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Thrillist Media Group Reviews

Updated October 31, 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. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group as an intern

    Pros

    Had a culture of fun

    Cons

    Little communication or interaction between teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pay your writers a decent rate!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Freelance Writer in Remote, OR
    Former Contractor - Freelance Writer in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting assignments and the opportunity to be read by a wide audience. Good way to develop local expert persona. Decent name-recognition.

    Cons

    Freelance writing rates are horrible -- embarrassing that a successful so-called publishing company pays so little. I'm sure editorial staff wishes they didn't have to squeeze blood from stones.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "Don't waste your time."

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    • Senior Management
    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

    You're going to meet some people you love, and probably learn something about either media, tech, or sales. The problem is that free beer and the occasional "We're all in this together!" email doesn't make up for an utter lack of editorial strategy, business savvy, or general chaotic working environment. Thrillist is the kind of company that everyone wants to work for... until they do.

    Cons

    Upper management is completely disconnected, goals are constantly reworked, and favoritism ran amok. The name of the game here is to suck up, shut up, and drink the Kool Aid. My advice to you? Skip it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fooling around, stop lying about transparency and work life balance, and cut the crap. Either let someone else run the ship or actually get your hands dirty and do it yourself.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "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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    • 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...


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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. Helpful (15)

    "Very bro'ey, filled with young pups thinking they were going to get rich or become friends with the CEO."

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

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

    Pros

    tons of booze and fun products laying around the office from businesses that wanted to be featured. editors were very down to earth and good people. lots of very smart kids from top schools.

    Cons

    8:30am-7pm made the "work hard play hard" mentality hard to live up to when it was frowned upon if you weren't going out drinking with them every night. time-off except for christmas was frowned upon. very weak comp for silicon alley. seemed like there was always a new sales lead every few months.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Great Potential, Complete Disaster"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - This is a Review for sister company JackThreads in Columbus, OH.

    PROS: Coworkers are very helpful, a nice new spacious office in the middle of a very populated area with lots of activity. Different events spread out throughout the year. A good entry level customer service job and excellent training program.

    Cons

    Management. They isolate themselves in a corner and make it very intimidating for people to approach them. I once had a manager surprised I said hello to them and they replied "people only say hello to me if they want something". Beware if you already have experience in customer service, formal approaches are wrong and the company is losing credible by talking how u txt. Don't expect exiting from the company to be a clean break, even after leaving you will receive cold shoulders and will not be responded to.

    Advice to Management

    You can't put everyone who enters your company on the same scale, people come in with many diverse skills and talents. Don't isolate yourself in a corner with a large blank space in between, it makes it seem as if you are more superior then your employees and that leads to complete disconnect in collaboration. If you schedule a meeting, don't miss it. If an employee needs management back up while on the phone, have their back and help them instead of putting them in an intense situation where they don't have the tools to resolve it.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Walked on egg shells only to get unexpectedly let go"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thrillist Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Best part of the job was the friends I made. They are smart, driven, and will help you out in the future.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they are doing and are quick the point fingers and let go of employees underneath them. Very clique-y. Lack of communication. Seems like the upper management were all losers in high school and use their "power" to compensate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Chaotic and Directionless"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High turnover and rapid growth leave room to step up and take on more responsibility. Coworkers are young and there are lots of company happy hours, tastings, and other food/drink related events. The company picnic is a two day extravaganza.

    Cons

    There are way too many inexperienced managers who run their own isolated departments within the company with little to no direction. Most employees work with muddy expectations and no clear path for advancement within the company. Work hours can be brutal - you're required to stay until 7pm every night, even if you're not that busy. There are plenty of workaholics who wear the number of hours they work as a badge of honor, even though they are totally unproductive throughout the day. While TMG is willing to promote from within, it can be frustrating to work with people who are utterly unqualified for their position and have no experience outside the company. There is extremely poor communication between departments. The office can feel like a frat house sometimes and all company events are very centered around drinking. This is definitely not a place that you want to work at if you have a family or if you don't drink. Benefits are not great - no company stock option or retirement plan to speak of and we have to pay into our health insurance plan.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the people who actually make the company work - the engineers, copywriters, designers, buyers, etc., instead of only interacting with mid level managers and execs. Spend a little extra to hire good talent into the bottom and middle ranks, instead of hiring them all out of college for bottom dollar. Set a real direction for the company and show some leadership instead of letting managers run in a million different directions with it. Appreciate your employees by showing them respect, allowing them to have a work-life balance, setting clear expectations, and giving feedback. Define job descriptions and roles and make sure that everyone understands what is expected of them.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "A worthwhile experience on how a company shouldn't be run."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was able to experience a pseudo-editorial role that I could possibly take into a better regarded, valid media publication.

    Cons

    No concern or love for remote employees, poor salary for a company that's supposedly "doing well", constant changing of editorial strategy before key metrics can be taken into account of what's "working", fraternity atmosphere, extremely unprofessional working environment at corporate office, no opportunity for advancement of remote employees, sketchy upper management decisions (employ of people who have committed fraud), basically chasing short term success instead of a long-term editorial vision.

    Advice to Management

    With the current management in place, I don't foresee Thrillist lasting. It's already no longer a factor or resource for the local content readers want. Being a Buzzfeed knockoff is far from innovative. Trust the people in the roles you've designated and recognize them when they succeed.


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