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Vox Media Reviews

Updated December 4, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/Life Balance, High Growth Company, Fun Environment" (in 6 reviews)

  • "There are a lot of great people at the company and the work is often fun" (in 8 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 company to work for"

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

    I worked at Vox Media full-time

    Pros

    Excellent flexibility. Strong work-life balance. Exceptional benefits package. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    Some of the communication around company strategy doesn't funnel down through the full company. Media, in general, feels like a complicated industry.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible leadership"

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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

    There are a lot of great people at the company and the work is often fun.

    Cons

    Management is incredibly poor. Change is constant in the media industry, but Vox Media takes that up five notches. Plans and goals change nearly weekly. There are "change of direction" meetings about every month. Layoffs are frequent, some in big batches and some one off. Goals are rarely communicated, jobs are often changed, and management is largely heartless.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan, stick to it, and make sure everyone is on board.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Generally good but a light spread of smoke and mirrors"

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

    I worked at Vox Media part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, lots of passion, high-class talent, good drive towards diversity even if it was a bit slow. Good place if you know what you're doing and can manage on your own. I didn't get benefits, but they seemed good.

    Cons

    If you read between the lines, you can tell the company is unsure of where it is - and the management often exacerbates this. Lot of identity issues among all the brands, and it reflects in how a piece you'd expect on one site shows up on another. If you don't know where you belong in all the mess, well... good luck.

    Extremely limited growth within the company, and it's not consistent.

    Very limited diversity among some of the editorial leads.

    The workplace politics/relationships were real and often anxiety-inducing, even in spaces I didn't expect such and even considered "safe." Certain groups are very buddy-buddy.

    My department (and the company) got restructured and my new bosses didn't help. Saying as little as possible, it rolled into some poorly-reflecting consequences right up until and even after I left.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate your Vox editorial brand and goals. Don't leave them as separate as they are.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Too much ambiguity, do not work here!"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Operations Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Operations Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office snacks. A large variety of treats and beverages.

    Benefits & Unlimited PTO. Great coverage and the option to take lots of time is amazing.

    Cons

    Leadership. The majorty of them speak to people like they are animals.

    Retaliatory environment. I complained about the way I was treated. I knew it was a risk but it was the right thing to do. Shortly thereafter things became very unpleasant. Ultimately leading to my demise. The day that it unfolded, I was read "you're no longer needed" speech from a computer screen. And was told I could followup on a phone call the following week. A phone call? So insulting!

    Benefits. While they boast about the coverage, they are very quick to take it away. I was coldly let go two days before they expired.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that matches the alleged Vox Media values and not a retaliatory culture.

    Reset the leadership team or provide them with mandated training.

    Rethink those in management positions.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen was awesome!

    Cons

    But would have been nice if there were more avocados.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. "Earnest leaders"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent and trusting workplace"

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    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!


  9. Helpful (12)

    "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.


  10. "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.