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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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2.7 9 reviews

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Paul Keenan

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not very healthy environment

    PHP Developer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    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 Senior ManagementSpend 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 Company tries to go in the right direction but struggles because of the outdated business model.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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Failing to get ahead of the times

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Limited Career Progression, Media not growing

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsReceive free magazines
    Relative work life balance
    International company

    ConsBit 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 Senior ManagementOpen 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very well ran organized.

    Photographer (Current Employee) Roman (Romania)

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

    ConsLocation. Need to get more office for remote personnel

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink out of the box

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Digital Media and Syndications Associate (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

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

    ConsGetting sponsored to stay in the country is difficult.

     

    great people , needs a clear strategy for business going forward

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsStrategy
    Lack of Innovation
    Too many senior people

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a dynamic strategy for the 21st century

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) City of London, England (UK)

    ProsOn 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!

    ConsAlthough 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 Senior ManagementMy advice would be to listen & trust what your skilled & experienced employees are telling you

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    Demotivating experience with constant budget cuts and redundancies hovering over

    Deputy Art Director (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementConstantly degrading the quality of the magazines will of course lead to lower sales

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not so Active Peterborough

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsHighly 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 Senior ManagementCompare 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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