TechWeek Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Dream job

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at TechWeek

    Pros

    This company places great great effort into maintaining and sharing its core values of ethics and journalistic integrity. The products are quality and their development is customer-oriented.

    Cons

    Building a startup into an enterprise at a quick pace is difficult work and requires patience, ingenuity and thick skin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop a positive culture and environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish and scale as the business grows.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Awful & Disappointing Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TechWeek full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - There are some really talented and bright people who care a lot about the organization (and each other)
    - Most employees don't have job descriptions, so you're provided with the opportunity to create and define your role within the company
    - Great for networking and expanding your general understanding of technology and startups across the country
    - Young, hungry team

    Cons

    - Absolutely zero work-life balance
    - Worst benefits package I've ever seen and compensation is laughable
    - Extremely young team lacks experience and are unable to adequately manage up and down
    - Lack of senior leadership (and no focus on hiring senior staff) with substantial work experience to guide direction of the company and mentor junior team members
    - Uncomfortable work environment as people are disrespectful to each other and belittle the work of others around them. This starts at the top and the culture and attitude stems from the investor who runs day-to-day operations and holds all of the decision making ability
    - Staff is held hostage to investor to make decisions, therefore work takes twice as long to get done
    - Drama and manipulation permeate the culture
    - Most employees see their time at the company as a detour in their career path and leave within months (!)
    - On the whole, the entire staff is overworked, underpaid, undervalued, and beaten down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Techweek has potential to be great and really be a major resource and platform for startups across the country. That said, the current culture and bizarre (and unhealthy) culture is holding the company and its employees back. The micromanaging and cycle of negativing coming from the chairman is incredibly detrimental. There needs to be a more serious emphasis on hiring experienced and respected leaders to drive real progress in creating a more stable and productive environment.

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

    Absolute Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TechWeek full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Met and worked with some amazing, but unappreciated people who were all either fired or quit.
    - Ridiculous expectations forced me to push my knowledge and learn new skills

    Cons

    - Sleazy Founder/CEO who micromanages everything, belittles everyone
    - 60-80 work weeks, getting a 'talking to' for only working 9-10 hours a day
    - No work/life balance, no value of people
    - Thrown into the deep end from day one and asked to do tasks that have nothing to do with position hired for
    - Constant restricting of company
    - Incredibly high turnover
    - No consideration of basic amenities like coffee, paper towels, etc.
    - Terrible compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to actually value people, their skills and their time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Sleezy Investor, Sleezy Parties

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TechWeek

    Pros

    There are some people who have incredible work ethics (borderline slavery) and very talented.
    Good location
    Certain not boring because of all the tension and drama (if you count that as a positive, more power to you)
    Free Dinner* (if you stay past 7 pm because obviously going home at regular hours is not an option)
    Free Uber ride home after 9 pm (because that's their idea of "rewarding" overworked employees)

    Cons

    Where do you even start?

    Sleezy investor with a twisted mindset and false confidence of a fool
    Weird sense of priorities (focusing on the glam and the glitz of the event industry instead of focusing on the actual product, thus producing mediocre, lukewarm at best, products
    Very few members of leadership actually possessed the required skills for the said positions
    Very little work-life balance averaging from anything between 60 - 80 hour weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company has potential to be great. However, as long as the sleezy chairman micromanages every aspect of the company, the future of this company is as bleak as his taste in everything. Remove the chairman and rebuild the company to fit its mission statement.

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

    Run and don't look back

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TechWeek

    Pros

    Parties
    Lots of eye-candy at the Techweek Runway Show and other company events
    Get down like you're on the Real World with bottle service and VIP treatment when around the investor
    Parties
    Missing the rush hour commute because 9-5 is for people that work at Walmart, and this isn't Walmart
    Occasional Skrillix tickets
    Did I mention parties?

    Cons

    No concept of work/life balance
    Expect emails/texts/calls at all hours of the day. Also expect to have to respond to those emails immediately
    Constant tension between employees and management
    Tendency to rush out unfinished product
    Obvious favoritism, perhaps as some sort of motivator
    Pay and benefits aren't exactly to die for either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the investor and rebuild the company around someone with a passion for technology and innovation and not just roi's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Negative culture, no work-life balance, poor management and leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TechWeek

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities, some travel and that's about it

    Cons

    Salaries aren't very good, hardly any benefits and that's not the worst of it. Managers constantly micromanage, the culture is not a pleasant one - it is based on being in the office long hours and putting work before friends and family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, treat your employees better and learn how to manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    No amount of money could get me to work here again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TechWeek

    Pros

    Fun parties, flexible work hours

    Cons

    You do not get paid a lot, but you work 60-70 hours. Unfortunately the management does not care how many last minute changes they make or how late you have to stay there. Working here does not give you a work-life balance and you will find yourself exhausted all the time. There is constant tension in the office between management and employees and you can forget management ever listening to your ideas. You are constantly on the defense rather than offense. Expect calls at all hours of the day and night. If you want to feel belittled and stupid then this is the perfect place for you to work. It's not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nail down one conference before expanding to more cities and attend training on how to manage your employees. Running them ragged and then expecting them to do more and more for you does not work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Fun for the weekend, but I wouldn't marry it.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at TechWeek as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Unbeatable networking opportunities
    Post event parties are amazing
    Opportunities to create relationships
    Ability to own your task

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism
    High executive turn over
    Poor relationship management
    Can't go to the parties and maintain a work standard
    Sleazy investor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the creepy investor away from the female staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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