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Vox Media Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/Life Balance, High Growth Company, Fun Environment" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great people and office, very innovative company" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay for local part time editors is low, the amount of work is high" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Upper management doesn't understand the needs of the company or how to grow efficiently" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent and trusting workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Unlimited Vacation
    -Plenty of room (and encouragement) to move around and up! Clear career-ladder mentality
    - Great benefits: Insurance, 401K, remote working
    - Spectacular office and location
    - Very friendly workplace
    - Special groups such as a women's group, queer group and others
    - Snacks and fresh fruit

    Easily the best place I have worked. My time is valued as well as appreciated. Serious and hard work is expected but rewarded justly.

    Cons

    Could be a lot more diverse but I believe they're working on that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Earnest leaders"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The leadership at Vox are not jerks. They believe in the company mission and are working hard to improve Vox to make it into a cutting edge place to work. It's a place where employees can stretch and grow and everyone's voice matters.

    Cons

    There are some growing pains as the company transitions to be a fully functional corporate environment.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency through tough spots is key.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The best and worst job experience"

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

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

    Pros

    One of the best things about working at Vox is being given the opportunity and platform to do meaningful work and to help steer dialogue and discourse on the topics you cover. You'll also be surrounded by incredibly driven, smart, and savvy colleagues. Overall, you will gain the experience and confidence needed to become and be seen as an expert in the subject matter you cover, which is an incredibly empowering and humbling feeling.

    Editors are given a lot of responsibilities, but there is/was also a lot of autonomy to do the job as one saw fit. Salary was reasonable and incremental increases were provided each year granted performance was deemed satisfactory. With growing brand recognition, it became easier to make ties with sources and peers in competing media. Legal counsel and administrative support allows editors to focus on producing work and takes a lot of unnecessary stress off shoulders of staff.

    Healthcare and benefits are above average and management is accommodating in times of personal emergencies.

    Cons

    Often, it felt that editorial staff were living in fear and anxiety due to constantly moving performance targets and increasing workloads. Meanwhile, freelance budgets were an embarrassment and unbecoming of a media brand as large as Vox. Overbearing, bullying management styles are rewarded and blatant favoritism is the norm. Egos and narcissism of some colleagues is unparalleled.

    Despite Vox promoting altruistic hiring practices and benefits, the environment oftentimes felt cutthroat and unforgiving. Before the union, staff members were too afraid to organize and voice concerns with workload and management practices. Opportunities for advancement are nonexistent.

    Another reviewer mentions PTSD from their experience with Vox, which frankly, is not an exaggeration. Vox offers a mental health benefit that comps two therapy sessions, which is only just a start in undoing the years of constant apologizing for and agonizing from being made to feel perpetually inadequate.


  4. "Flexible freelance work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vox Media part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Supportive management
    Work/life balance

    Cons

    Pay is fair, but limits you to part time work simply because it isn't enough to invest a full day of work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "KEEP LOOKING"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vox has established such great brands and products over the years. People genuinely love the content and there is no better feeling than being able to contribute to a company that you believe in.

    - unlimited vacation: in theory it’s great! However, the company has been declining the allowance based on quarter and revenue as the company stands. Extremely unfair, especially when departments that are outside of sales are effected.

    - kitchen snacks: nice variety but gets old fast.

    Cons

    All of leadership and high level executives are foolish and far from knowledgeable. They basically have “kids” running the show and contributing to the consistent decline of Vox Media. Not only do these individuals make poor decisions with no evident support as to why, but they can’t even properly communicate the company’s goals and efforts to employees in a professional or clear way. Constant restructure leading to massive lay-offs of well equipped people. Extremely poor team cohesion. There is a horrible dark cloud of negativity surrounding the entire office - no one is happy, no one is encouraged, no one wants to be there. It truly is so sad what Vox Media has come to.

    Absolutely no room for advancement.

    Favoritism and politics are what determine your fate at Vox Media.

    Sadly the executives play dirty and will do whatever they can do win- at the expense of individuals who have been loyal and sacrificed a lot for the company. Lies, deceit, you name it, they do it.

    Do yourself a favor and avoid working here. It isn’t at all what it used to be, there are little to no benefits for a career here.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider who you are allowing to run the company. Leaders have no true leadership qualities and the teams are suffering because of it. There is so much that is constantly hidden that everyone ultimately finds out about anyway. Promotions are always secretive, when people leave no one addresses it. It’s a horrible way to run the company. You need to look out for those who have been loyal to the company - don’t take people for granted.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "I left with cherished friendships and PTSD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly wonderful, kind, smart, dedicated and highly creative people. Ingenious editorial brands with relevant, progressive, thoughtful and credible voices that I am proud to have worked with. Diversity and inclusivity is highly valued across the the company and a constant focus especially within editorial decision making. If you are lucky to be on one of the teams with supportive, caring and respected management then you'll be very well taken care of and love working there. Company crises are handled in a timely, communicative way and with great care from the top down.

    Cons

    Careless, ego-driven org structures create a very toxic environment.

    Corporate Politics/Gossip is rampant. There are people who are so desperate to be seen and recognized that they can't successfully lead a team or drive a successful strategy. Real focus is "me" rather than "we" in the rev org which makes it hard to build trust w/upper mngmt.

    The ramifications of these things exacerbated my depressed/anxious mental condition so bad that I had to remove myself from the environment and ultimately is why I left. It was so emotionally draining that after leaving I developed an intense fear of going back to work which made it very hard to even seek new employment for months.

    Advice to Management

    Vocalize how you can support mental health disabilities across the board and make sure that everyone feels informed about how to talk to their manager and how managers/HR should respond and document. Many people battle with mental health and like all other disabilities it deserves reasonable accommodation but it's one of the hardest ones to ask for without fear of being discriminated against (even if the discrimination is not conscious or overt). This means if an employee is telling their manager AND their business partner about their mental disability (like i did on many occasions) it should initiate a lawful procedure in which it is documented and visible to the employee. Not everyone knows they have a right to reasonable accommodation or even what that looks like for mental health issues. Further, I think it should include check ins that ensure the accommodation is being met. If someone needs wheelchair accessibility you can clearly determine if that has been met, but if someone needs their manager to communicate differently or needs to work from home 1 day/wk it's not so easy to keep track. And if someone slowly has responsibilities stripped from them without any rationale, even the employee AND manager may not notice the discrimination happening until it's too late since its not socially accepted. As a progressively minded company (with so many big hearts) you know better, and you can do better.

    Oh and, if a whole team (and other teams they work with) vocalize that their manager is unfit to lead, please believe them. 25th Amendment style.


  7. "Pretty great"

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

    I have been working at Vox Media full-time

    Pros

    Tons of very smart, talented and nice people. Remote friendly. Everyone is driven and tries to do a really great job at whatever they do. Progressive company and values.

    Cons

    Change is the norm, which can zap momentum. Pay and benefits are pretty stagnant. The company feels more and more "corporate" and those changes never feel better from an employee perspective. Teams and work have not scaled very well.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Good stepping stone"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people (speaking only for editorial, some interaction with product, growth & analytics, etc.) are great — easy to get along with, friendly, little sense of competition or drama.

    The culture and working environment are also good. More fun than many other media companies. The NY office is comfortable and stocked with snacks and drinks, pretty startup-y.

    Benefits are among the best for a media company: 401k match, unlimited PTO (although this comes with its own challenges), etc.

    The quality of the editorial content and journalism is actually fantastic across all the distinct brands.

    Vox Media is a buzzy name in digital media, which can open doors for the next step.

    Cons

    Career growth is extremely opaque and basically nonexistent.

    Compensation tends to be on par with that of other new digital media companies, AKA poor to average. Raises as part of reviews are incredibly frustrating, as they don't tell you how much your raise is, leaving you no opportunity to negotiate or present your case. Requests for bringing salaries up to proven market rate fall on deaf ears until management finds out you're taking another job offer, and then they suddenly are willing to give you what you've been asking for.

    Company growth priorities and vision keep getting changed according to the whim of higher-ups, often to the detriment of the actual content producers ("pivot to video" and the disastrous lay offs, anyone?). Very difficult to know how your work is contributing to the overall company goals because they keep shifting, and resources (product investment, tools, headcount, etc.) are scarce if your line of work isn't the flavor of the month, so it's hard to believe you're being set up to succeed with next to nothing.

    Imbalanced distribution of workload for some teams. Common to see a handful of people staying until 8, 9, 10 p.m. chipping away at huge amounts of work or racing against tight deadlines each night.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good, bad, ugly"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - CEO, Bankoff, is an excellent leader who is very transparent about the state of the company, finances and his plans for the company.
    - Excellent career growth opportunities if you play your cards right
    - Remote friendly
    - Good benefits including excellent health insurance, unlimited time off, 401K matching, money for professional development money available to you to spend at discretion. (Professional development is only applicable to product teams. Not editorial teams)

    Cons

    - Vox Media is still an OG club. There is a lot of institutional loyalty to ppl who were around when the company started and they get promoted whether they deserve it or not.
    - Career growth is not standardized across the company
    - There is a huge gap between pay and benefits between product and editorial which causes all kinds of friction.
    - Changes in org structures and priorities are instituted based on a few peoples' opinions and backtracked just as abruptly with no concern for the people who actually end up getting disrupted

    Advice to Management

    Please stop re-orging on a whim


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Video Shooter and Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great company with really good intentions and values, but experiences will definitely vary from brand to brand.

    Cons

    I work at a brand whose video team has it notoriously bad. Most likely the worst at the entire company. We work extremely long hours and repeatedly through weekends without compensation. Often our shoots are packed so back to back, the crew won't have time to eat for the entire day. The unlimited vacation policy is a joke because the management will make up extraneous "guidelines" you have to adhere by, creating a culture where taking comp time is near impossible and frowned upon . Fatigue and burnout are inevitable, yet met with complaints about lack of productivity. There is a serious labor exploitation problem and management can be extremely toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees' complaints and take them seriously. Jim is a really good guy with a great vision, but the communication of such often falls on deaf ears.

    Vox Media Response

    Jun 6, 2018 – VP, People & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback and we're really concerned that you feel like you can't take time off to rest and recharge. You should feel empowered to go talk to your Business Partner in P&C or to me... More


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