Thrillist Media Group

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Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Great culture, Ben is an awesome CEO

    Cons

    Lack career opportunities, engineering culture is non existent, bad employee retention.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Great Potential, Complete Disaster

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - This is a Review for sister company JackThreads in Columbus, OH.

    PROS: Coworkers are very helpful, a nice new spacious office in the middle of a very populated area with lots of activity. Different events spread out throughout the year. A good entry level customer service job and excellent training program.

    Cons

    Management. They isolate themselves in a corner and make it very intimidating for people to approach them. I once had a manager surprised I said hello to them and they replied "people only say hello to me if they want something". Beware if you already have experience in customer service, formal approaches are wrong and the company is losing credible by talking how u txt. Don't expect exiting from the company to be a clean break, even after leaving you will receive cold shoulders and will not be responded to.

    Advice to Management

    You can't put everyone who enters your company on the same scale, people come in with many diverse skills and talents. Don't isolate yourself in a corner with a large blank space in between, it makes it seem as if you are more superior then your employees and that leads to complete disconnect in collaboration. If you schedule a meeting, don't miss it. If an employee needs management back up while on the phone, have their back and help them instead of putting them in an intense situation where they don't have the tools to resolve it.

  3. Helpful (6)

    Very bro'ey, filled with young pups thinking they were going to get rich or become friends with the CEO.

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    Former Employee - Account Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Management in New York, NY

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    tons of booze and fun products laying around the office from businesses that wanted to be featured. editors were very down to earth and good people. lots of very smart kids from top schools.

    Cons

    8:30am-7pm made the "work hard play hard" mentality hard to live up to when it was frowned upon if you weren't going out drinking with them every night. time-off except for christmas was frowned upon. very weak comp for silicon alley. seemed like there was always a new sales lead every few months.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    Disorganized, condescending and a perfect example about how a company should not be run.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free alcohol/beer

    Some cool coworkers

    Soho office is in a really cool location

    Cons

    No autonomy.

    Tech team is treated like children and there is a lot of favoritism. An embarassing amount of nepotism.

    Employees are not encouraged to bring up new ideas - most teams employ the same old routines that get the job done, but never go beyond.

    NO work/life balance. People who actually get to a year here are always burned out and disappointed.

    Job responsibilities are never as job descriptions seem.

    Managers are all young with no training or experience in managing people so they end up just spreading work out by who there favorite team drinking buddies are.

    Did I work at a company or at a frat house?

    Women are rarely made to feel welcome at work events unless you're making out with something at a work offsite Happy Hour (I swear I've seen this happen more than 3 times!!!) or are dating someone high up in the company (lots of coworkers sleep with each other - this makes it a super awkward and unprofessional work environment.

    The Brooklyn office is its own island. It's as if they're not a part of the company - so isolated.

    Promotions are not earned, they are given to people who suck up to managers regardless of their contribution and whether someone else was more deserving of it.

    Advice to Management

    TMG spends money on all the wrong things. Invest in your people rather than keeping the bar full. Pay market rate, have better benefits and teach managers to make people feel welcome and motivated. It starts from the top.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Just an awful, awful, awful place to work.

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

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free beer, booze and free lunch about once a month...no one likes their managers (who have absolutely no management training whatsoever!) so this creates an air of solidarity and strengthens relationships between coworkers and teams.

    Cons

    Miserable place to work if you are not a part of the popular "in" crowd. In order to get promoted here you need to suck up to anyone and everyone. Managers here are afraid of hearing a negative opinion even if your intention is simply to help them improve and streamline their processes. They only want "yes men" and this is why their turnover rate is so bad.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - even ones at all levels. Realize that we are all on the same team and that different opinions and perspectives will help the company grow, diversify and thrive.

  7. Tons of fun and a solid experience

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    Former Intern - Web Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Web Applications Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Extremely smart developers who are constantly trying to learn and further their knowledge. The entire tech team is close and everyone knows each other. Consistent happy hours to lighten the mood and add to the fun environment.

    Cons

    The staff is young, so the atmosphere reflects that. This can be considered bad, if you hate fun.

  8. Helpful (8)

    Really bad place with no direction

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

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Made epic friendships in my time working at Thrillist. Crushed it regularly. Free beer yeah!

    Cons

    Terrible management. Constant turnover. No real strategy. Code is scrapped constantly. You work for nothing. Hours are ridiculous. Company is not growing, layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and take the time to really evaluate employees. There are a lot of people who have no idea what they are doing.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Start Up With A Lot of Growth Potential

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

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work at. Environment is super laid back. Company has a lot of upside. You will learn a lot if you pay attention.

    Cons

    Cons is the same as pros. It can get too laid back sometimes and make it difficult to work. A lot of employees are also very green with no middle person between them and senior management.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Great freelance positions

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    Current Contractor - Freelance Photographer/Writer in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Freelance Photographer/Writer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The position is extremely simple. Produce and get paid. I dont know if all the editors are great, but I do know that the one that I report to is wonderful, and very nice to work with. Fun assignments!

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to respond to inquiries due to their busy nature. They are not always quick to find give you assignments

  11. Helpful (6)

    Walked on egg shells only to get unexpectedly let go

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Best part of the job was the friends I made. They are smart, driven, and will help you out in the future.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they are doing and are quick the point fingers and let go of employees underneath them. Very clique-y. Lack of communication. Seems like the upper management were all losers in high school and use their "power" to compensate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management

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