Gawker Media Reviews

Updated Jan 24, 2018

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3.1
33%
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7 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Gawker Media full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, solid perks for all editorial staff as a result of our union. Sites are run autonomously, which is fantastic if you want to build a career as a reporter.

    Cons

    Still some fallout and uncertainty from the buyout. Lawsuits are scary. The media industry is always unstable, so who knows what the company will look like in a year or two?

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  2. "Not bad"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time

    Pros

    Strong management and aggressive news values

    Cons

    Confused direction at times and an unwillingness to spend

  3. Helpful (3)

    "An exhilarating directionless experience."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time

    Pros

    The writers here are incredibly talented and it's a pleasure working with them. It's Gawker/Gizmodo so everyone in the city has heard of you. You can potentially write for the sites if you wish.

    Cons

    The work environment is incredibly toxic toward video and moderately toxic toward everything else. There is no interest in changing the status quo. Every site except for Jalopnik has no video strategy or interest in even pursuing it. The corporate overlords from Fusion Media Group are as uncreative and statistically focused as can be. They are tone deaf to the audience Gawker Media serves and unfortunately they are taking control of the entire video team.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic, demoralizing experience"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time

    Pros

    Writers and general staff are talented, smart, fun, and a blast to work with. Casual culture, brand recognition, and general respect for the work that is produced under the GMG name. But wait, there's more!

    Cons

    No true leaders, no compassion, and no work/life balance to speak of. At best, day-to-day dealings were passive aggressive and depressing. At worst, incredibly toxic. Management does not handle conflict well, does not lead by example, or unblock as challenges arise that require guidance. Bullying and indifference are commonplace. Teams are understaffed and therefore, burnout is inevitable. I was hired for one position, but often was expected to do the work of three- roles are not clearly defined or enforced. Compensation doesn't come close to adequate even without considering the above complaints.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Most toxic work environment i've ever been in"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - lucky for me, my team was super amazing & filled with amazingly talented and smart people - compensation was good - trips to Budapest

    Cons

    wow, where to start? this was hands down one of the most toxic work environments I've ever worked in. Management was a bunch of bullies who had little to no experience in what they were managing. Teams often felt victimized for things they weren't even responsible for. You were bullied if you dared to make a mistake in your work -- this, by managers who themselves were utterly incompetent. The overall feeling of this workplace was absolutely terrible. You're basically working with millennials who are arrogant, "snarky" (read: bullies), and you cannot really be yourself. I felt very uncomfortable being around most of the people there as they are NOT friendly - especially the editorial staff. If you aren't a raging liberal or if you actually *gasp* dare to disagree with something published, prepare yourself to be berated & insulted. People are not allowed to disagree or have their own thoughts on things. You get little to no direction in terms of the work you're doing. I think I did so much work that ultimately got scrapped - not great for motivating teams to remain Moreover, the change in management (not once, but TWICE) was horrific. One manager simply just went MIA and didn't answer emails or texts -- leaving his team completely in the dark about what was going on. Not only did NOBODY on the team get to interview their potential boss, but the CEO took it upon himself to hire this guy with little to no consult from the team this person would be managing. Titles get thrown around and gifted upon people who don't even deserve it. Seriously, people here are in their 20s, with little to no work experience, and get a director title. I wonder how that'll actually relate to the real world - instead of this millennial and über "hip and trendy" company.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Used the Best Place to Work, Ever"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gawker Media

    Pros

    Amazing people, product, super efficient team, lots of resources, cool executions, very flat communication, opportunities for growth or career changes. Wonderful culture, will make lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Certain content was volatile, leading to litigation and eventual bankruptcy. Does not make the job easier by any means, but I don't regret joining the company. Now Gawker is no more, the company is in new hands, and it's basically a new company - sucks to suddenly be a part of a new corporation that you did not choose to be a part of (and it's not your fault, or anyone you work with's fault, that you got there).

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sick culture"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented editorial staff, great benefits. Intelligent, fast-moving and genuinely passionate about the work -- an inspiring focus and dedication.

    Cons

    Nastiness, backstabbing, gossip, cliqueishness -- all the earmarks of Manhattan New Media in one place. Owner's ADD and obsession with youth means yearly turnover, which only contributes to the paranoia and mixed-messaging top-down. Echo chamber culture means anything is justified and anyone who disagrees is stigmatized by the group, which leads to a controlled, cultlike atmosphere.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "immature company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time

    Pros

    - well known brand - competitive compensation - great working environment - huge business potential

    Cons

    - highly political - CEO micromanages everything - CEO does not set direction - lack of business/product vision - a ton of wasted business and product opportunities (every week is a pivot based on what the CEO heard at dinner the day before) - very unprofessional attitude towards employees (see first point) - often chaotic thanks to the inapt management

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  9. "Great if you're self-motivated"

    4.0
     in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Gawker Media for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, casual work environment, fast-paced

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the shuffle, you need to be aggressive to succeed

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "A bottomless pit of dysfunction"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Gawker Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ask most people what the best part about Gawker is, and the general response you'll hear is "the people." And this is accurate. I've met some of the brightest, funniest, and most talented people of my life at Gawker. Unfortunately, most of them are so systematically abused that they either leave within two years or become cynical dejected husks who take their mistreatment as a given. Yes, it attracts incredibly smart people -- but the smartest ones know to leave.

    Cons

    Seriously? Just everything. The company is a septic tank that breeds chaos, drama, ego, and insecurity. The fact that they are as successful as they have been is a fluke -- not a implementation of business strategy. In fact, there is no strategy beyond desperately flailing for help, and then drowning those who come to the rescue, attempting to float on their corpse. This place is just a through-and-through mess.

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