Patch Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
115 Reviews

2.8
115 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to work from home, which can be a wonderful thing for those with families (in 10 reviews)

  • Second was the opportunity to work with great people in the field (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You need to be very organized in order to maintain a work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management was completely disconnecting from those in the field (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great, when they hired freelancers

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    Former Employee - Freelance Videographer  in  Ferndale, MI
    Former Employee - Freelance Videographer in Ferndale, MI

    I worked at Patch as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    For a freelance videographer, this was a really great opportunity. I was able to do something in my field (film) and see a lot of good things in Michigan that I wouldn't have even been aware of.

    Cons

    The budgeting started changing and they cut freelancers all together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Though intent was good, working there was hard and stressful.

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People worked hard and benefits/salaries were good.

    Cons

    Company was not run well as a business. The layoffs were brutal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't start up a company unless you have a sales force in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    This place is awful.

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    Former Employee - Local Editor  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Local Editor in Wilton, CT

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Uh, the company credit card?

    Cons

    Most of it from the lack of direction to the increased workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just save yourself some time and shutter it now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Highly useful internship!

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

    I worked at Patch as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was an intern with Patch in summer 2013, and my colleagues there treated me like I was on their level. They recognized that I had potential and allowed me to take chances with my work, and I proved that they could trust me to do as they asked. The job is also a great way to get to meet new people, because it was community-focused journalism, which helped me get out of my introverted shell while learning new journalism skills. Was definitely a good fit for me! It kept me as busy as I wanted to be, but working from home was a perk.

    Cons

    The only disappointing thing was that the sites in Washington state are no longer staffed. My internship ended early because of company-wide layoffs, and it was not fun to go through that process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For those regions where Patch still has staff, find ways to keep it going! Get to know your community members, and continue the camaraderie among the staff that helped make it such a fun job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patch

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    The company could not sustain its own growth.

  7.  

    Lofty goals that died about two years ago

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    Former Employee - Local Editor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Local Editor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Started with a great vision for news, but got bogged down in advertorials and yard sales. I liked the autonomy, that they gave us good tools (in the beginning) and that we were covering places that newspapers had long forgotten.

    Cons

    No real plan for advancement for editoris, too many weird ideas about edit that came from new york and not the field, penny pinching towards the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Exciting start-up and great co-workers, but disorganized and poor communication

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

    I worked at Patch full-time

    Pros

    It was a fun place to work as the company was growing, and many of us were passionate about what we were doing, worked hard but played hard and we learned a lot very quickly.

    Cons

    Poor communication between HQ and the field and company grew too quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great company and culture, too bad it ended

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    Former Employee - IT Support  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    When I started it was a great culture, great place to be. The people, the perks & benefits were amazing. Always a great party happening, we had a bar fully stocked w/ beer and always celebrated peoples ideas and their birthdays as well.

    Cons

    Terrible business model and no profits were made which affected its long term success and led to its eventual demise. They kept so much pressure on the sales team, the engineering team ran wild w/ expenses and there was never a balance, it was a frat house mentality with a blank check, until that well ran dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the journalism, get back to the core values of what Hyper Local media was supposed to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Regional Editor
    Former Employee - Regional Editor

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, inspiring mission, exciting ramp up and some really great work done by a lot of dedicated journalists.

    Cons

    It was too unwieldy to last for long, despite everyone's best efforts. Not sure why, even now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    It once was great

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    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

    I worked at Patch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    While Patch was owned by AOL, employees were given excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Working from home was also nice.

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance. There were no set hours, and the work was never done. Management was very inconsistent. Some managers gave the editors complete flexibility and autonomy, and others were micromanagers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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