BuzzFeed Reviews

Updated 11 May 2021

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184 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free lunch Monday and Wednesday(in 31 reviews)

  • "The work environment is also super chill, you don't have any managers looking over your shoulders(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor management across the board with many failing upwards who don't know how to manage others well if at all(in 10 reviews)

  • "LACK OF INNOVATION: Middle to upper management are so lost(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    I loved it here so much

    Cons

    Just wanted to try it out

  2. "Okay"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    - The people are nice sometimes - Pay was good

    Cons

    - They've had 3 rounds of redundancies all in different years, so not very stable? - People are very clique-y, not a nice environment to work in


  3. "Fun and Hardworking"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Olive Branch, MS

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun, hardworking staff. Lots of amazing benefits and great in house infrastructure.

    Cons

    Unstable business model leading to regular rounds of redundancies.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good immediate culture, toxic at higher levels"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really good benefits, including complete dental cover. Two free lunches and one free breakfast a week, plus unlimited snacks (while I was there). Really good work/life balance – I was told straight away to never stay late as no one will be impressed. Good flexibility and opportunity to work from home if need be. Really lovely middle management. Almost everyone who worked there was lovely, interesting, and intelligent. I made some lifelong friends. The younger employees are genuinely very diverse. Not just the regular privately educated white writers. Lots of working class people, lots of non-white, non-straight people. Some opportunity for creativity if you make a good case for it. I learnt many new skills.

    Cons

    This company is now a redundancy machine and there is very little transparency on the companies future outlooks and earnings. Very toxic and secretive atmosphere in regards to unionisation, which is unusual for a British media outlet and quite hypocritical given the company's otherwise left-wing branding. The opportunities for personal and career growth rapidly declined post 2016 - the early opportunities for creativity and exploration were stunted when they realised the company is actually not very profitable. The middle management were actually all really wonderful, understanding, and supportive but the higher news editorial ere extremely toxic and inefficient. There are huge pay disparities and a lot of favouritism and bullying in the news team. However the editorial team was always lovely.

  5. Helpful (7)

    "Terribly run, awful leadership, great if you're a sexist white man"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business in Macedonia, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch twice a week. As much free kombucha as you want. If you're a white man, you can get paid a huge amount to do no work whatsoever. Also good news if you're a sexual harasser, the company will cover it up for you.

    Cons

    The company makes a massive play out of being a great place to work, a modern, progressive organisation. Every senior position is held by a white man, who go boozing with other senior white men while women do the grunt work, get overlooked for senior roles, and have to endure inappropriate sexual behaviour from their drunk male colleagues. Mass layoffs take place every year, so the mood in the place is always dire. The most hypocritical company ever: they want everyone to think they're liberal and kind and happy and progressive, in reality they treat their staff terribly, especially women.

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  6. "Good perks"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Partnerships in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    Great perks (food etc.) Fast-moving pace

    Cons

    Lacking in direction Diversity in managers

  7. "Great people, good benefits, relaxed environment"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Editor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, support, likeminded people and great benefits like free lunches.

    Cons

    Constant reorging and a lack of communication from senior management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch (2 days a week) and snacks.

    Cons

    The company has no long-term plan, resulting in frequent re-orgs and job losses every time they pivot towards a new, ill-thought-out venture. Those who survive the annual redundancies are left with a higher workload with no extra compensation. The underlying mood in the office is a mix of anxiety and passiveness, with everyone aware that their job could be cut at any moment. The complete lack of care towards the mental health of their employees is also disappointing.

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  9. "Best job so far"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - They always seem to get it right when hiring the right people, I've never worked with a better bunch of people - Benefits are not the worst I've ever had - I always feel motivated to go to work, never a dull day - Salary is very generous

    Cons

    - That "start-up" vibe has disappeared mostly, which is a shame. But I suppose that happens in most start up companies - Little opportunity to progress (in my field), not so much in others

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stuck in start up mode"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    Decent UK benefits (25 days holiday, 18 weeks full pay primary caregiver leave).

    Cons

    No overall company strategy

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