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Thrillist Media Group Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Free Beer, crappy snacks, pto, discounts (in 7 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 (3)

    "A Lot Of Young People With Weird Expectations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of room to grow and be aggressive about your growth. Speak up, come up with good ideas, send them to the right people and be smart about it and you can go far quickly.

    Cons

    Many very young and inexperienced people. The experienced people are often castoffs from bigger places and have some hilarious crippling professional problem. The unexperienced yet very senior people are remnants from a much smaller organization and while they've learned a lot by doing, don't have the operational or process training that comes from just working in bigger companies.

    That's why you see a lot of what I imagine are very young people complaining here about some silly things. If you want to melt into a giant organization and have your hand held through endless procedures and forms to get even basic things done, try working for a big publisher! If you can deal with a little nepotism (which still exists at bigger places) some mild incompetence (also still exists!) and the feeling that nobody knows what they're doing (equally true of every company ever!), you can thrive.

    If you've got vision, push that vision and you can probably see some of it tested. If you just want to complain that the snacks aren't good enough... I dunno man. Try a different profession. Publishing ain't tech.

    Advice to Management

    You guys should have accepted the editorial union right away. Can't walk that back now. Open up your wallet and hire experienced senior people that didn't like flee the country for 10 years to escape a parrot smuggling charge or whatever.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away from this sinking ship"

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

    Thrillist is a website and people work there. Sometimes people give you high fives.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Pay is low. Morale is low. The content is an absolute joke. There was a time when listing things on the Internet was an actual business model; no more. Ah, but don't worry - they have 'pivoted.' They are 'leveraging' their 'talent' to make videos now.

    You should work here if you've ever seen a commercial for Axe Body Spray and thought, "Yes. I want to live in that world."

    Everything everyone else has said on here is true. Obviously except for the fake, vague posts meant to bring the rating of this sad place up a star.

    Anyone with any sense made moves to somewhere more respectable already.

    Work here if you're the sort of dude who would play the violin as the Titanic sank with a dullard's sense of duty.

    Don't work here if you still have hope.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Napoleon:

    You founded Thrillist with your bro. His shorts are short, but his hair is long.

    Who would have thought you could found a website just because your Dad founded a website? Wow, man! You broke the mold!

    Remember JackThreads?

    Ah. That was cool, bro.

    You totally merged content and commerce!

    Or, at least, you convinced some Germans that you did.

    They bought you for less than Wall Mart paid for Bonobos.

    Remember when the writers tried to consolidate their measly scraps of power? You know, with the union? So they could pay rent?

    Those pesky writers. How dare they! Just because they made the thing you sell, doesn't mean they should have any say in anything!

    But they wanted to have a say.

    You didn't like that - did you, bro?

    You got in your helicopter and you blocked some reporters who asked you about it on Twitter.

    Cool, bro.

    One day, bro, you will look back on your life.

    When you do, bro, you'll remember I told you so.

    Your legacy is lists of cheeseburger joints in Roanoke.

    Thank you, bro.

    Thank you.

    :)

  3. Helpful (3)

    "My time at Thrillist"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome vibe, cool people. Easy to enjoy and get along.

    Cons

    Crazy schedules and deadlines. Difficult to keep track of multiple projects


  4. Helpful (3)

    "No Thanks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free sandwiches sometimes, room temperature water

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours, low pay, no fun


  5. "Fun Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Very relaxed office, nice & smart people, cool perks

    Cons

    Cliquy/fratty at times, not a lot of growth for certain roles, long hours


  6. Helpful (8)

    "A waste of time and talent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers who are all on the same page about the awful management
    Free beer

    Cons

    Upper management is lost
    Zero transparency from one level to the next or across departments
    Constantly "changing direction" with zero reasoning, and then those changes in direction don't actually happen as management is unable to make firm decisions
    Expect to be ignored if people don't have answers
    Rather than focusing on being creative as you are promised, you will end up chasing arbitrary goals via clicks and likes on social media

    Advice to Management

    Either grow up or give up. Recognize the fact that the handful of employees you have left are trying to unionize because they want to make great content, not out of spite for your misguided and random decision-making. Follow the vision that got you here and not the Facebook algorithms.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Temping"

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    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

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Dishonest, tactless, unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free sunflower seeds. Free beer?

    Cons

    Management are those who've stuck around a long time and put up with ongoing BS. They do not manage, barely lead, and reinforce the general feeling of an inner circle of cronies and a bunch of outsiders. Open-floor plan affords no privacy. Work/life balance = atrocious. Culturally speaking the company's best days are clearly behind it, like an aging yuppie reading old emails it wrote drunk and thought were funny, but turned out not to be funny. Editorial grunts are underpaid and largely underappreciated, old-timers sit on the couch and laugh all day. Expect to be treated like you're expendable. Do not bother to overachieve, merit does not weigh in. Company is not well thought of outside its own delusional circle. All day you hear the sound of click, click, clique, click. Like high school mixed with middle school mixed with the worst parts of college. Do not trust most positive reviews, someone's probably been put up to it.

    Advice to Management

    Read a single article on how to manage people.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Not Even Worth It To Just Fill Your Resume"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Frequent happy hours, but I'm an adult and need more.

    Cons

    It's a complete boys club. Friends get promoted and people who have been there the longest get to do whatever they want. I understand seniority, but you can't run around like a clown and then get a huge promotion for doing nothing while other people are more qualified.

    Tons of gossip from management and used to manipulate you into thinking something isn't their doing, it's someone else creating the drama or making you work 10 hr days.

    Zero direction. Thrillist doesn't have any clear direction because they promote their friends who have no idea what's going on in the industry. Things change daily and they don't even understand the consequences of their rash decision making.

    Sometimes I thought the managers read Management 101 or Management For Dummies together. A lot of things they do are just to show their power or show they're being "leaders." Unnecessary and very odd tactics.

    You can't try to change things. This company doesn't welcome anyone outside of their group because changing would require effort and the ability to reflect on their own wrongdoings. Only certain people have the ability to do that and it's not the management at Thrillist.

    HR is useless.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the people who deserve the promotion. This company could really be something if you stopped promoting your friends. Listen to your employees when they tell you they're unhappy. Understand it requires a special skill set to be a manager and not everyone has that skill set. They can be perfectly good at their job, but just because they're good at their job doesn't mean they know how to manage a group of people. Especially stop promoting people who aren't good at their job.


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, reasonable responsibilities, productive atmosphere. I enjoyed my time employed here. I felt valued as an employee and knew the company was a good one to work for.

    Cons

    I had to look for advancement elsewhere. I felt I needed a different challenge and couldn't find That within this company.


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