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BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti
Jonah Peretti
134 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work/life balance -- they threw together a carnival for us this summer(in 12 reviews)

  • "Free lunch 2 days a week, free breakfast one day a week(in 22 reviews)

Cons
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  1. Create original video content for multiple platforms

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    Current Employee - Video Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Amazing work culture! Supported by talented individuals

    Cons

    Must be adaptable. Work process changes monthly.

    Advice to Management

    N/A Managers are very supportive.

  2. Awful Place to work

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    Former Employee - Video Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well known platform to share you work

    Cons

    Where do I begin.... - treating employees like disposable machines. Working them to the bone for low pay and little or no recognition let alone reward...lack of compassion. In my first week there an entire team of people who were working on my floor were invited into a conference room and all fired. They were told it wasn't personal, the company "just had to trim the fat" - horrible management - weird cliquey cultish...

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  3. Helpful (1)

    Unstable, superficial workplace, must “drink the kool-aid” to be happy

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The people actually creating the content are hardworking, passionate, and care about each other. While I was there they stood together to try to hold upper management accountable for better transparency and other serious issues. Catered lunch 2x/week, snacks.

    Cons

    Constantly re-orging, did not make the full effort to change deep-set, underlying issues that were around for years, incompetent upper management and robotic HR team that pretends to have best interest of employees at heart but are severely misguided, some managers are unchecked when reviewed and gaslight, bully, don’t give feedback, etc. you’re constantly needed to do more, what you do is never enough, toxic culture....

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    Advice to Management

    I have none

  4. great product

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed

    Pros

    love the product that we put out.

    Cons

    really upset about the layoffs

  5. Helpful (2)

    Apply for the people, leave for a more stable industry

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

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    BuzzFeed attracts some of the best and brightest, and you'll learn a lot and make true friendships. They have truly competitive pay (I think other reviews that insist this isn't the case don't gave an accurate understanding of pay rates) and decent benefits. Good perks. I worked here for over four years and wouldn't have left for another half year at least if it weren't for being part of the layoff.

    Cons

    Leadership has no idea what they're doing, unfortunately. They're well-intentioned, but flailing. Some of them want to feel like comrades and in so doing don't take responsibility for mistakes. The layoffs were brutal and handled atrociously, and that is a pattern for letting people go here. There's a pervasive sense that they're on the cutting edge in every way, but I rarely saw this practically applied especially in...

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  6. Helpful (10)

    Behind the Emerald Curtain

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    Current Employee - Video Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food, office environment, atmosphere, benefits

    Cons

    They only care about view counts on their content which creates this weird, passive-aggressive environment. Plus, I worked in their news department and while they say they care about journalistic integrity, that couldn't be farther from the truth.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Avoid BuzzFeed

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    Former Employee - Video Producer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed for more than 4 years

    Pros

    There is a degree of freedom in creative voice.

    Cons

    It is purely money-driven, which is understandable. Unfortunately it lacks transparency and leadership since it is a young company with limited and scarce resource.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat each employee with human dignity and respect. It also means better coordination and prevention of news leak. It is not professional to find out laid off news from online news articles before your employee.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Enjoying drowning in work

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      Former Employee - Coordinator 

      I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

      Pros

      Watered down “cold brew” and “kombucha”

      Cons

      Where to start? No leadership and constant changes in processes daily. Oh, and lots of meeting about meetings.

    • Helpful (4)

      Not the place for over-30s

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

        Pros

        Salary transparency, reasonable hours, good structure for feedback

        Cons

        Difficult to move within the company, and little communication between departments. Also, the culture skews very young.

      • Helpful (3)

        Buzzfeed is a gig for when you're in between careers.

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        Former Employee - Producer in Hollywood, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at BuzzFeed full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Snacks. They lend you a computer to use.

        Cons

        Human resources are undertrained. They need to be able to assess peoples stories to what is, in fact, going on. The environment is hostile with a lot of younger hires. The mentality is - tearing down other team members. will make you shine.

        Advice to Management

        Stop being threatened by other team members. We all have something to contribute. ***Please note the amount of staff leaving and take a big look at yourselves.

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