Refinery29 Employee Reviews about "team"
44% would recommend to a friend
(50 total reviews)
Philippe von Borries
38% approve of CEO
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Updated Oct 23, 2023
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- "Some great people" (in 29 reviews)
- "Great teams and good work life balance" (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 5 reviews)
- "'Managers' with zero management experience." (in 14 reviews)
- "NO work life balance; unsustainable and will burn you out." (in 12 reviews)
- "Which leaves less capable managers in the middle level therefore further negatively affecting non" (in 9 reviews)
- "low pay not in line with the industry or people's experience" (in 9 reviews)
- "Upper management is ignorant of the fact that employees have no work" (in 8 reviews)
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- 5.0Mar 26, 2018Brand DirectorFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
For transparency, I worked in the (then-named Brand Experiences) Branded Content/partnerships team. - Incredible briefs crossed our desk every day that would be the envy of any creative agency or publisher - a large sales force to aggressively pursue said briefs and close deals that helped bring everyones dreams to life - INCREDIBLE creative talent : the photography and art team in particular are second to none. Constantly imaginative, convention-bending, culturally-dialed-in visuals and storytelling that was inspiring to be around -work that will make you famous: 29rooms, other award-winning initiatives e.g the stock photo stuff for Getty images, is something that you will be able to talk about for the rest of your career. -Refinery29 is not b*tchy. I have never had a less dramatic or complicated social experience at work. Being surrounded by so many ambitious, talented, creative and intelligent women meant there was always an air of 'lets get this sh*t done'. Put your pre-conceived notions away! - throughout the org, there are some notably great leaders who are champions for positive change and creative solutions to big challenges both in the company and culture at large. Piera in particular is a consistent champion for representation, inclusivity and the power of imagination and creativity to effect change. Alison Meyer on the Brand solutions team is one of the best managers i have ever had in my entire career.
-experiences can vary wildly depending on the team/dept you are in. the culture is a little inconsistent between teams, but that is understandable. -process, siloed depts and a lot of different stakeholders can make new initiatives or thinking a little challenging3
- 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
- 4.0Jan 9, 2018Freelance ProducerCurrent Contractor, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
There are plenty of opportunities and strong sense of community at R29; this is a company for the self-starter. I enjoyed the team members I worked with and all the staff I met was extremely motivated and kind.
Possibly scaled too quickly? There were issues of structure and re-structure with lack of leadership departmentally.
- 3.0Sep 6, 2018Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Well known media brand. Company know's it's lane well. Highly creative team.
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.2
- 1.0Apr 16, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
The mission. If you miss junior high, this is the place for you. If you have low self esteem, you’ll thrive here.
The Insta-Founders’ lack of experience is on full display every day as they bungle promotions, company meetings, day to day interactions with the staff, and strategic decisions. The other members of the c-suite on are equally incompetent and know only how to manage up or push blame downwards. The new COO seems smart but she’ll probably leave as everyone who knows what they’re doing does after looking under the hood at R29. It is a culture of fear and pink narcissism. My friends who have left (voluntarily) tell me they feel like they’ve been freed from a psychological prison that you can’t understand when you’re in it because they execs run around going “it’s digital media! It’s digital media!” as an excuse for their inability to behave in a respectable way and make you feel like YOU’RE the problem. If the mission is to support women to claim their power, why is the culture unsupportive, dysfunctional, and predatory? The executive team is so impressed with themselves they don’t even try to change their behaviors. They don’t realize how little respect we all have for them, and even if they did, they’d just write a woe-is-me Instagram post about it to increase their followers.23
- 5.0Feb 12, 2020Finance/AccountingFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
The accounting and finance teams are awesome at R29. Some of the company perks include: amazing events, happy hours, casual dress, office snacks, merch and flexible PTO.
I can't think of any cons related to the accounting or finance department. They really are a great team.