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Updated Oct 23, 2023

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3.6
44% Recommend to a Friend
38% Approve of CEO

Found 39 of over 269 reviews

3.6
44%
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38%
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Refinery29 Co-Founder Philippe von Borries (no image)
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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)
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    1. 5.0
      Jun 15, 2016
      Anonymous Employee
      Current Employee
      New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      -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

      Cons

      Nothing I love it here!

      3
      1. 3.0
        Nov 24, 2020
        Production Assistant
        Current Contractor
        New York, NY
        Recommend
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook

        Pros

        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

        Cons

        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

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        1. 4.0
          May 17, 2017
          Anonymous Intern
          Current Intern
          Recommend
          CEO Approval
          Business Outlook

          Pros

          it's an amazing company culture

          Cons

          very distinct company culturetinct company culturetinct company culture

          1. 5.0
            Jan 22, 2023
            Content Writer
            Former Freelancer, less than 1 year
            Recommend
            CEO Approval
            Business Outlook

            Pros

            Great work culture and top-of-the-line services.

            Cons

            There are no cons worth mentioning.

            1. 1.0
              Nov 25, 2017
              Anonymous Employee
              Current Employee, more than 1 year
              Recommend
              CEO Approval
              Business Outlook

              Pros

              Company happy hours, cool people/events around the office, people outside of the company think that it's a cool/great place.

              Cons

              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
              1. 4.0
                Mar 17, 2015
                Intern
                Current Intern, less than 1 year
                New York, NY
                Recommend
                CEO Approval
                Business Outlook

                Pros

                Fun company culture Beautiful office

                Cons

                Growing too fast lack of communication between departments

                1
                1. 5.0
                  Apr 21, 2016
                  Intern - Hourly
                  Former Intern
                  Recommend
                  CEO Approval
                  Business Outlook

                  Pros

                  Encouraging and positive environment. Great and consistent supervision. Office culture is amazing. Dog friendly. Made a lot of friends while there.

                  Cons

                  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.

                  1. 2.0
                    Apr 13, 2016
                    Anonymous Employee
                    Current Employee, more than 1 year
                    New York, NY
                    Recommend
                    CEO Approval
                    Business Outlook

                    Pros

                    - 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

                    Cons

                    - 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 quickly

                    17
                    1. 2.0
                      Sep 13, 2017
                      Account Manager
                      Former Employee
                      New York, NY
                      Recommend
                      CEO Approval
                      Business Outlook

                      Pros

                      - Fun office perks. Brands will often come in and discuss new product offerings events. - Very creative environment, always pushing boundaries - 29Rooms is incredible

                      Cons

                      - 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.

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