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  • "Part of a global family and great team to work with(in 11 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance, nice people!(in 9 reviews)
  • "Great Company Culture and Good Benefits for employees(in 9 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Contributor role is entrepreneurial and flexible, but doesn't pay much.

    Apr 9, 2016 - Media & Entertainment Contributor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Writing as a Forbes contributor is so entrepreneurial, and very much on your own schedule (within the requirement of five articles/month). I pursue the stories that I want and they get exposure.

    Cons

    The Forbes website is sort of clunky and has a lot of ads—this is only a complaint about the site interface, not the job itself. Also the contributor salary is paltry but the exposure is priceless.

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Get some clips and get out

    May 5, 2021 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    The word about Forbes and its contributor model is only just starting to get out, so people still give the publication clout, meaning you can use the Forbes name to get interesting sources and use the clips to get other jobs (which you should, ASAP).

    Cons

    The contributor model for Forbes makes it so that you need to publish five articles per month to get paid at all, and seven articles to make a bit more money. If you run six, you get paid the five rate. Both rates are pennies. The last article I wrote for Forbes I wrote while very sick and was literally running to the bathroom to throw up and then going back to my computer to finish it so I could run it by midnight and not lose all the money for the other articles I wrote that month. That was the end of the abuse I was willing to take. (And btw, I got a great job soon after, so if you feel like you need Forbes to get clips or money, YOU DON'T). Oh, and no one copy-edits contributor articles before they're published, so anything you read in Forbes could be wildly factually inaccurate. Management was also miserable, meaning they're overworked and underpaid too. In summation, Forbes lacks integrity in every possible manner.

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  4. 1.0
    Current Contractor, more than 5 years

    White People Will Do Well Here

    Mar 19, 2021 - Contributor in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Great benefits, nice for your resume

    Cons

    Whiteness: The Forbes "family" is not inclusive. There are no people of color on the c-suite and their PR tactics are very performative.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Pretty Terrible Place

    Oct 12, 2020 - Sales in New York, NY
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    Pros

    There are some nice people.

    Cons

    Culture is pretty terrible. People who have been there forever get away with being seriously inappropriate, lazy and rude. Forbes is also operating like an old school media company stuck in the past, with old people and old technology,

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    5 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Like Family: Loving and Dysfunctional.

    Nov 2, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Video/Article creator

    May 7, 2018 - Video/Article Creator in New York, NY
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    Pros

    The only pro was exposure.

    Cons

    It took Forbes over three months to pay my first check. Terrible communication with editors. Reliably unreliable as employers. Pay equalled out to less than minimum wage.

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Marketing Coordinator

    Dec 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Start-up vibe despite being a 100 year company. Great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities. Since investors bought out the company a few years back, the company has been consistently changing. Lack of direction/stability on top of low pay. Compensation is way below industry standards, due to the reason that the Forbes name on your resume will make up for it in the future. More of a stepping stone company to join than a long-term company to stay.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Avoid this company unless you like to work in a generally crappy environment

    Nov 22, 2017 - Editor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Forbes is not an actual prison camp.

    Cons

    Forbes is a company that trades on ranking rich people and leveraging these lists for publicity, which is quantifiable as free advertising for the brand. That's really all that matter to the Forbes family. So first, I question their methods of ranking the rich. Who is fact-checking them? No one. I reiterate, what matters to Forbes is the Forbes name, not yours. So why bother, really? There are better companies and better work cultures elsewhere. Also a bit of an old boys network is often at play.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Business Side Only - Stalled

    Nov 8, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
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    Pros

    The brand, network, editorial, and global network of leaders

    Cons

    - Culture - Growth Potential - Location Forbes has the potential to be a even larger global brand with the business to back it up to potential clients and sponsors, but hinders itself with the reliance on the brand name.

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  11. 4.0
    Current Contractor

    Contributing writer

    Jan 29, 2016 - Anonymous Contractor 
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    Pros

    - Bold culture; people at all levels are willing to try new ideas - Well-known brand - Global visibility for our work

    Cons

    - Pay scales are on the lean side - Quality is inconsistent; there's some very good work done under the Forbes banner, and also some that comes up short

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