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Found 179 of over 264 reviews
3.4
44% Recommend to a Friend
38% Approve of CEO

Found 177 of over 264 reviews

3.4
44%
Recommend to a Friend
38%
Approve of CEO
Refinery29 Co-Founder Philippe von Borries (no image)
Philippe von Borries
90 Ratings

Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "Some great people(in 26 reviews)
  • "some of your coworkers are cool but they are probably not super friendly to you unless you are both the same level of peon(in 10 reviews)
  • "Everyone is extremely friendly and willing to explain everything to you and help you learn.(in 9 reviews)
  • "Beautiful office(in 6 reviews)
  • "great colleagues, good opportunity, good perks(in 4 reviews)
Cons
  • "'Managers' with zero management experience.(in 16 reviews)
  • "No work/life balance and no appreciation provided for hard work put in.(in 11 reviews)
  • "low pay not in line with the industry or people's experience(in 10 reviews)
  • "Upper management is ignorant of the fact that employees have no work(in 8 reviews)
  • "Which leaves less capable managers in the middle level therefore further negatively affecting non(in 7 reviews)
Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good

    Nov 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cool people and well managed teams

    Cons

    Teams are very lean despite big company so workload can be a lot

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Enjoy!

    Oct 5, 2022 - Writer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Really enjoy the content that I get to create, my editor is great and gives me a lot of freedom. I think having the right manager here really dictates your experience. -great team, good PTO,mostly women staff

    Cons

    Definitely can get a bit hectic, competing priorities, changing missions and goals.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee

    mixed bag

    Sep 26, 2022 - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    cool brand, smart, talented hardworking coworkers

    Cons

    lack of clear direction from management at the time

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Takes Advantage of Women in Media

    Nov 29, 2021 - Video Producer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Brand recognition and that’s it

    Cons

    Refinery29 takes advantage of young women who are excited by their seemingly inclusive brand. They excite you with opportunities to “prove yourself” with an entry level position but make advancement near to impossible. The work hours are incredibly unreasonable, dangerous even. The amount of hours I worked and were not paid for are mind blowing. There is also a toxic work environment of managers with no managerial training trying to be buddies and get drunk with the staff.

    5 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good internship

    Oct 21, 2021 - Internship 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fun coworkers and office space

    Cons

    Inconsistent work and office politics

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Too many different managers through the years

    Dec 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Meet really creative people there

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate there

    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Good People, Poor Management

    Aug 9, 2021 - Digital Producer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I loved my immediate team and it was the first time I had paid vacation time in my career so that was a plus.

    Cons

    The management was faulty from the top down. They boast that they support women but after giving birth I was expected to be on the road traveling within weeks of being back from maternity leave with no support. They also don't invest in higher up talent and HR is a complete and utter joke.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Inexperienced

    Oct 18, 2021 - Corporate 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very good company mission and goals

    Cons

    Inexperienced and rude creative team

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Chaotic, but deeply rewarding

    Jun 9, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The only company I have ever worked for that lived its values.

    Cons

    Chaotic, unorganized. Mixed messages. A challenging place to succeed.

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  11. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Freelance

    Sep 15, 2021 - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The Company hires mostly women

    Cons

    The company hires a lot of women which is great but sometimes not so great

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Refinery29 has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 264 reviews left anonymously by employees. 44% of employees would recommend working at Refinery29 to a friend and 39% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Refinery29 employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Refinery29. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

44% of Refinery29 employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Refinery29 2.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.8 for culture and values and 2.7 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Refinery29 to be benefits, workplace, coworkers and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, senior leadership, career development.

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