had started. No one in higher management really seemed sure what to do in order to keep up with the demand.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and value their ideas more.

    Patch Response

    Jul 20, 2015 – CEO

    Too many writers for a small town? Ha! This review is ancient - pre-spinout from AOL. The dates on these reviews are bogus.


  7. Company Went Downhill After Sale

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    Current Employee - Local Editor
    Current Employee - Local Editor

    I have been working at Patch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working remotely, flexible hours, equipment provided.

    Cons

    Patch was a good place to work when it was owned by AOL. After the new owner (Hale Global) took over, journalism and original content was mostly eliminated in favor of viral aggregated content, the workload increased with so few employees being left, and the company's benefits were terrible. It's truly a company where employees are treated like robots, and it's all about quantity versus quality now, and ethics are an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more individuals, provide employees with a decent benefits package, and encourage an environment where employees' concerns are valued.

    Patch Response

    Jul 20, 2015 – CEO

    The dates on these reviews are bogus. This review is from the first half of 2014, and not current. We did have a multi-month fling with viral content. Like all affairs, I suppose, it seemed fun ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    Get it together!

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    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

    I worked at Patch full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers and good snacks.

    Cons

    I have never worked for a company that is this disorganized with the higher management not knowing what they're doing. They're forcing out great employees who are dedicated to the company, while they are promoting and fostering employees who lack industry experience who often provide upper management with inadequate knowledge to base business decisions off of. There is no solid foundation at the company -- eventually it's going to fall and crumble.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the advice of your employees! They have great ideas and you're missing out on great opportunities.

    Patch Response

    Jul 20, 2015 – CEO

    The dates on these reviews are bogus. This is an ancient one. Pre-spinout.


  9. Local Editor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patch

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and relatively good pay. Top equipment

    Cons

    Work load was heavy, with many dictates from above.


  10. Good until the money ran out

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    Current Employee - Local Editor in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Local Editor in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Patch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Editorial freedom and opportunity when launched here in 2010

    Cons

    Money ran out, poor communication from division and AOL, constant shuffles, mass layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Find some way to return to the community reporting that made Patch special. Right now, it's not worth reading, period.

    Patch Response

    Jul 20, 2015 – CEO

    The dates on these reviews are bogus. We made $4m in cash the first year of operations post spinout. Cash has been in the double digit millions for the last year, with no debt and no venture ... More


  11. Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Commission was great, culture was positive, good people.

    Cons

    Senior leadership made some poor choices early on, lack of direction.

    Advice to Management

    The early leadership team show have been smarter about how they went to market.

    Patch Response

    Jul 20, 2015 – CEO

    True - we made some dumb choices at spinout on local sales strategy and go to market, including a sales office that was in the suburbs away from HQ (which has been shut down).



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