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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Graphic Designer"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and fun work environment. Flexible work hours. Good benefits (healthcare, discount on gym, retirement, etc.) Snacks / free drinks, and catered lunch twice a week. Strong sense of community (a good amount of ERGs).

    Cons

    Compensation below market value. Not very diverse (but working on it). Management positions mainly filled through nepotism and favoritism. Bureaucracy and mismanagement often hinders the process of creation. Lots of reorganization for what seems to be the sake of reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting from within. Attract seasoned talent from outside the company to fulfill high level positions. Just because someone is good at their job, doesn't mean they will make a good manager.


  2. "Video is the focus over editorial"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed as a contractor

    Pros

    Great hours, by and large nothing to take home after.
    Catered lunches twice a week, fully stocked fridge, breakfast once a week, friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Pretty much implied to stick only to your job/role.
    As more media pivots to video, it was clear the video department. was the focus of execs and editorial was secondary, if that.
    More diversity in execs and those with influence would be a plus that would show in video and editorial work.

    Advice to Management

    Have more flexibility/room for employees to pursue interests beyond what they were hired for to develop more skills/experiences. Yes, video is making money, but you need good writers too -- encourage that as well.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Not what you think."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    . Free lunch twice a week.
    . Easy location for most people.
    . Looks good on CV.

    Cons

    . Terrible management, dishing out pay rises and managerial positions to anyone who has been there for 5 minutes often with disastrous consequences. The senior management in charge seem to have no idea on how to actually manage people or care about staff, they show blatant favoritism to those who are go most viral rather than supporting decent writers and as such this has lead to an uncomfortable work environment. It's all targets and money which is disappointing given their 'quirky' outward appearance.
    . There is lots of talk and no action on pretty much everything and anything, including diversity which is a huge topic they've once again been all talk on. Question of equal pay is also brought up and then brushed under the carpet.
    . They force branded swag onto people at every given opportunity, it would make a difference if they paid people fairly or invested this money in training managers or team building instead of hoodies which half the people dont want.
    . NY office is over baring and controlling to UK, there is no respect for cultural differences and they are constantly told what to do by America regardless of how staff in UK feel.
    . Office has long been outgrown and is now incredibly cramped.
    . Terrible office atmosphere because the two sides of the office seem to be pitted against each other and labelled as 'church vs state' for no apparent reason other than terrible management and ludicrous hierarchy. On a good day you might hear someone cough out loud.
    . It seems to be a company-wide issue that people are promised progression and payrises which never materialize.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fobbing people off and get staff the answers they all deserve. Telling people they will be reprimanded for discussing unfairness in pay structure isn't a decent answer to gossip.
     If you want to preach about being the most innovative company and have your motto as 'no haters' then you need to invest in more than a free lunch in people.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Dead end"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great big office
    - Some nice coworkers
    - Free lunch twice a week
    - Used to be a cool place to work

    Cons

    - Very bad/useless managers who won't hesitate to throw you under the bus due to their poor management
    - Clicky
    - Some people get paid to do nothing but eat free donuts apparently
    - Lots of egos, someone is always trying to tell you how you should be doing things and that they are right
    - Free lunch is great, make sure it has some sort of taste
    - No vision, no future plan, no CTO
    - From the outside, it seems like they care about diversity, not so much reflected inside the company
    - HR is useless, unless they want to fire someone
    - Content quality is not there
    - Lost its culture
    - Keeps spending money on useless stuff instead of offering a higher percentage 401K matching, but maybe Buzzfeed swag will be worth something by the time you retire, and you don't have to worry about 401K
    - Way behind in terms of technology and stack

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bad managers, there is a reason people keep leaving and you have trouble hiring people.
    Also my rating of the CEO is based on the fact that with all the changes happening, a company looks at its CEO to preserve the culture and values he started with the company, but Jonah doesn't seem to care that much...


  5. Helpful (17)

    "So Much Potential Squandered By Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Writer
    Current Employee - Writer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    BuzzFeed will look fantastic on your resume, opening you up to many more opportunities. The perks are undeniably great: free lunch twice a week, unlimited snacks, solid health benefits, a 401K, a giant bag of "swag" (ugh, that word) as a holiday gift. There are also many highly talented, funny, smart, motivated people working here. The culture is quite cliquey, but there is a great chance that you will find like-minded people at some point. You work WILL be seen, and that's gratifying, and you will learn a lot about the nature of online content and creating things that share widely, which makes for an awesome skill set.

    Cons

    Echoing a lot of the comments here: Management is awful, and increasingly so. It seems like the company went on a hiring spree in recent years, growing too large too quickly without having properly trained the employees who've been here a while. There is definite cronyism at play. Many (most) current managers are just not adept at working with people, much less guiding a team, and many of those also act as editors despite not understanding basic grammar. It's embarrassing and creates a toxic work environment. In addition to this, newer hires are severely underpaid and I suspect managers believe these hires are too young and inexperienced (as is often the case) to know their worth and properly advocate for themselves. There is no clear path to a promotion or pay raise beyond having the right friends. Lastly, while the company loves to tout diversity in the press, it has definitely been made clear that diversity doesn't mean inclusion, nor does it mean that "diverse" content is valued or supported. What ends up happening, unfortunately, is a LOT of tokenism, which benefits absolutely no one and leads to POC leaving at an alarming rate.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat. There are many managers at BuzzFeed who are simply not good writers and/or not properly trained and would seriously flounder at any other company. Their work does well because it is supported and promoted excessively, not because it's good or because anyone actually wants to see the same 15 images from Reddit re-posted over and over again. Pay your employees fairly, train them well, and reap the benefits instead of creating a frustrated army of disposable garbage content bots. There is a lot of solid talent going to waste here.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "The office itself is the only impressive thing about BuzzFeed"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decently nice office with lots of goodies, swag, catered lunches twice a week. Couches and pods to sit in if you need to get away from the people you're constantly surrounded by. Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Nasty people in my department. No investment whatsoever in interns, completely used as cheap disposable labor. I was not sat with my department, which made it nearly impossible to join the "team." Supervisor acted annoyed on the rare occasion I had a question. She was angry that I came to the company as an INTERN without having full knowledge of our entire industry. Refused to spend any time with me and thus isolated me from everyone else in our department. Had a nasty attitude, never gave praise, only (stupid) criticism that could've been avoided had she been even somewhat involved in helping me learn. She was pissed that I didn't come in already knowing how to do the job (which consisted of doing administrative support for the department and NOT teaching me what I was there as an intern to learn). After three months of basically begging for work and not getting anything relevant to my career, I left only with friends from other departments. Felt like I never even got to know my own. Tragic because it seemed like it would be an amazing learning experience and I was so incredibly excited to work there. They really dropped the ball.

    Advice to Management

    INTERNS ARE NOT TO BE USED AS CHEAP LABOR. Seriously. I didn't come to BuzzFeed to work full-time as your secretary. I got 2 examples of real work in my field in all the months that I was there. I understand that admin work is a part of most internships (even though it shouldn't be) but BuzzFeed completely took advantage of that and wouldn't allow me to do what I came there to do. Managers need to check in with their interns and support them, mentor them, encourage them, include them. You guys did exactly the opposite. It was pathetic on all fronts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, fun projects, knowledgeable and highly skilled peers, open and welcoming culture, free lunches twice a week, swag that is actually pretty decent.

    Cons

    With how quickly the company is expanding, there are definitely some growing pains as it tries to figure out organizational structure, management, employee career paths, etc. I also think most people either really appreciate or really dislike the culture here, not so many who are in that middle area.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on improving the organizational structure and develop 1:1 relationships.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Free donuts in lieu of everything you've ever wanted."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch twice a week.
    Strong technology infrastructure
    Smart founder/CEO.
    Always being in the know.

    Cons

    Poor management with poor interpersonal skills, lacking strong leadership capable of inspiring various teams.
    Lack of communication/ transparency.
    Terrible HR department.
    Zero opportunities for growth / career advancement.
    Lots of egos to deal with.
    Unfair comp structure, underpaid. Not enough promotions given.
    Zero privacy in the office, open concept is distracting.
    Seniority contest amongst people who have worked there the longest, rather than based on merit.
    Repetitive formula for churning out content, over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at what's going on under the hood here. Talk to all employees and treat them like human beings, show them that their careers actually matter rather than encouraging them to just churn out viral content.
    Put revenue goals aside for a second and spend some time on your employee morale.
    This company went from a fun startup to a corporate machine, and in the process lost any semblance of positive culture.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big on fun: huge parties for no reason, catered lunches twice a week, endless snacks, bands come and play occasionally, awesome work/life balance (depending on your dept), some departments send you to NY for onboarding

    Cons

    The sparkly appeal of all of the above gets old quickly. Their content is turning into the US Weekly and McDonald's of the internet. They employ very young people to churn out easy-to-digest brainless ideas to fill quotas. The tech team builds off of apps that are buggy and some features are just deemed not worth fixing. Communication was awful and people were often blindsided with terminations. Morale sinks fast, but they try to fix it with customized beer coozies.

    Advice to Management

    Building trust is more important than you think. Don't be so two-faced, and don't sweat small stuff that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things because it drives extremely talented people away.


  10. Helpful (28)

    "Doing things differently doesn't mean you're doing things better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A great concept for creating media, BuzzFeed has earned it's dominance over sharable content with smart editorial content. To a young person, free lunch twice a week, and free beer and ice cream are a valuable draw. The work environment is open and flowing, and the open space and traveling laptop system is helpful for creative types that don't want to stay tethered to a workstation.

    Cons

    Recruiters are under pressure to fill positions of a fast growing company and often sell you a job and possibilities of mobility that you basically don't get. The unfortunate bi-product is that new-comers are blind sided by the bandwidth of work, offered little mentorship, and allowed to fail when they can't keep up with a broken system. There's a culture of 'we do things differently' which in some instances ends up being code for for 'we have some extremely inexperienced producers' The Kool Aid is thick and the culture isn't for everyone. There's tremendous value in having a young team and promoting from within, but that can lead to a foundation based on inexperience.

    Advice to Management

    Advise recruiters not to manipulate or sugar coat the roles they offer, and make sure your managers are being managers to their team.