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FierceMarkets Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "Good Employees Being Drowned By Poor Ones"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Marketing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Content Marketing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -young company
    -flexibility in job
    -good intro to B2B marketing

    Cons

    -No organization, all the higher ups seem to bicker with each other and are engaged in constant battles due to a a lack of transparency- departments don't work together, they work against each other.
    -Disorganized, for example in the past few months about 6 employees have quit and despite giving ample notice...the roles were not backfilled, leaving everyone to double the work with no end in sight.
    -Allows Poor Behaviors - Several employees get away with doing, more or less, nothing. Then, the work lands on the more apt and hardworking employees. Bad employees, with negative behavior (constant whining, lack of work ethic, inability to work a full 8 hour day) are rarely reprimanded and never fired. This leaves the better employees to pick up the slack. If a better employee ever makes a mistake or forgets something, they get chewed out...while the poor performing employees continue to twiddle their thumbs.

    Advice to Management

    -Work TOGETHER, not against each other. Upper management is so cliquey and really needs to embrace working together and avoid silo-ing different departments.


  2. "Fine"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at FierceMarkets (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young Company
    Lots of Exposure
    Jump right in with work and gain a ton of experience

    Cons

    Too much work for not enough money
    When I was there the transition had too many changes for me


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Things are looking up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing Solutions in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing Solutions in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FierceMarkets full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun company culture, there's a pretty young feel so you make friends easily and there are happy hours, lunches, etc.

    Managers will work with you to set you up for success. Many sales jobs will fire someone for not hitting a quota. While that is a problem, management at FierceMarkets will work with you to reconstruct territory, give you more hands on training, whatever you need to help you increase your sales, instead of just firing you. They want to see you success, all you need to do is be proactive, show you want to be better, and ask for help!

    Travel is a huge benefit, in my opinion. I've been to some awesome cities, both domestic and international. Vacation and time off is very fair and increases the longer you've been with the company.

    Some departments are flexible with working remote once you have a proven track record of productivity and hard work. This is really nice for people who travel for holidays, for example.

    There's not a lot of micromanaging for a sales position. You have serious potential to make a lot of money, but it requires a driven personality, someone who will get their work done without being told over and over to do so. Sales is not for everyone, but if you think you could have what it takes, this is a perfect company to try your hand at it.

    Cons

    Does not match 401k contributions.

    Management has been putting policies in place for the past year and a 1/2 that have disrupted a lot of day to day work for many departments, especially the sales team. It was bound to happen since our company was growing so fast and the old management team held onto operating like a small company way longer than it should have. New management means new policies and ways of operating.

    Most of the new policies that are in place are good, and just took some time getting used to. The problem was... a lot of it was trial and error instead of talking to each department and learning more about what they needed. What ended up happening was policies were implemented that just simply did not work for that particular department and huge amounts of time were wasted. Luckily most of, if not all of that is over now and our company is back to running pretty smoothly!

    Advice to Management

    Open up communication to different departments instead of trial and error efforts that just waste time and frustrate your employees. Be role models - if you want your team to work hard, show that you're doing the same.


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  5. "Fine for short-term/entry-level employment."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Takoma Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Takoma Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of young and enthusiastic coworkers - you'll make friends and attend social outings. You will gain valuable problem-solving skills.

    Cons

    You'll need these friends & happy hours to commiserate about being overworked and underpaid.

    Raises and bonuses were not given out last year without notice.

    Multiple teams have gone months without a supervisor, leaving employees without clear direction.

    New management does not demonstrate a desire to know anything about their employees - including essential things like job titles, previous work experience and skills.

    There is not a lot of transparency - management makes huge changes without getting input from/providing context to employees.

    High turnover and poor management practices mean you often get extra responsibilities without extra compensation.

    Advice to Management

    If you value your employees, let them know. There are so many great employees here that go unnoticed, or whose skills are not used to their full potential.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "RUN FROM THIS COMPANY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good people that work for this poorly ran company. You will go to many happy hours and drink free soda during the day.

    Cons

    Upper management is very disorganized and doesn't know what is going on. Everyone is quitting. NO structure! Its just flat out BAD!

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue of what you want to do with this company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Sales Job- Pays well with Room for Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FierceMarkets full-time

    Pros

    Includes fun domestic/international travel to tradeshows in places like Las Vegas, New Orleans, and several spots in Europe depending on your vertical. Also, there's an opportunity to make a lot of money, and work a young, fun office environment with great people. I've worked in sales here for 6 years and would recommend my position to anyone that's looking to make a career out of it.

    Cons

    Historically the company has lacked a lot of structure/processes, so this has resulted in a lack of clear communication and direction to employees at times. Lately, there's been a lot of focus in these areas with the help of new hires in management roles, but there's still room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on better communication to employees and improving organizational structure/processes. When Fierce was a small company, this wasn't as much of a problem, but as the company continues to grow, the need for this has become more and more pronounced.


  8. "Sinking ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment, decent pay (for some positions). Mostly good people.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from upper management. People are quitting and getting fired left and right. Morale is terrible. Parent company (Questex) is cleaning house. People get let go and their positions are not filled, leaving the remaining people to pick up the slack, even though they are already overworked. Managers talk behind each other's backs, fostering distrust.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership needs to try some positive reinforcement for a change, rather than taking every possible opportunity to tell us what you don't like. Find some way to increase morale.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Entrepreneurial company focused on growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FierceMarkets full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid-back culture that rewards initiative and creativity. Flexible work schedules and good location if you want to work in DC.

    Cons

    Until recently the company was in need for leadership at the senior levels but they have recently invested in some key positions in product and marketing and developing a strategy to bring the company to the next level.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize talent and provide opportunities to strong performers to retain talent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity for professional growth and a fun team environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FierceMarkets full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of opportunity for growth if you are willing to show initiative. Casual and friendly working environment with work hard, play hard mentality. There is a fast learning curve here but this is the perfect place for a driven individual that is willing to take ownership over their role.

    The people are one of the biggest benefits to working at Fierce. Great team atmosphere with a group of fun, strong, smart, driven people.

    Cons

    The company has gone through some ups and downs in recent years which has caused a fair amount of turnover. New management has been brought in recently and the company is starting to resemble it's old self again.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing for change and keep driving company wins. Get involved with team members at all levels to better understand your employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Steer clear"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best part of my job was my coworkers -- my peers on my team were very supportive and friendly when you need guidance starting out to get your footing. The environment between peers is great and there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and meet across teams (though this is a little harder) and there is an emphasis on professional growth.

    Cons

    Positions are filled by favoritism, not necessarily who is most qualified to be managers. Middle managers have no training and are only interested in making their sales quotas, often to the detriment to their employees (including taking away their employee's sales). Although they market themselves as a "news outlet," sales meetings often say, "We're a revenue-drive company" and as a result, the editorial arm of the company comes secondary. They think of employees as disposable even when they are bending over backwards to prospect and grow territories but all that matters at the end of the day is how much revenue you're worth for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers more to be professional and interested in the development of their employees, instead of making underhanded moves to threaten their success. Consider the feedback of employees when making shifts in the company structure. Recognize talent and merit when promoting, rather than who can get above coworkers by undermining others. Value people more and be more professional.


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