Bustle Reviews

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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Bustle CEO and Founder Bryan Goldberg
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  1. "Best As Far As Media Companies Go"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bustle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've worked at other media companies and BDG is by far the best one. It's the most efficient. People don't have egos. Everyone is nice and just wants to get the job done without any drama. People genuinely care about putting forward good work. People are supportive. Clients are mostly always happy with the work and their experience. Upper management is respectable and accessible. All in all its a pleasant, positive experience and people generally seem happy to be there.

    Cons

    It is still a media company.

  2. "Good place"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY

    I worked at Bustle part-time

    Pros

    Gained a lot of great experience

    Cons

    Remote, lonely, not personal guidance


  3. "A fine start, but get out quick if you get a full-time offer"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Content Writer 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bustle part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good chance for exposure at a heavily trafficked outlet. Paid my bills, albeit narrowly, for a while.

    Cons

    Until 2017, at the very least, Bustle was refusing to work staff writers full time to avoid providing health benefits. This was the beginning, middle, and end of my time there, 28 hours per week and not a second more. If we'd been able to work full time I might still be doing it. This was an exploitative system, and a hypocritical one, given the site's ostensibly liberal orientation.

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  4. "It's Okay..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bustle full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Unorganized management. A lot of oversight.

  5. "Great editorial team; horrific upper management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bustle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Almost everyone from the deputy level and down is fantastic. The writers and editors are sharp, creative, talented, and extremely supportive of one another. They put an immense amount of commitment, effort, and thoughtfulness into their work; it's the writers and editors who make BDG so special.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, upper management does not recognize this at all. We're what keeps the site running and *their* money coming in, and yet they're completely unsympathetic to the toxic work environment they've created. Everyone is underpaid and doing the jobs of two people, there are no clear job descriptions or paths for growth, raises and promotions are given out arbitrarily, there is ZERO accountability or effort to foster a supportive and diverse newsroom despite the company's publicly stated values, and people are fired at random to make space for the EIC's friends from Hearst. There is absolutely no room to voice concerns and anyone who does speak up or dares to have an opinion is labeled difficult and promptly targeted/pushed out. Bryan Goldberg and the EIC, Emma Rosenblum, are especially dismissive of concerns and have actively gaslighted employees. Neither of them deign to interact with anyone below the C-suite, and internal communications from them are shameful and gross. I'm really proud of the work BDG does and it's unfortunate that it's run by such horrible people.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good for entry-level"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part-Time Writer 

    I worked at Bustle part-time

    Pros

    This is a good place to rack up clips if you're at a more entry-level point in your career, as you'll be writing multiple articles a day.

    Cons

    Low pay rate for both freelancers and part-time hourly workers -- not open to negotiation

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bustle full-time

    Pros

    Semi good work-life balance and pay.

    Cons

    Despite some genuinely good people, upper management runs the company like a private club. Titles are handed out randomly to those who have been anointed and employees with more experience are bypassed. HR automatically dismisses anyone who asks too many questions or stands up for themselves.   One top editorial title holder has transformed the company with an archaic mode of operation. Choosing fear tactics and miscommunication to mask their own insecurities and lack of knowledge.  A few people of color have received well deserved promotions.  However, the executives suffer from a severe case of unconscious bias.

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  8. "Good job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commerce Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bustle part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn and connect with new people

    Cons

    Part-time and they do not pay well.

  9. "Revenue Operations"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Sale Team in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bustle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work with major clients Cool media culture Work with great people Scrappy Strong management

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth Dominated by sellers

  10. "It was great until the department cuts"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bustle part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    steady pay, great workflow, good manager feedback

    Cons

    no room for growth, lay-offs were unexpected

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