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POPSUGAR Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated May 16, 2019

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3.8
71%
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POPSUGAR CEO Brian Sugar
Brian Sugar
86 Ratings
Pros
  • "very friendly office, great work/life balance(in 15 reviews)

  • "They have a ton of healthy snacks, coffee, and in-house happy hours for when you're really on the grind(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be a bit out of wack; it varies department to department(in 10 reviews)

  • "The upper management at this company is all over the place(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Room for growth Fun company culture Good hours and work/life balance

    Cons

    Upper management control a lot of creative

    POPSUGAR2019-05-16
  2. "net positive"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at POPSUGAR for less than a year

    Pros

    very friendly office, great work/life balance

    Cons

    not enough original content; recycles many posts

    POPSUGAR2019-04-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with a positive culture, but salaries are not competitive"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    The health benefits and 401k matching are great. The offices are very pleasant. People are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a bit out of wack; it varies department to department. Salaries are not competitive. Be aware of the value of your skillset and experience and what salary range you feel is fair for compensation (especially compared to your industry's average salary for your position).

    POPSUGAR2019-01-31
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to "have" to go everyday"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    -Great work-life balance -Fun people to work with and great initiatives to try and make work a fun place to be - Depending on your department and workload, flexibility with working from home -Lots of perks and free goodies/products - The company founders are down-to-earth and transparent about business decisions, from the easiest to the hardest.

    Cons

    There is a bit of a "hierarchy" with the executive team and the longtime employees that are buddy-buddy with the Sugars, but I suppose that is bound to happen in any company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up commitment to work-life balance for employees and fostering a creative and dynamic work environment!

    POPSUGAR2018-05-10
  5. Helpful (11)

    "Not What I Thought, Unfortunatley"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been in media for years, and coming to POPSUGAR I learned a lot about Native Content, which was great to add to my media experience. The company has clear goals and it's an exciting place to be, if you don't mind the hours. My manager was amazing, and made my time there worth it by meeting her.

    Cons

    Culture is an issue. Unfortunately, it's cliquey environment. No sense of community like I've experienced at other companies Work/Life balance didn't exist for me during my time there. What is the point of having perks and happy hours and events if you're too busy to enjoy them?

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and create more open and welcoming environment if you can. Right now the team I was on was overworked, which then creates an unhealthy (stressed) work/life balance, which leads to unhappy employees, which leads to employees leaving. I think your goals as a company are clear and POPSUGAR is a great company, but it was hard to get behind it during my time there.

    POPSUGAR2018-01-30
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Illusions of Grandeur"

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

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Free snacks. Some nice people. Some talented people.

    Cons

    This company stresses that they want the best for their employees and even have a "Happiness Committee" to insure that the staff feels this is important to upper management. Sadly, this is not the case. The work/life balance is horrendous. You have no sick days, as you must take vacation days if you are too sick to work from home (which is encouraged). Very long hours and weekend work is the norm. Also, you may have... great ideas for the company that you openly share with your direct supervisor, however don’t expect any kudos from anyone, for once shared they are no longer your own. This company runs on illusion, from the insular management that has been there for far too long and can’t see the forest through the trees, to the editors that are out of touch with the times which results in content that is irrelevant at best.

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    Advice to Management

    Shake things up! Hire someone from outside the company to take a look at your business to see if you can set a new course for success.

    POPSUGAR2018-01-01
  7. "POPSUGAR Culture and Winning Attitude"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    The company really cares for their employees, and has created a unique, diverse, and healthy culture. I see it in the leadership and across the company, people working hard and having fun while doing it. A clear set of values, communicated to all employees. A respect for work/life balance. It's a very challenging industry, and POPSUGAR is first in so many of the strategies it takes. All Hands meetings... with an emphasis on transparency, awareness of employee feedback, and accolades. Excellent offices, food, tech, and other perks.

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    Cons

    As with any company, there are some who do not see or value the opportunities they have been presented with, and sometimes blame the company for this. It's a company where hard work and innovative thinking is recognized and rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Keep winning!

    POPSUGAR2017-10-17
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    - inspiring CEO - smart people (mostly) - great location, close to Bart - they understand work life balance - Benefits are pretty standard - many opportunities to get to know co-workers with game night, happy hours and different activities - offer great opportunities for community service and giving back

    Cons

    - some teams can be rude and difficult to work with - strategies are constantly changing - some employees pass of a lot of work instead of just doing it themselves - not a lot of accountability and a lot of finger pointing when something goes wrong - too many cooks in the kitchen on pretty much everything

    POPSUGAR2017-10-11
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Small Atmosphere But Totally Chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Wine, beer, and kombucha on tap -So many snacks and perks -Great coworkers and creators -Solid benefits -Great work/life balance and can work from home

    Cons

    -Constant flip-flop changes in goals: As soon as they solidify one strategy, it completely changes to something different -Clear divide between management and employees -Limited creative freedom

    Advice to Management

    Management tends to make empty promises to their employees, promising them raises, title changes and more responsibilities, but once the time rolls around, they show up empty-handed. It's clear that the video team is being pulled in several directions every quarter with what to focus on. Be honest with your employees and give them a chance before shutting ideas down.

    POPSUGAR2017-10-09
  10. Helpful (12)

    "Sinking ship, unprofessional, terribly managed"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at POPSUGAR

    Pros

    - Nice snacks. - A few really nice people (non-managers). But you’ll find flowers growing amidst the weeds everywhere. It is pure happenstance.

    Cons

    - Serious burnout is rampant — in pretty much every department and level (except at the top where they have unlimited PTO, as opposed to the underlings who get a set amount of PTO but no sick days, so you use up vacation time when you’re sick, or you’re encouraged to “just work from home,” as though that’s NOT working while you’re sick as a dog). Everyone I knew at the company was in therapy, specifically for... work-related mental health problems. There’s a lot of lip service paid to “work-life balance” but in reality there is no balance at all — especially because they encourage everyone to use their personal social media accounts to promote PS content and to post positive images of “#popsugarlife” so that even when we were supposedly off the clock and living our own lives, we were expected to keep boosting the PS brand on social media. It was a crazy intrusive ask that many people didn’t question, but someday they’ll look back and see how messed up that is. And serving drinks in the office at 4pm is like, soooo cute, but it doesn’t count as a perk. It just makes people more prone to mistakes (because nobody is free to “enjoy a drink” in the office; they take their drinks to their desks and keep working for 3 more hours), for which they’ll be punished and probably given more work to make up for it. Most PS employees have had some sort of emotional breakdown at work because of the workload and anxiety surrounding work. (Also, just know that if you do have an emotional breakdown at work, you’ll be ridiculed and mocked behind your back by the very managers you trust to support you.) Management either cannot or will not actively address this problem of burnout, despite the fact that it plagues literally everyone. - Priorities and initiatives are a constantly moving target. As soon as one “VERY important” thing is announced and everyone works overtime on it, the idea is randomly dropped and a new one takes its place, with the same urgent intensity (see above re: burnout). Obviously online media is fast-paced by nature and you have to expect to work quickly. But this isn’t simply an attempt to keep ahead of the curve, business-wise, it’s a manic pursuit of the whims of a CEO who just chases the next shiny thing. They like to pretend that you’re in good hands with the management team, but you’re literally not, as the recent layoffs of about 5% of the staff highlights. - Speaking of layoffs, the company is sinking — fast — and they won’t acknowledge it, instead allowing their hubris to drive their decisionmaking. For the team at the top, their egos are wrapped up in this business and they have this weird inflated sense of importance, as though they are celebrities themselves, which would be funny if it weren’t so sad. The brand hasn’t been relevant in years; it has no discernible personality because in their effort to be fake “nice” they avoid having an opinion or specific outlook on anything. - Two-faced management team will make all sorts of promises that they never intend to fulfill. They set employees up to fail on a constant basis and then those employees will leave or be fired, but the incompetent management team remains intact because of nepotism. Also, management training is a joke. The managers at this company are incapable of adequately leading other professionals. - Communication is laughably poor. This is by far the most passive-aggressive work environment I’ve ever encountered, and the gravest example of that is the unprofessional, unclear communication style. Most communication is over email or chat with plenty of winky face emojis and things like that, none of which provides or invites discussion or clarification. They think they’re being cute and friendly, when in fact they’re muddling their intentions, often leading to misunderstandings and confusion that could’ve easily been avoided. This kind of poor communication comes from the top down, as most of the upper management hasn’t really worked anywhere else and they don’t know how other (successful) companies are run or how professional people conduct themselves. The most destructive thing about it is that PS is a first job for many young women, and the communication tactics they’re learning are setting them up for future embarrassment and failure.

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    Advice to Management

    Being positive or "nice" doesn’t have to mean being willfully blind to the reality of a situation. Take the blinders off and acknowledge that you’re failing, if not for yourselves, then for the sake of your employees. To anyone considering working for the company (or even lending your voice to their embarrassingly lowpaid contractor program), RUN quickly in the opposite direction. The writing is on the wall and it’s... only a matter of time before this company is a footnote in a media studies textbook about the rise (and fall) of the blogosphere.

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    POPSUGAR2017-10-26
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