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2.6
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Refinery29 CEO Philippe von Borries
Philippe von Borries
79 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great themed monthly birthday celebrations, snack-filled kitchens, frequent happy hours(in 8 reviews)

  • "Laid-back work environment that makes you feel welcomed right away(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Zero work life balance, with loads of stress(in 23 reviews)

  • "No work/life balance and no appreciation provided for hard work put in(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Refinery29 full-time

    Pros

    great colleagues, good opportunity, good perks

    Cons

    senior management is not transparent and layoffs happen frequently

  2. Helpful (1)

    RUN RUN RUN

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

    I worked at Refinery29 full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great people to network with. All under the same ridiculous amount of stress so you will bond on your constant misery.

    Cons

    The salary is abysmal. The two white men who run the company are clearly running the company into the ground. They will put you on a "path to promotion" don't drink the kool-aid. When it is time to promote you they will claim they cannot afford to promote at this time. (While simultaneously promoting half of the sales department) There is NO growth opportunity. NO worklife balance. You will be expected to work until 7pm...

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  3. Helpful (11)

    Hypocritical company full of lies

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

    I worked at Refinery29 full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are incredible. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

    Cons

    Everything is a facade. We're talking about a women's media company that preaches women empowerment, diversity and inclusion, Ask For More, 67 Percent, sprinkles, rainbows, blah blah blah. What no one wants to talk about is the fact that this company is ran by TWO WHITE MEN who use all this sweet talk to lure women readers and take advantage of minorities by making money off of them. Employees are undervalued,...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop all the lies and practice what you preach OR take a note from Elsa and "Let It Go"!

  4. Helpful (12)

    Avoid avoid avoid

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

    I worked at Refinery29 full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Industry recognition, decent salary depending on what team you are on

    Cons

    Continual lies from mgmt and C-level staff on health of company; horrible morale attempted to be corrected by cheesy brand sponsored events with free stuff, lack of real strategies to be a solid business. Letting go of real talent to produce videos hardly anyone watches. Is R29 really about empowering women or just a cheap outlet to read about the Kardashians? Zero job security

    Advice to Management

    None will ever be taken....

  5. Helpful (6)

    Turn the Ship Around by Losing the Dead Weight

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Refinery29 full-time

      Pros

      Refinery29 is still one of the media elite. At its core there are people who truly care about the company, and that definitely goes for upper management. Employees pour their heart and soul into the content we create here, and no idea is laughed at. No intern is ignored.

      Cons

      The industry is in a constant state of turbulence and Refinery29 has managed to diversify its product through major wins like 29Rooms, Originals, and continued activism leadership; however, as great as the content is the ship will not stay afloat without proper revenue strategy. The revenue team has undergone so many leadership changes over the past few years and there is no one proactively making smart decisions in tandem...

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      Advice to Management

      You're not done gutting yet. There is still a topdown favoritism in some departments that will be the downfall of the company if they are not addressed. If you are one of these granfathered OGs- please step up as a leader or do the right thing and let executives hire new, qualified energy who can create momentum and cross company direction.

    • Helpful (11)

      Fun Brand, But Stuggling Company

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

      I worked at Refinery29 full-time

      Pros

      Major opportunity to build relationships

      Cons

      Lack of accountability. Ineptitude goes far if dressed with a smile. Unqualified management - mid and senior. No training or development processes, so cycle of talent gaps perpetuate. Inauthentic message of empowerment that doesn’t translate to business decisions.

    • Helpful (28)

      Do not expect ANY job security or pay increases.

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

      I worked at Refinery29 full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Health benefits are expensive, but good. Very cute office dogs. Some fun events from time to time. The non for profits they support are pretty great, you’ll have opportunities to support good causes and get your feet wet with actual activism (although some of their activism efforts are admittedly a tad tone deaf).

      Cons

      Okay. So. Prepare for layoffs. Every year, they gut departments. Every.single.year. The fear is real when October rolls around. When budgets stop, lunches are cancelled, education budgets squashed, you KNOW that layoffs are coming. Doesn’t matter if they just opened yet another office in another city. Winter is coming. There is NO job security and while they tell you every four years you’ll get a month paid sabbatical,...

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      Advice to Management

      Oh lord, why even bother. You’re so myopic in your vision you can’t even see what you’re actually doing. You all didn’t think to have an actual HR rep at our firings. If you don’t even know to do that when you lay people off every single year, then there’s nothing I can say to you that will actually matter.

    • Helpful (26)

      Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

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      Former Employee - Video in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Refinery29 full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      My paychecks didn't bounce. Sometimes there was free alcohol.

      Cons

      First, and most importantly: I think this company may actually be going bankrupt. Refinery29 has been bleeding workers for two years and departments that are essential to basic company functions haven't been solvent since January. They have been treading water with illegal hiring practices and shady dealings with vendors, but they can't go on like this forever. I've seen companies die before and I recognize the signs....

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      Advice to Management

      Before you write me off as a disgruntled former employee, read the other reviews here. All of them, from the 1-star reviews to the 5-star reviews, dating back to 2014, say the same things. The workload is insane. The higher ups don't listen. The culture is toxic. The company has "growing pains." Listen, if you've had "growing pains" for four years, that ain't growing pains. You're incompetent. Take another look...

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    • Helpful (1)

      Great Place To Work

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I worked at Refinery29 full-time

      Pros

      Extremely inclusive environment, excellent benefits and office culture.

      Cons

      Not a ton of critical feedback, occasional overload of tasks.

    • Helpful (1)

      The good and the bad...

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Refinery29 full-time

      Pros

      Well known media brand. Company know's it's lane well. Highly creative team.

      Cons

      As a company on several rounds of financing already, the bottom line is being profitable. The tail wags the dog here. The team in place straddles the line between creative and $$$ really well. You will not make money here but you will get an education on digital media.

      Advice to Management

      Listen to the minions. You demo is all around you. Your company is not big enough for the upper management not to be engaged with them.

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