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Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 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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    Looking for growth, autonomy and open-minded creative thinking? YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIND IT HERE.

    Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Learning & Development (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBeautiful 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...

    ConsSignificantly 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 Senior ManagementCultivate 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.

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

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

    Intern (Editorial) (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAll 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.

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood work flexibility
    Owned by Hearst Corp

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo 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.

    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 a friendly culture or work environment

    Editorial (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat building and cafe, very cool to work in Columbus Circle. Once you get an in here easier to meet people at other magazines as well.

    ConsSnooty people, little connection to the corporation when I was working at Good Housekeeping. GH had a very cold culture and the work as an intern was very tedious

    Advice to Senior ManagementStructure your internship program. They never even introduced the interns to one another. paying the interns wouldn't be a bad thing either

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

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    A LOT of room for improvement. Unorganized, cut-throat enviroment, low morale within staff, demotivating

    Media Consultant (Current Employee) Danbury, CT

    ProsI do not see any pros to working at this company

    ConsUnattainable sales quota's, constant over lap by other reps, lacks lead generation, no CRM tool, changes comp plan on a whim. This division (Hearst Media Services) isn't making year over year profits, revenue continues to decline.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to feedback from your teams and staff, provide the tools needed to succeed and stop micro-managing.

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

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    Some good people but very, very, political.

    IT Director (Former Employee)

    ProsPay is better than average.

    ConsPolitical culture leads to intrigue. Rapidly shrinking revenue makes it bend toward mean.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid if the upper management perks that culture is dead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Editorial internship experience

    Editorial Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPay is little, but pay is pay. Perks also include gifts on the job, as well as amazing industry contacts.

    ConsLittle pay is little, and hard to live on in New York. Higher-up editors rarely have time to be real teachers to interns as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the internship as an educational opportunity. Feedback would be helpful on a consistent basis, not just when interns make mistakes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company was poorly organized, poorly run and a sweat shop,

    Account Executive/Sales (Current Employee) Bridgeport, CT

    ProsHey...it's a job.
    Coworkers are great.

    ConsIt's all about the numbers. They give you a monthly number but it's really about weekly numbers. Processes are not robust. Compensation systems favor the company when it comes to commissions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop introducing products without providing timely and adequate training. Show that you care about the people.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bad Axe, MI

    ProsThe flexible work schedule allows you to balance work/life better than some jobs in the area.

    ConsCommunication between papers within our group is poor and too often ineffectual in resolving problems. Salaries are far below industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in the workplace culture. Value opinions and ideas by encouraging better and more open communication. Human Resources is nonexistent and it shows.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company that doesn't care about its employees

    Digital Media Specialist (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsAble to say I worked for Hearst Media Services

    ConsEmployees treated like they are 100% replaceable and expendable

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

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