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F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance, nice co-workers, interesting work (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and for (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay--no room for advancement (in 15 reviews)

  • A lot of changes in upper management styles (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Choose your own adventure"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities for scrappy, resourceful people who sidestep budget cuts and restructures. Some cool products, legacy brands, and valuable institutional knowledge about publishing and content development. You will meet experts and artists who just want to do their best work. You might start a cool career here. There is some digital innovation happening, here and there in pockets.

    Cons

    At F+W, the job is what you make it, and by that I mean: It could be good for you, but it could also be bad. Don't expect progressive thinking, real strategy, structure, or solution-focused leadership--you better bring those things with you. Don't be surprised by odd decision-making or inept managers. Have some good ideas and know how to achieve actual results outside a Powerpoint deck, and you'll be a star! I'm not being sarcastic. The job IS what you make it here. It's like you're your own boss.

    Don't get bitter. Get better.
    And then go work somewhere better.


  2. "There’s a lot of change going on!"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, a good team mentality. Flexible schedule. Good work environment. They are investing a lot in new systems and technology.

    Cons

    Communication is poor. There is a lot of top down management. A lot of change quickly with very little (if any!) notice, this has been ongoing for some time.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate! Staff is not oblivious.

  3. "FW Tread On Thin Ice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Could be a good company

    Cons

    Growing too fast for some.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down hiring too fast.


  4. "Sad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time

    Pros

    What's happening with the company breaks my heart. The pros: it's a great place to start, get some experience and then move on quickly. The people are great, so many passionate people that love what they are doing. Even at the executive level, even though I'm not sure they know where to go with the company.

    Cons

    That's the con; it's a challenged industry, and I feel there's something very petty and juvenile going on at the executive level. Additionally, they may have a plan that is different from the plan they share with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody likes Trump, so quit acting like him.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Keep looking!!!!"

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

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    All of the staff who are committed each day to creating quality products; all of the staff who are committed to providing excellent service: the company's foundation whether they work out of a home office, are in Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire; they are what is keeping this company afloat (although from all indications that is not going to last much longer). All of the office buildings have heating and air conditioning, we get paid every two weeks and most everyone gets the weekends off

    Cons

    The Senior C-level Leadership is far and away the worst I've ever had the misfortune of being exposed to. Human Resources is more interested in wall colors and turning one of the offices into Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors rather than being an advocate for the staff. Senior leadership is too interested in hiring highly paid consultants and throwing money at every new shiny object rather than addressing the real issues themselves and admitting that they are part of the problem. A good percentage of the full-time staff has been marginalized with the hiring of consultants and many have experienced job eliminations only to have those same positions filled by consultants and freelancers. Certain senior leadership members have openly stated that they believe only the smartest people live in New York and have continually ignored the brain trust in the other locations. In the past 18 months the "smart leadership in New York" has taken a somewhat thriving business to a pile of debt. Their solution to any down turn in profits and revenue is to lay off the people in the trenches who actually do the work. And don't be fooled by the few positive reviews posted in August, they are bogus and were plants to raise the score of this company. There have been numerous lay-offs and job eliminations over the past 12 to 18 months. The end of the year is approaching and it won't be any surprise if the annual severance packages are delivered a week or two before the Christmas holidays or shortly after the New Year. We have all come to expect it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the three General Managers and let them run their business units (and together run the company)
    Clean house in the New York Office


  6. "No Thank You"

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

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful like family

    Cons

    The benefits are horrible, they don't match k1 and time off is standard. Unfortunately, they don't care about the people that work for them. There is no job security.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful you could be next


  7. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, beer cart Fridays, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Work was interesting at first (at leas in my position), but then it became stagnant. 90% of days are the same, mind-numbing work. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people more, allow for growth.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work for F+W"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time

    Pros

    The people on the ground level are amazing, and it's almost like a family. They work tirelessly to make the things happen that are demanded from on high. And beer cart Friday is okay.

    Cons

    Corporate does not care about the people on the bottom, the people with small salaries and who work overtime constantly and do their best to stay positive despite not having any sort of support system or reason to stay positive. They let people go on a whim, when some entity isn't working out, and don't bother finding other positions for very valuable, skilled, talented people. Anyone who doesn't get let go leaves because this place is so awful. The people on the top don't understand the content that we create or our readerships and they make poor decisions that make that abundantly clear. On the surface it seems like a great place to work because you get to work in a field that interests you or might be your passion. But the pain they cause is not worth it. The company has been in a constant state of flux for years and years and it never stops. Were it constant positive change that would be one thing, but it's 95% negative with the occasional positive thing thrown in that is just enough to make people hang on for longer.

    Advice to Management

    Do better. Treat people better. You say you're all about community but we all know you're only about the bottom line.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Dinosaurs still lurking"

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say - They Are Punitive in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say - They Are Punitive in Fort Collins, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment over last 18 months with new Management and Changes, all for the good finally but the old guard is very resistant to change. Company is dying and has been, without change it will be buried.

    Cons

    If you are in Colorado don't embrace change or you will be fired; I was! Senior Management in Colorado is a dinosaur brought back from the past. He was part of the problem when he was here before and he came back!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old guard as fast as you can. Don't bring back problems that caused the issues you are trying to address today.


  10. "Full of opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth.
    Great team!

    Cons

    Too much to do with too little time.


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