“"There are a wide range of perspectives about what we create. Obviously as a company that has such a huge audience we will have some haters, but we're celebrated world wide for bringing perspectives rarely heard to the public. We work hard to give a voice to everyone, no matter how small of a minority they may be.
Our readers and viewers love coming to BuzzFeed for a few reasons. Firstly we give something for everyone, we have over 25 different categories of articles and we can guarantee that there's something out there for everyone. People love the light approach we take to our writing, bringing serious topics to light through easy to read content that doesn't take heavy brain power to consume.
BuzzFeed wasn't created to be the next New York Times, we strive to be able to deliver content that's meaningful for people and easy to consume. Wether you use BuzzFeed to get sports highlights, international news, food recipes, or cute cat pictures, we make news easy for everyone.
We've gotten a lot of negative press though for promoting brands through our content. Every media organization has to make money some how, and you're always being pushed brands wether you're aware of it or not. There will always be haters, but that's what happens when you're successful."”
“The interview process is pretty straight forward, a mix of behavioral and technical questions. They're mostly looking for how open and receptive you are, and if you have your own independent creative perspective that you can bring to the team.”
“Just being a part of the BuzzFeed team means you'll have the opportunity to grow technically and learn a significant amount from some of the smartest people in the industry. If you're looking to grow your career at Buzzfeed and become a manager, you have to be in the right clique and constantly make yourself known to the managers.”
“Great work life balance and a super flexible work environment. You're able to work remote if you feel like it (some days you may have to come in but the majority of days you can work from home). The company takes your health and wellness seriously, so you're also able to take days off if you're not feeling well.”
“"In my time at BuzzFeed I've seen many unqualified people get promoted to management positions, so I've thought a lot about this question. What could I do if I wanted to get promoted? What would I have to do? I came to the conclusion that it's very much who you know.
Generally, if you're skilled or not skilled, the only way someone can promote you is if they know who you are. Noone will give a promotion to someone they don't know. So how can you make yourself known such that you can get a promotion? Well usually the answer to that question is do great work and you'll be recognized.
But at BuzzFeed there are already too many incompetent managers in positions that are promoting people. These managers aren't aware of the work that's actually going on so they don't know which employees are actually doing the work, let alone the ones who are doing the highest quality work. What happens is these high performers are overlooked by management because they are more focussed on performing well over being known.
The only ones who are known by management are the ones who go out of there way to make themselves known. These are usually the lowest performing employees that the rest of the team doesn't like, but their the only ones that the managers know, so their the only ones who get promoted."”
BuzzFeed has all the perks you here about from top tech companies. Catered lunches and breakfasts a couple times a week. Fully stocked kitchens with snacks, pop, pizza, beer, vegan friendly snacks too. Flexible work schedules. Team outtings to resetaurants. BuzzFeed knows how to treat their employees well.
BuzzFeed wants to have complete creative control of your work the moment you join the company. You're not able to do any type of creative work outside the office on your own time, and pretty much everything that you do for the company while you're working there is owned by them. As a creative person I need to be able to do things outside of work, I can still do it but can't release anything and have to keep it hidden.
There are lots of executives that are women, and we're treated pretty well in the office. When it comes to internal promotions to management positions, women, and more often peeople from ethnic minorities, are overlooked for white men. Ironic that a company that celebrates openness externally doesn't do it as well internally.
“"BuzzFeed has over 25 different categories that you're able to scroll through on our homepage, so we cover a wide range of stories. The team comes from a diverse range of backgrounds in terms of skills and knowledge, and we're constantly trying to expand into new industries to grow our reach.
We initially gained popularity because of our entertaining lists, DIY activities, and quizzes. Recently though we've hired a chief editor who specializes in long form articles, and we've been expanding to cover pretty much all areas of media.
So that you know the types of articles you'll probably be making while working at BuzzFeed, some of the articles we've written in the past are:
- 30 Summer recipes you should make in june
- Make a birthday cake and we'll reveal the type of gymnastics you should try
- Plan the perfect date and we'll reveal your actul inner age
- Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley's most secretive company
As you can see, it's a really diverse range. You'll have the opportunity to work within any sector on pretty much any type of article if you're working here."”
Buzzfeed is a global digital media company connecting deeply with its audience, delivering content people want to share with those that matter in their lives. Buzzfeed is a cross-platform network that distributes content through their website, Youtube, Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, among others.
Founded in 2006 by current CEO Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III, Buzzfeed has its headquarters based in New York City. Buzzfeed has grown very quickly from its founding days, receiving a total of $496.3 million in funding since its founding, growing to estimated yearly revenues of $220 million. With global reach, offices in multiple cities, 1700 employees, and an audience of over 200 million, crunchbase has ranked the company in their top 10 of companies to watch.
Positive reviews from employees report enjoying the highly diverse and strong team culture, the talented and creative atmosphere, the flexible work schedule, and the strong communication structure from management and leaders.
Negative reviews from employees report being frustrated with the inability to work on creative material outside of work, some managers being promoted to the point of incompetency, and the large amount of company restructring as the organization changes from startup to an established global company.
Buzzfeed has been recognized as a forward thinking organization that invests in good equipment for their creatives, while giving their employees the freedom to work what they want to work on, giving a voice to everyone. Glassdoor currently has 175 jobs posted for Buzzfeed, with Indeed having 44. The majority of these positions are for media planners, client services managers, and project managers.
BuzzFeed believes in providing content that connects with people and that they are willing to share with their friends. This goes on either side of the spectrum, either hyper fun articles that look at basic cultural phenomena, and as well at hyper researched articles that bring up deep revelations of things going on beneath the scenes of every day life.
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Before founding BuzzFeed, Peretti was the director of research and development at Eyebeam, a New York City based art and technology nonprofit, where he experimented with viral media. The original company was actually a chat bot client called BuzzBot that messaged people links to content that was spreading across the web viraly. BuzzFeed the website became a spotight for the most popular links that the BuzzBot found. The company grew quickly and became hyped around the world, gaining investments from top venture capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz, General Atlantic, and NBCUniversal. BuzzFeed has acquired two companies so far. Kingfish labs, a startup focused on optimizing Facebook ads, and Torando Labs, where the team became the first data engineering team at BuzzFeed.