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Beachbody Reviews

Updated 13 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Pretty good work/life balance most of the time, for most teams" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Free Shakeology all day every day" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management claims to have a hiring freeze but brings in multiple VPs with ridiculous salaries" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Very poor senior management, changes frequently, abusive managers" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "My Experience At Beachbody"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beachbody full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beachbody has been always so flexible and loving, I was able to continue my education while working full time, until I finished my B.S. degree. Beachbody was always supporting me all the way. For me education is really important and they offer so many opportunities for growth in leadership. Thanks!

    Cons

    Every team, including IT needs to push towards always making the company revenue and learning about attribution.

    Advice to Management

    Learning about attribution


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Enterprise Quality Assurance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beachbody full-time

    Pros

    Amazing perks
    Positive outlook irrespective of 2 layoffs
    Flexible work space
    Really nice collegues

    Cons

    Too many directors and vice presidents than worker bees
    micromanaging work culture
    no room for innovative ideas
    People develop solutions without understanding core problems
    too much dependency on vendors
    IT is wasting excessive money on just satisfying upper-level management (IT) requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Please take skip meeting seriously
    Keep IT upper-level management accountable
    Suggestion to CEO is to outsource whole IT they will be better off

  3. Helpful (11)

    "If you have any other option, I suggest you take it"

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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beachbody full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay well above the market... because they have to.
    The level of effort required to survive is near none.
    You could literally get a job, collect inflated paychecks for a year or so and do zero work. It happened more than once in my time there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Beachbody is affected by a terrible case of leadership disconnect and ineptitude. The company is full of long tenure incompetence and individuals that have titles well beyond their skills and experience. They're horrible at running the business, so expect yearly layoffs and no bonus payouts at least half the time. There's no denying that the company grew and grew rapidly, but this was a situation of right thing at the right place at the right time. However, leadership thinks they're some sort of business savants and refuses to admit that they're in over their heads. They don't know what products work or why. They have zero tech talent at the leadership level that can rationalize spending and accomplish meaningful progress with the horribly antiquated technology stack, a cobbled together mess of Oracle products created by poor tech talent and managed by even less talented individuals. The many silos that exist in the culture create a culture of back stabbing and self interest, but on the plus side, they do give you a place to hide if you want to avoid doing any work.

    Advice to Management

    Get some help. On the technology side, take a long hard look at your staff and your stack and make the right decisions to move forward with a modern architecture. Stop rewarding incompetent leadership with new roles. Start asking yourself "why?" a lot more often than you do now. And for goodness sakes, take care of what little talent is left int hat place, because you've made it near impossible to recruit anyone worth employing in Los Angeles.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beachbody full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, free snacks, on site gym, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedule, unlimited PTO

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult to achieve. Raises are far and none. If you do see promotions and raises, you seem to ask yourself why did they get one? What do they do here? Favoritism is obvious. Upper management claims to have a hiring freeze but brings in multiple VPs with ridiculous salaries. Go figure...

    Advice to Management

    Hire the worker bees that actually run the business. The company is at a state where everyone is overworked and you decide to bring in people who are new to the business and can’t lead. Why do you need a Director, Senior Director, VP, and Senior VP in one department and only have 2 lower level employees that actually do the work and make you look good? People will eventually start leaving.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Promotions"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of flexibility here which is a big plus.

    Cons

    Promotions are very difficult to achieve. When you do hear about promotions you find out they are being done behind the scenes because everyone is being told all promotions and hiring's are frozen.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your employees the truth about what is happening so they don't hear about it from the rumor mill.


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    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Beachbody full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work/life balance, flexible schedule, gym on site that you are actually encouraged to use, very friendly and diverse employees, and overall a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Like many quickly growing companies, there are some growing pains and uncertainty. Layoffs two years in row were difficult and took some time for company to clearly define their vision for the future, but I think they're on the right footing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep offering good benefits and accepting feedback from employees. Keep up the transparency and accountability of senior management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beachbody full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great pay. Opportunity to work with talented people and to develop your career. The company really does try to take care of the employees.

    Cons

    There has been high turnover as of late, but this has also been an opportunity to take on more responsibility and grow one's skillset

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Growing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beachbody full-time

    Pros

    Shakebar, Free Gym, Free BOD, Fun environment

    Cons

    Very hard to move up


  9. Helpful (11)

    "AVOID!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beachbody full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ok Benefits
    Unlimited PTO
    you'll probably get laid off so you can collect unemployment

    Cons

    This place has so much potential but, at it's heart is just another Multi Level Marketing scam. Don't fall for it.
    Many before you have tried to fix the issues of that they have and they failed.
    Leadership is incompetent and only concerned with lining their own pockets.
    This place is toxic to its core.
    The yearly lay off should tell you that.
    Also the mass exodus of talent.

    Advice to Management

    Not much you can do. Resign and let this company go under gracefully.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Everything That Could Go Wrong"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beachbody full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No PTO, unlimited vacation at (at the discretion of management)
    Kitchens with snacks and coffee

    Cons

    Year after year of mass layoffs resulting in low morale and gaps that lower-level employees have to fill, directors and above are clueless to the amount of work other take up, so much so that people are asked to write their own new job descriptions- but not in an opportunistic way, it’s so management can poke holes in it (as it’s the first they’re hearing of all that work being done under them) and hold people back.
    Reputation in the Socal tech business world is that if you work at Beachbody, you will suffer from title inflation and will be unable to perform at that title’s responsibilities at the next company you bounce to. Recruiters are warned of this, too.
    Discrimination, no encouragement, finger-pointing and backstabbing.
    Stuck in old ways.
    Selling snake oil (but that one’s obvious)

    Advice to Management

    Layoff people who can’t innovate, promotions by default doesn’t create a leader, the company is fixed in its own practice of politics that have caused it to go downhill and start a fresh company to try to steer the sinking ship.
    If you promise something, carry it out.
    Take it as a sign when good, ambitious talent keeps leaving.