Ziff Davis Media

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Ziff Davis Media Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun, Relaxed Workplace, But Editorial Needs More Recognition

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

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media

    Pros

    Good work/life balance.
    Fun, smart people.
    Very solid benefits package.
    Freedom to find your own beat and create projects.
    Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow. There's no ladder to climb. "Promotions" are just title changes in editorial.
    Quotas stifle creativity.
    Management stuck in old media mindset at times.
    Sometimes it takes an employee threatening to leave before they're truly "promoted" or properly compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and compensate editorial!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible Company With Terrible Management

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

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media

    Pros

    The only good thing about working here was the location. It's awesome working in the heart of San Francisco but that is pretty much it.

    Cons

    I cannot reiterate enough how unqualified, unenthusiastic, and unbelievably terrible management is at this company. Not only do they make promises that they cannot keep, but they completely ignore employees in such a disrespectful and unprofessional way that it's a miracle the SF branch is still functioning. Every month I've worked at Ziff Davis at least two employees would quit. The branch has literally been cut in half because people cannot tolerate working here for more than a year. I am counting down the seconds that I find a new job and get out of Ziff Davis. The absolute lack of any communication whatsoever will be the demise of this branch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage. You would think after two years of employees flocking away that they would change some tactics but clearly they just don't know how manage. At this rate, it would be a miracle if Ziff Davis B2B was still around in a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Satisfied

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Healthy work/life balance and good benefits

    Cons

    Traditional company. Hard to innovate and really be creative.

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  5.  

    Smart, talented people who respect one another

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

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to explore working in a stable company with a rich history, but still feel like you are at a start up. Ziff Davis has exploded with growth the last few years and has tons of opportunities. The company executive team is smart and values the employees.

    Cons

    Some departments are still lagging behind the times. A few poor managers need to be replaced to make the place great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump a couple of department heads who make life miserable for everyone else and knock the walls off some of the silos these people created. A more collaborative team will produce better work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Greedy company seeks loyal employees to exploit for huge margins with no reinvestment back to teams/development.

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

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media full-time

    Pros

    The people are/were cool and smart. The bar is steadily being lowered.

    Cons

    No management, no advancement, no raises, no bonuses, no future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being short-sighted. Your biggest weakness is a fundamental lack of interest/understanding in having a singular and constructive focus (maybe just try putting out a good product...?). Instead, cheapness, infighting, dismissive "management" and clueless leaders dominate ever area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not Great

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

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good People
    Great office in NYC

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow
    Lot of Turn Over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged, no leadership and not very supportive of women in senior roles.

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The editorial content and lab analysts.

    Cons

    Senior management mistakes micromanagement with leadership. The is no clear path for advancement and it is a place of intimidation not support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work culture by trusting the people you hire to do a good job. And stop letting people fail up and supporting an old boys club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Flat-Structure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Ziff Davis Media as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working at Ziff Davis was an overall fantastic experience. I couldn't imagine a more supportive group of people, especially in New York City where most companies are filled with people out to get what they want. ZD is a company that thrives on teamwork and I can see it soon booming even into a larger force than it is today. In the last year, many drastic changes have been made, but the amazing team has made calculated decisions and think they've been incredibly successful in the direction they've headed.

    The company has a great flat-structure. If you want more responsibility or opportunities, you are likely to get it. There is a great upward mobility and have seen many friends move around and get promoted. While I was low on the food chain, I felt comfortable pitching ideas or coming forward to managers and C-level employees. I am so thankful to my amazing managers and team who took my ideas seriously and gave me the chance to take on large projects to build my experience in interests I had.

    There is an incredible sense of community even within the very different internal teams. Whether you are an assistant, intern or manager, everyone is treated equally. Some people working there now, like the manager I had, are some of the hardest working, inspiring and dedicated people I have worked alongside. They are very invested on building the brand and will not cut corners to make it happen. My time at Ziff Davis exceeded my expectations and was a great experience. The projects were challenging and very rewarding. I gained a great amount of experience in digital publishing and built relationships that I hope to have have for a long time.

    There are some great benefits: Amazing roof deck with views of the empire state building, coffee and tea room, free beer fridge, events, ping pong table and some great people. If you put yourself out there, you will build great friendships and feel supported on your career path.

    Cons

    Transparency. While you are given responsibilities, sometimes you aren't given clear guidelines on projects or your future in the company. The great thing is that it has a start-up feel, where you have the ability to be creative when putting together projects or pitching ideas. At the same token, if you're not comfortable with working without set guidelines or having to start from square one on projects, it could be a challenge. If you're up for innovation, it's a fantastic place to contribute.

    As well (while this is a pro for the future of the company) you can't fly under the radar and not deliver. As mentioned, job security is a concern but if you are qualified and dedicated there should not be any problem. The company holds a very high quality bar and will replace people if you aren't delivering. That said, if you are a hard-worker and willing to contribute to a team you will get irreplaceable experience. Ask for more responsibility, and it will be given to you.

    If you are motivated, you may work until 7-8 at night. Many people leave around 6, but it is longer hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to treat employees with the respect and faith that you do. Your hard-work and belief in your team will help the company to continue to grow exponentially.

    Be transparent and have check-ins with team members so they are clear on their future of an employee on their future in the company. Management was incredibly talented, kind, hard-working and most importantly generous towards early career employees. Some of the best managers out there. Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    High-quality people, low-quality management

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and a respect for boundaries, fun and pleasant colleagues from mid-level and down, management is relatively hands off

    Cons

    Poor compensation and little salary growth opportunities, no support from management to grow, staff is complacent, health benefits are so-so

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre Entry Level Sales Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ziff Davis Media full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people; opportunities to learn if you push for them.

    Cons

    Poor communication by management, poor collaboration between departments. Management is evasive about commission and salary in the early days of employment.

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