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Vice Media Reviews

Updated August 7, 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 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (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. "Hey not bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TPM in New York, NY
    Current Employee - TPM in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great teammates, good manager, culture embraces weirdness/don't feel judged, leadership responds/fixes usually when stuff goes sideways, transparent leadership is pretty good, don't hate my life every day

    Cons

    high level disorganization with company direction blocking progress downstream, for some reason our work day is 930-630 which is 9 hours not 8, physical office: very little ergonomic resources/everything is uncomfortable/no casual spaces to work/very few meeting rooms,

    Advice to Management

    be decisive and brave even if it's risky. and stop cutting corners around the offices, it wears us down to have thinning snack supplies and nowhere to meet or work (turn some of those basement cubes into meetings rooms and romp spaces tbh) — lastly, don't be stingy with raises for folks who have shown commitment. for real. it costs more in the long run to have that type of loathing and churn under your belt.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Creative Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Your fellow employees, the 20-30 somethings that actually make the content that people used to love from Vice are really smart, interesting, and capable people.
    - For the most part, all levels of employees are free to contribute to the conversation and push through their ideas (budget permitting – and there is no budget because none of the money is reinvested into content)
    - The top of the company may be weighted to white males, but the company is more diverse and inclusive than media portrayal makes it out to be.

    Cons

    - You need to be in the "cool club" in order to make rise up the ranks. If you're not close to the old guard decision makers, you'll never get any recognition.
    - The work life balance is atrocious, especially considering the pay. Expect to work nights and weekends without thanks or compensation. It's simply expected of you.
    - The leadership is so painfully disconnected from the rest of the company it's unbelievable. All key decision makers are absentee bosses who you only hear from when something goes horribly wrong.
    - Everything you read about the pay is real. Men make way more than women, but everyone is underpaid, overworked, and exploited.
    - Empty promises from management and manipulative tactics to prevent young, impressionable staff from leaving.

    Advice to Management

    - Fire every employee with a gold Vice ring.
    - Treat your employees with respect and nurture them
    - Stop saying "Vice has never paid market rate" as an excuse to underpay. It's mindboggling that senior staff actually says that.
    - Stop diluting your brand by making non-strategic cash grabs with advertisers that doesn't result in good content or long term relationships when the programs inevitably under preform
    - Don't hire people simply because of your PR problems. Promote from within when possible and actually take the time to look for the right hires rather than just thinking about optics


  4. Helpful (1)

    "What a time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Have good yogurt.

    Cons

    Uncomfortable chairs. Line ups to poop sometimes.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    -Great panel discussions, lunch & learns and other events that don't revolve around drinking
    -The snacks used to be great

    Cons

    -Employees are severely underpaid and expected to work very long hours
    -Promotions are pathetic they're basically glorified bonuses
    -A lot of people backstabbing and throwing each other under the bus in hopes they'll get rewarded with a promotion
    -Managers have way too much power and will make or break your experience. If you have a bad manager good luck trying to find someone that will listen and help
    -Leadership is too removed from the business
    -Unqualified people in high ranking roles. Their lack of experience causes damage that affects everyone

    Advice to Management

    Do better. Hire qualified people. Don't reward backstabbing. Pay your employees what they deserve. You have a staff of award-winning content makers that deserve better.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "working for Viceland"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Post Production"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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