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Ziff Davis Reviews

Updated August 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people, growth potential, diverse" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Company culture, the people, work environment" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. "Death Spiral"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some genuinely wonderful people still work here. Benefits exist, at all. Plus, they pay you on time (If you're full-time).

    Cons

    C-suite is essentially playing Katamari all across corporate America, picking up whatever unfortunate organizations are desperate enough to get gobbled up by this insatiable, perpetual debt engine.

    Did your company just get acquired and you're wondering what life is going to be like now? Well wonder no more: your organizations best days are now officially in the past. Get ready for tone-deaf, ill-equipped leadership to roll in with absolutely no vision and obliterate any perks your organization used to have, while you watch your coworkers jump ship faster than the Titanic.

    You deserve better. Don't work here.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to run publications, hire people that have any idea at all what drives success in the editorial world. Hiring people with good business acumen will let you leverage more value out of your existing audience, but they will nearly always obliterate the principals that drive readership in the first place. Getting better value out of an ever shrinking customer base is a recipe for failure wearing its best suit. Stop kidding yourselves.

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    "Toxic Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, happy hours, and flexibility.

    Cons

    Leadership seams to be unaware of the toxic environment within the finance team. I actually liked the company but management made it unbearable to work there. Management would speak to the team members in a condescending tone, verbally abusive and lacked interpersonal skills.

    Advice to Management

    Seek 360 feedback from employees across the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Rude Management"

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    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ziff Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and nothing more

    Cons

    Lack basic sense to treat employees with respect and often pass snide comments in team and 1 on 1 meetings.


  5. "Technical Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Worked for a startup company acquired by ZiffDavis

    Cons

    Being startup, no process and policies are in place for employee satisfaction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. 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.


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