1105 Media Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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1105 Media CEO Rajeev Kapur
Rajeev Kapur
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Pros
  • Lots of time off , including the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas and all federal holidays (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, lots of vacation, flexibility in hours, great learning experience, opportunities to grow (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management (very high up) often think they are entitled (in 6 reviews)

  • The constant restructuring of the business units (the large ones that are supposedly profitable) is sad (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Great Things Are Coming!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midway Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midway Park, NC

    I have been working at 1105 Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New CEO is making great strides for positive changes within the next year. Great PTO program, 401K match, flexible work environment, amazing and competent co-workers, this is a great place to be!

    Cons

    The company has had a less than perfect reputation for the last few years which makes it difficult for certain aspects of the company to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication lines open and value employee's opinions. You've recently begun doing this and employee morale is already on the rise!


  2. Expect to be squeezed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 1105 Media

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are competent and professional. Schedule is flexible and they offer generous PTO. Often hard to take advantage, though, because of the workload.

    Cons

    Unwavering focus on short-term profits over employee development or product quality. Good-hearted but inefficient, unsupported management is not allowed to give subordinates what they need to succeed by the executives and board who expect that success. Small organization means there is no development path.

    Advice to Management

    Employees really aren't expendable. Wake up to the costs of high turnover and lack of training.


  3. Perhpas the worst run company, ever

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at 1105 Media

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

    Pros

    PTO is first rate. Ability to work from home regularly or when needed.

    Cons

    Turnover is rampant and at all levels in the company. Senior level turnover, mid-level management turnover, worker bee burnout and turnover. Senior managers knowingly deceive and lie to employees and clients and think nothing of it. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother giving advice to management, they do what they want without regard to thought, plan, principle or common sense.


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  5. 1105 Media

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Vienna, VA

    I worked at 1105 Media

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent PTO, including a week for Thanksgiving and Christmas each. Flexible workplace with plenty of telework options. Casual office with soft drinks and snacks. Nice, newer office space now metro-accessible. Talented and mostly friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Low salaries and benefits are mediocre. Upper management is a total mess with constant cycling through initiatives, restructuring, etc. Management keeps lower levels in the dark about a lot of what's going on, although they did try to alleviate that with regular meetings updating employees on market and company happenings. High rate of turnover. Not a whole lot of potential for upward movement within the company.Staff often spread way too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to keep your talent onboard, starting with better salaries and benefits.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Blindsided after years of praise and promotions

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

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting, well-established publications that are a major source in IT information to the federal government community. Nice office location and facilities. Some good and experienced colleagues.

    Cons

    No company loyalty to its employees, staff down-sizings and across the board pay cuts have been the norm for some time now. Upper management can't seem to develop a successful business plan; instead it's shed people and programs. An example: after a very successful run for many years, the FOSE (Federal Office Supply Exposition) show was killed this year.

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult to run a successful rpt successful publications company when the corporate office is across the country and individual publication editors work offsite in cities and locales far from the Vienna, VA office. That makes for very little personal interaction and poor employer-employee relations.


  7. Very Top Heavy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 1105 Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy. Able to work from home office

    Cons

    Management is top heavy and does not understand the needs and challenges of each business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with each division of business so that you understand the market environment. Visit outside offices more than once or twice a year.


  8. Moving targets and changing strategy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time

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

    Pros

    Folks who were 'long-timers' were professional and great to work with. Lots of company holidays, but only at the expense of very low pay.

    Cons

    Generally poor management, especially executive-level. Bad decision making - only concerned about bottom line. Little regard for innovation or best practices or employees. Seemed to want immediate results, and would completely re-tool strategies if sales did not meet high goals.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great products, but need new ideas

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

    I have been working at 1105 Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - PTO - Small company atmosphere allows for some nimbleness and quick adaptations to changing environments - Modern Offices - Good help desk /technology - Great Products - well respected in the industry - A lot of institutional knowledge of the business - long time employees

    Cons

    - Questionable leadership - top execs are only concerned with profits, not innovation - Salaries for junior-level staff are not competitive - Sometimes the company is far too reactionary - Need to invest more in innovation and staff

    Advice to Management

    - Need to keep top performers at all levels - More employee recognition - sincere recognition. Slow down and make a real, sincere note of accomplishments - Stop worrying about the bottom line only. Improving work environment, products and innovation will translate into monetary success. - People will work hard for managers they like, respect and will fight for them. Make sure you have your staff's back - show them.


  10. Telework for some

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time

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

    Pros

    This is an update to my previous one-star review -- actually more of additional data point and clarification. Many reviewers here are saying 1105 offers a liberal telework option. That's true for many employees, including quite a few who live in entirely different time zones from their own home office. However...

    Cons

    ...the company will also suddenly and arbitrarily decide, based on nothing but the whim of a couple of executives who are way too enamored of their own power, that certain employees who enjoyed telework privileges can no longer work from home. Case in point: I had been teleworking because every single other member of my team worked remotely and I didn't see the point of enduring a long and tiring commute to an empty office. Then one day, for absolutely no reason, I was told I had to come into the office every single day because mine was a "quasi-production" position. This lame excuse, which applied only to me, was total nonsense, since every single thing I did was either done through a Web-based CMS or via PDFs. But that's par for the course at a company that has zero respect for its employees or their contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop singling people out for special treatment based on arbitrary criteria you pull out of thin air. I know it's a foreign concept to the people who run this company, but consider being fair and evenhanded in your treatment of people. Morale might actually improve -- assuming you care about how your employees feel.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Publishing hell.

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

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It' is a paycheck but don't expect any raises or bonuses or even a pat on the back. Senior management could care less about any employee except themselves. And that's the best I can say about this hell hole.

    Cons

    Chew them up, grind them up, spit them out is the company's mission statement. This place will take everything you got and still want more.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO. If success starts at the top, this place is doomed.



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