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Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
24 Reviews
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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
  • Upper management somewhat disorganized, food bar is expensive (in 12 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours, not unbearable (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Rewarding but miserable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Great experience and exposure in the journalism industry

    Cons

    Terrible workplace morale and high-levels of stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees that you care with more than a thank you

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst and most demeaning experience in my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive/Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive/Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brands are well-known
    Hearst Tower is gorgeous... cafeteria is fantastic

    Cons

    Inept management, particularly on the digital side
    Encouraged to work AGAINST your colleagues
    Few, if any, opportunities for growth
    Did I mention inept management?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out Hearst Digital and start over. The environment is more than toxic and doesn't encourage revenue growth. Most of the team has cleared out on their own and have rejected the BS management mantra. Snake oil salesmanship and lots of fancy buzzwords does not a modern digital culture make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't work there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The other reps are nice people.

    Cons

    All levels of management lie to everyone including their customers. Products don't work.They don't value loyalty and change direction too often. I don't expect the LocalEdge division of Hearst to be around more than 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees.Stop lying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reality doesn't live up to the hype

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Cafeteria is nice, the Tower is beautiful piece of architecture.

    Cons

    The reality is that magazines and newspapers are dying industries. The company was at least smart enough to invest in other industries/companies which basically fund those two black holes. So if you opt to work in the newspaper or magazine divisions, be prepared to be nicked and dimed on everything. Extremely low pay increases and no bonuses. They cut staff regularly, but don't do it in a smart way. Cliques abound, and if you sell your soul and become a sycophant, then you might do well here. They rarely promote based on ability/performance but more on how much you suck up to certain executives. There is one executive in particular who has gotten multiple complaints to HR on said executive's management style (one of condescension, verbal abuse, little to no communication), but remains at this company. That alone should tell you that Hearst is blind to how its teams operate, and what it takes to run an effective organization. Run, don't walk away from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to boost employee morale, via spot bonuses, team outings, free company swag, FREE company gym membership, and regular company-wide town hall meetings. Get rid of executives that have a known, long history of mismanagement. Recognize that to compete in this industry and retain top talent, you need to pay at or above industry pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Digital Media Consultant position is the worst job I ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Consultant
    Current Employee - Media Consultant

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    An honest review: Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HIGH 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Endless...
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Trim from the top, and stop micromanaging everyone else!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Media Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Bridgeport, CT

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Managment 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 ManagementAdvice

    Manage expectations about compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the place to have a career or a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Great office building and facilities
    - Decent employee benefits

    Cons

    1- 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 ManagementAdvice

    None. Just keep it up. Failure is the best catalyst of change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multi-Media Coordinator
    Former Employee - Multi-Media Coordinator

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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