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Vice Media Reviews

Updated October 12, 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. "Summer intern 2017"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    chill work environment, very independent

    Cons

    less structured intern program, not much networking


  2. "It's What You Make Of It"

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

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Creative work, great co-workers, some good perks and opportunities to change the world.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, operational inefficiencies, occasional lack of accountability issues. Should treat their employees and freelancers better.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and empower them to achieve more by actively listening to their experiences and seeking their advice on how best to move forward.

  3. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Venice, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Venice, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Vice Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool brand, grown very quickly.

    Cons

    Treat employees horribly and don't acknowledge people. Rely solely on their brand coolness and expect people to work for slave labor. Disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like humans and realize your company is a collective of people.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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


  7. Helpful (10)

    "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.)

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. 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


  10. 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


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