Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Meredith Corporation President, CEO, and Director Steve Lacy
Steve Lacy
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance wasn't terrible (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits and Wellness program (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management makes poor decisions (in 7 reviews)

  • Very cookie cutter/corporate when it comes to work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Meh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    401k, health and dental benefits. The magazines would frequently have "beauty sales" where the products (usually high-end) used in photoshoots would be up for grabs for about a dollar a piece.

    Cons

    Meredith is a massive corporation so I can't speak for its entirety, but my former department was notorious for low salaries, pathetic raises if any, and nickel & diming every project which made hiring freelancers downright embarrassing. It was a frustrating work environment with high-strung disorganized management.

    Advice to Management

    Buy a calendar. Use it.


  2. In Desperate Need of a Make-Over

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people, collaboration across business units pretty good. Nice mid town NYC location. Benefits Pro-active health plan.

    Cons

    As a media company in 2015, Meredith has ZERO sex appeal. Stuck in the old Midwestern roots ways. The main lobby of their NYC flagship office looks like it could be from the Mad Men Era. All the corp leadership cares about is maintaining the dividend. There is no risk tolerance, other than small incremental acquisitions, there is no bold vision. Missed the boat on cable TV in the 90's. TV stations driving the company now, and they still play it safe with acquisitions, having come in 2nd for several TV group deals. Each spring, staffers can look forward to a major layoff, their only tool to deal with declining print revenue. The print team still relies on cattle call RFP's. The company website re-boot in 2014 was badly needed, but again , no pizzazz, something a kid with HS development skills could have built.

    Advice to Management

    Take some risk, go big on acquisition, even (heaven forbid) take on a little debt. If the dividend takes a hit, deal with the short term stock market hit, for long term growth.


  3. Helpful (1)

    PR Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Relations Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Public Relations Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Get to work independently. Good location. HR schedules meetings for interns with Executives at Meredith to gain career advice.

    Cons

    Hard to get to know other employees. Most people seem to be unhappy working there. Many layoffs


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Old media company trying to stay relevant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    Great brands, smart CEO, dedicated workforce, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Aging audience and brands, declining print revenue, B-grade digital leadership and workforce. AllRecipes.com acquisition was smart, but then they Meredith-ized it (a word that means "optimized but in such a way that it becomes less efficient"). Digital is held up as the future of the company but can't seem to turn a profit and continues to be propped up by print. Layoffs are an annual ritual, which is good for bottom line but bad for morale and employee loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep CEO, replace CDO.


  6. Meredith bought the company I was working for, I worked for Meredith less than a year.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Television Technical Production
    Current Employee - Television Technical Production

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Health benefits are good, and employees may invest in the company.

    Cons

    They rely on the Ignite Automation system for news coverage which limits flexibility. They don't value experience and education as much as they value who they are familiar with.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of those employees willing to go the extra mile. Use employees for advice on creativity.


  7. Not a Bad Job, but Terrible Management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The work load is manageable with a few exceptions around busy season (September-December). Benefits and Meredith Wellness Program are well developed.

    Cons

    Absolutely no company morale. There is no room for vertical growth within the company. Rude and "clicky" woman fill the office. Bonus's and raises are seldom and if you receive, expect less than a dollar salary raise (a quarter if you're lucky). There is no training, and if you don't know how to use a program (which, by the way, are all outdated), your intelligence is questioned.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; Take what they have to say into consideration when evaluating management. Also, a training program should be developed for new employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Could be better.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The workplace is mediocre. Work/Life balance wasn't terrible. I enjoyed the colleagues I have met there.

    Cons

    No opportunities to grow. Layoffs. Lots of movement in executive positions while editorial staff dwindles down. Small teams expected to take on more work with same pay and no bonuses or annual increases.


  9. Digital is not pivotal here.

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Happy hours, pretty close to Grand Central. Most everyone is easy going and nice. The renovated office space is modern and spacious.

    Cons

    Digital Marketing is old school and leadership in this department is very nice. If you're not willing to play the game, don't bother coming here. Hourly pay isn't on par with what the industry pays.


  10. Sub par media company

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Public company protection - Nice office in NYC

    Cons

    - Top management is not impressive - Impossible to get promoted before a year

    Advice to Management

    - Reward performance - Don't strict to rules so tightly


  11. Very slow to progress to current technology trends. Unwilling to listen to employees who they hired to know.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Des Moines, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Nice environment to work in as far as nice building and location. They still have partial match on 401K.

    Cons

    Senior management needs training, not as qualified as should be in most cases. Many are hired just to manage but know very little about what they are managing. Slow to progress with technology. Budgets not in line with expectations and shows in the products.

    Advice to Management

    Invest to progress. Invest in your people and products. Fear management is not a tool.



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