Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
171 Reviews

3.4
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Hearst Corporation Vice Chairman and Interim CEO Frank A. Bennack Jr.
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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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  1.  

    Project Manager at Hearst

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with great brands and advertisers. There is room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Bonuses are dependent on sales hitting their goal, minimal to no salary increases, no reviews and the current morale is low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of opportunities once in the company.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Salaries are fair. Once you are in one magazine, it's possible to switch to another one easily. Once you are at Hearst, the company looks out for you.

    Cons

    In magazines, long hours are expected. The goal is to get the mag out on time, no matter how late you have to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In senior positions, that is, jobs that are not billed by the hour, some considerations should be given to the number of hours and late nights one has to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company, great building but horrible benefits and incredibly decentralized

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Cash rich company with a real sense of direction from a product perspective. They have brought on some new and exciting leaders that will help with the drive to digital. The building is incredible and the gym and doctors office perks are great. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    I have been working for big companies for almost 20 years and the Hearsts benefits package is pathetic. Not to mention when you get hired you have to wait almost 2 months to get them. That is unacceptable for a large company. The 401k match is a joke. The company is so decentralized it's also inefficient in some areas. HR is different in every unit and some like Hearst Newspapers are lacking HR. Core functions like HR, finance, IT etc should all be centralized for efficiency. Good news is they have started this for IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your assets not just your brands. Work on some real benefits.

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  5.  

    Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Hearst is an amazing company and I felt important being there, even as an intern. The building is beautiful, too.

    Cons

    Wanted to write more than I did and was tasked with social media. I wish the position description related my actual intern duties better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intern structure wasn't set up well. I always had to ask for tasks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Top notch company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with long term visibly within a cash-rich corporation.

    Cons

    Doesn't promote within. Tend to look outside the company for mid level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overlook the employees who work hard to make you look good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits, but lack of direction

    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fair benefits, great base, company that is in a transition between print and digital. Managers were good, hard working people, but we're limited to products that that did not really help small business success in their digital marketing campaigns.

    Cons

    No clear direction for digital media account executives. Sub par products in the market place that were not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many packages that are outdated for the small business. Focus and specialize in one vertical and branch out from there.

  8.  

    Overall Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Great building and perks, very nice location and people. The work life balance is good and is normal 9-5 format.

    Cons

    A bit rigid in structure compared with a more entreprenueral workplace.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid in Seattle

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Work hard, paid well lots of opportunity to earn.

    Cons

    Expensive benefits, operations done in another office make last minute launches hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing Karl.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hearst Digital has got it together

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

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

    Pros

    At least when I was there, Hearst was pretty much the only one of the major publishers who had a clue about what to do with digital (esp compared to Conde Nast and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia). Smart people, and pretty nimble about technological changes. The CMS was custom built in-house, so it was much easier to get problems worked on and upgraded than with outside systems.

    And the Hearst Tower, what a glorious building! So much natural light. And the corporate gym. Oh, the corporate gym. That was the best perk I had at a job ever. EVER!

    Cons

    Salaries. They are really on the low side of competitive. Also, not much room for advancement. Have heard of lots of changes in Digital lately that have led to low, low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY MORE! Give more opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic company to work for. Great pool of talented people, high standards, known for quality work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Talent still matters here. Good work environment here in Uniondale, Long Island. Centrally located near Roosevelt Field mall.

    Cons

    It can feel a little too corporate here sometimes and there appears to be a lack of diversity at the executive and corporate levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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