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Updated 18 August 2018
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Pros
  • "Pretty good work/life balance most of the time, for most teams" (in 11 reviews)

  • "GREAT BENEFITS & PERKS for salaried employees" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Malfeasant upper management - micro managed by the CEO- so narcissistic that he thinks he knows better than the specialists under his employment" (in 26 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (15)

    "Watch your back"

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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

    Mission of the company is positive - helping people lead healthy lives. Good gym and amenities.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. No one collaborating or working as teams, all about protecting their own territory in fear of layoffs. Backstabbing is pervasive. Constant changes to plans midstream when the CEO thinks of a new idea for that day, which causes tons of wasted efforts on work already completed before approach is suddenly switched. Transition from DVD model to streaming model has gone terribly. MLM sales-first strategy to extract as much money as possible from customers is completely ineffective in subscription-based, engagement model. Company needs to be acquired by another company that knows how to run an effective modern business.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Nonexistent Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Beachbody full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gym use, Shakeology bar, employee discount on product and the occasional freebies of the stuff that cannot be sold due to expiration.

    Cons

    There is no leadership and no direction. The CEO is more worried about posting selfies and having a platform of a captive audience than letting people make decisions. There is no cohesion between departments. Instead of planning, money is wasted due to unrealistic timelines and awful operational planning.

  3. Helpful (21)

    "Director"

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

    I have been working at Beachbody full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are amazing to work with!

    Cons

    Almost everyone at the C-level is trash, especially Carl. General Counsel stirs up conflict within his own group, the COO screams at his staff constantly. CMO is a nice guy, but needs to grow a pair and maybe take over the company. CFO is only concerned with lining her own pockets and building an empire of untalented finance staff that can't get a forecast together.

    The numbers the company pushes out on how it's doing with revenue are all lies. The events team is full of a bunch of clueless and overpaid cry babies. CIO...OMG...where did you guys get this guy from? He screams at people, tries to do everyone else's job except his own and is single handedly destroying the Tech department.

    The Chief People person has no clue on anything HR and has opened the company up to litigation (forthcoming) on race, weight, and other issues. Just ask any major head of a department what they think of her and that should tell you to get rid of her. A rock would be better (and cheaper) in her seat.

    But I do like the Head of Digital. Smart guy!

    Advice to Management

    Carl needs to step aside. He is the sole reason this company is in disarray.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Bad Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Free snack and gym onsite!

    Cons

    Management is in shambles.
    There's no clear cut direction for this company anymore. The C-level lies and fights with each other. Very top heavy on titles, with no one left to really do the day to day work. Layoffs have gutted the company of some very talented people.

    The company will be sold or go out of business in the next 6-9 months.

    Advice to Management

    Sell to the first investor that comes. The glory days are over.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Run"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Work with some great people trying to solve some really challenging (mostly self-inflicted) technical challenges.
    Flexible hours
    Competitive salary and benefits
    Amazing learning & development opportunities that not enough people take advantage of
    Products that really work, that truly change lives, that customers are passionate about

    Cons

    I take umbrage at some of the other reviews on here suggesting that the CIO is willfully destroying the Tech department. Sure, he is unstable, paranoid and woefully incompetent, but to suggest that his destructive actions are his entirely is patently false. I am confident that a single independent thought has never entered his head. He is nothing more than an obsequious, unthinking, unquestioning bag man for the COO. The fact that the CIO is nearly universally reviled, has near zero functional knowledge about software engineering, security and architecture, and has contributed no meaningful initiatives is 100% a deliberate decision by the COO and the founders above him.

    Executive management at Beachbody does not understand, care about or respect technology. Nor has the CEO ever trusted the people he puts in charge of running technological operations.

    Beachbody right now is going through its worst period ever. There is vacuum of leadership and crisis of competence. Layoffs will continue until the company finds new investors or is acquired. Until then, the company is unwilling to invest in itself, refuses to innovate and is unwilling to modernize any of its dangerously antiquated technology platforms or processes. And even if they did suddenly find themselves with an influx of cash, they no longer have the talent to turn that into revenue or growth.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't care about tech, divest from tech entirely. License your content to a company that can handle the tech. You are, and always have been, first and foremost, a media company. Keep the MLM but understand it's never going to be as big as it was at its peak. And stop acting like the company is one P90X away from the heydays when bonuses were fat and the company spent lavishly. Stop stringing your employees (and your Coaches) along with this lie.

    And Carl, step down.


  6. Helpful (22)

    "Slowly Sinking Ship"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks. Onsite Gyms. Competitive Pay.

    Cons

    Constant cycle on expansion and retraction. happen more often than not. CEO has no set direction - business is always going in a million different directions with unrealistic expectations of what those endeavors will amount to. Tons of yes men and women around and tow the company line. No one to tell the emperor that he's out of line and way off course.

    Personal Observation: To me, it seems as if some of the positive reviews were written in the same tone and style as Carl typically does. It could just be a coincidence, but makes me wonder from the perspective of someone that has read many of his emails over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to investors: cut your losses or take over the whole show.


  7. Helpful (17)

    "Iffy Future, Questionable Leadership, but Good People"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of good people who are really committed to doing a good job
    - Free access to workouts, gym onsite, so you can workout whenever you want
    - Pretty good work/life balance most of the time, for most teams. Some teams will get after hours last-minute rush demands because there's a sudden idea from higher up.
    - Free snacks, Shakeology, and supplements. Food trucks most days.

    Cons

    - Layoffs 2 years in a row.
    - Constantly changing directives, so it's nearly impossible to build strategy since the plan will change in a month.
    - Often doesn't seem like there's no trust at the top towards employees and their expertise (ie micro-managing).
    - "Sell, sell, sell" attitude coming from the top feels a little skeezy.
    - CEO is demanding and often unpleasant. Does not inspire confidence that the company is headed in a good direction.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people to do the jobs you hired them for. Be more transparent.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "MLM - Plain & Simple"

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

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

    Pros

    Great, hardworking people (Non-Management only)

    Cons

    They hire marketing people from Herbalife. That alone proves what Beachbody's business strategy is.

    Advice to Management

    Switch upper level management out (including the CEO) and replace with people with fresh perspectives.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work-Life Balance and Wonderful People!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beachbody full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    LOVE working at Beachbody. I get to wear whatever I want to work, My hours are flexible- it's results oriented, so you get the job done, you're good. Free gym on the second floor with showers. Free Shakeology all day every day. Free awesome snacks, coffee, etc. Wonderful and smart people. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Company morale has been a little low due to some business decisions made in 2017 but there's a lot of transparency about what is going on and plans to move forward. Upper management is definitely trying to keep current employees calm and happy but people are still afraid and are looking for new gigs.


  10. "Ideal Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beachbody full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Team environment, transparent management, so many perks. This company really cares about its employees and achieving its mission to help people live healthy, fulfilling lives.

    Cons

    Can't think of any currently


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