The Onion Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
The Onion is an American satirical digital media company and newspaper organization that publishes articles on international, national, and local news. The company is based in Chicago but originated as a weekly print publication on August 29, 1988 in Madison, Wisconsin.
A Reddit user mentioned, "What happened to The Onion? They used to put out articles that were actually funny. I remember one about American children lagging behind their East African peers in child soldier proficiency. That's dark, edgy, and hilarious. Now they put out garbage like man returns from work with renewed hatred for job and local dad suggests getting to the airport 16 hours early. Those are kind of funny I guess, they look at the minutiae of life and make a post people can relate to, but it shows no creativity or imagination. Is it because they were bought by Conde Nast?"
Bartender (Former Employee) says"worst management of any restaurant I've worked. They genuinely don't care. stephanie and ken and ladonna are in power, but are both incompetent and uncaring"
Staff Writer (Current Employee) says"This used to be a great place to work, but things just aren't the same since the Univision sale. A lot of changes to editors and management that have contributed to some great people leaving and general unhappiness. Might be time to get out of here myself, too. Cons: Closed-minded management, kind of a boys' club, long hours, difficult to get time off"
Dishwasher/ Prep Cook (Former Employee) says"the days at the onion were fun and eventful! everyone i worked with was pretty supportive!"
Server (Current Employee) says"The Onion is a great place to work and be trained as a server. I believe that they meet their goal of striving to exceed all guests' expectations. It is a fun environment with supportive management and there is a level of professionalism that is maintained that you don't see in a lot of non corporate restaurants. They encourage team work and positive attitudes."
Cashier and Cook (Former Employee) says"Management was something to be desired, but the people were great and I loved meeting all the new people that came to the the restaurant. This job taught me how to manage my time inside a work environment. Cons: Multiple 5 min breaks"
Studio and Equipment Manager (Current Employee) says"It's the Onion the storied comedy institution and that is great. However, management seems to have no plan for growth or success and tends to cut muscle and keep fat at the company."
Prep Cook (Current Employee) says"My work is pretty easy considering doing the same thing for seven years but there is always sonething new to learn. I work with a great group of friends that help set the working environment. What I enjoy the most is satisfying customers with the delicious foods we provide. Cons: Healthcare/full time"
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at The Onion full-time Cons: This organization is riddled with smoke and mirrors leadership tactics (or sometimes none at all!) that create a toxic and unproductive workplace environment. A collection of stunningly incompetent and egotistical individuals are at the forefront of any and all decision making that have nailed the coffin of this company's current state. It's common practice for unqualified individuals to receive a promotion and bloated title, all the while having no idea how to explain what they do on a day-to-day basis. These individuals consistently and shamelessly underdeliver and underperform with zero consequences. It's impressive to watch in real time! Perhaps it explains the collection of hacks that willingly decide to tie themselves to this sinking ship. Many motivated and talented individuals that are tricked into walking through these doors become disillusioned and frustrated by lack of directives and transparency. Finding yourself in the same conversations discussing the same problems for months to years on end is similar to banging your head against a wall. Save your energy and time."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at The Onion full-time for more than 3 years Cons: First, it's common knowledge in the office that any of the positive reviews you see here are the result of management devising a plan to have a few people post those in hopes of skewing the rating. Second, after reading all the negative reviews posted by 10/16/17, I can say they are all 100 percent accurate. However, I would like to add that two of the things that troubled me the most: The Onion is racist in its hiring practices. Don't believe me? Find a picture of the staff of any three of the properties that fall under Onion Inc. HR is consistently awful and nothing you share with them is confidential—It's basically a place you go to when you don’t want anything to get done."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at The Onion full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Everything, literally everything. Don't be delusional into believing that you will avoid all of the horrible reviews your predecessors have left. Please avoid."
Former Employee - Business Facilities Manager says"I worked at The Onion full-time for more than a year Cons: Terrible turnover from staff burnout Bad hiring practices (picks people based on personality, not skills) HR team cannot properly keep personal information"
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at The Onion full-time for more than a year Cons: So many. In fact, I was in a meeting yesterday where I overheard that because of some recent negative reviews on Glassdoor... the strategy was to actually post fake reviews and encourage existing employees to post positive reviews (which is basically intimidation) Terrible. This is what prompted me here today actually. My advice - don't believe the hype. Take the negative reviews very seriously."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at The Onion full-time Cons: When I was younger I worked in what they call a "kill plant" in South Dakota where you effectively slaughter animals in a very high tech way. It was an incredibly depressing job and, until I worked at The Onion, held the top spot for worst job I have ever had. It's hard to describe how on top of the world I felt when this opportunity became a reality for me... it's even harder to describe the near suicidal state I ended up in after only working there for a year. If you are reading this now, the likelihood is that you are up for a position, or, like myself, a huge fan of the brand and imagine how wonderful working at The Onion should be. Please consider this review, and the others out there very carefully before making your decision. - The organization doesn't need to try hard to create a positive culture for their employees, because they rely on their brand name to entice talent. - The culture is very cliquey, and silo'd. - Workspace is often loud (in a bad / not fun way) and its very hard to concentrate. - Bathrooms are in the center of the open office (no joke, it's horrible). - The Current CEO (Mike McAvoy) is a bully / egomaniac and very difficult to work with or for. His influence is felt throughout the organization in a very bad way. He has an incredibly oppressive nature and is an extreme micro manager. He is not open to critique and when wrong he is the first to blame others. Those that end up surviving fall into one of 3 categories: those that are buffaloed by him, those that are "yes men" and those that have been around since the beginning and have some form of leverage. The last of which is becoming few and far between as he has carefully and systematically gotten rid of most of the people that built the brand. - The leadership team is a farce, it's one man's vision. See above. - I was routinely asked to do highly unethical (borderline illegal) things. - The turnover rate, because of the above reasons, is very high. When I was there, the majority of the company had been there for less then 2 years... and this was not because of growth. - The creative teams (writers, videographers etc.) hands are being increasingly tied in favor of appeasing clients. - They like to hire people from other states because their reputation is so bad in Chicago. They also feel that employees that move themselves and their families will be more likely to just keep their heads down and do as they are told. - A recent core goal is to "jam as many ads on every page as humanly possible". This creates a very junky website, that the collective teams are less proud of. - The pay is pretty terrible for anyone but senior leadership. Below industry - despite what they claim. - As the original owners are no longer in the picture, The Onion is effectively a mutual fund for rich old men that now own the company. They see it as nothing more then an opportunity to make money. They are currently in the process of trying to inflate perceived revenues to attain a bloated investment or acquisition. My advice to anyone considering investing or buying The Onion - do your homework - talk to past and present employees confidentially. CONCLUSION Ultimately The Onion is no longer The Onion we knew and loved. It's soul has been ripped out by competition, a changing industry and the loss of those that built the brand. It's focus now is surviving and making money by any means necessary. Sadly, with the leadership they currently have in play - i don't see that happening. If you are a writer and don't mind low pay, long hours and fascist restrictions you might want to give it a go, just to get it on your resume... but, honestly i would explore other options... there are many that don't suck nearly as much. If you are anything else, designer, tech, admin etc. you shouldn't even waste your time. There are far better companies out there, chomping at the bit to hire you. If you are leadership, despite what they say... there is not position here. It's a dictatorship - a terribly oppressive one."
Business says"I worked at The Onion for more than 5 years Cons: No work-life balance, no genuine care for employees, boys club, top 1% make horrendous decisions, trying to sell company by any means necessary"
Former Employee - Account Executive says"I worked at The Onion full-time for less than a year Cons: NO MONEY! The print editions are falling off one by one. 2 years ago there a dozen print franchises...now there is only ONE, Providence, and it's not doing well."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at The Onion full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Work/life balance is impossible, the culture is very clique-ish, and the company's schizophrenic direction creates a continual sense of unstableness across the board -- sales, satire, and The A.V. Club alike are sailing on choppy waters."
Former Employee - Account Executive says"I worked at The Onion full-time Cons: ownership, short sighted and they treat their sales people like they are doing them a favor. Terrible benefits and terrible pay."