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Updated November 2, 2018
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  • "Disorganized, not enough upper management" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Lack of direction/stability on top of low pay" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is hard working and driven!

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Like Family: Loving and Dysfunctional."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    The people the people the people the people. Incredible, driven, smart, fun, great people. Among the best in media.

    Cons

    The business has been under painful pressure for a decade, skidding from one bad PE ownership structure to another. This has created a lot of problems as the numbers never, ever match up with the projected expectations of the pitchbooks during the sales. It's a never-ending scramble for User growth, page views, ad impressions, slideshows, and on and on. It will never end. That's the reality of the industry, and Forbes, with no larger organization to lean on for help, has been hit harder than most.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to speak Chinese?

  3. "Good company, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to great content, great benefits

    Cons

    Doesn't pay too well, not a fan of company culture

    Advice to Management

    Value your valuable employees more; don't let them leave the company over compensation


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with various teams.

    Cons

    Salary can be challenging.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Boss was a micromanager"

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    Former Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access you get to plan events with amazing sponsors, high networth people, influencers and world changers

    Cons

    My boss was a total micromanager and she has been there for decades. If you're not working in sales or editorial then the company culture is super old school, especially in the events department. Very little room for growth and mentorship in her department. Base pay is very low and small raises come every 2 years or so.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees the chance to move between departments once they get on board and realize their boss is crazy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Forbes"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Forbes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly, and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Management is a mess and some employees are not held accountable for their work as much as the rest of us.

    Advice to Management

    No one works together, we are all silo'd


  7. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    It's a fine place to work at

    Cons

    Could pay more but it's a media company after all

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forbes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work environment, nice colleagues

    Cons

    career path is unclear; few opportunities


  9. "Had a good run, but regret the way things ended!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forbes has a great brand name in the market for its products and being at Forbes we were very proud of what we built and delivered.

    Cons

    Lately, and right after, the management takeover and shifts from being more product owned and driven than tech, left a huge impact on each individual.
    People with no relevant expertise and experience were brought on-board and that has proved to be a huge failure in how everything functions now.
    Intern programs were less efficient ( even when we had a great conversion ratio of interns being on boarded with full time opportunities)
    Felt like everything was fake and hidden and no matter how hard you work, you’ll be glorified only if you nodded to everything the management wanted, else be prepared to be sacked if you voice against there agendas.

    Advice to Management

    Know your most valuable employees, treat them better, and work hard to retain the actual talent that runs the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "We did have a good product plan, but OMG, some of the managers"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Good Office and Good benefits (Including dental, health care and vacation policy )
    2. Good Resume build for Internship and early in career life because it's a famous company
    3. Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    1. The salary is literally half of the average.
    2. The biggest problem in the company is "the managers". Yes, with "s". They are not professional enough to handle their jobs.

    Some managers can only be able to mention worthless points in the emails, in order to get attention and try to not be outshined by their subordinates.

    Some managers can't understand the products' logic well enough even they have already been reminded couple times before.

    The lack of the communication between managers causes that some tickets are going to release, and then being pushed back because other groups find the ticket mess up their products. And even a new product is almost done, people finally find that there is no stakeholder for it, because every manager thinks "there should be someone...".

    We did have a good product plan and we almost made it. We did have some managers who help us to get over the problems and get the work done.

    But why do so many talented people left in these six months?

    Advice to Management

    Find out why talented people are so disappointed to work here.