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Updated February 19, 2018
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Jonah Peretti
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance -- they threw together a carnival for us this summer (in 10 reviews)

  • Free lunch 2 days a week, free breakfast one day a week (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management was a nightmare (in 7 reviews)

  • Very bad/useless managers who won't hesitate to throw you under the bus due to their poor management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Very Positive Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great atmosphere, very positive, lots of perks

    Cons

    haven't been here very long, will update in future


  2. "Toxic, But Fun"

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    Former Employee - Video Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Video Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very fun work environment, lots of young people, informal, antics, bafoonery.

    Cons

    Incredible pressure to perform well, constant reminders from employers that you're expendable, unreasonable workloads, rampant imposter syndrome.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your employees you value them and aren't about to fire them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Needs Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation and great benefits. Flexible work schedules. Work with very creative people. Office perks like snacks, lunches, bagels, beer, pizza, etc. Be part of a company with a strong external brand that's a leader in the industry. Jonah, the CEO, is great but the rest of the leadership team needs work.

    Cons

    Most people know of BuzzFeed through the content itself instead of as a employer. While the company works so much on it's external branding and relationship with the audience, it fails on its internal culture in making sure employees feel valued.

    Unlimited snacks, lunches, company events, pizza and beer are nice perks but it won't get employees to stay or inspire them to do their best work. There's no commitment to employee recognition or career development.

    The loudest voices or employees who suck-up the most get promoted and it's not a reflection of their work. A lot of managers lack experience or are just bad which makes it worse and there's very little trust in HR. Seems like we keep bad managers or senior leaders because of politics rather than their value and culture add.

    People question if the executive team actually knows what they're doing when it comes to building a successful business. When executives speak, it seems like they're trying to convince themselves that their ideas *might work* versus taking the time to listen to employees and inspire/motivate them.

    Advice to Management

    Tie performance into career development versus promoting the loudest voices or people who suck-up the most.

    Please let toxic people go. I've had many amazing colleagues leave because of terrible managers who not only didn't know how to do their job, but were condescending, rude and just mean. They've spoken with HR and nothing is done. When these people leave, HR and other people say, "we've lost a good one." Well, you could've kept them if the right approach was taken! This eventually leads to all your good people leaving and just the toxic people staying.


  4. "Good company, subpar management"

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

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    diverse, fun, young, constant change

    Cons

    poor upper management, disorganized, lack of clarity


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Nepotism: The Movie"

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

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    The majority of people you will encounter are incredibly kind, helpful, and gifted creatively. Unfortunately, I said the majority, not all. See below.

    Cons

    Welcome to BuzzFeed. Come for the fun atmosphere, incredibly nice coworkers, and free lunches, stay for the most mind-bogglingly stupid management decisions you've ever heard of in your life. Want to work somewhere that's creative with the added bonus of watching unqualified, lazy people getting promoted up the ladder because they're friends with the right people upstairs? Well, look no further, friend. Seriously, did I mention the terrible management? It's terrible. Unless you love watching people failing upwards, which, of course, is possible. I mean, some people like getting repeatedly hit in the groin. So anything's possible. And to think, all this time, I thought you needed an incredible work ethic, degree in the field, plus years of experience to have a shot at lead positions with a company. Who knew all it took was being entitled, phoning in your work, and being best friends with someone in management? Look, ma, I learned something after all! So if you love pushing your work on other people, taking weeks of (cough, cough) sick days off, and feel as though you should get what you want simply because you asked for it, come to BuzzFeed! No, seriously, do it now. You'll never find this opportunity anywhere else on the face of the earth...eh, maybe the White House.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I'm sure promoting your unqualified friends will never backfire when it comes to meeting your company-dependent financial quotas.


  6. "reporter"

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    Current Employee - News Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - News Reporter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A good working environment that encourages ambition. BuzzFeed News tries very hard to be part of the National Conversation, which creates pressure for reporters to generate attention-getting scoops.

    Cons

    BuzzFeed News isn't yet part of the National Conversation. The News section lacks a built-in audience.

    Advice to Management

    Redesign BuzzFeed News to give it a different, "newsier" look than other BuzzFeed sections. Separate political news from entertainment news. Lose the headline snark and profanity.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Talented tech that likes to work in cliques"

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

    Pros

    Great technology, fast paced environment, challenging all employees to learn

    Cons

    Pretty much like a high school lunch room on the best of days

  8. Helpful (3)

    ""OK" to gain experience but not to "grow""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being at BuzzFeed looks good to external companies so it's great to build up your experience in an entry level position. Not very collaborative. Massive layoff that was done in a very cold shocking way to the entire company.

    Cons

    There's a lot of empty promises & high hopes for the company. Underpaid, under appreciated, and forget stocks. No real structure as to how you're able to grow within the company, goes off favorites rather than work ethic. No work life balance. Expected to work through lunches. Often have meetings at the time anyway, so good luck on even eating.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your employees who are doing the best job (regardless of how long they've been there). You shouldn't get a promotion based on how long you've been there but how you've impacted the company, work ethic, etc.


  9. "News Editor"

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

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    People are understanding and good to work with. A lot of people have very good bonds.

    Cons

    There is always a lot going on.

    Advice to Management

    I have none.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Could Be Great But Fails To Live Up To Its Potential"

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    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Fellow staff are generally great people
    -Can be a fun environment
    -A good foot in the door in media, journalism, tech, and biz
    -Has good perks: free food, snacks, music breaks
    -Great health insurance
    -Creative freedom in all departments
    -Can be flexible with working from home
    -Can turn small ideas into big executions (if you're willing to put in the time and labor)
    -Takes risks on people and ideas

    Cons

    -Immature and sometimes incompetent leadership that has a big favoritism/nepotism problem and poor communication skills — it starts at the top and infiltrates every part of the company
    -Management's decisions and communication can be unprofessional and based on the moods and whims of leadership
    -Not competitive enough with pay across the board
    -Very few employees of color in leadership positions
    -Cannot seem to retain employees of color for very long
    -Can be very disorganized when rolling out changes and reorganizations
    -Seems to value only a handful of employees no matter their reputation, while undervaluing many of the worker bees
    -Don't utilize their resources well — a lot of very talented people are pushed to the back while the favorites are front and center
    -No one trusts their Human Resources staff to be an advocate in any way
    -Senior management expect you to "put in the hours" at all costs and it's often thankless

    Advice to Management

    BuzzFeed desperately needs outside HR consulting to come and observe it to bring about any real changes. Executives need training, as do many managers throughout the company who are ineffective and even irresponsible. They take for granted that people want to be there at all costs and don't have better options elsewhere — which is why good, hungry people (who know their worth and aren't one of the favorites) are always looking to get out. Treat employees like they are valuable people whose talents are important in the marketplace, you're wasting a lot of your resources by not tapping into the talents of ALL your employees. It is clear they have a big diversity problem and much of the staff of color end up doing a lot of unrecognized work. They talk a lot about diversity but don't live up to much of that talk. They need to end the culture of favoritism in all departments (that again, starts at the top of all parts of the company) and need to stop running the place as if it were a fraternity/sorority where sucking up, and not good work, gets you far.


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