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Vice Media Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "chill work environment, very independent" (in 19 reviews)

  • "There are cool people working there" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay (apart from if in the boys club) which makes it impossible to manage" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Work/ life balance is non-existent" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Freelance Motion Graphic Designer/Snapchat Division"

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    Former Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in Irvington, NY
    Former Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in Irvington, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked from home, had complete creative freedom, little interaction with anyone in the main offices.

    Cons

    I had to pester them to pay me occasionally.

    Advice to Management

    You should hire me again sometime.


  2. "working for Viceland"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Editor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Video Editor in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of creative control and input. Quality people. Nice office.

    Cons

    Below market rates. No overtime, or weekend pay. Lack of proper management and accountability.

    Advice to Management

    We're unionizing for a reason. There is no clear management.

  3. "writer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it's fun as far as that goes

    Cons

    none besides what you see in the news


  4. "what it's like to work at vice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    relaxed environment, nice perks and benefits, talented and driven people

    Cons

    quiet and corporate, very little communication with upper management


  5. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand. Freedom to create. Fast pace. Super creative colleagues.

    Cons

    It can be tough out there

    Advice to Management

    Continually seek input from staff and partners.


  6. "Post Production"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing content, incredible colleagues, great perks (snacks, free lunch, great office location in Brooklyn). In addition, the initiative to shift the company culture of this douche-y White bro stigma that VICE has often been known for can be felt, as even I was shocked by how much diversity is present in the offices (so many women and people of color, which is fantastic)
    Unprecedented amount of growth
    Reputable company

    Cons

    Severely overworked staff (especially when it comes to working in post-production)
    Good pay but extremely long work days (10 hour shift days minimum)
    Must perform under tight deadlines
    This may be solely in regards to post-production, but messing up here is a big no-no. The supervisors will castigate you, if even on a small scale.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more if you have them doing so much work
    Hire more employees to help with the work load


  7. "Challenging and sometimes fun work, with a high turnover"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Assuming you have even the smallest level of creative input, your ideas will be listened to, and with some degree of ambition or hard work, you can make a variety of different documentaries that allow you to work with awesome people and subjects around the world.

    Cons

    increasingly corporate, not a lot of physical space, exceptionally high turnover of employees. Initially thought this would be a company where I could stay for a very long career, but the sheer amount of colleagues that have left in a span of 5ish years is depressing.. Most of the "culture" at the company that many have overly criticized has been gone for quite some time. It's still in damage control mode for its past reputation, and tons of new executives from a corporate background have been brought in that fit into a uninspiring mold to make the place look better

    Advice to Management

    despite overhaul of management (including HR), company as a whole does not value the employee. It's not necessarily malicious as much as it is the incompetence of dealing with a place that has such an increasing amount of people that stay for a short amount of time.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "12 sided die of a company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're young, VICE can build your career.

    If you come in with a positive attitude, and a willingness to put in the work, you're rewarded. I haven't heard of another company putting as much trust and faith in young employees to deliver on such massive scale. Of course this can be seen as reckless. But if you're the one in the drivers seat, it's a dream come true.

    If you're independent and entrepreneurial minded, this place is a playground. There is so much opportunity, at so many levels, and a passion for actually making things that matter. The company, like the industry, is changing at a rapid rate. And if you're willing to put in the time and energy, you can do great work.

    Besides that, snacks are ok, benefits are great, and the office is visually awesome.

    Also; the boys club is actively being disbanded. The brand might be on fire, but if recent developments from HR and content strategy are indicative of the future, things are on the up.

    Cons

    There's been a culture of aggressive masculinity at certain ranks that's taken too long to be expunged. Management is opaque and fundamentally disconnected from the audience/younger workforce. The company lacks structure, and just about every major step is reactionary. You will be underpaid and management will actively attempt to manipulate you into accepting lower for longer. You will be massively overworked. And the lack of conference rooms is manic-inducing.

    Advice to Management

    The company cannot continue to exist with Shane at the helm. Let Sarah B take the reins and rebrand. Make an org chart!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunities and Improving culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many things being done to improve culture. Trainings being implemented throughout the company. Passionate people who work hard. Tons of room for advancement for those who go after it. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Hard work and sometimes long hours, but you get to work on exciting projects. Processes are still catching up with the fast growth of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Your Manager determines your experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Company covers great subjects; nice perks (snacks, free giveaways); if you have a good manager/supervisor, your experience will probably be great

    Cons

    Most Managers are not experienced and the bad managers ARE HORRIBLE; men are paid significantly more than women, even when doing the same work

    Advice to Management

    Don’t let the few people at the top dictate a culture of fear and toxicity - improve your HR department.


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