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Vice Media Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  • Management The Heat Low Pay Growth Small office (in 27 reviews)

  • You are expected to work long hours, but that should be a given working anywhere in NYC (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, fun projects, but not so great management"

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

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

    Pros

    - Amazing people/co-workers
    - "Get it done" attitude (great for self-starters, but not for all)
    - Casual work environment
    - Unique projects where you can learn a lot and apply to future work/job

    Cons

    - Long work hours. The work and people literally become your life, so better like hanging out with them. Depending on your team, your hours can range from normal (40-50) to insane (80-100+) for the pay.
    - Lack of foresight in terms of operations and structural changes (get used to processes changing all the time with no one telling you).
    - Little to no staff resources/support. Have to fight to get any. Band-aid solutions abound
    - Lack of growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people who make your company and keep it running. People are painfully aware of how much upper management and certain departments make.

    Need better top-down communication about organizational changes and shifts.


  2. "Decent place with great opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the smartest people in the industry doing cutting-edge work.

    Cons

    Self-starting is a must, can be overwhelming for the under-experienced.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"

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

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    cool environment, snacks, the deck

    Cons

    poor management, bro-y culture, no HR, horrific pay, unreasonable expectation

    Advice to Management

    you're a billion dollar company..get it together


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Vice: The "Coolest" Place On Earth"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    fairly good benefits, nice office, convenient location, fun holiday parties, young staff...really not that many pros to write about, honestly.

    Cons

    mistreated, underpaid, overworked, constantly told I should be thankful to work for them. constantly felt shame for working for a news organization that was really nothing more than a corporation that focused on cultural tourism. the place often felt like a frat house.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better, treat freelancers and fixers with respect and care, stop laying off entire departments on days like Vice News field day (horrible look and simply evil, from an outside perspective.)


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here!"

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

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    occasional free stuff trickle down but rarely - oh and the shittiest beer you've ever tasted always free!

    Cons

    Where to begin? You've never been treated this badly before probably because you've never been exploited this much. This place is a walking lawsuit. Shut them down already!

    Advice to Management

    You're fascist, racist, sexist pigs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Resume Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    - fast paced environment
    - talented, driven peers

    Cons

    - Lack of leadership / direction
    - low pay
    - career growth

    Advice to Management

    Directors and Managers need leadership skills --- does not currently exist


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring but long hours"

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

    Pros

    Out of the box thinking; sky is the limit in terms of ideation

    Cons

    Work/ life balance is non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind quality over quantity approach, but this applies to most media outlets

  8. "Senior Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, people and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Poor compensation with little focus on personal growth/career trajectory


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Look elsewhere!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to play with a lot of different technologies.
    The parties are ok I guess?

    Cons

    The money goes to all the wrong people.
    Everyone is a director even though 99% of them have no prior experience in the industry. So, inflated titles = inflated egos.
    Even the free beer sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe care about the people that are supporting your business? You aren't a startup anymore, now is the time to grow up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great people doing great work but some problems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great coworkers, really ambitious work being done, nice office snacks

    Cons

    a company that values good work, but not necessarily the people who create it


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