Vox Media Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Wonderful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Everyone is very supportive of each other - The company is constantly growing - A great place to move up - Very communicative and transparent

    Cons

    I can't complain! It's the best company I've ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! You're doing great.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A Company with a Bright Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company with a bright future. Whether that future is as a publisher, a creative agency, or a technology company is still up for debate. Tremendous growth potential for the company.

    Cons

    Recent changes have made working at the company very difficult. Lack of direction and transparency leaves you feeling like you are working towards a goal that is constantly moving.

    Advice to Management

    Need to close the gap between VPs and the on-the-ground employees. Don't be afraid to ask for help in times when you are obviously in above your head.


  3. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm having a great time.

    Cons

    There's not enough office space.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


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  5. Great company, many changes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to do as you please. A lot of trust is instilled in employees to get their work done. Vacation days are unlimited (granted you do your work), and coworkers (for the most part) are great to be around. A very fun place to work, overall.

    Cons

    Huge gap between leadership positions and all others - both compensation-wise and in general. Also, because its a startup, there are always a lot of changes happening - some good, some stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees not in leadership positions the opportunity to prove themselves. Strengthen relationships between VPs and all employees under respective VP while the company is still small enough to do so.


  6. Great website, a little hostile to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are extremely open to new writers and are a credible source of MMA news.

    Cons

    A little hostile to work for and harsh when it comes to miniscule errors.

    Advice to Management

    Tone down the hostility. Otherwise, keep up the great work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Easy going but Product Manager does not delegate well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vox Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Very easy going atmosphere, no dress code, flexible schedules * Lots of free stuff , like free food, drinks at times etc. * Employees are really nice and friendly, leaving aside 1 or 2 odd balls. * Employees are very good at what they do, especially the coders. * They use Cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    * They will try to give you a pretty low salary in your field and market. They consider themselves to be highly desirable as a workplace and they WILL use that to their advantage. Don't be coned by that strategy, make sure you get what you deserve. * The Product manager/ or product management team becomes a bottleneck because he or they do not delegate very well. It may leave employees demotivated. This may be due to scaling pains. Product managers don't know how to scale efficiently. * Environment is a bit cheap. Hopefully that has changed now. They have to come out of their startup-ish way of doing things, and need to give employees more benefits, sophisticated fun things to do at work to retain employees. Buy more expensive tools for your employees if they want them. Learn from FB and Google. * The overall culture in is mainly driven by the founding members and the leadership. That can be hindering for the company's diversification and growth. They tend to hire people in a biased way, for e.g. who like their own baseball teams, or their own football teams or their own state or their own food etc. If you want to grow you have gotta be more professional and be accepting of other employees likes and dislikes. * Managers procrastinate a lot. * They don't do many hackathons. Feels like they are only using half their potential.

    Advice to Management

    * They will try to give you the lowest possible salary in your field and market. They consider themselves to be highly desirable as a workplace and they WILL use that to their advantage. Don't be coned by that strategy, make sure you get what you deserve. * The Product manager becomes a bottleneck because he does not delegate very well. It may leave employees demotivated. * Environment is a bit cheap. Hopefully that has changed now. They have to come out of their startup-ish way of doing things, and need to give employees more benefits, sophisticated fun things to do at work to retain employees. * The overall culture in is mainly driven by the founding members and the leadership. That can be hindering for the company's diversification and growth. They tend to hire people in a biased way, for e.g. who like their own baseball teams, or their own football teams etc. You may not see it from outside but it does happen internally in discussions. If you want to grow you have gotta be more professional. * Managers procrastinate a lot. * They don't do many hackathons. Feels like they are only using half their potential.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's okay...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people are cool, pretty laid back office culture, the company seems to be doing well at the moment and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Don't really see what the long term vision is, management needs improvement, the pay isn't great.


  9. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is super helpful and nice,

    Cons

    some verticals/groups are a bit cliquey, in a weird way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A phenomenal company that could lose some of the "drama"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Stimulating work -Super talented people that are not only good at their jobs but fun to hang out with -Hip work environment with lots of amenities -The best healthcare benefits you'll get anywhere -Company with a bright future; it's legitimately one of the hottest companies in New York right now

    Cons

    -Compensation is low, but this is media -Too much political intrigue This last point is worthy of elaboration. Any trending company doing high-quality work is going to attract top talent. And with top talent comes egos. Vox isn't riddled with megalomaniacs, but there are just enough of them to make things unnecessarily complicated. Some managers are very open, but there's a lot of "secrecy" at the company. There are managers who obviously weren't the cool kids in school, and now that they're a hot ticket in the media world, they think it's acceptable to turn the office into junior high and experience the glory. Vox is also a very fluid organization - it's always looking to improve and put people where they'll thrive. That's great! But a negative side effect is that the structure is sometimes so loose that these drama queens can get in the way where they shouldn't have any authority. That's not a big gripe - I would still recommend Vox Media wholeheartedly. But just be prepared for some drama. Because it can get downright Shakespearean with Person A subverting Person B, and Person C stabbing Person D in the back. Keep your wits about you, though, and you'll go far and have the time of your life.

    Advice to Management

    -Make the corporate structure firmer so people can't invade neighboring territories. -When you hire egotistical talent, keep a closer eye on them. You're not always aware of the havoc they're wreaking at ground level. It doesn't always look like there are problems because you have SO MANY talented people working who are marching through the grime, but they'd be able to do more if you kept a tighter rein on the troublemakers.


  11. Great company and amazing people

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked at Vox Media for 2 and a half years. My time there was very pleasant. I was in corporate/operations and loved everyone I interacted with. I was given autonomy to get stuff done and was thanked when my projects ended up going well and being completed satisfactorily. I could picture myself working there for many many years but I unfortunately outgrew my position.

    Cons

    Lack of support and growth opportunities but understandable from a startup perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Consider moving people up the ladder instead of hiring from outside the company. Often you just hired someone to do something someone else was already doing successfully. Recognize the hard word people put in and listen when they need support. Management should also be willing to mentor a bit so others can learn areas they might not have as much experience in but areas that would be useful to their future careers.



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