Bonnier Corporation Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
66 Reviews

2.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A no-pressure work environment, for the most part (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and the opportunity to accomplish high-quality work (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Little to no room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • A lot of layoffs, change and low pay (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Low paying company

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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 Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work environment and friendly people.

    Cons

    Low pay and benefits are lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be based on experience, time with company, and market,... wages are far too low for most employees here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Selling out its brands

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you're into the material. Lots of free gear, great trips, and street cred to be had with your buddies. The core teams within each brand are smart, motivated, and completely underfunded.

    Cons

    Over-centralized corporate structure set up to produce cookie-cutter magazines and websites. A decent stepping stone to better things if you're smart and self-motivated, but not the kind of place you're going to build a real career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't cut your way out of a hole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A good stepping stone into professional web development

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked on some new open source technologies, agile development, professional workflow/pipeline

    Cons

    Outdated practices, print industry trying to stay current, unable to keep up with other publications in terms of new technology and digital experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to web developers as they are experts in internet experiences and new technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Production Manager

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    Former Employee - Print Production Manager  in  Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Print Production Manager in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are none that come to mind.

    Cons

    The managers are incompetent. The staff is underpaid. If you are sexually harassed, then it is your fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the useless managers that you have running the department. Pay your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Incompetent leadership

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Editor in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People, brands, facilities, benefits, atmosphere, location

    Cons

    Pay, inept management, constant layoffs, insufficient resources to do job properly, terrible morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make all of your decisions based on short-term financial gains, don't expect quality work if you don't provide the resources--and pay--to make it happen. Get rid of crazy managers who are obviously not qualified to lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Sales in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall a good experience, Great people that were passionate about the industry. Excluding higher ups!

    Cons

    CEO at the time was weak which resulted in bad decisions with publshers, which left the direction of the company suffer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A great team to work with.

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    Former Employee - Senior IOS Developer  in  Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Senior IOS Developer in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours.
    Open to suggestions and willing to listen to your ideas.
    A no-pressure work environment, for the most part.
    Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Little to no room for advancement.
    Development workstation I was given was outdated and too underpowered to perform the daily tasks necessary. Went to the store and purchased a new system with my own money to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping the star players around, and promoting them accordingly, would help the company shine brighter.

    Having the right tools to do the job would certainly make the job easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bottom-line focused company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bonnier values quality work, which is great - such an expectation pushes employees to perform to their best ability. The schedule is somewhat flexible and friendly to parents. Bonnier is working toward recognizing excellence in the company with achievement awards.

    Cons

    The pay is not commensurate with the quality of work expected, or for the talent that is developed. Bonnier is always looking for a bargain. This is a somewhat understandable strategy as the company works to be profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Email Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Email Marketing Manager  in  Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people you work with, for the most part, is THE best thing at Bonnier. The location of the office is good too. You can learn a lot in the first couple of years that will be a stepping stone for the rest of your career. Dress code is casual.

    Cons

    Under paid, micro managed, policies are inconsistent applied, hypocrisy between the way working mothers are treated and how the Working Mother brand recommends, HR says the corporate culture is one way but in fact is the opposite, they are cutting back which includes continuing education, networking, and conferences, upper management is out of touch, nepotism, continuing layoffs (except they hire more upper management...), employees are constantly told things will change but they don't, the "digital first" theme is a broken record, talent isn't recognized or welcome - you have to stay in managements box, zero upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a senior management advisory board but they are still out of touch with their entry-level and middle management employees. There should be two advisory boards. If upper management cared then they would want to know what all theirs employees think. I would also do exit interviews to find out why so many talented employees leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No appetite for risk

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation

    Pros

    Great if you like your vertical

    Cons

    Awful centralized service structure, particularly digital operations

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