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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  3. 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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work before restructuring"

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

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time

    Pros

    It's a fun place to work. People you work alongside and under are great (in the Seattle office). Delicious food around all the time--can be a con if you need to lose a few :)

    Cons

    Too much chaos after hiring new executives in NYC main office. They executed an entire restructuring VERY poorly. Many people let go, no backfilling--even for management positions. Everyone overworked and management not understanding or even inspiring, just belittling and mean.

    Advice to Management

    Take time and do your research before implementing HUGE changes! Meredith Corp is not a start-up. Put dependable middle management in place.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Campaign Manager"

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

    I worked at Allrecipes.com full-time

    Pros

    Fun work environment, always food to eat! Good processes for the most part. Engaged management team.

    Cons

    While the processes were good, there were almost too many to follow and keep track of. Almost too laid back, no sense of urgency unless there was a fire drill.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "We used to deliver wow, not so much any more."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, great location, it was great being part of the #1 digital food site in the world. Or at least they were when I left.

    Cons

    Parent company is/was a disaster. Clueless when it comes to true digital. Pretty much the only way to get a pay raise is to get a promotion but even then there's a cap.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love the Seattle office. The people are great and a fun product.

    Cons

    Meredith CEO and Exec Management are part of the good old boys network, more concerned about bonus & dividend than delivering a good product.

    Advice to Management

    Get the Des Moines leadership to pay market rates for Seattle so there less turnover


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Sammamish, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Sammamish, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great family friendly work culture and fun food culture

    Cons

    Didn't seem to be much room for growth


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Upbeat culture, average leadership, undervalued employees."

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allrecipes.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable coworkers, fun work events & corporate parties, lots to learn and do (rarely a dull day).

    Cons

    Compensation is below average, unfortunately. Leadership and managers are not great about mentoring subordinates or encouraging/helping their direct reports to grow within the company (i.e. few promotional opportunities or room/chance to develop an internal career path). While company culture in general is upbeat, employees feel really under-appreciated. Layoffs have become common and remaining colleagues then absorb the extra work, without any incentives or shown gratitude. Also, health benefits are terrible!

    Advice to Management

    Proactively groom your current employees, especially if you can't offer raises or bonuses. Your employees will still be happy & work hard if they at least feel individually valued! Don't regard them as expendable or give the impression that they're all replaceable.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great product, good people, bad parents"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership in the food category is highly motivating. Its great to work at a place loved by so many people.

    Cons

    First Readers Digest, now Meredith -- print-based companies are using the Allrecipes.com's profits to fund the magazines on life support. In spite of all the praise they have for the hard-working staff, they siphon the profits away to fun non-digital businesses. As a result, Allrecipes has not maintained leadership in in video, mobile apps, and now even in traffic (Foodtv.com has finally overtaken them); the social media footprint should be much bigger. Many good people have departed over the last year, quite a few of them involuntarily. The heady growth days are over. A lot of the sales relationships have been taken over by the print people, which is ominous.

    Advice to Management

    Company definitely has a good culture and the right values, but the direction from Meredith is slowly sapping their vitality.



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