Alpha Media Group

  www.maxim.com
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Alpha Media Group Reviews

Updated April 21, 2014
Updated April 21, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great people + Casual + Unconventional + Massively Disorganized"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Alpha Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are what make this company GREAT. Very social.
    It's smaller than you think, so if you're driven you can get your hands into multiple projects, outside your defined job description.
    The vibe is casual and comfortable. Very few teams are micro-managed. You can stroll in 10 minutes late and it's no big deal.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no structure in place when it comes to A LOT of things. No one has been reviewed in YEARS. Raises are an anomaly. Aggressive sales people will get their way, even if it goes against what's best for the company as a whole. Upper level management don't currently get along which has caused major rifts between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play nice with other members of upper-level management, even if you have to pretend. Personal grievances shouldn't bleed into the professional landscape so one department feels divided from another.
    Compensate the employees that deserve it.
    The editorial and content are stale and the brand needs a re-boot if it wants to be competitive again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was a cool place to work at....until the new owners came in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with and great upper management until they either decided to leave or got fired for petty reasons.

    Great events and resources until the new owners took over and started penny pinching.

    Cons

    The new owners came in and created a hostile work environment through fear and intimidation. The owners have no clear direction on where to take the brand. They have no clue about the media/magazine industry nor do they know what is content. The dude seriously asked what is content during a meeting.

    I give it less than six months to tank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a really great place to work before it got sold to a private equity company.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY

    I worked at Alpha Media Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, It always seems to attract a great set of people to work with.

    Cons

    Publishing is not growth industry to say the least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish you the best of luck. When I left there were attempts to diversify into other media, but if the recent reports of the attempts to sell are any indication things are not going well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for networking and experience across multiple platforms, not a career-oriented place you settle at

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    Former Employee - Events/Marketing  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Events/Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at Alpha Media Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun environment (it's Maxim), most employees are laid back and easy to get along with, excellent opportunities to carve out your own path and take on/learn new responsibilities that are outside your range of experience.

    Cons

    Very long hours in the office and weekend events = poor work/life balance, no clear direction from management regarding overall brand objectives, personal responsibilities, issues/disputes with internal and external counterparts, building revenue often means sacrificing editorial integrity and employee satisfaction, raises/promotions are far and few between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees across all disciplines should be given a clear understanding of what their responsibilities and expectations are

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Internship at Maxim

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Alpha Media Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learn a ton about the publishing industry

    Cons

    Unpaid, college credit only, not much responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice...very interesting intership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    The least professional collection of people in all of print media

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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 Alpha Media Group

    Pros

    Free booze and photo shoots of models in the office

    Cons

    The leadership and ownership are completely clueless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit -- you are too stupid to be trying to save them. Note that Stephen Duggan isn't leading the company anymore -- not that he was any better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Alpha Media Group

    Pros

    Maxim actually lives up to the dream. Celebrity events, incredible access to everything, driven people and a community environment.

    Cons

    New owners have recently taken over the company and stifled the personality that made this once an amazing brand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to restrict the creative freedom of the people that make you great.

    Recommends
  9.  

    S&%* Show

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Media Group

    Pros

    Fun and smart colleagues.
    Beer fridge.
    Good parties.

    Cons

    Total chaos - five CEOs in two years, three different owners.
    No clear strategy - change of direction every six months.
    Stench of desperation.
    Beer fridge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double down on the beer fridges and ride this puppy all the way to the bottom!

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