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FriendFinder Networks Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch Monday to Thursday (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, smart colleagues (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has no idea what they are doing (in 9 reviews)

  • Management has no idea really what is going on, nor do they care (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good perks, shady company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch (though I heard it's going away, which is needs to since they aren't doing well financially) benefits were good, 401k, paid vacation accrued immediately, company holiday parties and lunches.

    Cons

    Not resume worthy, you have to beat around the bush about what you did to other employers, especially if you worked in the CAMS or AFF department. Communication is nonexistant. They will tell you they have something to go over real quick with you and lead you to a conference room to meet your demise and say you're fired. The manager will ditch you there and leave you with HR, who will act as if they have no reason to why you're being terminated. Very shady. This is also a very cliquey place.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your employees as if they are disposable, at least let people go with dignity. Cut back on some things like the free lunches if you're filing for bankruptcy. If you're having to let people go, you need to cut back. I'm sure those lunches cost a fortune.


  2. "WARNING! Don"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly, benefits are good.

    Cons

    No raises in years, and when one is finally given it is not worth the paper it is printed on. Not even a cost of living raise. Bonuses have not been given in years, and finally get one, and that too is not even good. Moral is at a all time low. No incentive to come to work. Management has no idea really what is going on, nor do they care. Employees having issues getting other. Saying you were once employed by FFN is a huge red flag. People are pushed out if not complying to HR terms.

    Advice to Management

    Get people in that know what they are doing. Treat people with respect, and not making them feel like you are doing them a favor.

  3. "Spent a lot of time playing catch-up to implement competitors' product features, and little time innovating."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart colleagues. Casual atmosphere. Employee attrition seems to be high enough that new opportunities will likely arise.

    Cons

    Performance reviews are rare, and if your manager doesn't provide one, you may need to initiate one. If you feel you deserve a raise, you probably need to ask for one.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make employees ask for raises. If they are doing a satisfactory job, consider giving them an annual increase to keep up with inflation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "leadership role"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you really really really need a job.

    Cons

    If you value yourself and your profession, do not even think of working here. Seriously.
    If you consider yourself as one of the dregs of society, you've found the right place.
    Complete chaos, no money, mean spirited crazy lazy people with minimal skills and no drive.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.....


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Absolutely horrible company to work for under Marc Bell and his cronies. Toxic culture."

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

    I worked at FriendFinder Networks full-time

    Pros

    Andrew Conru is perhaps the best thing to happen to this company is a long while. It is now private, so perhaps things got better.

    Cons

    It was down hill once it was acquired by Marc Bell and turned into a public company. Upper management is horrendous. All managers seemed to be from engineering backgrounds, knowing absolutely nothing about managing people

    Highly discouraging atmosphere. non existent praise. toxic culture

    Advice to Management

    Leave the management to people who value and respect other people. Invest in a few management courses


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Maybe good for someone waiting for the retirement"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FriendFinder Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch, shower room, food cube...
    Social Network Industry is fun.

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy, some upper managers are good technicians but lack the management training.

    Advice to Management

    Read and answer the email, useless to ask to send the daily report without replying it.
    Andrew is cool.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "what a joke"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there are no pros at all

    Cons

    the employees at the corp office were immature and paid way too high. Management and executives were a joke. Not a lick of common sense between them.

    Advice to Management

    enough with the micromanagement - stop lining your pockets - stop hiring who your sleeping with at the moment

  8. Helpful (3)

    "I would not recommend this company to anyone"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Translator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Translator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free catered lunch everyday. except for Fridays and weekends

    Cons

    No room for growth, very hostile work environment, managers are horrible.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "It's not about what you know, it's about who you know..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Complimentary breakfast and lunch Monday to Thursday
    -Free Porn
    -Opportunity for advancements if you stay at the company long enough

    Cons

    -Porn is visible at every corner of the company. If you are not comfortable to see graphic human private parts, don't even think about work for this company. Compliant about sexual related stories happen at the HR department frequently. Lots of lawsuit against the company.
    -Favoritism is a norm in the company. Most executives have low or no education and no prior experiences on managing people nor a department before join the company. You can start out as a temp, then hired as a VP if you know how to please the top executives. If the higher up executive likes you, you will get bonuses for no reason, additional PTOs, multiple promotions, free excess to the porn sites, work couple hrs a days and get pay in full...
    -Low moral - most people there to collect their paychecks, no one seem to care for the company.
    -Extremely Poor management. The exec. spent millions to acquire bad companies and hired lots people. In less than a year, laid off the same number of people hired and closed down the acquired companies. The exec have no idea what they are doing and no directions. Unfortunately, the employees suffering from it. Regardless how long you worked there, the severance is two weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ask your employees to be accountable unless you do the same!!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Uninspiring, demeaning leadership from Leads to CEO"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are into politics and gaining success from it. This is your place!

    Cons

    Politics rampant within the entire company. Bully emails from CEO. I can't tell you how many of them I have forwarded to friends that are not employed at FFN. They are always shocked.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees mirror your leadership. Epic fail.


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