Meredith Corporation

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Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
122 Reviews
3.4
122 Reviews
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Meredith Corporation President, CEO, and Director Steve Lacy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people and work-life balance is important (in 14 reviews)

  • The hours are flexible, and if you're a full-time employee there are great benefits (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management understands the work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Stable Media Company, Nurtures Junior Talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Meredith for several years and enjoyed the atmosphere, management, and opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    The investment in editorial product is as minimal as possible, tough to reach into management ranks, bit of an old boys club.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good family friendly company with perks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Digital Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Digital Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and hours for employees with family

    Cons

    Sometimes employees are standoffish and cliquey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to better integrate all new employees socially and work-flow wise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Executive Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and Wellness program.

    Cons

    A lot of middle management has no idea what they are doing and are very pompous and rightous. All-for-one mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no growth for entry-level positions. Great company but no upward mobility unless you are a Director or Publisher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are kind, and everyone is willing to help out when needed. The hours are flexible, and if you're a full-time employee there are great benefits.

    Cons

    Most entry level positions are temp. jobs and thus you don't get benefits. There's not a lot of room for career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A balanced and collaborative work environment within a challenged industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Publisher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Publisher in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a company with great senior leadership with a dynamic CEO. There is a highly balanced work life attitude, typical benefits and its best asset is that it attracts generally nice people that are wiling to help each other, which is a unique characteristic in the magazine industry. They care for the health and well being for employees and provide benefits that drive that sentiment. It is highly structured and provides good lines of communication between management and employees.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for advancement and no apparent plan for fostering growth for talented employees. HR is a weak link and seems shackled by its leadership. Mass layoffs are frequent and tend to impact the publishing group. The digital division is underfunded and reactive to market trends rather than leading the trends. Salaries are lower compared to similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than laying people off, consider training and transitioning traditional publishing staff to digital media jobs. Improve salaries, promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    Great company culture and work ethic by all. Work well across company divisions.

    Cons

    lots of layoffs due to the nature of the media business. It's not a company con, just an industry con. There are certain parts of the business that are more about "not my job" than being a team players, but that gets weeded out quick.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A very nice environment with a strong collaborative spirit

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some of my favorite people in the business and looked forward to going work everyday. It was really all about the people.

    Cons

    After multiple rounds of shocking layoffs, the morale is low. It also remains a bit stagnant since print isn't integrating fast enough with digital. There is limited growth and learning potential since most middle management positions have been removed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find new ways to motivate staff and promote growth and learning to keep top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Meredith has an amazing life/work balance culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Meredith is an extremely smart company. They know how to function in a cost effective manner, unlike Time Inc (which is probably why they are on the decline). The are extremely organized and are fair .

    Cons

    The pay here is not great, but I would always pick having a happy life over one with more money. They have tons of parenting titles yet they do not provide women any benefits when going on maternity leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Corporation to Work For

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

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people who work here are incredibly nice, innovative and allow room for experimentation and growth. Health/wellness benefits are fairly good.

    Cons

    Meredith is a publicly traded company, so mass layoffs are not uncommon. Staffs are generally small, which can contribute to a semi-difficult work-life balance. But the employers themselves, in my experience, have never been forceful about staying in the office more than necessary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Was a great company before the constant layoffs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The work hours are fair and many of the people I worked with were nice people. Also good benefits.

    Cons

    The magazine business is shrinking and the upper management always seems insulated from the layoffs even though just one of their salaries would save probably 5 jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop firing sales people. They make the company money. Start looking in the mirror and seeing that some of you need to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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