Ted Talks Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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TED Conferences LLC (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an American media organization that posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan "ideas worth spreading". TED was conceived by Richard Saul Wurman in February 1984 as a conference; it has been held annually since 1990. TED's early emphasis was on technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins. It has since broadened its perspective to include talks on many scientific, cultural, political, humanitarian and academic topics. It is curated by Chris Anderson, a British-American businessman, through the non-profit TED Foundation since July 1, 2019 (originally by the non-profit Sapling Foundation).


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Youtubers (Current Employee) says

"I have rules of writing and i have Ideas, knowledge and liberal thought rationally and I love life and everything in the earth Cons: Healthcare"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at TED Conferences full-time Cons: When people think of TED, they assume it's this highly evolved place, filled with people who want to make a difference in the world. Likely the vision is one of spectacled, cerebral do-gooders who wax poetic on everything from String Theory to Aristophanes. The reality is that there are some of those people in our midst, but they are the minority. TED is every bit the rat's nest, political game of thrones that many other media companies in NYC are today. What makes TED worse is the delusion that it's somehow more evolved or above reproach. Most of the people here don't buy into the notion that we're making any positive impact, but they pretend that they do. They do so with a smile on their face and intense conviction in their eyes while they stab you in the back to promote themselves. There's cache in telling people that you work at TED, a non-profit, but don't for one minute think that they aren't Machiavellian minded snots deep down. Those that truly buy into the mission are the people that make this place great. They are sweet and smart and motivated and inspiring and I wish they weren't overshadowed by the mean spirited entitled, spoiled children that run this joint. Even worse is the toxic culture that goes overlooked here. We have this open work space that is supposed to promote collaboration but rather keeps people in conference rooms and telephone booths and mean girl kitchen tables, where you get a nasty look if you dare try to join. They talk of "keeping TED weird", which is such a sad contrivance I feel like sending an apology note to Austin. What's weird about TED is the lack of an HR presence. What's weird about TED is the lack of a career path. What's weird about TED is the blind eye towards bad behavior on the part of its managers. I've been around but I've never seen anything like this place. I'll leave somewhat less than I came and I assure you that most of you will too."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at TED Conferences full-time Cons: CEO has lost touch with what really matters. Allows being controlled by people who shouldn't be in a position of authority."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at TED Conferences part-time Cons: I didn't share the same interests with the people i worked with."

Current Employee - Software Engineer says

"I have been working at TED Conferences full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Terrible executive leadership. Does not care about the people on the tech team and has no regard for the people leaving. Consistently would say one thing and do another in terms of strategic decisions. This caused a lot of people to leave in 2020. We have lost almost half of the team (18+) in the span of around < 1 year. Previous to this it was extremely rare for one person to leave a year. Terribly ironic to feature TED talks about good work cultures and avoiding toxicity when TED has turned the tech team into a nightmare."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at TED Conferences full-time for more than a year Cons: There is a huge divide between the core leadership team and the rest of TED. Overall team structure is very divisive and cross-team work can be very chaotic and combative. Leadership gives vague direction for the future ending up with failed attempts or rushed unorganized work. The unrealistic demands on deadlines cause long hours with only a couple days off as "reward". Everyone who joins TED takes a significant pay cut to work here for the mission. They want to have the TED name on their resume, but ultimately it's worth going somewhere else with a more positive environment that has qualified leadership in place and a higher pay. Power struggles combined with a gossipy workplace is creating a toxic environment that no one wants to be a part of. Lastly, the diverse representation at the leadership level is sorely lacking."

Former Employee - Anonymous says

"I worked at TED Conferences full-time for more than a year Cons: Horrible upper management, gossipy workplace, huge pay gap between the bottom and top earners, lack of upward mobility & the company, itself, does not embody the message they spread"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at TED Conferences full-time Cons: The founder is a nice and compassionate individual, but it's clear that this is just a passion project for him. Senior executives often arrive late in successful careers in media or tech. They're given six-figure salaries, the opportunity to meet important people at conferences and a great brand name on their resumes. As a result, they're entrenched. Those in middle management and below, on the other hand, receive substantially less pay, sometimes by a factor of 10. This would be fine if there was a clear trajectory and the opportunity to be promoted or grow within the company. Sadly, there is not. Employees will stay in the same role, seemingly forever, whether they do a good job or not. The only incentive for these employees is that they're helping the mission, which is great if it weren't as nebulous a mission as "spreading ideas." After a while, that's hardly enough to keep someone motivated. So the company has high turnover, with many talented people going out the door, often so eagerly that they do so without another job lined up. This also means that the company is stuck. The senior executives are fully-focused on internal politics, and they don't listen to the ideas of their subordinates, nor do they provide them ownership of projects that might test out those ideas. There's a reason that the company, for the vast majority of the public, has not evolved beyond the TED Talk."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at TED Conferences full-time Cons: Too much internal politics and bottlenecking by the old guard. The turnover rate has been insane. Little to no innovation and internal collaboration"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at TED Conferences full-time for less than a year Cons: TED is, overall, a flat organization. There are a lot of bottlenecks, who control the decision-making process because they have more tenure than others. A lot of process is determined based off of "This is how it was always done" vs. iterating to keep up with the ever-changing media space or help with efficiencies. They have not scaled properly and believe in a "jump in / take initiative" way of working without providing any guidance, management, or true accountability from the top down. The culture is one-note and semi-cultish; requiring a very specific type of personality in order to create true synergy. This involves a lot of privilege, little diversity, and a lot of elitism. This is not a genuinely creative place to work. It is meant for those who seek "impact" and "non-profit" on their resumes. HR is scarce and not trained in regards to what is within their wheelhouse, therefore often leading to a lack of clarity on important matters, or making unnecessary work for the employees themselves. TED seems to be in a place where they're currently trying to pivot into the digital age, but is struggling to let go of what worked in the '90s. Oh, and pay is way below market value."


"I have been working at TED Conferences Cons: No HR, no real career track, strict time-off policies, poor work/life balance"