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F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Tom Beusse
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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)

  • Fear based motivational behaivor used by upper management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Full of opportunity"

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    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.

  3. "A Very Exciting Time"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unlike pure-play media companies, which are mostly all in free-fall, F+W is actually building a new business model where we pair the media business with ecommerce sales of related products. The quilting brands sell fabric, the knitting brands sell yarn & needles, etc. This business is growing and creating tremendous excitement for the future.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day to tackle all of the opportunities in front of us.


  4. "Commitment to quality"

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Joined a few months ago because of the vision of leadership to move to a digital first model. Company is re-platforming websites for the 21st century and investing in technology to better know and serve a diverse set of enthusiast communities. Solid business model with loads of upside. Opportunities to add real value. Upbeat, positive company attitude with all boats rowing in the same direction.

    Cons

    Number of different offices around the country but Gmail and slack work great to get in touch with whoever you need to.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Burn the boats. Win.


  5. "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work
    Great management team
    Love the new strategy from CEO

    Cons

    Lot of hard work
    Very busy


  6. "Creative Environment"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best things about working for F+W is that I get to work in a creative field that I not only have a professional interest in, but also a personal one. F+W has many communities that serve special interests (writing, collecting, art, etc.), and that makes for interesting content to interact with every single day, with no two days ever the same. Love that!

    Cons

    Working remotely among many different offices across the U.S. and in the U.K. is challenging, especially when your direct manager or direct reports are in another location, and you're not together very often. Not as good as being in the same location, and able to just "drop in" for an opinion or to bounce creative ideas around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep leading the charge for change, but make sure your valuable employees know that you appreciate them no matter what their jobs are. Yes, we want to move towards new and exciting digital frontiers, but everyone needs to know that their part in the changes we're moving towards is important, whether they're answering the phones, moving magazines through production, or helping to build new websites! : )


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Everyone Trying to Get Out"

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

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

    Pros

    • Your choice of office space amongst the many empty cubicles where former co-workers once sat
    • Plenty of room for your lunch in the company fridge
    • Ample parking

    Cons

    Judging from the recent 2-day flurry of over-the-top positive reviews, I assume F+W is having trouble filling their many open positions due to their abysmal employee review score and are trying to boost their numbers. On paper, this should be a creative, rewarding, challenging place to work. In truth, it's a depressing hollow shell of a media company. Anyone with experience or gumption has already jumped ship or is currently looking for employment elsewhere.

    There's a lot of high-level managerial speak about KPI, merit-based rewards and the bright digital future of the company, but at ground level, employees go extended periods of time without contact with their managers and receive no feedback or compensation for a job well done. In my group, it's not even clear who reports to who, what everyone's job title is, or what exactly is expected of us. There is no meaningful leadership and no longer any pretense at getting buy-in from the employees. Exec team has confused charm and bluster for creativity and foresight when hiring managers, and the company is poorer for it. If you can come in for a high salary and milk it for a couple of years, it might be worth your while; otherwise, keep looking.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Company in flux"

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

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

    Pros

    flex time and PTO are good

    Cons

    Management does not value employees, low pay, poor benefits, no 401-K match

    Advice to Management

    Start taking care of employees, pay higher wages


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Scary place"

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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

    Pros

    The people, the ones on the front line doing the real work. Committed to doing their job and doing it well.

    Cons

    Upper management is delusional. Little to no communication down to the ranks. PTO reduced to be in line with the industry. Layoffs seem to be a normal thing that happens.

    Advice to Management

    Take note of what's really going on with the employees- be interested, concerned and ask questions - because no one seems to be asking questions to know how things get accomplished (jobs, tasks) and decisions are being made that affect large groups based on lack of investigating. Everyone walks around in fear of losing their jobs, every day. Employees have seen this happen one too many times.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "No place for creatives."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people really associate well with and are committed to their audiences--many of my closest friends there have been with the company a long time. The atmosphere is pretty casual.

    Cons

    The company does not keep up with technology. Upper management stopped listening to it's most committed workers years ago, though they continue to claim otherwise. Metrics to determine success are non-existent. Designers are micro-managed by layers of personnel that don't know, or care to know, good design. There has been a lot of turnover the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fishing for scapegoats and own the mistakes that have been eroding customer confidence. HR must get to know and support the employees, instead of enabling problem managers.


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