Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Old media company trying to stay relevant

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    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.

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

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    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.

  3. Not a Bad Job, but Terrible Management

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    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.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Could be better.

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    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.

  6. Digital is not pivotal here.

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    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.

  7. Sub par media company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

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    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.

  9. Mostly okay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are nice with a smaller amount of drama, compared to other publishers. For a large part of my career here, There was (at least) a semblance of listening to those of us in the creative/editorial trenches. Okay pay. And, for freelance work, they're pretty quick with payment, compared with similar publishers. There has also been a recent drive to update technology, as the company has been behind the big boys for years. Also, most of the creative/art people I work with (especially with those in their HQ in Des Moines) are very excellent and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    There seems to be a collective desire to ignore the obvious needs to accomplish goals. Understaffed departments make work take twice as long to do things. A top/down mindset with senior tech officers encourages mindless micromanagement, making work more difficult. Promotion cometh not for those in lower/middle position. But, holy crap, they make VPs in charge of everything in DSM. There's also an over-reliance on outside consultants who provide unworkable workflow solutions.(They also waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on these useless six sigma Douches.) And let's talk compensation. Work loads go up 300-400%, and pay doesn't go up a percentage point (unless you have the words "vice" and/or "president" in your title. People who do the most amount of the work get crapped upon, and those who spend a large part of their time on the phone or abusing the mail service will be employed forever.

    Advice to Management

    Hey, you guys you say you want to encourage a full utilization of all the new media technologies? How about you guys thinking about paying the people who make this happen? Also, how about actually providing budgets and people to make this happen? Because those of us most involved are all looking to leave to get paid what we are worth elsewhere. You want to encourage financial wellness? Well, how about this: PAY US?

  10. Fine experience, but old school pub house

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn
    Very structured
    Training is a priority
    The back office systems/support are excellent

    Cons

    Old school mentality
    Training for management-those new to it lacking
    Very cookie cutter/corporate when it comes to work life balance..favoritism exists big time
    The corp sales team in control of most big profitable accounts leaving individual book reps somewhat useless/paper pushing
    LOTS of duplicate internal paperwork/meetings that time suck
    Autonomy does not exist-micromanagement is rampant

    Advice to Management

    TRAIN before promoting people to Mgmt roles
    Move into the 21st Century in terms of work life balance....be family friendly!!!!

  11. very saccharine

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    Former Employee - Digital Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    realy friendly people to work with

    Cons

    place is totally fake. Everyone walks around being super enthusiastic and friendly, but the but very little communication. There is no training, little support and employees are kept in the dark. very old fashioned atmosphere. Plan on sitting in many internal meetings.

    Advice to Management

    annual performance reviews should be based solely on a measure of business contribution; not how well you fit into the culture.

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