Cheddar (NY) Reviews

Updated Oct 22, 2019

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Cheddar (NY) Founder and CEO Jon Steinberg
Jon Steinberg
17 Ratings
  1. "Associate Producer"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Production Associate 

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility and creative freedom

    Cons

    Understaffed so employees are overworked

    Cheddar (NY)2019-10-22
  2. "Mixed feelings"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The middle management is wonderful to work with. Everyone is very willing to help each other. Not very competitive in a sense that your job feels threatened. Pay was very competitive in comparison to other networks.

    Cons

    Upper management very disorganized. Hours vary and major changes come without warning.

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-10-10
  3. Helpful (4)

    "An Unfortunate Mess"

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

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

    Pros

    Cheddar has managed to employ some of the the most hardworking, creative, and genuine people in the industry. The best thing about this company is easily some of the people. It is really fortunate because employees here really need each other when things are tough, and that is the majority of the time at Cheddar. You’re likely able to be creative and put together the content that you have always wanted to, but it is mostly because there is no oversight. If it does get noticed, your hard work won’t get proper credit.

    Cons

    There are a lot more challenges than there is good here. Some of the managers have been at the company from the beginning and have been rewarded for it. As the company grows they are in over their heads. They don’t have the right backgrounds and experience, they don’t know the industry, and they tend to ignore the employees that could genuinely help them. It turns into a lot of micromanaging because they don’t know what else to do. They tend to applaud mediocrity instead of finding ways to learn from mistakes and improve. A lot of these managers are also men, and they don’t like women who do their jobs well. Most of the time there is no direction, no help or vision and a very overwhelmed staff is left grasping at straws. Speaking of staff, they don’t have enough of it, they barely hire enough people. With employees getting burned out and quitting, many are often doing the jobs of 2-3 people. The CEO had often said he doesn’t want people “sitting around with their feet up”, but there is a difference between overstaffing and having enough to stay afloat. A lot of things Cheddar does is also “on the surface.” Sure they had unlimited vacations, but you were barely allowed to use it, and if you did you were likely working from home. You will fill out weekly surveys and meet with managers, but the management won’t truly listen to or fix your problems, even when you come to them with solutions. Sure there’s food and an office with a pretty view, but does it help when you are working 10+ hours and drowning in work at your desk?

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-08-29
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible and abusive management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great co-workers -Food -Cool guests -Weekly All-Hands with CEO - good place to be updated on all things Cheddar & things happening in the industry

    Cons

    -CheddarU management is VERY poor - no on-boarding, no positive reinforcement, no guidance, no communication in terms of individual performance until it is too late, and have NO INTENTION OF GIVING YOU MONEY BONUS FOR BRINGING ON CAMPUS PARTNERS -Higher management is not trustworthy and do not care about their employees happiness or employee retention

    Cheddar (NY)2019-08-21
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Please STAY AWAY from this toxic workplace!!"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice office views, bagel and all-hands dinner Fridays.

    Cons

    Terrible management is an understatement. It's unfathomable! I've never had a boss full of such negativity (Ex. He said to me, “Well I never wanted to be a manager in the first place.”). Nothing's worst than having work next to a boss who literally slams his fingers on his keyboard so hard when he types, that the keys break off. I could go on and on forever about how terrible it was working at Cheddar, but I’ll just summarize the key issues in bullet points: • The CEO and President push for a "direct," honest, and transparent work environment, yet no one abides by this. Lots negative behind closed door talk. • Questionable stability. The company’s future is uncertain considering they non-profitable after two years and recently acquired by Altice. Can you say sinking ship..? • No matching 401K with low starting salary compared to others. • Lack of growth. I noticed several employees who have been there since the launch of Cheddar in 2016 still have the same job title. • No Human Resources department at all. The 'Operations Manager' is expected to handle all of the HR issues on top of all her other duties. Additionally, one of the anchors stated that the COO stated that he was looking to hire a woman for the 'Head of People' role, which is completely sexist and illegal. • No task management system/software in place such as Jira or Asana. Everything is handled via Google Calendar which was completely unorganized. • * People are either extremely over or under-worked there. Producers are working 60hr weeks while the E-Sports department plays video games and watches Twitch. I had literally nothing to do for the first week I worked here. • New employees are required to stand up in front of the entire company and tell them where they used to work and a fun fact about themselves. I was told by my supervisor, "everyone will judge you based on what you say, so be careful what you say." I've never seen any company do this before and is an introverts worst nightmare.

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-09-05
  6. "Positive Experience!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cheddar (NY) full-time for more than a year

    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 to grow your career, learn and develop. Everyone here works hard and it's exciting to see that hard work pay off and Cheddar succeed.

    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 and fix any of those struggles, which is great.

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

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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 a year

    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 "no" to your ideas (within reason, this place does care about $$ and how it's spent), and there is very little institutional red tape/structure keeping you from being creative and experimenting with what you produce day-to-day. If you are a "go-getter" and proactive in shaping your role, you can have success.

    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 and has been without a head of HR for nearly a year. With the organization being so flat, there are many managers who are TERRIBLE at delegating, which leads to annoying clots in decision-making, redundant work, and unnecessary process. Workloads as a result are also mismanaged, with some people working grueling 11-hour days and not openly questioning how their work processes could be streamlined while others are never in the office after 5pm. If you are someone who has a hard time challenging your manager and/or isn't comfortable grasping responsibility and decision-making on your own, you will probably not succeed here.

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-16
  8. Helpful (3)

    "I have never felt so degraded"

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

    I worked at Cheddar (NY) full-time for less 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.

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-27
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Management, Overworked employees"

    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 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 is that the people in charge of the company keep on expanding Cheddar's offerings to raise more funding without hiring enough staff to supplement that growth. Instead, they just ask everyone to take on more work. So while it's cool that they keep on creating new channels and divisions, it is insane that they expect everyone to work 3x more than they should have to. It isn't uncommon to have employees leave because of burn-out, see people updating resumes at their desk or just being openly pessimistic about how directionless the company is. Cheddar is the epitome of a startup that takes advantage of its employees. They know we aren't able to finish the work in a 9-5 setting-- or even in a lot of cases a 9-8pm work day-- and do not care. If you work there, prepare to have absolutely little work-life balance.

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

    "Sexist company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    Cheddar (NY)2019-03-02
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