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BuzzFeed Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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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. "good"

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

    I have been working at BuzzFeed part-time

    Pros

    fun good food great people

    Cons

    none none none none none

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (5)

    "So much potential, so little execution."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    BuzzFeed is fun to work at. There's a lot of extra stuff that happens (carnivals, food, music breaks, opportunities to be in videos, more food etc). The perks are what keep most of us around, including myself. And the flexible hours are nice. Tech team is the only team here that might have it together.

    Cons

    Like I said, BuzzFeed is fun. But, thats about all that it is. Management is awful across the Company, the HR team is incredibly incompetent and the whole Company laughs at them. The Company claims pay is competitive, but it truly isn't, which is why we lose all of our best people. You have to suck up to stay ahead at this Company. Everyone is pretty young here and the way this Company is run shows that. So much potential, such little execution with no signs of changing. People get burnt out and free food is only attractive for so long, so it seems.

    Advice to Management

    The Company needs to grow up in its processes. Not only are the people young, but the way this Company is run is amateur. Many get out while they can. The others stick around because of the food and flexible hours.

  3. "Amazing Company to Work At"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart, caring people to work with. Great challenges and a fantastic working environment.

    Cons

    Pay could be better - but still pretty great all around


  4. "Not as good as it looks"

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    Current Employee - Producer
    Current Employee - Producer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are great. Lunch is catered mondays and wednesdays. looks great on a resume

    Cons

    - Management is terrible. Buzzfeed promotes people who have been there the longest and/or people who are ineffective. The best employees have left because they get better opportunities.
    - Perks have slowly dwindled. Some perks have even been promised, then when BF realizes they cant afford it, they just never mention it again in hopes you'll forget.
    - Pay is not as competitive as you would think or as it should be.
    - They listen to complaints and criticism, but do nothing about it.
    - New processes are rolled out without much thought.
    - People who should have been fired long ago still work there.
    - It's clear BF is struggling at the moment.
    - The work is thankless unless you're on the main video team or are talent. Talent gets treated like royalty, while the rest of us are treated sub par.
    - new offices are in a scary neighborhood and parking is far away. the offices also are boring and simply filled with desks.
    - no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, think things through before executing, respect and celebrate your employees wins (not just some, but all), pay better. hold on to good employees, because sooner or later, they'll realize other places of work are way better.


  5. "A great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fun, laid back atmosphere
    -they allow people to grow and learn
    -Creative company that focuses on trying new things.

    Cons

    - there is an extremely high level of work
    - the work/life balance needs some love


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great environment, limited focus"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    The positive atmosphere makes this one of the best companies to work for if you're starting out in your career.

    They put a lot into company culture (events, food, workshops, seminars), which gives you a chance to break from work and keep your days varied.

    Can't say it's a company wide thing, but management for my team was exceptionally respectful, supportive, and trusting.

    Cons

    Disorganized business structure is causing a lot of unnecessary overhead.

    It is possible to be too hands-off; see above.

    Wages are not exactly the best. It goes with the field, but this doesn't mean it should remain so. Promotions are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Love you guys. It has been a great experience working with you. I would only suggest you place closer attention to the ground floor activities, so you can better determine where your inefficiencies lie.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not as glamorous as it seems."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people (aka the worker bees) are the best part and the heart of BuzzFeed.

    Cons

    Their salaries are nowhere near market value (but they'll tell you they are). They preach about holding value in people but everyone is replaceable they've even said that to employees. The company is run like a bunch of teenagers are making the decisions. Internal communication is horrible, especially when it comes to rolling out a re-org or any huge company changes that effect many.

    Advice to Management

    Stop operating like a start-up and start running the company like the billion dollar corporation you actually are. You have the money to pay market value, so do it! You'd stop losing incredibly valuable employees if you treated them better and actually listened to their feedback.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved many of my coworkers. Great to work with so many creative peers.

    Cons

    Middle management was a nightmare. Promotions were based on nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the favoritism. Stop promoting negative energy. Invest in talent development.


  9. "great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    great company, nice perks

    Cons

    none - no cons

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Couldn't Be Happier"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is one of inclusion, trying new things, and making cool stuff (content, products, programs, features etc). Asking questions is encouraged and the company provides countless opportunities to learn something new, be it a different part of the business, or a deep dive into a new, exciting project. There are even self-improvement initiatives! BuzzFeed wants the best, and they actually put in work to help employees be their best.

    Cons

    I'm only sad that the internship must come to an end.

    Advice to Management

    The team I'm on is very cohesive; a well-oiled machine of happy, productive engineers. Keep up the great work!


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