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La Jolla, CA
1 to 50 employees
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Company - Private
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$1 to $5 million (USD) per year
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"Red Herring" doesn't want to divert your attention from the real issue: technology. The tech-focused magazine covers technology issues, trends, and companies, as well as the entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who back them ... Read more

Red Herring Reviews

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Alex S. Vieux
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    "Working at Red Herring is like touching an iron to see if it's hot."

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    Pros

    It was a great place to get your foot in the door of the financial journalism world. Hardworking people were quite the inspiration, although some of the crazier journalists and editors at RH were more ego-tripping than helpful. Depending on who was slotted as the editor above you, you could definitely acquire a great working experience and inspirational passion for your position.

    The company was located in a great area of Silicon Valley, although commuters from Caltrain would have quite a walk up ol' Ralston Avenue just to get to the area. Packing one's lunch was fun, as it was hard to find anywhere local to eat.

    Cons

    Well... where to begin. For starters, the company was dying. Inept management at the top made it next-to-impossible for this weekly magazine to survive. Jackass editors weren't very constructive, so much as power-tripping and crazy. Turning stories in was akin to offering up your firstborn to the sacrificial altar, although you'd have to worry that your higher-ups wouldn't accidentally whack you as well with the blade.

    But even beyond all that, the place was decent enough to work for until, as noted, the checks started bouncing. Once "don't worry about its" became the bi-weekly ritual in place of cold, hard cash... it was time to get out. Yikes.

    Advice to Management

    Revolt against Alex Vieux. Spin Red Herring into a Web-only publication. And, then, hire a better Web designer.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Red Herring.

    Interview

    Applied through school's website, got their email invitation for an interview, it was a phone interview, and the interviewer seemed to be less prepared than I was. When asked about the structure of the company, the person said everyone does a little bit of everything, which got me concerned about their specialization and efficiency.

    A second round interview came weeks later. It was a department head, a very nice person, and we had an enjoyable conversation. But from our conversation, I sensed this company is kind of struggling (and my later research proved this point).

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