Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Manager - Digital Media Services

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    Former Employee - North Carolina in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - North Carolina in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The team was awesome and the work environment was very encouraging. Most sales departments can get very cutthroat and competitive. Not this one! We worked together as a team to help peers close deals. It was a very high stress environment but working with that team was incredible.

    Cons

    It was very high stress and there was a lot of pressure to perform right out of the gate. They offered a 2 week long training session that was incredibly helpful but it was a ton of information, a lot of which I didn't understand. So when I got out into the field I was a little lost and that was frustrating but over all, it was a positive experience.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with the reps and provide more feedback.

  2. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Nice office, entry level employees are nice.

    Cons

    little responsibility, low mobility to move upward

  3. Photo Editor

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    Current Employee - Photo Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Photo Editor in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice workplace, great brand-name association

    Cons

    Below market wages, poor work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees for hard work

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  5. Good company, poor morale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a good place to start a career because of it's reputation and perks (like a gym on site, discounts at local stores, etc). The Cafe and Health Center are great as well. Also, the hours (which do differ depending on department) are pretty much 9-5, and there is not a lot of pressure to work on the weekends or after you head home.

    Cons

    It's almost impossible to move up without someone above of you leaving or getting promoted themselves. There are no real raises besides the standard 1-2% each year, no bonuses unless you are pretty high up (which is hard to get to in the first place), so you don't feel as though you are being acknowledged or compensated for your week. Every department is different, but from my experience morale is pretty low and there aren't incentives to do more than the minimum on a day-to-day basis.

    Advice to Management

    The entry- and mid-level employees need more of a boost to feel as though they are really a valuable and appreciated part of the company. It's unfair to have the manager who has been there for 7 years be making $20K less than the new manager that was just brought in from an outside company. Communication among departments and teams needs to be streamlined and improved.

  6. Great. Passionate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to talk with management open door policy

    Cons

    Promotions,salary and bonus are light

  7. Okay experience.

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    Former Contractor - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good products, adequate training, good corporate support, a lot expected of employees, access to good software, pleasant

    Cons

    management is tough to deal with, many initiatives from corporate that roll downhill that do not work, poor planning and support

  8. I had a positive experience

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

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly creative people with a lot of resources

    Cons

    Political and low paying; bleak outlook for industry

  9. Advertising Sales Assistant

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to the industry
    Going on sales calls and client appointments
    Hosting entertaining events at nice places like nail salons, drybar, blue mercury etc.
    Easy hours 9-5, plus overtime
    Gym and nurse-practitioner on site

    Cons

    The salary is a joke for anyone not getting help from their parents.
    Hard to move up internally
    Dealing with big personalities and ridiculous requests

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a program for sales assistants looking to become sales reps.

  10. Business Development

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing bar raising process is validating

    Cons

    Not for everyone, must be strong writer

  11. Helpful (2)

    Not the same company

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    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing headquarters bldg in midtown Manhattan. Smart, talented colleagues. Employee gym. Nurse on premises. Great cafe that serves breakfast and lunch and has sushi bar. Historied brand. Quality titles. Successful launches of new magazines with TV tie-ins. Company diversified interests outside of media.

    Cons

    Magazine division is scared of the future. Industry changes and the way people get their information has them scratching their heads. Test way too much in order to validate their decisions. Newsstand is dead. Yet they put all their attention there. Family-owned company used to treat their employees more like family. Now employees are just a headcount and salary. Lots of firings in 2014. Many staff wiped out and replaced--often asked to clear out in less than two hours. Those who are left live in climate of fear.

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