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Ziff Davis Reviews

Updated April 16, 2018
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  • Upper management isn't focused on quality of product and there's little communication between departments and few opportunities to collaborate (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor communication by management, poor collaboration between departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company"

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

    Pros

    Great people, growth potential, diverse

    Cons

    Limited paid holidays, little integration between lines of business

    Advice to Management

    NA


  2. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    hard to think of one
    decent benefits

    Cons

    horrible management
    crappy culture i.e. you can sit next to people who won't even talk to you or introduce themselves for over a year!
    silo'd business structure with too much internal competition
    lackluster brands -(minus IGN) mashable was a godsend to them and that isn't even a great property
    Shady business practices

    Advice to Management

    get with the times and stop bullying your people
    upper management and directors need to understand the flaws in their structure and products in order to make any meaningful changes.

  3. "Technical Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and opportunity to wear multiple hats and learn all areas

    Cons

    Too much work and no processes


  4. "professional, yet political company"

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * professional
    * some truly hard-working people at the company
    * upper management does an acquisition almost every year !

    Cons

    * can be political
    * can be competitive (and not in a good way)
    * communication could be improved
    * employee morale is rollercoaster - and only some managers seem to care

    Advice to Management

    level things out and communicate openly

    try to get rid of silos

    stress the importance of collaboration over competition

    reward high-performers (and remember that not all of them are extroverts)

    update the NY offices a bit


  5. "Great Experience"

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    I learned new skills from my team, very welcoming and helpful

    Cons

    More communication across the company


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Failure to listen or respect"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Ziff Davis name still holds some water but this is basically a holding company now which owns multiple properties and runs them with a ruthless and heartless efficiency.

    Cons

    Management are pretty awful. They will act secretly with hidden agendas and make decisions clearly counter to what the rank and file staff wants and knows would benefit the business. This includes hiring the right people and making rational decisions for the organization. Don’t bother having an opinion when C-level execs will simply overrule you. They know best! Why else would they be a C-level executive.

    The pay is abysmal, way below market. I guess this is how they manage to keep their aging portfolio profitable. It’s a race to the bottom!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. You don’t know better, you just think you do.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It was fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ZD has an awesome work environment with great people to share it with.
    Rapid growth, which leads to new opportunities if you apply yourself. The company moves as a unit. Everyone talks to each other to get issues resolved. The epitome of an open door policy.

    Cons

    Politics & favoritism, with a complete lack of transparency and individual respect.
    Management tends to make decisions without having the full visibility of their employee's day to day.

    Advice to Management

    Truly learn what each employee does and where their place is in the company. Make decisions based of what the employee deserves, not by how it seems behind a glass window. Be less secretive and more transparent.
    Do not make promises and then fail to follow through. It weakens the employees trust and morale.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic workplace run by duplicitous, cowardly management"

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    - Nice deck
    - Get to play with fun stuff
    - Beer fridge
    - Health insurance
    - Some good employees

    Cons

    - Upper and middle managers have nasty personalities, nonexistent communication skills and no vision.
    - Middle managers have no training, often require upper management to help manage their management. It's as ridiculous as it sounds.
    - Duplicitous managers prefer to ignore employees and important issues until it's too late, then defer blame to employees.
    - Reactionary behavior and rampant bullying by management borders on abuse. Catty comments, petty politics, weird ultimatums and outright insults. Complaints aren't taken seriously by a cowardly human resources team, which exists only to protect management.
    - No respect or trust in employees. "Perception is reality" is the prevailing mode of business here.
    - Quotas and aggressive timelines stifle creativity and lead to lots of pressure and stress from management.
    - Overwork leads to burnout. Employees do multiple roles to cover for positions that may not be filled.
    - Editorial is a depressing content farm, a grind driven by SEO and numbers. Successful "passion" projects don't count towards quotas or anything.
    - Any successes are ignored. Absolutely zero positive reinforcement or encouragement.
    - Morale is a joke. Employees make fun of management behind their backs on daily basis.
    - Dead end in terms of advancement. Promotions and raises are few and far between. No bonuses or incentives.
    - Outdated, dusty open office with A/C cranked high makes for miserable work environment. Employees are constantly sick.

    Advice to Management

    Every review on this site is some variation of "upper management is terrible" and it's true. Get a clue and fix yourselves.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Upper management needs to dig deep and understand problems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    - Growth by acquisition mantra

    Cons

    - Upper management does not dig deep and address the real problem.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to the people that do the work and not just their managers so that you get a real understanding of the problems.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, needs to get with the times"

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

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    Good location, nice coworkers, solid benefits

    Cons

    Antiquated approach to content with certain brands

    Advice to Management

    IGN's model/culture seems to be working. Apply that model to the other brands under your umbrella.


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