CBS Interactive Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Mar 13, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A top ten media company that creates premium content you actually care about"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    CBS Interactive is a global top ten web company that specialises in original programming and media. This means if you work for them, everybody wants to take your call or talk to you about how they can partner with you on new projects, which is fantastic. There are multiple brands you can work with at the company, which is a real bonus for diversifying your industry knowledge and experience across various industry verticals, including Tech, Gaming, Entertainment, Lifestyle, News and Sports. There are lots of opportunities to move across brands and grow your career, if you are smart and know what you want. Each brand is primarily staffed by innovative, passionate, creative and clever people. CBS Interactive is very flexible with you if you have a role where you can work from home from time to time. They offer a good benefits package and were extremely accommodating for me with maternity leave and the need for additional flexibility after my children were born. Major bonus points for that. The building is situated in downtown San Francisco, which means no matter where you live - East Bay, Marin, SF or Peninsula, you are pretty close to everything from a commute perspective. There is a great culture and camaraderie at CBSi and in general, people have a willingness to get cool new products created. I made some amazing friends in my 7+ years working there and had an extremely positive experience overall.

    Cons

    A few brands have staff who have been there for a very long time and have settled into a comfortable routine. This tends to hamper the desire to truly innovate. I think it stems from a fear of failure - but failing is ok. You fail fast, then learn fast. That's what brings the best products to millions of users worldwide. However, as I was leaving, the upper management was making efforts to change this, so it might not be an issue in the future.

  2. Helpful (8)

    "One star because I'm not sure if zero is allowed"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time

    Pros

    Made some friends while working here and overall my peers were generally nice and easy to work with. That's about it in terms of pros.

    Cons

    I don't know where to begin honestly but here it goes. This company can't figure out a structure that works. In 2016 the entry level role was called "Account Coordinator" which they then split into "planner" (pre campaign) and "specialist" (live and post campaign). Now they figured out that didn't work so they are getting rid of the planner role and changing the responsibilities of the specialist and AM roles plus laying off people in the process. Upper management here makes many mistakes and it's the entry level workers that pay the price. If you happen to avoid being laid off during org changes then it's very difficult to get promoted if you're not a cute girl or a guy that is very friendly/personal with management. Women get extra benefits here such as being promoted quickly, flexible work hours, extra work from home time and extra attention from managers. If you're a guy whose style is to mind his business, get all your work done and get it done well then all you can expect is more work not more pay or higher level responsibilities. Only people in sales get any sort of commission or profit sharing even though client services puts a ton of work into each and every campaign. It appears the more you move up the more pay you get and the less work you have to do. The organization does not care much about client services shown also by the fact that they are not invited to most company parties and events. They get their own event which is a 30 minute boat ride to and from the Statue of Liberty if you're in NY. The "cruise" has bad food to boot. A lot of people in sales get stressed out and take out their frustrations on their fellow employees. This is because directors assign them unrealistic goals. People change when they move into sales here. They become more jaded, gossip more and are just generally meaner people. The women are also very competitive both before and after being promoted to sales making for an often times uncomfortable work environment if you are friendly with a few co workers going for the same role. For all the good peers and employees there are a ton that will talk negatively about you behind your back and them smile and converse to your face. I saw this take place way too often. There were many consistent problems that existed and when reported the responses were very lackluster or even downright futile like "we will never fix that" or "thats life". So all the in all if you're a cute girl with an outgoing personality you should do just fine. Despite getting rid of the CEO and putting out all this PR to help their image they still have these issues dug in deep in the culture. Avoid unless you're desperate or a masochist. P.S - Only ten vacation days.

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    CBS Interactive Response

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your experience at CBS Interactive. Yours is not the kind of experience we want our employees to have here and we are sharing your concerns with the appropriate teams.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "It's like high school"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Most folks are nice and fun to be around.

    Cons

    Low pay. Lots of slip service from upper management. If you do a great job it means you will be expected to work even harder and out do yourself. Don't expect any bonus unless you're at some executive level.

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    CBS Interactive Response

    Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks for your review. We are always looking to improve and take into consideration all feedback received. I’m sorry to hear that you feel you weren’t adequately paid during your time with CBSi. As you may know, there are several factors that go into developing and executing our pay philosophy and our goal is to reward performance at both the monetary and non-monetary levels. Although our total rewards packages are competitive in the industry, we do understand that for employers who pay is a top motivator, there is always an employer who is willing to compensate more. With this in mind, we do hope that you will consider CBSi in the future as we continue to improve.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "What's the real mission here?"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable company with backing by CBS. There are a lot of really great people that work there, and more coming and going each week.

    Cons

    Salaries and raises are no where near industry norms. Upper management has very little interest or connection with middle to lower level of employees, no matter how much they try to pretend they do. The best people leave due to lack of challenges, which leads to career growth stunting. Truly excellent people have been let go, as well, because people above them have no concept for how to appropriately challenge them.

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    CBS Interactive Response

    Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks so much for your comment, we appreciate the feedback and advice you gave. In regards to our compensation philosophy, we work closely with our CBS Corporate compensation partners as well as our internal compensation ranges when hiring new employees as well as adjusting current employees. We do realize that we are currently lacking a bonus structure, and are actively looking at ways to enhance this compensation element for our employees. We believe that one of the perks of being backed by CBS is the plethora of opportunities available to our employees, both in CBSi and within the other CBS divisions. There is no shortage of challenges within our business and we are consistently promoting internal movement and job changes across our division, and other CBS divisions. I apologize that you weren’t able to take advantage of one of these opportunities to enhance your career growth while you were with CBSi. In the future, we hope to do a better job of proactively presenting these types of opportunities to our employees.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Awesome co-workers but stagnant management process"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for 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.

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  6. "Needs improvement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most of the people I worked with were awesome. Going to work never felt like you were going to work.

    Cons

    Horribly low pay for the industry. Upper management usually had no clue what was going on in the various divisions and made decisions that affected a lot of people without knowing the work that was being done.

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    CBS Interactive Response

    Senior Manager, Talent Operations

    Thanks for the feedback regarding industry pay. We value all of our employees (because, as your mentioned, they are awesome!), and want to make sure that we are fairly compensating. The HR team does yearly reviews of internal equity and compares against market standards, as well as internal compensation across the organization to ensure we are in line with compensation levels that we have set. This is a work in progress across our divisions and with this feedback in mind, we are continually looking to improve. Thanks again!

  7. "Should be better"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, cool environment, fun subject matter being sports and entertainment related

    Cons

    Corporate BS everywhere, upper management is clueless and has no real direction. Too much hiring degrees instead of cultivating an advance from within and continue the growth of the talented people already on hand. Penny wise and dollar stupid the majority of the time.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Please run away"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive

    Pros

    If you like to work and are committed, you can work at CBS interactive. However dont expect anything in return other than salary.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. They do not encourage or identify talent within the company. They promote people who are known to the upper management.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Company that treats engineers like slaves"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Laid back work culture - Good working environment

    Cons

    - Below market pay - Micromanagement and no real product vision - Upper management seems to not care one bit about the employees - Ill-treatment of engineering group

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities Manager"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CBS Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No pros for this company, other then 3rd Thursday happy hour.

    Cons

    Poor management from the New York office. A lot of red tape and hoops to jump in order to get things done. After months of trying to get things approved, when finally approved, they want it done yesterday. They don't want to follow fire life safety laws and HR doesn't help the employees just unless it helps upper management.

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