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"Avoid this place like the plague"

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Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

None, SpinMedia has no money and you pay for you own expenses in advance. If you are morbidly curious enough to get hired here, you will be issued a used dated computer. At least you get bags of chips though in a stockroom.

Cons

No leadership, no experience in entertainment or music, no direction, no money, 90's grade technology and mindset. After all, anybody can put up a Wordpress site. The tech team is comprised of the former amateurs from Demand Media, who seem to only hire people less talented than them only from Demand Media. The CTO's only experience is he built a PlayStation 2 fan website and that's sadly what SpinMedia's future technology has been based on and the sole reason why they can't generate enterprise revenues. Its amazing how this tech team continues to keep their jobs when they turn out nothing new year after year and the company continues to lose money. On the music and entertainment side, 90% of the uninspiring blogs you read on the site are from interns wrangled into a room with little to no experience on music or entertainment. SpinMedia bought VIBE and put the current CEO in charge of it, the whitest guy ever. He got hired simply because he is the owners neighbor in San Francisco. He has no experience in this type of business whatsoever. Ask him to name 3 modern urban or rap songs, or name the artist on the first VIBE cover, he will sadly not know. Same with SPIN. What was historically one of the best independent mags is now run people who don't go to concerts nor listen to music, but instead read other peoples blogs for material. The atmosphere in NY and LA is a quiet and eerie vibe that nobody wants to be there, and there is the continual "what's going on here" or "what is going to happen to us next" fear instead of being a fun company. So until the 2 clueless guys who own this company sell it to a true music or entertainment entity, this place will be a sad existence and I would stay away from it at all costs. As a fan of these magazines, its really sad to see them get run into the ground from these clueless people.

Advice to Management

To the 2 current owners and CEO, do the world a favor and sell this company to a music minded company & team. Your current CEO used to work for a video game company. Truly sad.

Other Employee Reviews for SpinMedia

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Sinking ship or Dumpster Fire...you pick"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented and creative coworkers. Flexible hours

    Cons

    This place is a sinking ship. If they call you looking to offer you a position, just run away. If you're a freelance contributor, just block them from your inbox now because that's what they'll do when you start asking about getting paid.

    SpinMedia (formerly BuzzMedia) is in the business of buying sites more successful/known then what they have in hopes of increasing traffic to their other sites and to impress investors.

    I had the displeasure of joining SpinMedia by way of acquisition. Before we were bought, life was great and filled with creative and fulfilling challenges. The organization was flat and everyone was equal. Once SpinMedia took over, they replaced their CEO three times and never promoted within. Instead they hired friends, and not one of them were qualified for their jobs. Especially the senior tech people they hired, these people were entry level jokes with friends in high places.

    I won't get started with the HR team, but the HR staff are basically entry level secretaries. Pretty faces with empty heads who spend more time spying on co-workers and stabbing them in the back every chance they get. Most of the other reviews here are written by them.

    This probably sounds like general whining, but take a moment and look into the Senior Execs that were actually qualified for their jobs that bailed from this company over the last couple of years. They saw this dumpster fire for what it was: a poorly organized/operated company with no real future outside of massive layoffs and eventual sale.

    Advice to Management

    Start over. You aren't qualified for this role. The board should start by hitting reset on the tech Execs, and then maybe get a real HR team.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fun / Exciting / Creative Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working alongside incredible people in a creative environment where there is plenty of opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    This organization has seen a lot of change in the past year - change that will allow for positive future growth, but has left some employees feeling unclear about what comes next.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly communicate your vision to employees. For a company that is spread out across multiple locations, it's important for everyone to always feel the same level of excitement and energy around our plan for the future.

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