Hearst Corporation

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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
31 Reviews
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Hearst Corporation Vice Chairman and Interim CEO Frank A. Bennack Jr.
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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.  

    Reckless and Out of Touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Fun to work on widely distributed magazines

    Cons

    management confused and short sighted. literally have no idea what people want from a magazine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and inspire better content.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Old school that never got out of the 20th century

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    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Benefits, mostly nice people, free parking

    Cons

    Rested on their name and didn't renew their toolbox, sell products that don't work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your fulfillment team and try something else, even if it means going overseas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Quantity vs. Quality

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    Former Employee - Media Coordinator in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Media Coordinator in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    It was easy to get hired there because the salaries are generally low.

    Employees that churned out the most work were rewarded, even if their copy was badly written.

    Cons

    They were so eager to get the client websites live so they could start billing right away. This led to angry clients that made massive changes or an entire revamp. Double work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your sales team understand the packages they are selling. Get them to fill out the paperwork properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Hearst (The San Francisco Chronicle) in San Francisco

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    Former Employee - Multi Media Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Multi Media Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, extensive training was provided and the and a no-cap earning potential.

    Cons

    Most management are legacy employees with little interest in technology and growth. The same sales ideas were circulated every two years and there was very little innovation. New technology is a novelty for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! Too many reps not making goal who are not pushed out. Company targets performing sales reps and manages them out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    God, I Hate Uncle Hearst

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone else is just as miserable as you
    Free cupcakes
    Decent benefits
    Fun to people watch in the elevators
    I love the gym

    Cons

    Low pay
    Ridiculous hours
    Overlooks talent
    Nepotistic
    Talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk when it comes to female empowerment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay competitive salaries, because in this day and age, it's not enough to work for a "cool" company. It seems you stratify VERY early and decide who will be stars and who won't—and if you aren't a "star," there's no room for growth, even though star wattage seems to be measured more by pedigree and designer labels. For a company that produces magazines for women, the company has a crappy mentality to work-life balance and doesn't do enough to provide for the female-skewing population in the organization. For example, it's like The Hunger Games to get a spot to pump in the wellness center. Not okay! The approach to telecommuting is abysmal considering the majority of work can be done remotely, and so-called editorial stars get the lion's share of support while letting other entire departments flounder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad experience

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    Current Employee - Manager IT
    Current Employee - Manager IT

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Money, easy to play the game if you know the politics

    Cons

    Terrible expectations set for your success/goals. All politics. Stuck in the stone age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the politics, groom younger employees who are knowledgable about cutting edge tech and allow them to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Still Having Trouble From Print to Digital Conversion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Hearst has a very excellent benefit package and good, but compensation is not that great. Hearst Corporation has a good reputation as a news leader. Received some on-the-job training.

    Cons

    Not many career opportunities. Plus the salaries and compensation are not at all that great. They also gave salespeople a crummy cell phone to use a tracking device so upper management can track your every move. Quite strange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Privacy and trust with employees would be great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looking for growth, autonomy and open-minded creative thinking? YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIND IT HERE.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Learning & Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Learning & Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building
    Smart people
    Delicious cafeteria foods and snacks
    Looks great on your background
    Helps you build a thicker skin since you have to to deal with the ruthless sharks in this place...

    Cons

    Significantly below market salaries
    Stubborn management who will throw subordinates under the bus at the drop of a hat.
    No internal mobility
    Lack of honest communication or integrity
    No social culture at all
    If you attempt to think "outside of the box" you will be pushed out, I left on my own - but saw this firsthand from several people on my team. Some of the best in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate your talent from within, learn to think outside the box so that you can compete with other media outlets and not have the best people run to your competitors. Improve how you communicate and learn to listen rather than push people out because they didn't agree with you the first time. Also, embrace diversity - things like letting slender people wear what they want and not letting someone curvy wear the same thing is not only demoralizing, but also ILLEGAL. As are criticizing people for external things like nail color, hair style, etc. Natural hair as long as clean and well kept is NOT a crime - but the attitudes of women in higher positions IS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The people were nice, but the internship was incredibly boring.

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    Former Intern - Intern (Editorial) in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern (Editorial) in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    All of my supervisors were very kind and cheerful people. The office itself was very nice and not a bad place to spend the day. The food is amazing, though you have to pay for it yourself. Great coffee machine. I got some free cosmetics and housewares which was cool.

    Cons

    I spent probably 80% of my unpaid internship sitting around at the computer doing nothing. My supervisors wouldn't ever send me home and acted like it was a huge favor to let me leave early, even when I had nothing to do for the entire day. The things I did do were pretty menial- transcribing interviews, physically moving around packages, and Googling things. Considering it was unpaid, I didn't feel like I learned enough or made enough connections to be worth it. Many of the "meet and greets" were scheduled on days when I did not work, which was very annoying. Likewise, most of the "intern perks" (AKA free stuff) were given away on a day I did not work. My schedule was in no way unusual, just unluckily timed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your interns or don't make them sit around for hours on end. I'm sure this depends on the department, but looking back on my experience, I really should have quit before I finished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good work flexibility
    Owned by Hearst Corp

    Cons

    Low quality product offerings
    No back end rep support or investment
    Horrible lack of respect for sales people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go get an MBA so you can at least seem intelligent. Also realize that sales people are the only revenue generators in any given organization, you should treat them like gold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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