I have been working at Grist full-time
- Everyone at Grist is a brilliant, hard-working individual passionate about their work. There are no slackers that I've encountered, and everyone generally likes their job.
- We get to do some really awesome work. The Grist brand is know by a passionate (albeit small) group of people passionate about environmentalism, so we mean something special to those people.
- Work/life balance is great. People generally work 9 to 5 with after-hours work very rarely for special projects. Vacation and sick time are about average.
A lot of the previous negative reviews are true, but there should be some context. We just went through a round of layoffs (which is extremely unfortunate) but not something out of the ordinary for a media company. Grist is in a time of great transition, a new vision and mission, a new CEO, and a large fundraising push. While I agree with a lot of the critiques by employees whom were let go, I'm confident that we are headed in the right direction.
To the diversity/equity problem at Grist, it's something a group of employees are very passionate about. Our new CEO is also passionate about this, so I'm hopeful we will see more action behind this.
Advice to Management
- Don't try to do everything at once! Our staff is too small at the moment to stretch us so thin.
- Focus on what Grist is known for — journalism. These side projects are a distraction.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Grist (Seattle, WA) in March 2015.
About two weeks after submitting my application, I received an email to set up a phone interview. The interview was a few days after that. I spoke on the phone with 2 women for about 20 minutes. I didn't receive any contact from them after the call. I feel like if the interview could have been in person, I would have done much better. It was really difficult to gauge what type of answer they were looking for.
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