Refinery29 Employee Reviews about "office"
44% would recommend to a friend
(33 total reviews)
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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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Updated Oct 23, 2023
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- 5.0Feb 11, 2015Graphic DesignerFormer EmployeeNew York, NY
-Great creatively driven, collaborative team -Good communication from project manager -Encouragement of creative exploration -Fun office atmosphere -Fun company events -Free Friday breakfasts!
I don't really have any cons to give - the only feedback here would be that I think that they should expand their creative team so that the highest possible quality work can be produced to accommodate the ever expanding work load.1
- 3.0Jun 14, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Office has plenty of natural light, high ceilings. Good location. Many of the staffers are extremely hardworking, met some amazing people who were sucking up low pay and long hours because so many would like to work there. And it is a strong brand, so it's ultimately great to have on your resume. A lot of opportunity if you're smart about it and take initiative.
It's a site which should empower women, and most of the content reflects that. But I witnessed a female staffer being humiliated in the crowded open office by a female higher up. I'd never seen anything like it, except maybe in a movie starring Joan Crawford. Also, management played favorites with certain staffers who were not so hardworking -- so meritocracy was lacking. It was very disappointing and hard to truly enjoy working at a company that should be amazing with these demoralizing issues. Content farm. Is it really possible to read that many blog posts in a day? A lifetime?9
- 3.0Aug 30, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Amazing office culture, co-workers become friends, a lot of fun internal events, many high profile visitors and clientele, leading global digital media company and tons of room for career growth
Overall, care more about image/brand than employees (i.e. office snack budget for vegan, organic, gluten-free, etc snacks is higher priority than a pay increase for employees). Due to rapid growth, there is a bit of operational disorganization and lack of internal resources to most efficiently perform job functions. Conversion rate for temp-to-perm is EXTREMELY slow!1
- 4.0Oct 21, 2021InternshipFormer Employee
Fun coworkers and office space
Inconsistent work and office politicsInconsistent work and office politicsInconsistent work and office politics
- 1.0Jan 4, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearNew York, NY
Parties that are basically created just to be instagrammed, Sometimes free lunch, nice office.
Terrible management, and unfriendly people. I was provided no room for growth after 2 years of working here and expected to work at all hours. No work/life balance and no appreciation provided for hard work put in.18
- 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.
- 1.0Nov 24, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
1. Nice office 2. Most of the people are smart and really do care about the brand and putting out great work
Overall, the culture is awful: 1. Extreme disconnect between internal teams-organizational structure makes no sense and doesn't work, especially on the Ad Sales side of the business 2. Competitive vs. collaborative 3. Lots of egos and attitudes 4. ZERO work/life balance, you are expected to always be on...ALWAYS meaning well into the evenings and while on "vacation" 5. Workloads are not realistic or sustainable 6. Cliquey, like high school6
- 3.0Jan 26, 2019Freelance DesignerFormer Freelancer, less than 1 year
lots of cool events, cool office space, and a lot of celebrities come visit
very gossipy, designers are really just treated as cogs in a big machine, there's no real opportunity to move up