Bonnier Corporation Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Bonnier Corporation CEO Dave Freygang
Dave Freygang
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Pros
  • A no-pressure work environment, for the most part (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, friendly coworkers, decent hours and flexibility (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and benefits are lacking (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to work if you have a family or to get your foot in the door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance was great! The brands are really strong and you get nice co-workers.

    Cons

    No room to grow and you're expected to do so much for very little money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Troubled company but getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    New weekly telecommuting policy is a big plus, work-life balance is good, good resources, employee activity groups started in 2014 are helping improve culture and employee morale, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Entire senior management group is out of touch, none of them truly relate to the employees, nor do they seem to want to make it any better. Financially the company is in better shape than 2013, but annual raises are only 2-3% and have been stuck at that for nearly 10 years. Some groups have good career opportunities, others are totally flat. Employee experience is greatly shaped by direct manager and there is terrible inconsistency, plus no time or money spent on management training or empowering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a MUCH larger effort to connect, i.e. care about, interact with and not intimidate, the average worker-bees. Senior management desperately needs a "people person" who makes a real effort with employees. Tiny raises don't cut it especially while asking employees to do more and more and more. Telecommuting is a great plus, keep working along those lines, while finding funds for better raises for stand-out employees, and employee morale could really improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in Winter Park, FL

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

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience, I got a lot of hands on training. Was promoted multiple times within my department and got to be a part of the team in the company that was excelling. Great time off and company culture.

    Cons

    Upper level management didn't always listen to suggestions or issues from lower level staff. Layoffs seemed to be a fairly regular occurrence. Occasionally had to work long hours to support west coast team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Like a chicken with its head cut off.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation

    Pros

    There are some really nice people working there.

    Cons

    There is zero career growth. People work hard and then get laid off. One of my friends just said they laid off the head of the IT Dept. New person in charge has zero IT experience. I wouldn't go back to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay people livable wages and create a a career path for existing employees. This is a great place to get your foot in the door..... but once you gain some experience you can easily find a better environment that pays a higher wage .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Beautocratic Media Company that Overworks Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation

    Pros

    Passionate brands, and really truly talented colleagues / staff.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay, long hours with pathetic health care. Perpetually cutting staff and increasing pressure on the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    A C-list operation for B-list people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    In the past year, the company had begun an honest self-evaluation, and senior management appeared to be making changes to better position it in the market. After many years of an opaque C-suite, Freygang is at least trying to be more transparent about operations and strategy.

    The office environment and culture is relatively laid back. You won't find a lot of type-A personalities or high achievers, so if you're in the market for a (modest) paycheck and a place to spend the day, it's better than ditch digging.

    Cons

    There are about six to eight people in the company who's opinions matter, and they are the CEO's cronies. Every six months, this team creates an exciting new title or promotion for one of their members. Such largess is rarely seen down the chain.

    The company often chooses the lowest cost option or supplier, which slightly more investment up-front would lead to greater return long-run. Boots on the ground -- the folks with direct knowledge of the business impacts -- are rarely involved in these decisions.

    Compensation and benefits are well under market. Promotions, raises and recognition are not common except for the CEO's inner circle. If you excel at your job do not expect this to be noticed. This explains why top talent has already left. Those who stay will be left to assume the additional labor without recompense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Do more with less" isn't a strategy. Understand where your profits and revenues come from and focus on those businesses. Get rid of the rest. You have profit centers with potential to grow, you're just not paying attention.

    Develop an actual culture and system of professional managers, not just subject-matter people who have been around a while. Evaluate the talent you have. Create real career paths and help your people along them. Real companies do this -- you don't!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    A Ship Without a Rudder

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bonnier has a flexible time off policy. Most employees share good camaraderie and tend to socialize after work. Promotions come when others leave.

    Cons

    Benefits are in the process of being cut back and HR is trying to put a positive spin on it. Compensation is among the lowest of all publishers and good employees seem to be quiting daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop hiding from employees and placing your bonuses above us. You claim to care about the brands and us, but we don't see it that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Pretty Good Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate, dedicated co-workers on the edit and business side. Prestige of some pretty top-notch brands.

    Cons

    Company is short-sighted at times; doesn't invest enough upfront in key areas (like digital editorial) to grow in the ways they want to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. All about the bottom line

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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

    Pros

    The division I'm in has a very comparable team, there is work flexibility and I am respected for the work I do.

    Cons

    Although a content/publishing company, little is said about content, much more about meeting numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your divisions, don't just cut, cut, cut and then expect the few that are left to do it all with gusto.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Not going anywhere in its current form

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    Former Employee - Not Saying in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Not Saying in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Easy work. Perfect if you plan to take it easy for some time. Or have other things going on and don't want to focus too much on work. Don't expect job security... specially if you are getting older.

    Cons

    Not much leadership going on, it is like a club to some people. They layoff people almost every week. not job security it does not matter how good you are. They layoff great talent to get some interns it is crazy.... not to mention the low salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The review system is terrible. You don't know how much talent have left the place because of politics. How can you have people for 5 or more years and not give them a raise?...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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