WebMD Health Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (10)

    Company is toxic for employees and completely lost

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There are not many reasons to work at the company anymore besides for the sake of having a job and getting a check. WebMD did have a lot of smart and talented employees but many have left for other companies.

    Cons

    WebMD is completely toxic place for employees. There is no more vision and the consistent Org and departmental changes leaves one to wonder where the company is really going . Leadership keeps bringing in new management that is very sketchy, questionable and is adding more turmoil. Moral and work enthusiasm has been decimated by the management which is the type of atmosphere they foster and I severely doubt that it will get better anytime soon.

    There is no growth, advancement and do NOT expect to be rewarded for hard and good work. It is simply not appreciated, you may get a Pizza Party and a pat on the back.

    Yes, the stock price went up but if you let go of half of your work force, free up the payroll, cut most of employees benefits and perks, dump the additional work load on the remaining employees, make them work double or triple and not having to compensate them for it. I would think the books should look pretty good but that business model is absolutely not sustainable and eventually will backfire.

    It also says a lot if the COO/CTO of many years abruptly resigned to go somewhere else after giving employees pep talks reassuring that WebMD will turnaround and want to make things better. It is quite evident that it is not the case. If WebMD doesn't proactively change things they will lose the talent that has been shouldering all of the productivity that it has left. I didn't realize how bad it really was until I left and many others feel the same way.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, I believe, only a buy out by a company like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo will get things moving. Those companies understand how to inspire and nurture employees to want to do well. There are a lot of ideas and capabilities within your work force but no one wants to share it with a company that doesn't appreciate or care about its people.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Worst Sales Reputation in Digital Sales - Do Not Work Here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY

    I worked at WebMD Health full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Brand name...but fading fast. Companies know WebMD but their competition is catching up fast and leaving them behind.

    Cons

    Digital sales force has been terribly run for years. It is known throughout the industry as being one of the worst sales environments in the digital space. This has been fostered by a cancerous political culture and ineffective management. Not only would I highly recommend staying away from WebMd as a seller but I would go further in saying if you are hiring, to stay away from employees who have worked at WebMD for a longer period of time.

    Advice to Management

    If you have not left, leave.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A downer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Some dedicated people, felt your work could make a difference, 25 cent sodas, cake day.

    Cons

    Treated contractors poorly, new ideas were publicly encouraged but never executed, total backstabbing culture, way too many upper level managers getting involved at the 11th hour after making no contribution throughout projects. if you're in the clique, then you're safe. if not, watch out. Not much emphasis on innovation.

    Advice to Management

    The clock will run out on you too.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    No one knew how to properly run the business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at WebMD Health full-time

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

    Pros

    The environment was amiable for the most part, aside from the usual people you find in every job setting.

    Cons

    No one knew what was going on there. Leadership was inept, and several executives allowed hourly employees to influence their day-to-day decisions, which ultimately led to the dismissal of several employees who were great at their jobs, and were capable of carrying a lot of weight.

    Advice to Management

    Your executive title shouldn't be just a title. There are certain responsibilities assigned to that title that you should respect, revere, and uphold. Open your eyes and see what's really going on around you. You are not above the fray.


  6. Helpful (8)

    An awful place to work, they would eat their young.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    If you can survive there, you can survive anywhere. It will teach you toughness and how to emotionally detach yourself from your job.

    Cons

    The place is full of back stabbing colleagues, condescending management, and an overall lack of understanding about how to build a business.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  7. Helpful (5)

    I was in for the long haul until I saw this place wasn't good for my health

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medscape Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Medscape Professional in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - Your coworkers. Specifically the team you are working within.
    - Ability to work from home.
    - Brand name on your resume.
    - Vending machines, water, and bagels.

    Cons

    - Not a true work/life balance considering that you end up working more than 9-5 and also on the weekend, multiple times of the year. You do not receive overtime pay.
    - Understaffed, leading to heavy workload and unrealistic deadlines for the remaining staff.
    - Stressful environment. Not good for your overall health, to be expected to work under stressful conditions for a long period of time.
    - Low morale. No true emotional investment. It's just a paycheck until something better comes along.
    - No faith in management. They keep saying things will get better and it has yet to. It keeps getting worse.
    - The company is stagnant.
    - There doesn't feel like any career advancement in this company. You're not learning any new skills that can be applied to future positions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the requests for the middle management for more staff. You cannot expect everyone to continue as is. It's not good for your employee's health.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great for the Resume, Bad for Everything Else

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at WebMD Health full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot from some very talented, passionate, and intelligent people; free bagels on Friday.

    Cons

    Sweatshop mentality; paranoia and disrespect are pervasive; if you work here, you are not happy. If you are happy, then you just put in your resignation notice.

    Advice to Management

    You desperately need to improve the corporate culture if you hope to retain the talent. Encourage (instead of discourage) interdepartmental relations. Show people that there is more than the assembly line of work --- that there is a reason to strive for better. Make procedural changes that take into account the actual people who will be implementing them! Address insubordination and disrespect.


  9. Helpful (4)

    A pretty outside but weak foundation.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Educator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Health Educator in Indianapolis, IN

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

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

    Pros

    It's WebMD. The name is ubiquitous and well known. You will receive a lot of experience, quickly, due to the workload and high numerical standards.

    The recruiters and HR staff are great at finding young, bright, employees. You will possibly meet friends/coworkers with high ambitions. Stay in touch.

    Cons

    For a company with so much potential, the atmosphere was very adolescent, with little leadership from higher management. Sales and marketing to potential/current customers was drastically prioritized. Employees are treated like telemarketers at a call center, scripted, and listened to for "quality".

    Procedures for employee health and upper level communications were hypocritical and unsatisfactory. Growth was directly related to your clique and ability to work long hours and stick to the script. Disappointing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Create a healthier work environment. Put genuine stock in employees. Improve staff trust and rapport across hierarchy.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Be prepared to tread water

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Generally great people working at the ground level. You'll become an adept at creating "something out of nothing" and keeping your cool in extreme situations. Some interesting products and projects. Free coffee.

    Cons

    I must solidly repeat the cries of cronyism that have been cropping up in the last few reviews. Do not ever expect to be treated fairly. Favoritism is shown toward those who can play politics and cliques well, which is forcing talent away at a rapid pace. After the layoffs there are still too many on staff who play CYA games instead of contributing to the company.

    Advice to Management

    If you have any love for your people or even just the stock prices - please clear out the bad seeds and at least some of the politics and nonsense. Let people do their work without jumping through so many hoops. I have never seen a place that makes it so hard to perform a job.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Nepotism = No Trust

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Office are nice
    Salary is competitive
    Strong workforce

    Cons

    How does the leading health information provider that sells space to the richest companies in the world still manage to fail?

    As a former employee, let me explain how:

    Nepotism. If you're considering WebMD and want my advice, my first answer would be a question "are you friends with any current director or VP?" If the answer is "no" I would simply keep looking. That one factor is the single biggest variable in your likelihood of success at WebMD. If you're not a friend, all your great ideas and energy will be seen as a threat. I've seen it over and over during my 3 year stint with the company. The Atlanta office is basically run like a government agency, the only difference are that the hours are longer and the work is more intense.

    I read a Glassdoor review from a WebMD HR person and they nailed it. If you're a high achiever, and you're not someone's longtime friend, you'll be perceived as a threat. Forget about transparency on growth and development because there is none. If you work hard, you may get a an official email saying thanks, and sadly some sideways stares from your supervisor. Work hard enough, just not TOO hard. Ask to grow, but don't seem ambitious. Yes, it's very complicated, but the downward trajectory of the company is very simple.

    For all those hoping that having a "great brand on my resume" will make up for this malaise, you should probably also consider the opportunity cost to your career as you stagnate for years working so hard to receive so little in return, with no promise of a brighter future.

    Advice to Management

    Take a chance and hire someone who's not your buddy. Get out of your comfort zone. This is a publicly traded company. Start acting like it.



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