- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
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.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 7 weeks – interviewed at Meredith Corporation.Interview Details
First contacted by HR person to do a phone interview. The following week had a call with the hiring manager. Then asked to come in to meet with the same hiring manager in person a week later. After meeting with the hiring manager I received an email with open ended "followup questions" a few days later.
Questions included "who do you think our main competitors are and what ideas do you have for us to differentiate ourselves" and "what are our biggest strengths and weaknesses as a brand". First time I've been asked to pass a written "test" since right out of college and, frankly, with over 10+ years marketing experience your resume and work history speak for itself. It was bizarre and in my opinion unprofessional to be asked to complete something like that at this level in a career.
There were 6 open-ended questions, all outside the scope of what anyone who isn't at the company and intricately familiar with their business would know off-hand, and so they all required research and time to put responses together. Sent those in and heard nothing back for a week. The following week was told they are still "evaluating" responses. The following week asked to come back and meet with another person in another department.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- What area do you most need to improve as an employee, and also as a manager Answer Question
I was so annoyed with the process, the unprofessional and weird "questionnaires", long delays, and sporadic unresponsiveness followed by last minute meeting requests, that I started looking elsewhere. By the time they finally got around to making me an offer I'd already accepted another one.Declined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
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Meredith may be the true domestic goddess of media. A home and family media firm, Meredith publishes magazines, special interest publications, and books. Its portfolio of 20 subscription magazines includes flagship title "Better Homes and Gardens", as well as "Family Circle", "Ladies' Home Journal", "Parents", "Fitness", and More. The company is active in broadcasting with a dozen network-affiliated TV stations across the US; it also has one AM radio station. Meredith additionally operates about 35 websites, offers integrated marketing services, and has a large consumer...