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Allrecipes.com Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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  1. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time

    Pros

    Great product, office location and teammates

    Cons

    Changes in management and leadership


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Formerly amazing workplace"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location, work/life balance, public views the site very positively.

    Cons

    Low pay, flat structure disallows upward movement, corporate owners (Meredith) are not about technology.

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, truly working with a common vision.

    Cons

    Politics is leaking in to day to day from Meredith (parent company).


  4. "Sr. Customer Support"

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    Former Employee - Senior Community Support in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Community Support in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the work / life balance

    Cons

    Re-organization took a lot of random turns with little communication


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, imbalanced benefits package"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    While I was at Allrecipes, I greatly enjoyed almost everyone I worked with, to a person, across multiple groups. Other major pros: full show kitchen with continuous employee access (Want bacon and eggs for breakfast on a weekday? No problem!), subsidized ORCA pass, opportunity for lateral movement within the company or upward movement for superstars, great time-off package including more sick days than I've seen anywhere (dare you to use them all, though, unless you get injured or seriously ill!)

    Cons

    Insurance options were terrible compared to other digital companies I've been at in Seattle. When we made a fuss about it for many consecutive years, the parent company paid someone to come up with a visibly false story about how our insurance actually was on par for the market. (Maybe in Iowa, where the parent company is headquartered, but not in Seattle!) Parent company does growth by acquisition, so there are regular layoffs, which is unnerving. Parent company does not understand digital business and demoralized several teams at Allrecipes before conceding that we knew what we were doing and should actually be running digital for the whole company. Lack of consistent communication and transparency throughout the company, along with inconsistent benefits across teams in the same building, created an atmosphere of suspicion and distrust of parent company.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, you guys are doing the best you can with a tough situation, as the parent company systematically destroys as much as they can of Allrecipes culture in its attempt to assimilate us. (Usually I compare growth-by-acquisition companies to filter feeders, but in this case, the internal propaganda feels more like we're the Borg). Keep working on internal morale and providing opportunities for people to grow their skills and careers within the company. Retention in digital is hard, especially with giants like Amazon nearby offering killer packages. The culture is what kept me at Allrecipes all of these years, and I know I'm not alone in that experience.


  6. "Company needs an intervention"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good mix of fun, hard-working people (although attrition is high)
    Great location downtown
    High traffic site w/ lots of committed customers

    Cons

    Top down management style allows for little input by staff
    The detached parent company is more interested in selling ads than making customers happy.
    Good people are leaving making more work for those still left.

    Advice to Management

    Raises every 2 years? Way to tell staff what you think of them.....


  7. "Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office location in downtown Seattle
    Interesting product
    Passionate and engaged users

    Cons

    Too many ineffective committees and policies that prevent productivity
    Complete disconnect between teams
    Yearly layoffs, including top-level management
    Good employees often leave and the poor ones seem to stay
    Employees take advantage of the relaxed environment
    From a creative standpoint, Allrecipes is too busy copying other companies instead of coming up with fresh ideas

    Advice to Management

    Office culture isn't just beer and parties.

  8. "Great company with good work to life ratio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office and folks to work with, fun to talk about food all day!

    Cons

    A satellite office has its setbacks.

    Advice to Management

    Persevere and value the Seattle crowd


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great employees. Parent company makes it difficult."

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fellow coworkers and support of teams. Great culture from within your team/teammates. Good work/life balance and time-off policy. All the other benefits are pretty decent (not counting medical).

    Cons

    Parent company is fro Midwest and a bit disconnected from Seattle. Hiring good talent at low salaries difficult in Seattle. Current merger makes the future unknown for employees. Some benefits (medical) were pretty sparse.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency. Keep the employees you have by giving them living, competitive, Seattle salaries.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Lots to like; corporate culture is a challenge"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand. Many folks are really talented smart people who want to do great work, enjoy team-work. Very fun tech challenges. Incredible scale - you're building services for millions of users across the world. Cool, right? Nice bright office right downtown - bus service is great; parking's expensive. Start-up quality perks: Beer, ping-pong, seltzer, apples, parties.

    Cons

    I am not one of the many who complained when Allrecipes was bought by Meredith corporation a few years ago. Change happens; stop looking back, you'll just trip on something. Unfortunately, the corporate culture and processes are putting big strain on the team and their ability to move quickly and be empowered. Corporate decisions are made without full information, impacting product and the ability to hire and advance people. Financial dictates force short-term thinking. Good-old-boy politics abound.

    Advice to Management

    Back your people. Listen. Take a stand.


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