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Cheddar (NY) CEO Jon Steinberg
Jon Steinberg
16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you like start-up culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -- In a struggling media landscape Cheddar is growing rapidly. -- There is no fat in the company, your job and work matter. -- Everyone has access to senior management. -- It's possible to move around in the company if you find a better fit. -- The culture is transparent and direct. Weekly all-hands and 1:1s are mandatory.

    Cons

    Things move fast and can change quickly which is not for everyone.

    Cheddar (NY)2018-09-18

    Cheddar (NY) Response

    November 5, 2018CEO

    Many thanks. On the cons, things do change, but I think we have done a good job of not course correcting the boat too rapidly, and giving each decision or initiative we try a shot of numerous months.

  2. "Positive Experience!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    This is a place to work if you want to feel like you actually have a hand in building a company and making an impact, at any level. Teams are really lean so you have to work hard and wear many hats, but there are a lot of pros to that when you look at the glass half full. You get to take on responsibility and ownership that you would never have the opportunity to at a larger org and you have an incredible opportunity...

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    Cons

    Teams are small and the pace is FAST, that is not for everyone. There have been some issues with some management, but it seems as though the CEO and President are aware and actively working to fix. Managers now have training, and an engagement surgery is being rolled out to employees for feedback. The company seems to be going through the normal growing pains of a startup, but they are proactively working to get ahead...

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-04-01
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Working here is not for everyone, and that's OK"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Cheddar is the epitome of an early-stage media startup with all the upsides and downsides that brings. The organization is incredibly flat, which means there are few layers between you and upper management. You can be a mid-level staffer her and spin up an entire editorial or partnership initiative and get the backing of the CEO, which is not going to happen at a place like CNN. You will rarely if ever be told a flat-out...

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    Cons

    Internal communication is still very much on a need-to-know basis, and often even when you actually do NEED to know something you find out too late. The CEO does do a good job of trying to keep everyone updated on companywide initiatives during weekly all-hands, but managers are usually very bad at keeping everyone on the same page about department strategy/coming initiatives. The company has never had a comms person...

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    Advice to Management

    Instill in managers that their ability to delegate to their direct reports is not only a good thing, but critical in how they are evaluated as managers. We need 360 performance reviews badly. We are too small of a company for fiefdoms of control to already be built like they are currently. Create a culture where all "process" is constantly being questioned through the lens of: Can this be more efficient? Lots of things...

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-16
  4. Helpful (1)

    "I have never felt so degraded"

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

    I worked at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free dinner one day a week.

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere. Other employees will manipulate you to make you appear as a failure for their own benefit. Favoritism for certain employees is blatant. Do not care for the mental or physical wellbeing of employees. Senior employees will make you feel guilty for taking sick or vacation days.

    Advice to Management

    Review your company culture and make sure you live up to the ethical pillars you superficially tout.

    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-27
  5. "Terrible Management, Overworked employees"

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

    I worked at Cheddar (NY) full-time

    Pros

    - Socially, it's a very fun company - The product is sort of new and exciting. - You do get to flex your creative muscles sometimes.

    Cons

    The entire organization is overworked and poorly managed. You are almost expected to pull thankless 10-12+ hour days regularly and it is not uncommon to have those leak on over into the weekend. There were multiple times where I was made to feel bad because I wouldn't work ENTIRE full weekends without extra pay or vacation days. Upper management is aware of this problem but refuses to acknowledge it. The problem...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like you're doing us favors by overworking us. Making people log 10-12 hour days with no time-and-a-half just feels worse when it's packaged with this false "WORK HARD! DISRUPT STUFF! SILICON VALLEY!" attitude. Before you start other channels, make sure you have enough staff for the ones you have now. And stop bragging about in order to work here you need to have ZERO social life. That isn't a brag. ...

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-22
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sexist company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time

    Pros

    The people who work at the company, are the most driven creative, passionate people you will ever meet.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. If you are a smart, driven woman RUN. Cheddar doesn’t have any HR, they have been searching for a head of people for almost a year with no luck.. it makes me wonder if this is on purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Trust the people you hired to do there jobs. Respect women. Get a proper HR department.

    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-02
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Please make note of the high recommendations from 9/10-911"

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    Current Employee - Producer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    CEO know how to make his company look good

    Cons

    CEO need to stop

    Cheddar (NY)2019-01-17
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Highly discourage anyone from working here"

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

    I worked at Cheddar (NY) full-time

    Pros

    You have an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty, which is quite nice when you’re working 55-60 hours a week!

    Cons

    I highly discourage anyone from working for Cheddar. I have worked in several jobs where you’re expected to work long hours to cover breaking news or finish up assignments. That’s just the industry. However at Cheddar, a large reason employees have to stay late is simply due to inefficiency. The newsletter, for example, sends at 6pm, 7pm or even later sometimes. The newsletter takes roughly 40 minutes or less to produce...

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    Cheddar (NY)2018-11-28
  9. Helpful (1)

    "If you’re looking to be a Segment Producer, go anywhere else."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you want to take vacation for 3 weeks straight nobody will notice (they do have unlimited vacation, and the approval process is a mess), but your coworkers will be swamped and stressed as a result. They have such a limited staff per project, it's inhumane really.

    Cons

    Everyone is overworked and burnt out They ask for reviews about how you feel, but then ignore constructive criticism Incompetent hires- are now your coworkers! Terrible leadership Nobody there is happy. Stay away!

    Advice to Management

    Fire from the top, not the bottom!

    Cheddar (NY)2018-10-26

    Cheddar (NY) Response

    November 5, 2018CEO

    I think we certainly have some people working too much and some too little. I'm working with our senior team on fixing it in both directions. I don't honestly believe you think me or our management team are "terrible leaders" and had you come to me with a more polite version of this ...

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting media start-up with 'can-do' culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Cheddar is the little-engine-that-CAN! It is mind-boggling what we pull off on a weekly basis. We move faster than any media company in the world. We are an infant in the industry - challenging the way TV 'works'. Every day there is a new puzzle to solve with an eager team. New ideas, questions and concerns are encouraged - but they require initiative. The culture is great - people are always chatting while grabbing a...

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    Cons

    The pace of work is not for everyone. Leadership is extremely direct, which is also not for everyone. Everything is done on a very tight budget Working-from-home is discouraged Career growth will come more from exposure and experience rather than promotion and titles

    Advice to Management

    Keep the humor up... it keeps things light when the work is heavy Keep the feedback constructive.

    Cheddar (NY)2018-09-11
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