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  1. "Fun company, smart people, learned a lot"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like I said in the title, I worked as a jr. copy editor, and didn't know a whole lot at the time. Learned so much from really bright people.

    Cons

    Copyediting is a bit tedious, no matter how much you like who and where you work.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone definitely hung out together but overall, management was pretty good and responsive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be, but what is?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, good culture, but used to be better.

    Cons

    Too much corporate baggage, salaries could be better


  3. "A fantastic launch pad for a career in technology"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are passionate about technology, and everyone loves being surrounded by others in the same boat. There are so many different departments within CNET that cover different facets of tech, that a good employee has the opportunity to prove themselves, then move around the company to try new things. One of the best things: Benefits are practically cadillac grade. AWESOME (and I miss it dearly)

    Cons

    Since being purchased by CBS, a little more of that big company bureaucracy continued to creep in. Raises and promotions are sometimes only aided by your insistence of them. Pay is... so-so.


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  5. "Working at CNET Networks"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in downtown San Francisco, wonderful people that work there, open environment, afterwork parties every Thursday of the month

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than average, raises are very small, benefits are below average compared to the leading Software services companies

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should listen more to the employees, middle management on average is doing a great job within the company


  6. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CNET is a fun, open-minded, fast-paced place to work. The company alues diversity and individuality and it shows. Supports work-life balance. One can grow in their job and advance.

    Cons

    CNET can be a bit silo-ed with one hand not knowing what the other is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pedal to the medal. Though CNET pioneered new media, there are a lot of nimble competitors in each vertical these days.


  7. "CNET. Great workplace, average compensation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and culture of the company is the best thing about the company. The work environment is full of passionate people.

    Cons

    The only real downside to the company is that the overall compensation range for employees is a lot lower than comparable companies in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to address the compensation aspect in order to increase the possibility of recruiting and hiring highly skilled employees and increasing employee retention.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Digital sweat shop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Writing about interesting things. Good technical infrastructure.

    Cons

    It's a sweat shop for editorial staff. We just crank out copy and we can never crank out enough.

    Advice to Management

    Hire robots to do the job.


  9. "Regional Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tools always available, excellent training, fun atmosphere, room for advancement, work hard/play hard environment

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, too much time for custom proposals. Stuck with obsolete and proprietary support systems that were often inaccurate and hard to use.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront with employees on why major decisions are being made instead of sugarcoating. Employees see through this and know it's BS. We can take the honest info and go into the market with the pitch ourselves.


  10. "Trendy, hip persona externally, stale, boring internally."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for established brands and some fun social activities.

    Cons

    Too much dependence on legacy systems and too little knowledge and or documentation on how those systems work.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to build systems the right way, rather than quickly and poorly.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good peers, poor leaders."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culturally, CNET has a lot to offer. For the most part its employees are sociable and make work a pleasure.

    Cons

    There has been a marked decrease in the quality of middle management. Career development has, in virtually all cases I've experienced or borne witness too, been the last priority. Many line managers appear to more concerned with political advancement then in building the organization around them. When the downturn lessens, I would not be surprised to see large numbers of mission critical employees jumping ship.

    Advice to Management

    Work to develop middle management and improve your employee retention focus.



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