Refinery29 Employee Reviews about "upper management"
44% would recommend to a friend
(16 total reviews)
Philippe von Borries
38% approve of CEO
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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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Updated Oct 23, 2023
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- 3.0Dec 31, 2013EditorialCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
Amazingly free environment, creativity in bounds, and fun social perks. Really great internal community and lots going on. Generally, your supervisor directly above you cares a lot about your personal growth.
The vision of Refinery29 is a 'throw something at the wall until it sticks' mentality, which means they talk a lot about a 'vision' but the practice is whatever is working that day. Expect high school-level back dealing, and employees to 'disappear' without notice or warning or a peep from upper management. Also, a yearly raise is kind of a joke.2
- 2.0Sep 15, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 3 years
Many people in the company are passionate for what the company does and stand for. Even more so when it comes to the cofounders. They are all deeply caring the mission for women. Not some false pretense under guise to draw people. Company has incredibly strong brand that resonate with certain demographics and it is one of the hardest, if not the hardest thing to achieve in media industry.
Company is failing to scale and grow up healthily. In fact, its stagnant and hurting tremendously. This is leading to talent drain of capable people on middle management level. Which leaves less capable managers in the middle level therefore further negatively affecting non-managers. Its a vicious cycle. Majority of this stems from poor upper management on executive level. There have been a number of executive changes but more changes are needed. Especially true for cofounders. That said, its hard to hold anything against them because these are caring folks who spent almost of all career as entrepreneur and building a 100 million dollar business. They didn't spend decade jumping through corporate world going from company to company learning how things work at scale and what's effective or not for certain situations. Cofounders are doing what they believe is the best. But their best unfortunately is not good enough because they aren't growing fast enough to keep up with growth of the company and what it is demanded of executive level at 100 million dollar companies. Cofounders need to consider what Google did at certain stage with Eric Schmidt. Hiring an experienced CEO to run the business while cofounders release operational duties to focus more on what they are exceptionally good at. Being brand visionary, champion of women's causes, coming up with creative experiments. After certain time when cofounders have matured further with executive skills and experience, return to take the helm. Just like Google.11
- 4.0Jan 3, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
This is a company that values risk-taking. With that comes a lot of creative freedom, working on interesting content, and a lot of responsibility.
Workloads are not proportionately distributed, and upper management is not regulating that. There's also an unrealistic expectation of many employees to work late and be available 24/7 making work-life balance non-existent.2
- 3.0Jul 29, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
It's a great name to have on your resume because of its reputation for being so fast-paced. If you're a highly visible employee, they'll promote you much quicker than a quieter, behind-the-scenes worker who does 4X as much. They often promote within.
Upper management is ignorant of the fact that employees have no work-life balance. Founders treat you as though you have the same stake in their company as they do, and expect you to be as invested as them. This often means answering emails within minutes during nights, weekends, vacations, and sick time.9
- 2.0Sep 8, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
The employees are mostly all young 20-somethings eager to make something of themselves. They are smart, innovative, and inspire you to be better and think out of the box. They know how to produce quality content and sell their brand...though they are getting rather mainstream and losing their loyal followers as they become clickbait. You get free bagels on Friday and free food at quarterly company parties and when there is surplus after executive meetings.
They throw superficial things at you to distract you from the fact that the pay is abysmal. They function on the hopes/dreams/and digital rainbows of their young employees who desperately want to be a part of this 'cool' brand. Besides having no work/life balance, upper management is seriously lacking. This is because the founders are delusional and have no respect for their employees. Upper management makes you promises of promotion or bonuses so you work harder and accomplish their goals. But the minute you either accomplish it or it doesn't work out like they expect, they go back on their promises...or even let you go. They dangle the proverbial carrot above your head and watch you jump like a rabbit, only to let you starve in the end. They sell you a dream and say they have your back if you promise to have theirs, but are quick to make hasty 'pivots' without telling you, leaving you in the dark so that you can take the blame. They so desperately want to be 'cool' that they overlook loyal, talented hard workers for people with good style, overt personalities, and social connections. Management rules out of fear but it's apparent to everyone on staff that some of them are just insecure. In a nut shell, morale is extremely low, since everyone is overworked and underpaid. HR is nonexistent. I've seen so many colleagues either quit or were let go who deserve so, so, so much better. One of the executives have a saying: It's not a day at Refinery without someone crying...8
- 2.0Apr 30, 2019Brand Partnerships/RevenueFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsNew York, NY
there's a huge opportunity to learn more about things that are outside your job function. i learned more about brand advertising here in my first 6 months than in the 3+ years prior.
upper management has legitimately no idea what's going on or where to take the company and there is a huge brain drain taking place. i am legitimately shocked that they are still in business.6
- 4.0Mar 30, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeNew York, NY
Company culture and employees all believe in the brand message and this is infused into the office vibe and day-to-day. Great company to have on your resume that is rapidly growing in headcount and a place to jumpstart career.
Not the most competitive pay but there is opportunity to move up faster than a more corporate environment. Upper management is tasked with the rapid growth goals and may not recognize the hard work that employees have devoted.
- 2.0Aug 17, 2015Creative DepartmentCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
Office culture can be very social, with frequent events, parties, etc. My colleagues are some of the best in the business.
Refinery29 can be a bit of a catty sorority, where bosses pick favorites based on how cool you look rather than how good your ideas are. The politics can be difficult to navigate for anyone who doesn't fit the mold, and I've seen really great folks get ostracized for that exact reason. For a company boasting their earning YoY in company wide meetings, it's really disheartening to see that pay and benefits are not growing equally. Salaries are not competitive. Employees are expected to be online 24/7, work late, work on vacation, etc. Work life balance is not existent. Almost every department has weak or abrasive, untrained mid-level to upper management. All of these factors contribute to an incredibly high turnover. All of my colleagues are actively looking for new jobs.18
- 2.0Apr 5, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
-Some of the best people I've ever worked with -Free snacks -Bagel Fridays -Good healthcare, pto, maternity/paternity leave
-Extreme favoritism -inexperienced upper management -unclear path to next level in career path -poor communication -lack of transparency -titles are handed to some and not given to other -low pay not in line with the industry or people's experience -lack of appreciation for employees in certain departments3