Ziff Davis Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fellow co-workers, great marketing team, great work/balance.

    Cons

    Declining readership, but that was turning around due to acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    I think you're doing a great job, keep it up!


  2. Freelance Designer

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    Former Employee - Full-time Freelance Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Full-time Freelance Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Ziff Davis

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Friendly work environment -Not stressful, reasonable work deadlines and demands -Management is understanding and receptive to employee needs

    Cons

    -Career path is undefined at company, you feel stagnate at times -Could be difficult to have an increase of responsibility unless you have a title change, maybe thats reflective of the 'corporate' status of Ziff Davis, roles are very defined.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage employees not only by their work, but value to the company. Allow for growth by adding greater responsibilities.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre company with poor management team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Ziff Davis 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

    1) There is great work-life balance and the SF office is a very cool place to work for, with tons of old-school arcades and pinball 2) Just like most other mediocre companies, one can find a good number of decent employees, usually in the rank-and-file level

    Cons

    1) Very little to none organic internal growth. If it wasn't for all the cash from parent company to go on shopping spree and therefore mask true growth rate (like most M&A does), this is easily a mediocre company with negligible return on invested capital, with no competitive advantage 2) Executive management team talk about how much they value their employees on every occasion. However, their action reflect an exactly opposite attitude where people are treated as operating expenses, given the nature of media business. At the end of the day, it is not hard to figure that they are managing the business in a way that will ultimately benefit themselves, in the form of performance bonus and some equity-related rewards, while treating everyone else as disposable tools who help them reach their goals 3) I worked at a business unit called B2B, which is one of the worst-run places I have ever seen. The management team forms an inner circle with 3 people total (including GM, operation head, and sales head), while everyone else in the business unit is basically excluded from all aspects of the business. They agree with each other 100% of the time and compliments each other whenever the opportunity allows. After you hear about the adjective extraordinary several times in a meeting to describe themselves, it is a no-brainer that something doesn't feel right. In reality, what the core team lacks in vision and strategic initiative, open and transparent communication with the business, leadership and management skills, they make up for them with self-delusion, insatiable appetite to throw people under the bus, strong tendency to blame everything (industry, competitors, HQ, people, and etc) but themselves, and obfuscation (or the constant strategy of admitting certain minor mistakes or insufficiencies while continuing to do whatever they have been doing that didn't work in the past). With this level of competency and character in control, the business result is pretty predictable in the sense of loss of true talents and deteriorating financial performance. As slow as the train wrecking is taking place, eventually it will happen 4) The compensation is definitely below average for those aspiring to make more money, not to mention the B2B business unit is strongly dictated by favoritism when it comes to merit increase or promotion. There are only a few industries with lower pay and there are abundant opportunities in Bay Area that one can get paid much better in a different industry, even if the job function is exactly the same 5) There is super limited growth opportunity at this place, unless you are one of the favorites of the management team. So this might be a better training ground for someone to gain some experience, but definitely not a good place to develop a career

    Advice to Management

    1) When you have a B2B management team installed in place for years with nothing but high turnover and pathetic financial performance to show, it is almost always better to get rid of the current team and try a new one. Not doing that will only embarrass yourself in the end 2) People are actually smarter than you thought and when you treat them one way and say opposite things, they usually notice! So stop paying so much useless lip service and let your own actions define your intentions


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  5. Former Operations employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly work environment and good pay for entry level employees

    Cons

    There wasn't a lot of room for growth. The office wasn't very social outside of work hours. Very "keep to yourself" enviornment.


  6. Sales Role

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ziff Davis (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexibility to run your book of business the way you see fit. Great exposure to digital sales.

    Cons

    Little to no training. Upper management is far removed from what is really going on within the sales teams in the other offices. It's a boy's club - no women in management roles and there is no room to grow in the company.


  7. Good experience but there's a ceiling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ziff Davis (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you're just starting out it's a good place to be since you'll have a lot of work. There's an obvious effort from the C-suite to create better culture for a traditional company.

    Cons

    There isn't much good to say in terms of management, and there's an obvious lack of women in the higher-ups. When visiting the NYC office I saw there was an obvious lack of culture between the 13th and 11th floor. Management talks about their teams more like tools than people.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team and stop with the petty politics. Also, please hire more women or promote from within - especially since there's already such a stigma against women in tech.


  8. Fun, Relaxed Workplace, But Editorial Needs More Recognition

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    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor

    I have been working at Ziff Davis

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Recognize and compensate editorial!!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Company With Terrible Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ziff Davis

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Healthy work/life balance and good benefits

    Cons

    Traditional company. Hard to innovate and really be creative.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Smart, talented people who respect one another

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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