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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media and Syndications Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Digital Media and Syndications Associate in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    If you're looking to get involved with media, this is the place. Great people, great work environment, and great place to learn.

    Cons

    Getting sponsored to stay in the country is difficult.


  2. Very well ran organized.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Photographer in Roman (Romania)
    Current Contractor - Photographer in Roman (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Details Oriented, Friendly, Courteous. Hire the best talent, Pay well.

    Cons

    Location. Need to get more office for remote personnel

    Advice to Management

    Think out of the box


  3. Started off well, great people, but lack of drive from the top is limiting the possibilities the company has

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    On the whole the people are great, hard working & show passion for what they do. As a company, the brands are well established & prominent which looks good on your CV, it's fast moving which keeps things fresh & occasionally you can spot a celebrity on the office!

    Cons

    Although it's fast moving, the company lacks ambition sometimes in what it does. It lacks drive, direction & communication from above in a very competitive market.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to listen & trust what your skilled & experienced employees are telling you


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  5. great people , needs a clear strategy for business going forward

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People - friendly helpful good fun Brands - wide ranging and well known Knowledge of sectors customers

    Cons

    Strategy Lack of Innovation Too many senior people

    Advice to Management

    Get a dynamic strategy for the 21st century


  6. Not very healthy environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - PHP Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - PHP Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - exposure to different technologies - good for junior-mid level devs - some attempts of following the standards - parts of the system oursourced to people who know what they were doing - company provided the equipment (mac) and screens if required - good location - underground parking

    Cons

    - technical debt - no clear responsibilities - lack of code ownership - wrong people hired which is a result of bad hiring practices (irrelevant questions on interviews which did not reflect my experience)

    Advice to Management

    Spend a bit more on getting better people. Company tries to go in the right direction but struggles because of the outdated business model. They are moving slower than their competitors in many sectors. Low quality code and complicated solutions prevent growth


  7. Demotivating experience with constant budget cuts and redundancies hovering over

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Art Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Art Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some fantastic brands in the Bauer portfolio and to work on them is great for the CV as many of the titles are still highly regarded in the industry. There are many high profile and experienced editors and art directors who you can learn an awful lot from. The offices are centrally located in the west end of London which is great for transport links and shopping and socialising.

    Cons

    The management are constantly under pressure to cut costs and therefore budgets and staff as newstand magazines sales continue to fall. However rather than try and think of new and innovate ideas to reverse their fortunes they continue to bring in ex-editors and art directors to help relaunch failing titles. Restructuring of departments into hubs creates an atmosphere where creatives and sub-editors work across numerous titles and have less ownership and pride over their magazines.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly degrading the quality of the magazines will of course lead to lower sales


  8. Limited Career Progression, Media not growing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Receive free magazines Relative work life balance International company

    Cons

    Bit of a boys club Limited career progression Creative personalities can lead to office politics No workplace culture Despite being an international company no opportunities to work overseas

    Advice to Management

    Open up more senior management roles for career progression through the ranks Build up more of a culture - currently no sense of community within the comp


  9. Failing to get ahead of the times

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free magazines if you can get them quick enough when they are delivered Really cant think of any others to fill the 20 word minimum!

    Cons

    Management have been in place for a long time and seem unable to come up with new ideas, they always use the same people to brain storm which stifles creativity. Unable to move forward with the times, especially poor at digital and wanting to invest in new technology. Poor office environment, although the mice seem to love it.

    Advice to Management

    Try and move with the times, it might be productive to listen to some of the younger team who have their finger on the pulse.


  10. Not so Active Peterborough

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no real consequences for your actions, so it doesn't matter if you reach target or not, they probably won't bin you.

    Cons

    Highly political run by people who have been in the busines for years and years and have no idea of how things are done elsewhere. This makes them arrogant and narrow visioned.

    Advice to Management

    Compare Bauer to organisations other than EMAP to get a bench mark for standards & areas for improvement. Look at the broad base of companies within the UK to see sales standards and productivity management standards. The fact that something is new to Bauer does not make it unique or innovative.



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