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1105 Media Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
50 Reviews
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1105 Media President and CEO Neal Vitale
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37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Week between Thanksgiving and Christmas (in 4 reviews)

  • As in the title - I work with great people - competent, fun, energetic, cool (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.  

    Another year. Another bad review.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 1105 Media (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I reviewed 1105 Media one year ago. This is an update.

    - PTO is still good, but management attempted to screw everyone over on PTO last year by suspending it from October through December in exchange for an extra week off at Christmas. They also attempted to steal earned PTO back from employees, but there were enough complaints about it that they gave it back. There was still a huge outcry and lots of angry people. We're all hoping they don't do it again this year.
    - Mostly good people (except management)

    Cons

    - Management is a good ol boys club. They're only concerned about themselves and will throw others under the bus.
    - This place really, really, really needs a complete overhaul. Give yearly COL raises! Give bonuses! That would go a very long way to retaining your people.
    - Good workers are still under-recognized and leave constantly.
    - The constant restructuring of the business units (the large ones that are supposedly profitable) is sad. A successful company doesn't need to restructure a couple times each year. How does taking a bad manager and making them the manager of more business units make good sense? Fire all the management and bring in new blood.
    - Bottom line: It's a good place to get your feet wet in the B2B marketing world, but this company is not sustainable. Get in, get experience, put it on your resume, and get out as quickly as you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're really worried about your own hides, start caring about your employees. They're the ones who actually make this company work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    The Corporate Hunger Games

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Vienna, VA

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "Hit the ground running" is used to the extreme here. You'll learn a lot quickly since there is minimal training. I personally became more tech savvy from working here.

    Cons

    Poor, expensive benefits, lack of camaraderie, unclear upper management, massive layoffs, no growth opportunities, large workload - there are so many negatives associated with this company, I could be here for hours discussing them. The employees claiming this is a nice place to work were probably asked to do so by HR and haven't yet had any bad experiences. Being in a daily work environment where you see colleagues (with families to support) constantly being laid off is not only terrifying, but not conducive to progress and productivity. The workloads left behind by these employees are always placed on whomever they deem can take this on, regardless of their experience level. Upper management is constantly asking staff members to sell/market products that no one wants. When they realize these events/products are unprofitable, instead of cutting costs, they cut their people. It's literally survival of the fittest for the most part - anyone with a larger salary (i.e. directors, managers, VPs) are in the most danger. I've literally seen managers who have been laid off immediately replaced with entry level coordinators within just a few weeks. Due to the high turnover and absolutely no raises or decent benefits, this company is unable to retain talent. I was lucky to have left on my own will. I do not see this company surviving the next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating products that no one is interested in, be upfront with your staff, create growth opportunities, give an annual cost of living raise and do a complete overhaul on company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    This company couldn't care less about it's employees. Please stay away!

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

    I worked at 1105 Media (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice people that work within the company
    Their PTO is incredible
    Depending on your manager, you can have a very flexible work schedule
    Flexibility on telecommuting

    Cons

    The CEO has little to no regard for his employees
    Because the CEO could care less about the employees, there is no culture or values
    Good luck getting a raise, this company is cheap
    No recognition of good work
    Little opportunities for growth
    Upper management (very high up) often think they are entitled
    Some managers are lazy and disconnected
    This company is going downhill... fast
    Layoffs occur often, pay cuts are known to happen as well

    I want to really stress the lack of pay increases this company offers. They will hire you at the lowest rate possible, promise you the opportunity for a raise and when the time comes they will ignore it. I know of employees that have been here for 5+ years and never received a single raise. Other employees were promised a raise by a certain date and months later were still asking about it. If the CEO doesn't want it to happen then it will never happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for your direct reports, if they are doing a good job you need to pull for their raise. Putting it on the back-burner only makes it worse. This is why you lose good people. Invest in your employees and they will invest in you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A decent place to start out, but little growth opportunities and recognition for performing well

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learn the ins and outs of event marketing
    Work in a small team-like environment
    Organizationally flat (most likely you will have one direct report, that's it)
    Independence to make your own qualified decisions without having to run it by and entire management team
    Flexible working schedule

    Cons

    Archaic, counter-intuitive marketing processes/procedures stifle business productivity and make it hard/stressful for marketers to do their job
    Most of the marketing staff are on pay freezes with the occasional "bonus"
    Workload is unreasonable and leaves a large gap for error
    Layoffs and restructuring have decreased employee morale and made current work force question the transparency/aptitude of upper management to lead and make informed decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company that prides itself on providing innovative technology-focused events and education,the overall business processes and procedures need to be completely revamped. Specifically relating to email marketing.
    If you plan on retaining top talent you need to provide better compensation with the ability to earn overtime. Also, reward employees for their work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Forgets that Staff is a Valuable Commodity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 1105 Media full-time

    Pros

    Ability to telecommute as needed in most cases. Casual dress.

    Cons

    Review/pay increases are virtually non-existent. Morale of many is low. Staff overworked w/little gratitude. Some executive decisions poorly implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to think beyond the bottom line to consider that you have an invaluable resource of knowledge in the employees that work for you. The happier you can keep your staff, the less cost you spend in turnover and new staff training needs. I have not met many co-workers who shirk their duties or provide less than a 100% effort here, but none of these people are recognized, much less feel that they are appreciated or valued.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great internal staff, poor corporate management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are delightful to work with (for the most part). Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Lay offs and budget cuts. They usually do this at the most inopportune time, like right before a holiday!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce your holdings to a manageable size and stop adding new business units if you can't support your current load

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice team but poor upper management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent salary if you're just starting out.
    Flexible schedule.
    Honest about performance.

    Cons

    At a company that requires a lot of background knowledge to be successful, there is almost zero training. And the training that is completed is on the fly. The folks are nice enough, but without spending any time to get someone up to speed on the products, the market, the company, etc, even experienced individuals will be seeing the door.

    My advice? Unless you know the business you're going to be working for like the back of your hand, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to communicate company needs, goals, and industry knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    1105 media is a great place to learn and develop!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Vienna, VA

    I worked at 1105 Media as an intern

    Pros

    They are a great place that works on promoting from within. I was an intern at 1105 and was given the opportunity to take a full time position. They are very hands on in the learning process and my supervisor was very open to any ideas that I had, even as only an intern.

    Cons

    You must be a proactive person and reach out to people to get to know employees in all business units.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't say you've not been warned...

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

    I worked at 1105 Media full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Terrific co-workers, excellent PTO, generous telecommuting options. You really can learn about all aspects of publishing, as they have a very lean staffing pool (for reasons explained below). Great place for recent grads.

    Cons

    1105 Media was created in the glory days of media M&A. The investors timing, sadly, was way off, and the company got (and continues to be) pummeled by the downturn in publishing. This led to an endless waves of layoffs and pay cuts, which in turn hammered morale. The company's response? Alienate employees further. The CEO, a Harvard MBA, leads by the principal that "I'm right and you're wrong, and furthermore, I'll publicly show my disdain and do everything to embarrass you." This attitude filters to most of the executive management. "Manage by bullying" is SOP at 1105. The result has been an exodus of good employees, with the commiserate decline in morale. It's a good place to start out, but you won't last long. Unless you're a recent college grad, avoid at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can one say to a management team that doesn't listen and when they do, do everything to publicly humiliate you? When the investment bankers rule, all minions suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    You can make it work....

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

    I have been working at 1105 Media full-time

    Pros

    Generous time off around the holidays. Lots of flexibility for telework. Helpful, dedicated support from often overworked and understaffed departments that work with multiple brands and business units (creative, HR, production, ad operations, circulation/list management, IT). Depending on your department, there’s plenty of opportunity to work creatively and independently. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Frozen pay raises lowers morale and sends hard-working, ambitious people to greener pastures, making it hard for managers to keep the department going. Recruitment, training and managing a new employee is a huge time suck (though with HR doing recruitment, it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be). Still, turnover wastes the time of the remaining employees who have to pick up the slack. Too-frequent layoffs or job eliminations, while often making more work for most everyone remaining, tends to weed out people who were in the wrong job (sometimes through no fault of their own) or underperforming. That’s very disheartening on a personal/team level but probably good for the company, as it focuses manpower and raises the bar for new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good employees with more money, not just an inflated title. Encourage more cross-brand, cross-department, cross-business-unit communication. Bright, creative people could solve their own problems (and find innovative solutions) if they knew who to talk to for insight and advice. Communicate the company strategy (even as it changes) to all employees and encourage questions and feedback. The people who actually do the work have good ideas, and actively listening and trying out some home-grown ideas might make employees feel like more than fixed costs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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