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Thrillist Media Group Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Free Beer, crappy snacks, pto, discounts (in 8 reviews)

  • Consistent happy hours to lighten the mood and add to the fun environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is not so great (in 7 reviews)

  • Way too laid back, upper management is a complete joke (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Temping"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Contractor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice company overall, smart writers, great content.
    Cool atmosphere generally

    Cons

    Not a place for adults, very college dorm mentality, pranks and jokes

    Advice to Management

    Really pay attention to who works hard, not just the word of long term employees


  2. Helpful (4)

    "The Bro Blog That Grew into a D0uchey Corporation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great access
    Sometimes there's free beer?

    Cons

    Blatant cronyism
    Poor rate of pay
    Management has no long term plans, which means you are very well not in their long term plans
    For a successful editorial brand, there's is still looming dread about lay-offs and misguided personnel decisions
    They once hired world renown plagiarist Josh "The Fat Jew" Ostrovsky
    Managements's efforts to keep staff from rightfully unionizing, the CEO of the company has said to one of my coworkers ‘lol like... what’s the endgame here, BRAH?’

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with a modicum of respect


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Place to be if it's your first job out of college, fun but not for serious career advancement or long term commitment."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, amazing friendships and connections. The parties and happy hours were awesome, the occasional freebies. Casual environment, open offices, allowed dogs. Occasional free lunches, free snacks and all that, great location.

    Cons

    Management was shoddy, disorganized, and flat out inexperienced, they were definitely also under
    paid. long hours which I didn't mind my first year but eventually realized it was all for nothing, overworking but giving you all the fun and freebies and alcohol to make you forget how miserable you are. Everyone I talked to in different departments felt the same...

    Advice to Management

    Loss for words...


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Fun
    -Laid Back Staff / Work environment
    -Free snacks
    -Free Booze
    -Parking
    -Offices are nice
    -Great Location

    Cons

    -Snacks are pretty awful, stale crackers, potato chips, popcorn, but not even the good kinds.
    - Way too laid back, upper management is a complete joke.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together guys, get organized. How about getting some real snacks that don't taste like they have been sitting around for a week.


  6. "Interface Developer"

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    Former Employee - Interface Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interface Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on the Thrillist Tech Team was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The team is extremely talented, smart, and fun to be around. People are warm and welcoming, always willing to help out when you are stuck on a problem. You are writing code from day one that is being deployed into production. Hacker Fridays every other week to work on side projects

    Cons

    I had a great experience at Thrillist - no cons!

    Advice to Management

    Work hard to keep the culture alive, it is a crucial part of the company and the tech team especially.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "deny deny deny"

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

    Pros

    free drinks and happy hour wednesdays. What used to be good snacks is now just ritz crackers and pretzels. Making connections with other team members and free clothes that jackthreads provides.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no growth movement and upper management doesn't care about the hard work you put into the company. They do frequent lay offs and lay off those who are a true asset to the company but keep the most rudest, incompetent and most indolent workers. They are quick to blame others or point fingers for their mistakes and do not own up to anything. CEO for jackthreads has no idea what he is talking about in their meetings and beats around the bush when asked serious questions about the company outlook. Turnover rate is really high so its either you get laid off within a few months or 2-3 years or people are just quitting for a company with better work standards.

    This place is very clique as well! SO good luck trying to fit in.

    Advice to Management

    you have a lot to work on in terms of company morale, team building, management, literally...everything.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Spent a little over two years here an truly feel like I wasted time in my career."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tech in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent snacks, really cool coworkers. Interesting work if you're proactive enough to look for it. Cool office - lots of beer and alcohol if you're into drinking more than you are personal growth.

    Cons

    Spent a little over two years here an truly feel like I wasted time in my career. No autonomy here and lots of indecisiveness. We would all work really hard on a particular project, feature or sprint cycle and then plans will get scrapped only after successful prototypes and frameworks have been presented. They will change directions with very little heads up and then implement deadlines that will surely result in a buddy product. Bad communication and very little transparency with important things company-wide.

    Lots of cliques here and if you're not friends with them then they will make sure you feel left out. I'm not here to make friends but it would be nice to feel welcomed when you're spending more time here then you are with friends and family.

    Few people that deserve it are rewarded here. Some departments are a joke and you wonder how these people get hired. I loved my first few months here but then it all went downhill fast.

    Advice to Management

    You've got a lot of work to do.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "One of the worst companies I have worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the casual environment and some of the people. The location of the office in Soho was a plus and easy to get to from the subway.

    Cons

    - Frat house
     - Lack of knowledge
     - Immature CEO who does not know how to run a company
     - No ability to make your own decisions
     - You will not learn anything


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Fun place, lack of direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Thrillist Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Free beer
    -The people are great
    -Unlimited sick days and a decent vacation package
    -They pay ok if you get on their good side
    -Free snacks and coffee weekly
    -Party hard, forget where you work

    Cons

    - Company changes direction without notice. Upper management seems to change their mind frequently
    - Lack of feedback necessary to improve performance
    - Little room for growth--lots of nepotism
    - Management in general doesn't communicate well
    - There's no unity in the company. Rather than moving in one direction together, it seems everyone's on a different page
    - And they don't pay out vacation days

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with your employees including learning to demonstrate what you want, plan more than 3 months ahead, don't just promote people to management to fill a void, as a company let people know what's going on


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Frat house"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some engineers were smart, funny, and genuinely nice folks that you'd like to be around.

    Cons

    Immature leadership, disorganized process, incompetent managers, low pay, bad work/life balance, and unnecessarily stressful. Not a place where you can effectively improve your skills or advance your career.


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