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Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
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3.3 166 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Hearst Corporation Vice Chairman and Interim CEO Frank A. Bennack Jr.

Frank A. Bennack Jr.

(49 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You aren't required to work non stop, good work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Learned a lot during my employment(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, slow ladder climbing(in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to be more cut-throat and has become very disorganized(in 8 reviews)

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    Digital Media Consultant position is the worst job I ever had

    Media Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsDiscounted Hearst magazine subscription. Free tickets to events that the company sponsors. Nice co-workers. 401 K match at six percent. Okay health benefits.

    ConsYou will not make a dime in commissions unless you meet your quota, which is unrealistic. You are not allowed to contact or up-sell any business you sold once the contract has been signed. They have a team that maintains your accounts and gets credit for up-selling the businesses you brought in. There are no clearly defined territories so everyone is stepping over each other's toes. They have a 50 percent cancellation rate, so chargebacks will eat away at any meager commissions you receive. You will basically live on your base salary. It is one step forward, two steps back. High turnover, high burnout rate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit throwing money at the problems by continuing to hire more layers of upper management and giving them hefty salaries believing they have a magic wand to turn things around. Give those on the front lines some respect. After all, they are getting the feedback from the customers and potential customers. Give Media Consultants commission for selling a new business without holding out the money until they reach their quota. It is demoralizing and kills their drive to succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An honest review: Look elsewhere

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsDiscounts on magazine subscriptions, decent time off allowance, OK benefits

    ConsHIGH TURNOVER at Hearst Newspapers!!! In the sales department, the revenue goals are constantly changing. There is no structure - random numbers are just picked from the sky. Compensation is also changing every other month, making goals unattainable, therefore, you may no money. Management spends too much time on meaningless training tactics, and they expect you to be out of the office 90% of the time when there are no resources available to be able to spend that much time away from your desk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a complete overhaul of staff and management. You need to create a more positive atmosphere, so people actually want to work there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe location, and being able to have lunch in the park

    ConsEndless...
    Micromanaging to the nth degree by eic of magazine, and no respect for employees, and their ideas and opinions; no room for growth, and management ignores interest internally to hire from outside; departments treated unequally; yearly review postponed to September, although you're still expected to give your goals; no raise in over 3 years, unless you count the cost-of-living minuscule raise that doesn't come close to covering anything; company says it can't give raises, yet spends lots of money producing a very expensive printed flyer; health benefits are lousy when compared to other similar companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim from the top, and stop micromanaging everyone else!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Media Consultant

    Media Consultant (Former Employee) Bridgeport, CT

    ProsThe benefits are okay. Colleagues are nice. Some perks like free tickets to events that the company sponsors. Discount on magazines. Getting better about training, but you are on your own when it comes to leads.

    ConsManagment will tell you that you will make a lot of money in commissions. You won't. You are required to hunt for all new business. After initial sign-up of account you are forbidden to upgrade because there is separate team that does that. Cancellation rate of new business is 50 percent. It is nothing but one step forward two steps back. You are paid on monthly billing And won't make any commissions if you don't make monthly quota which is unrealistic. No territories people steping all over each other. Not worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage expectations about compensation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the place to have a career or a job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Great office building and facilities
    - Decent employee benefits

    Cons1- Declining print magazine division
    2- Century old school style corporate governance
    3- Layers and layers of incompetent management, especially the digital media group
    4- Lack of core leadership from top executives to group managers
    5- The mobile and digital development team is a total joke
    6- No company culture
    7- More politics than the U.S. Congress
    8- Finger pointing is the solution for managers in order to divert their own failures
    9- Working environment feel more like a wall street bank than a media company
    10- No career advancement. Promotion to those in an exclusive club (See #7, #8)

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Just keep it up. Failure is the best catalyst of change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales

    Multi-Media Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsWork/ Life balance. Got 10 vacation days after only being there 90 days

    Consmanagement is rude, "open door policy" is a word thrown around a lot; however, it is certainly not practiced, everyone there is so miserable that you can feel the tension as soon as you walk on to the advertising floor, they change bonus plans so often and to the disadvantage of the sales team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Terrible internship

    Fashion Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood to see how company works and inside look into magazine world.

    ConsEmployees treat you terribly. No respect and no pay.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat interns with respect and offer them valuable guidance and advice and don't just bark commands at them.

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    Great local publication lacking leadership and vision

    Account Executive/Sales (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat co-workers, established local brand

    ConsSeriously lacking in the fundamentals. No sales/media training for employees. Leadership lacks strategic vision. No consideration of clients needs and wants. 80s mentality to sales and closing new business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people, create a product that really works for merchants, provide merchants with testimonials/information about success stories, market your product/services. Horror stories of massive turn over -- hoping reps would build business in one month. Brutal...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor management

    Womans Day, Sales Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe company has solid brands that are well-known and well-respected. The location and building are great. Compensation is reasonably good.

    ConsManagement at the Publisher/AP/Ad Director level is very rocky. Managers don't deal well with the changing media landscape and tend to simply pressure staff rather than come up with original and innovative ideas. There seems to be little trust that the staff is competent and turnover is rampant. Constant criticism and pressure never lets up and successes are quickly dismissed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more experienced, innovative and creative leaders to head up many of the magazines and realize that when a magazine has high turnover there is often a poor manager in place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    At least I haven't been laid off yet.

    Photographer (Current Employee) Beaumont, TX

    ProsOther than the fact that there is nowhere else to work in the country, there are no good reasons.

    ConsIncompetence. The selling out of journalistic integrity and credibility to the highest bidder. Forcing people to do the work of 3 employees. Refusal to pay overtime, but expecting employees to do 3 times the work in the same time. Every employee is a marketing professional regardless of job title or description. Unethical practices. Low journalistic standards. Employees treated like disposable robots.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees that are doing the real work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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