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Updated 16 Jun 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard play hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard work pays off

    Cons

    Matt the boss isn’t good

    Advice to Management

    Sack Matt

    WhatCulture2019-06-16
  2. Helpful (5)

    "The Most Toxic Company Imaginable"

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

    I worked at WhatCulture full-time

    Pros

    I can’t think of a single pro. Working here for any period of time is genuinely going to make you depressed.

    Cons

    I worked a long stint at WhatCulture over several years, and all I can say is that the experience was hellish from start to finish. There are a number of reasons for this, but really it’s all to do with Matt Holmes, the immensely ill-qualified Editor-in-Chief who runs this company with absolutely no respect for any of his employees. Matt is the sort of person who will declare his allegiance to you one day and then fire...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire a professional to manage the company; Matt Holmes should take a back seat, or disappear entirely.

    WhatCulture2018-11-26
  3. "Most comfortable I've felt in a job!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's an incredibly laid back environment where everyone chats to everyone. There's about 20 people or so in the office who all get along and have a laugh with each other. Staff nights out on payday each month, as well as when anyone fancies a pint/good food after work. There's a pool table/darts board/PS4 if you need time to unwind or fancy a game of something at lunch time. There's a bunch of different channels...

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    Cons

    Job structuring could use some work. Other than the main two bosses, everyone else is seemingly on the same level, which can sometimes make certain projects that we're working on a bit confusing. There's no middle management (on paper) basically, and it could probably benefit from that.

    WhatCulture2018-10-10
  4. Helpful (15)

    "Worst management experience I've ever had"

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    Former Employee - Games Writer/Tech Writer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enthusiastic colleagues who share a passion for writing and pop culture. Decent standard of writing and good feedback from editors. My work for WhatCulture helped me get onto the career path I really wanted.

    Cons

    Dreadful, bullish management by CEO Matt Holmes, who communicated exclusively through Skype text chat, and was overbearing and unfriendly from Day One - sending me negative feedback from editors and insisting that I don't mention anything about it to the editors themselves, calling my work "lousy", and constantly reminding me that he didn't believe I was right for the job. I learned not to take this personally, as most...

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    Advice to Management

    Let editors do their job. The section editors have excellent knowledge of their given topics - certainly more than the CEO - yet the CEO had a habit of micro-managing sections and writers through Skype chat. One week, I'd be pitching to the section editor, the next I'd be pitching to the CEO, who demonstrated several times that we lacked knowledge in that particular field. In the London office, it seemed like he'd pick...

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    WhatCulture2017-09-13
  5. Helpful (15)

    "Home-based writers are treated like cattle"

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    Former Employee - Content Creator in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working as a non-contracted freelancer is a good way to earn some extra money in a field you enjoy writing about. Some of the editorial staff are compassionate, and really help you out with constructive criticism.

    Cons

    Zero training given (literally just "here you go, start writing lists") I was employed via a misleading job posting for 'Magazine Writer', and was never given an opportunity to write for WhatCulture's magazine. Only received regular contact from one member of staff, who was distant and often rude. Their online presence was completely guarded (no social media or even photographs), and I was never even granted a phone...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't hire remote workers, unless you're going to bother to speak to them like human beings. It's very easy to keep personal communication up via phone or Skype, and it's just as easy to provide writers with a basic editorial guide package to help them adjust to the site's particular style. In no other job would you expect an employee to begin with no training, and with no human contact from another member of staff. ...

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    WhatCulture2017-07-20
  6. Helpful (14)

    "3 Ups And 6 Downs About Working For WhatCulture.com"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at WhatCulture full-time

    Pros

    - Tailored content to your personal interests and strengths - A fun and productive atmosphere in the main office between editors and writers - A good starter job for early writing experience if you can handle the obvious flaws in the company

    Cons

    - A cowardly boss who effectively bullies his employees (between regular playstation breaks) - No patience or planning when trying new ideas that could benefit the site in the long run - Too stubborn to deviate from the click bait format - A laughable lack of human interaction from the boss towards his minions. - Low pay and a lack of bonuses/incentives - Nepotism. Muchos nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Your employees want the site to be a success, respect them or they will continue to walk away.

    WhatCulture2017-04-27
  7. Helpful (18)

    "If You Can Survive WhatCulture, You'll Absolutely Thrive Somewhere Else"

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

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

    Pros

    It used to be a good place to hone your writing craft if you could take low pay. Many of the staff are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    If you've read all these negative reviews and thought "it can't be that bad, I'm sure I'll be fine" let me tell you that categorically will not be the case. Everyone thinks that, everyone gets the warnings and everyone ultimately finds themselves on the receiving end of Matt Holmes. It's hard to separate WhatCulture from its CEO/editor-in-chief Matt Holmes. He is, without hyperbole, an unprofessional bully concerned...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Make Matt Holmes a non-involved shareholder and allow the obvious successor to take over his EiC role. 2) Figure out what WC actually is. Are you a WWE YouTube channel? A board game producer? A host for my old content? A brand with rather unfortunate initials? Or a genuine pop culture website? 3) Be honest about who runs the site. Don't hide behind anonymity and a lack of social media presence as if that protects...

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    WhatCulture2017-05-19
  8. Helpful (15)

    "Looks good on paper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The office atmosphere atmosphere is generally upbeat - A fun place to work when there's not the usual office drama going on - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    - Lack of respect from management - Little to no job security - Salary is on the low side - You can try and voice your concerns and frustrations but it's like talking to a brick wall - High staff turnover - There's a specific member of the senior staff who is often overbearing and belligerent

    Advice to Management

    Most problems stem from a specific senior member of the team, which has been a major factor in many people leaving. People will continue to leave until something is done about it.

    WhatCulture2017-02-22
  9. Helpful (11)

    "Nice editors, insane management, bottom rung "journalism""

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

    I worked at WhatCulture

    Pros

    The office is nice and the camaraderie in the editorial staff keeps you going. Writing about something you love is great at first, and if you love wrestling, you're set. It's a fun, strange kind of workplace and there's always something weird going on. It's pretty much one of the only jobs of its kind in the North East.

    Cons

    The senior management are nuts - and incompetent with it. There's no planning, no support, no quality control and no thought, it's all about view count and nothing else. You can be as unscrupulous, offensive, sexist, plagiaristic or flat out wrong as you like, so long as it brings in the clicks. Equally, you can try to make things better, but will be mostly ignored. The pay is terrible, and even worse if you're a contributor,...

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    Advice to Management

    Just sort it out. Jeez.

    WhatCulture2017-02-17
  10. Helpful (17)

    "Don't do it."

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    Former Employee - Writer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WhatCulture for less than a year

    Pros

    Articles got read by millions, very positive feedback from people.

    Cons

    They keep pushing you to write more and more even if they know you have a full time job and life on top of it. It made me resent writing for the first time in my life. And then one day without any notice they suspended my account and I never got any feedback as to why. Extremely unprofessional and just ridiculous. Are toddlers running this website?

    Advice to Management

    Act like professionals and try treating your writers as actual human beings.

    WhatCulture2016-08-09
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