BuzzFeed Reviews

Updated 16 Jun 2020

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3.0
43%
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BuzzFeed CEO & Co-Founder Jonah Peretti (no image)
Jonah Peretti
159 Ratings
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  • "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. "Fresh company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed full-time

    Pros

    Work for one of the most popular companies in the content creation sector. Great company culture and people

    Cons

    Overtime is expected. You got to churn out videos consistently.

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  2. Helpful (4)

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

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business in London, England
    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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  3. "Great people, good benefits, relaxed environment"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  4. "Disappointing"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, 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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  5. "Best job so far"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in London, 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

  6. Helpful (1)

    "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

  7. "cliquey and stuck up"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Staff in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BuzzFeed part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    staff discount always busy - never bored

    Cons

    most employees are stuck up and unapproachable management don't care about whatever concerns you take up with them constant overtime never recognised for hard work and always criticised on

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Utter Chaos"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - free lunch 2x a week - good snacks

    Cons

    - Restructures and re-orgs literally every few months. Makes it very hard to know what's going on, and it's clear that the guys at the top have no idea what they're doing - Pretend to be super progressive and liberal when in reality most leadership is white men and "boys clubs" exist throughout the company - promoting each other rather than deserving talent - Feels exploitative - they will add a ton more responsibilities to your job but refuse to give the pay rises or promotions you deserve - which is probably all due to cutting costs and maximising profits. Why hire 3 people to do 3 jobs, when you could just make 1 person do it? - Lack of specialism - similar to above, they don't want to pay experienced people in their field to do certain roles, they ask existing staff - who have no idea what they're doing - to take on roles instead. There's a distinct lack of people who are "masters" in their field and there's no one to learn from. It's all about just winging it, and getting the job done, rather than quality or thought.

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  9. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good people - Good organization that cares about people - Good wages (well, I'm in engineering so YMMV) - Flexible working (remote work, days off for personal stuff) - Good communication (SBI, Radical Candor, Authentic Communication).

    Cons

    Working across time zones can get tricky (overlap requires staying an extra hour or maybe going offline and having to come back online later). The organization doesn't enforce this, it's more something we as employees feel is a responsibility. So this isn't a con in the sense or "boo hoo they force us to work late", more - I wish there were more staff in certain localities that meant we didn't need to do cross-over timezone meetings.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "They'll keep you hanging..."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people to work with -Pay for lunch 2 times a week and breakfast one time a week -Never boring, always changing, lots of work to be getting on with

    Cons

    -They'll promise you contracts and never fill the promises -Leaving staff 'come to an arrangement they will no longer be working for the company' e.g. the sack people every few months -Still act like a start up, processes confusing, pick up and drop people if and when they need them -Hard to progress at BuzzFeed UK

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