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6% would recommend to a friend
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Updated Sep 26, 2023
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- 3.0Sep 15, 2023Marketing CoordinatorFormer EmployeeNew York, NY
Great team, fun chef events
A key key leaders were using the scapegoating method on junior employees
- 5.0Feb 12, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
I've worked at The Daily Meal for more than half a year and have found both the opportunities for growth and ability to find personal reward in your work to be far higher than other places. While it's definitely very busy here, there aren't too many late nights and real time feedback from management abounds, so you know you're getting noticed for what you contribute.
Can be extremely busy sometimes and could use a little more coverage when that happens. Turnover can be high, but that is also attributed to needing a very strong worth ethic to thrive here.
- 3.0Aug 10, 2015Junior EditorFormer Employee, less than 1 yearNew York, NY
Laid back environment and plenty of opportunity to get to know your colleagues. Individualized feedback everyday, which helped me become a better writing and develop a better understanding of the website's product.
No real training-- I was expected to know what to do on the first day on the Internship with absolutely no guidance. A week into the internship, I had gotten a hang of what the expectations were, but I would have better succeeded if I was given some sort of direction every one in a while.2
- 1.0Apr 22, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, less than 1 year
The Daily Meal is in a nice area, Flatiron District has lots of nice shopping and eateries. I met some lifelong friends here, we all bonded together over the stress and misery of working here. We helped keep each other sane. I’ll have hilarious stories about how crazy it was to work here. Free food sometimes, getting invited to dinners, press events, interviewing famous people.
Where to start. The fact that cleanliness is something that varies on a day to day basis is concerning. We don’t live in a third world country, this isn’t a hospital or a homeless shelter so people shouldn’t be pooping on the floor (I wish I was kidding). We should be able to have access to drinking water and toilet paper. TDM doesn’t pay for a consistent cleaning service, so trash cans with food are constantly overflowing which means we have a constant mouse problem. I can only speak for the editorial side of things, but as stated before it is a content sweatshop. Writing multiple stories in one day, only having one copy editor, one photo editor and one graphic designer to do an exponential amount of work. They care more about numbers, getting clicks and making money than the welfare of their employees. The internet is always slow and computers always seem to have technical problems. The back end to build a story takes forever. We aren’t allowed to work from home, the website is filled with ads and does not look aesthetically pleasing. They have one person doing the job of 3. Piling more and more work on you till you mess up and can blame it all on you or until you have a mental breakdown. There’s no real training, management doesn’t know how to train the new hires so they are left to fend for themselves or have someone else teach them. I have seen so many people quit in the time that I have been here. On average 5 people a month quit (approximately 40 people in the company overall, you do the math…aka not good odds) We DO NOT have an HR department. Employees have been screamed at, cursed at, threatened (with no HR dept I guess that’s how they can get away with treating their employees so badly) We are a slave to MSN- whatever they want, we have to give to them.12
- 1.0Sep 30, 2018Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Sometimes there was free food.
Everything else. The place is a sweatshop of young writers forced to produce an impossible amount of content for meager wages and absolutely zero rewards. If that's not bad enough, the company also asks people to post positive reviews on sites like Glassdoor to make it seem like it's better than it really is. Management is clueless. I hear Spanfeller and Andrews, have since departed. Hopefully new management is steering the place in a better direction.3
- 1.0Apr 1, 2017EditorFormer Employee, less than 1 yearNew York, NY
Sometimes you're given free food.
CEO Jim Spanfeller is an abusive employer. As others have said, office morale is always low, the workplace is filthy, the pay is between $30-50k below industry standard for each role unless you're in upper management, and they expect employees to crank out pieces at a rate that can only lead to carelessness. If you have any self-worth, avoid this place at all costs.5
- 1.0Feb 27, 2015EditorFormer Employee, less than 1 yearNew York, NY
Free food, access to events, networking opportunities, some nice people
Expectations are extremely unreasonable, the workload is about 12 hours a day, the pay is incredibly skimpy (some people working there make 28k, many make 30k), the benefits aren't great, you're not allowed to work from home and are expected to work Christmas Eve, you're expected to spend your sick days pumping out stories, management is unhelpful, lazy, and gives zero direction.6
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The Daily Meal has an overall rating of 2.0 out of 5, based on over 21 reviews left anonymously by employees. 6% of employees would recommend working at The Daily Meal to a friend and 13% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 13% over the last 12 months.
6% of The Daily Meal employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated The Daily Meal 2.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 1.7 for culture and values and 1.9 for career opportunities.