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Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Depending on your role, the work/life balance was pretty good (in 35 reviews)

  • Great work environment and culture (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of slip service from upper management (in 23 reviews)

  • Senior management doesn't seem to care for the vision of the product (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Web Producer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBS Interactive (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Bagels on Fridays
    - Ownership on shows

    Cons

    - Working at the behest of the network shows
    - Not having latitude to try new and different things
    - Way behind on current trends
    - The CMS is behind at least five years from other companies

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to employees more
    - There's a lot of information that doesn't get to you, because it's stifled by team managers


  2. "an ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    in san francisco so that's cool

    Cons

    benefits suck, commute sucks, really political

    Advice to Management

    pay your employees more, dont lose good talent

    CBS Interactive Response

    Aug 28, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks for the review, we appreciate your feedback regarding your time at CBSi. I’m sorry to hear that you feel that the benefits and pay were not on par with your expectations. Our teams review... More

  3. "Digital Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Digital Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers in Client Services

    Cons

    West Coast Sales team is catty, condescending, and micromanage.

    CBS Interactive Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thank you for the review. We know that the relationship with your colleagues can provide the framework for your attitude towards work, so we are happy to hear that you are enjoy working with your... More


  4. "Atmosphere is good, MGMT lacking"

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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 CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks
    Easy to balance life and work

    Cons

    Management is unorganized and self-serving

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about covering yourself and do the right thing for the business.


  5. "Decent job"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Alright atmosphere and good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Didn't see much potential is growth

    Advice to Management

    More respect for the younger employees

    CBS Interactive Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks for your feedback, it is unfortunate to hear that you did not see much potential for growth within CBSi. We do have many outlets for learning within CBSi, but we also make sure that all of... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult Management, Good For Short-Term and Starting Out In Digital Media"

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    Former Employee - Digital Content Producer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Content Producer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working in this office was the camaraderie. It was easy to make friends with other web and content producers because management hires people from all over the country, so there are a lot of transplants and people new to the area. It's easy to make friends. Everyone loves sports, so it's easy to talk about and fosters a laid-back, casual work environment. Most people dress casually as well, often wearing basketball shorts and jeans. If you managed to be promoted to a leadership position, you get benefits and a 401K. The job helps you learn basic skills in digital media to be able to pursue jobs in design and web production.

    Cons

    The CBS Sports Digital brand has lost a lot of business over the past several years, which unfortunately has led to layoffs in certain departments like tech and design. I saw few to zero women promoted to managerial and leadership positions in my department. A big problem is that the director and managers are disconnected with their employees and promote the wrong people. Managers are quick to judge and that first impression sticks with a person throughout their time there. I saw some people who struggled during training or asked too many questions be discounted for promotions later on, even though they grew into their roles. Most of the managers have odd personalities and can be difficult. They will not hesitate to throw an employee under the bus. Those who play office politics, i.e., be a "yes man" have more success. It's all about "playing the game," which is a disadvantage for some like the more serious or introverted worker. Regrettably, people who don't play the game are often marginalized or even bullied and their ideas are not heard. I hope the experience in my office doesn't represent the values of the CBS Interactive brand as a whole, but I found this particular work environment almost toxic and was grateful to move on to a different company.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good company but culture needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - beautiful building with great views of the mountains
    - complimentary drinks and snacks
    - open environment
    - food trucks directly downstairs
    - private building gym (additional fee)
    - competitive salary and benefits
    - good work/life balance

    Cons

    - culture needs work, very cliquish and high school
    - not everyone are friendly
    - managers set bad examples of being on their cell phones, excessive chatting, doing personal tasks on company time, facebooking
    - lack of communication between teams/dept leading to wasted time and delays
    - only offers inflation raises
    - contract employees are often excluded in events creating a divide between staff and contractors
    - not a lot of room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of the behaviors of managers in departments. Offer more team building opportunities to help create a less cliquish environment.

    CBS Interactive Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks for your post! I am disappointed to hear that you didn’t have the best experience working with managers and teams in the office. We recognize that having a supportive & qualified manager is... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome co-workers but stagnant management process"

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    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with some of the most passionate people here. Many members of different teams really shared the idea of success of the company so that was a nice change of pace from other places. Many company events to encourage people to have a life outside of work. Depending on your role, the work/life balance was pretty good. There were some crazy times throughout the year due to big name shows on CBS but everyone came together to make sure it was a success.

    Cons

    Unfortunately like most places now a days, the biggest con is the upper management. Heavily entrenched and are never held responsible for mistakes or holes in their products. All the blame would often be placed on specific individuals or teams (like project management or design). The interactive department is headed by someone who is just looking at the bottom line and not the process it takes to launch a product. Bullying is often used to get projects completed. Designers could spend days working on something but to have it all scrapped because a VP didn't like a button design. This would cause a ripple effect across teams and ultimately impact the launch date. But guess what, the launch date would not change and the whole team would have to tip toe around changes to protect their own job.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to instill an Agile process, properly communicate it and follow through with it. Do not train the entire department on how Agile works and then not use it but also hold people responsible for not applying it. Stop pointing the finger when it's convenient and look at the actual feedback from your employees. Allowing project managers and developers to play favoritism negatively affects all your products. Hold your product management team responsible for the lack of requirements.


  9. "CBS Interactive worked 10 years with the company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Huge company, offers advancement opportunities.....good people to work with, fun filled community of co-workers.

    Cons

    Downsizing, lost job due to outsourcing.......pay scale not competitive (job offers more perks to compensate for below medium salaries and pay raises)'


  10. "Digital Sales Specialist"

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

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Great to be in a big named company. Gives you exposure to various accounts and agencies. Certain management could be very helpful.

    Cons

    The pay is not great and there is no bonus or raise structure. There is a disconnect between internal teams. Higher management is not connected with all teams.

    Advice to Management

    Be more connected with all teams and help with a promotion structure. Don't be so quick to blame other departments

    CBS Interactive Response

    Jan 5, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks so much for your review. Although not all employees are eligible for the internal bonus program, there is an established bonus structure within CBSi where employees are eligible based on role... More


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