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- "The people are creative and young" (in 27 reviews)
- "Amazing team to work with!" (in 12 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)
- "Beautiful office" (in 6 reviews)
- "Very healthy work environment, I have yet to encounter nastiness, back stabbing, aggression" (in 4 reviews)
- "'Managers' with zero management experience." (in 15 reviews)
- "NO work life balance; unsustainable and will burn you out." (in 12 reviews)
- "low pay not in line with the industry or people's experience" (in 8 reviews)
- "Upper management is ignorant of the fact that employees have no work" (in 8 reviews)
- "Hours are long and personnel is under appreciated." (in 8 reviews)
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- 5.0Jun 15, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeNew York, NY
-Collaborative environment -powerful brand narrative- their mission to inspire the most powerful generation of women is really inspiring. Strong corporate culture. -Inspiring leaders and some of the smartest colleagues I've worked with - Creativity is encouraging
Nothing I love it here!3
- 3.0Nov 24, 2020Production AssistantCurrent ContractorNew York, NY
Mission of the company remains as a digital media platform that inspires women. Fun company culture Great work perks Small teams so you get to do a lot and learn a lot Fun video shoots
You're underpaid and undervalued They'll drag you along as a freelancer for far too long Lots of empty promises No clear path for working your way up They'll take your ideas, tweak them slightly, then call them their own
- 1.0Nov 25, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Company happy hours, cool people/events around the office, people outside of the company think that it's a cool/great place.
R29 does not practice what it preaches. They talk so much about the importance of women advocating for themselves and taking control of their bodies and mental/physical health, but when their employees do it, we’re told that we should just be grateful for the opportunity to be working there and that there are “limited resources.” In the past, they have published articles about the importance of work-life balance and the detrimental nature of a toxic workplace, but there is zero work-life balance there and the workplace culture is more than toxic. Bosses text you at 11pm, early in the morning, every day of the week including Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Enjoy your “day off!“ Except you still need to constantly be checking email, writing something, publishing content, posting content on social platforms etc. The holiday calendar is abysmal, and you have to jump through 10,000 hoops to get a day off. If you are coming to R29 from a company with any semblance of structure, you will be shocked at how poorly it is run. The HR department is passive aggressive and only has the best interest of the company at heart, not yours. Upper management is terrified to stand up to executives, and the culture of quiet bullying trickles down from the top and seeps into so many parts of management. Higher ups (and HR) are desperately trying to make sure that people don’t find out how bad it is. People working 60, 70, 80, 90 days consecutively not having a day to themselves? That’s wrong. Offering only 5 paid sick days to full time employees? That’s wrong, and also well below the national average. People work from 9:30 to 6:30 (usually 7:00/7:30) and eat lunch at their desks. Nobody encourages you to have a life or interests outside of work. Everyone is competitive and only wants to promote themselves, and it’s not a healthy environment. Internally, it’s not about building women up, it’s about building yourself up so you can leave the company and be in a decent position to go somewhere that values their employees and their employees’ health. Please, look at these reviews. You may think you were offered your dream job at your dream company. It is all surface level. You are better off working for a company that actually cares about its employees, and actually practices its ethics and values internally. There is a difference between 'the hustle' it takes to work in media and an office that literally doesn't care that people are getting sick over the hours they're having to put in. Working in media is hard! But there are media companies that take a lot better care of the people working so hard to make them great.25
- 5.0Apr 21, 2016Intern - HourlyFormer Intern
Encouraging and positive environment. Great and consistent supervision. Office culture is amazing. Dog friendly. Made a lot of friends while there.
People easily get distracted by small things. Wish the company had an overall intern guide / policy so it wasn't sun fluctuating quality between supervisors.
- 2.0Apr 13, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
- Lots of sunlight - Dog-friendly office - Office decor makes it feel inviting - Some individuals are willing to make positive change - Great HR department - Occasional in-office massages - Quarterly beauty sales - Regular Thursday happy hours - Work from home policy is loose - Impressive brand name, exposure, and designs - There are so many failures that happen on a regular basis, that you'll learn what not to do very quickly
- The few good managers there are have to fight very, very hard to get their employees the pay and budget they need to succeed - Junior people moved to management without the proper training or fostered environment to succeed - Very clicky culture, makes it difficult for new hires to fit in, gain momentum, or feel empowered - Women not supportive of other women, personal politics is the norm (very unfortunate for a company that preaches women supporting women) - When it comes to practicing values, they can talk it but can't walk it - Hiring process has no skill assessment for individuals, leading to large groups of unexperienced staff - 401k matching is not very good - Low pay - If you want to get something done, expect to get no sleep - Secret culture of disempowerment - you have to attend every meeting to make a good impression, otherwise you'll suffer the fear of others holding it against you - There are so many failures that happen on a regular basis, that you'll learn what not to do very quickly17
- 2.0Sep 13, 2017Account ManagerFormer EmployeeNew York, NY
- Fun office perks. Brands will often come in and discuss new product offerings events. - Very creative environment, always pushing boundaries - 29Rooms is incredible
- No work life balance - The sales team is very demanding and management does not create boundaries for Account Managers. Management will often say they are trying to find solutions but solutions never come - Low compensation - Constantly changing direction - Gossip driven culture. Very cut throat.6