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Updated March 26, 2017
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  1. "Great if you're self-motivated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Gawker Media (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

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on things we don't need


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sick culture"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gawker Media full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your people. Be better about clarifying the difference between financially inspired decisions and decisions made because your authors are being childish. Stop pretending there is a difference between editorial decisions made for money and editorial decisions made for traffic. There is no difference, and pretending there is only indulges the staff's sense of exceptionalism and erases any chance for them to grow.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "A bottomless pit of dysfunction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Gawker Media full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    What management? The entire C suite (put in place to try and temper the whims of a narcissist, sexist, delusional founder) quit or was fired this year. The only way the company has a prayer of surviving is for Denton to leave. They would also benefit from ANY sort of management training. Leadership is so desperately reactive to the chaos brought about by Nick, that they are incapable of making informed, well thought out decisions. They expect their subordinates to manage themselves, but then penalize them coming up with independent solutions.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Good content and story.

    Cons

    No product roadmap, editorial looks down on sales.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fun place to be but not for a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Roof deck, free parties, decent perks i.e. catered food, matching 401, free gym membership. People are pretty cool if you need to interact with them but there isn't a real culture of camaraderie .

    Cons

    It might be a departmental issue but management really drops the ball on managing their people. There is no follow up or direction on their part. They seem to be busy building the business externally rather than internally. You are basically on your own to push your career forward there. Fun stuff to do but not very rewarding. Like a previous reviewer stated it seems more like a stop gap company where you stay for a bit, eat some hors d'oeuvres and go on your next thing.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to have more of a 360 review process, perhaps more frequently. Engage your team more often and see what they are up to and what their goals are and how you can help them get there.


  6. "Gawker -- work hard, get read, get paid, don't get sick."

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    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to write and you want to be read, go to Gawker. There's also a bowling team.

    Cons

    No health insurance and the uncertainty of contract work.

    Advice to Management

    Nick Denton doesn't need my advice.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "For the ambitious, self-motivated"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It doesn't matter where you work or what you wear. It provides an opportunity to write about a subject matter you're passionate about in your own voice, and have direct feedback with your audience--turning story writing into conversations. It's a great place to be if you crave instant feedback on your performance.

    Cons

    Chew them up and spit them out. Gawker has a habit of seeking out kids who don't know any better and using them up until they're completely burnt out. The pay per click pay scheme rewards scandalous story angles. There's also no escaping work--you're compelled to always be posting content.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the message your current pay scheme sends. It promotes turning every story into something scandalous.

  8. "Fantastic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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?

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating, keep staying positive, try to settle as many lawsuits as possible. Spend more time looking towards the future and less time chasing trends that our competitors are better at.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "An exhilarating directionless experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring has always been GMGs worst skill. Managers and underlings who just don't know what to expect or are hired under context of one thing and told to do another. The biggest problem with GMG is that they hired BOSS's and not leaders and have very short room for growth for anyone who wants to do more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic, demoralizing experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Compassion is key. Lead by example. Treat your staff with respect and take good care of them, as they are the only reason your company still has brand loyalty.


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