Vice Media Reviews

Updated Sep 21, 2020

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106 Ratings
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  • "long hours at times and low pay(in 31 reviews)

  • "Sometimes you work very long hours to get the job done(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "vice"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Project Manager 

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    it was a really good time and learning experience

    Cons

    long hours at times and low pay

  2. "No advancement opps."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Strategist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A team that will work hard together.

    Cons

    Almost everything else. No support from C-Level. Lots of dreaming, no action.


  3. "OK"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    decent pay, easy work, chill co-workers

    Cons

    hard to move up career wise

  4. "Great People No Leadership"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vice Media full-time

    Pros

    - Great people - Office space was nice - Free coffee

    Cons

    - Lack of consistent leadership - Too many managers with differing visions - Poor pay and pay discrepancies - Poor progress reviews / growth plans - Lack of autonomy and empowerment - Lack of diversity

  5. "Progressive Work Environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with a lot of likeminded individuals, young professionals

    Cons

    archaic "boys club" mentality. Has changed slightly since my departure.

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Frustrating"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer/Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I'd say that some creative ideas can be fun to execute and there are many talented and dedicated staff in many departments still left there I hope.

    Cons

    Accounting is seriously a joke especially since joining forces with the new york team. Good luck to freelancers and crew trying to get paid within 60-90 days. Big flag is that so many managers became senior because they were there longer, not based on ability to manage or even do their job well. Also don't expect salary bump-ups based on increased job duties (or fair salaries really at all) - offensive starting salaries way below asking. There's terrible communication and transparency from the top down, weak partnerships - often with undesirable outcomes aka joint ventures pulling out early. So many rounds of layoffs and it doesn't seem like they were able to get morale back at all. Huge lack of vision and direction for the Toronto office/Canadian sector. Loss of brand identity for sure - really showed in the focus groups they ran in the Toronto office plus the 1-on-1s with the ex-Toronto leader. It seems that many possible partners/companies don't want to work with Vice anymore - they tried it once and won't come back. There's a lack of information provided before or after scandals/bad press about the company or bad press about ex-staff. Lack of proper on-boarding for new staff. Honestly, this place was disappointing - I expected to want to be here longer than 2 years.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Mismanaged Collapsing Company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A wide variety of content to work on. Fun creative employees.

    Cons

    The company is financially destitute and as such refuses to give employees raises or address the wide pay disparity between it's employees. Large 20-30 employee layoffs happen every six months. (Called 'restructuring' so CFO doesn't have to admit he's let people go) Best employees have already left for better opportunities elsewhere.

  8. "Start up vibe but with no direction"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ad Operations Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture was great and enjoyed a lot of the events we did. I enjoyed representing all the AdVICE publishers. Great experience.

    Cons

    There is a real lack of direction between TV and Online digital. Never understood our long term objectives from an operational level.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Shrinking Company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Toronto, ON
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, not a ton of micromanagement

    Cons

    Continual layoffs, no transparency or trust in leadership.

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  10. "Good culture"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vice Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun couple of drunk years, good culture

    Cons

    Bad salary, little opportunity for raises

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