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Vice Media Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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  • Management The Heat Low Pay Growth Small office (in 21 reviews)

  • long hours for relatively low pay (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Brooklyn employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Bagels on Fridays! Fun coworkers, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Pay is low, lots of office politicking

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with the employee level day to day.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, but not a great business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun office, fun people, exciting stories

    Cons

    Very unclear what career trajectory is, how to advance in responsibility or pay.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Not a great place for Women"

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

    I worked at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Fun interesting and ever changing work.

    Cons

    Open discrimination in the workplace, poor wages.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Young, cool offices, free beer.

    Cons

    no room for growth, glass ceiling, no bonuses, no infrastructure for raises or promotions.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Slave Wages"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Pros

    Location is convenient. Office space is alright.

    Cons

    Shane Smith, the CEO is a billionaire. Know why? Because everyone who works at VICE is horrendously underpaid, way below market. The higher ups seem to think that working here to say that you work at VICE is worth being treated like garbage, but it isn't.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't believe the negative reviews-- VICE is great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work culture
    You work on really cool projects with cool people
    Supportive and passionate team/coworkers- basically, if you perform really well, people will notice.
    Free snacks and drinks!

    Cons

    No real training or on-ramping programs- it's sink or swim, you either make it or you don't.
    You are expected to work long hours, but that should be a given working anywhere in NYC.
    You are expected to manage your own career, no one is going to hold your hand or coddle you

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. "it's ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    some fun people to hang with

    Cons

    work hours can be long


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away: looks really cool but complete opposite!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - N/A in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Space, location, kitchen... Vibrant energy, great reporting, smart people...

    Cons

    This place mostly employs people under 30 and exploits them. If you are not a millennial, you will constantly get comments about your age. Also rampant sexism. Pay is about 50% under market value because it should be a privilege to work there. VICE puts most people on freelance status when they are really hourly employees to avoid paying UI or other benefits such as health insurance.They will reduce hrs at the last minute or try to make you take a pay cut. Average age is in late 20s and despite the hipness factor, most people don't stay as the pay is awful and the hrs long.

    Advice to Management

    THE LAW APPLIES TO YOU TOO!!!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Snacks and sodas, well known brand

    Cons

    Terrible management, no adults/feels like high school, hide behind "start up feel", no room for growth, no incentive to do well, hard to get to locations, no loyalty, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Take courses on how to run a department/boost morale and encourage hard work, ask what improvements they can make instead of assuming they are great at their jobs or are too cool and don't need to be a good manager


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Freelance Video Editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    Refreshing work environment as compared to other agencies and media companies I've worked at. Vice pulls in the best and most interesting talents in the city and beyond.

    Cons

    Compensation is simply too low considering the scale of the company now.

    Advice to Management

    Offer raises and not assume that VICE is the same punk company it was before.



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