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SpinMedia Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good writing jobs, bad work atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SpinMedia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At the time I worked for SpinMedia, there was a lot of editorial flexibility. I got to do fun, interesting, challenging writing for a boss who cared a lot about me. I was also paid very well for the industry and for my experience. When I was laid off, I got a generous severance package.

    Cons

    Appreciation was low, communication was extremely murky, it was hard to tell what the higher-ups wanted from us. I got one raise with a promise of another, but never got another review, no matter how many times I asked for it, and no matter how much more responsibility I took on. In the end, everyone on my team was saddled with two to three times the workload with no leadership before being summarily laid off. From what I've heard the atmosphere has gotten much less flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your employees what's going on with the company. We were flat-out lied to. I had no opportunity to do any planning for my own future.


  2. "RIP"

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    Former Employee - Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SpinMedia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the people who worked in the LA office were fantastic.

    Cons

    No communication from upper management. Management had favorites. Management was not trustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    Since the company doesn't exist anymore, none.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Behavior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent, talented people

    Location was nice, close to bars because you'd need to drink to survive.

    Cons

    -No management - unless you count doogie hoser and the round table of board members

    -Continued layoffs and restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Please sell and put everyone out of their misery.


  4. "Celebuzz Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -Opportunity to develop multimedia skills
    -Fun for anyone interested in pop culture
    -Open to your story ideas
    -Chance to receive bylines and add to your portfolio

    Cons

    -Bad company culture, not much interaction between employees and they don't make interns feel included and valued.
    -Supervisor was not approachable and bordered on rude, so certainly not a great mentor
    -No opportunities to attend meetings or events, interns are isolated working on their computers
    -Exclusives are rare so you're basically recycling celebrity news from other websites and magazines.
    -They don't have a computer for interns so you have to bring your own laptop everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Make interns feel valued in terms of mentoring and providing them with a functioning workspace. If supervisors aren't interested in mentoring interns, find someone else to work with them so they get the most out of the experience. Overall, there needs to be a more fun, creative company culture because that's what SpinMedia is supposed to represent.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Do yourself a favor and don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very few. The snacks were good & some of the people were really great, but other than that the pros were very limited.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a longterm opportunity or a place to grow as an employee this is not the right environment for you. At the end of the day they place little value in their employees or the day to day systems that constantly create issues. There's a pervasive feeling of fear and frustration that permeates the office and promotes backstabbing and gossiping.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of changes"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SpinMedia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great portfolio of sites, though they killed the magazines VIBE and SPIN are cool sites.

    Cons

    So many changes while i was there it was frustrating, no clear product focus and revenue dropped.


  7. "Account Management Intern"

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    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at SpinMedia (Less than a year)

    Pros

    SpinMedia is an exciting place to work with a lot of room to grow. You're surrounded by very smart and nice people.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments. Nothing else.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Depressing"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I met some extremely smart and talented tech and marketing people while I was there but they were quickly recruiting by other companies when the ship started sinking.

    Cons

    No clear direction, so everyone that's talented just leaves.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fine place to work but company is a mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SpinMedia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people, relaxed environment, good portfolio of sites to work with, including SPIN and VIBE. Generally pretty low-stress. Interesting industry.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and focus, constant turnover and threat of layoffs. So many things are done "in secret," causing lots of unnecessary office gossip. Lots of employees who don't seem to know how to do their jobs.


  10. "Great place to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SpinMedia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Owner cares about his staff
    -Interesting projects to get involved in
    -Growth is encouraged
    -Working from home sometimes during bad weather or during crunch time helps

    Cons

    -Keep personal issues between partners away from workers
    -Offer better benefits

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you have to do!


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