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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good Employees Being Drowned By Poor Ones"

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    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.

  3. "Fine"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Grateful for the experience"

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

    Pros

    Close-knit, friendly environment; I met a lot of great people here and got extremely valuable entry-level experience.

    Cons

    Although layoffs weren't that common, when they did occur it was with very little warning or sign.

    Advice to Management

    Treat editorial staff better; they're always first on the chopping block when cuts have to be made.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Things are looking up"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "What a mess"

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

    I worked at FierceMarkets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. informal structure and atmosphere

    Cons

    This company is a real mess. It had a formula for profit and growth that no longer works and it really has no clue how to adapt. Lots of people covering their own a's and good opportunities to bring in new business or grow existing get left on the table.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better process to discuss business opportunities and communication between departments.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Run away"

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

    Pros

    Hard workers are given a lot of responsibility in short order, which is good.

    Cons

    An ambitious company that from its inception thought it could cut corners to fuel growth. It worked for a while, but the too-rapid expansion eventually ground to a halt, resulting in a heavy round of cuts to editorial products. FierceMarkets had its moment, but that seems past.

    Advice to Management

    The era of shoddy editorial products winning significant advertising dollars is over. If you want to be a media company, invest in editorial. If you continue to run the company as a marketing company that happens to have an editorial division whose main responsibility is attracting (but not keeping) eyeballs -- well, prepare for the worst.

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

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not a long-term career prospect"

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

    Pros

    A lot of young people, so can be a fun atmosphere. You will all bond over how miserable you are.

    Cons

    The company has done very poorly financially in the past couple of years, due to very bad management and business decisions, which has resulted in a very large amount of layoffs, and not an equal number of re-hires. The staff was already stretched too thin, and just continues to be more so with less employees but the same amount of work. A lot of promises were made by upper management that never came to fruition, including compensation and bonuses that were owed but never paid. The corporate owner, Questex, has stepped in to try to right the sinking ship. They've gotten rid of a lot of bad eggs in upper management, but have yet to properly address the fundamental problems that contribute to a very high turnover rate (even before the layoffs began). Slightly below normal pay for a straight-out-of-college employee, but very little room for actual professional growth (you may get a new title, but you'll be doing the same work because they won't be hiring someone to take over your "previous" role) and very-little-to-no raises. The exception to all of this being if you can get in with the Life Sciences vertical, which is the only profitable division of the company and run very well. I would only (very cautiously) recommend this company to someone fresh out of college - stay for a year or so max. for the experience then leave.

    It will also set your expectations for an employer, company and job very ,very low, so there's no place but up to go when you leave.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "RUN FROM THIS COMPANY"

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    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.


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