BowTie

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BowTie Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
15 Reviews
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    Bad Management

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lake Forest, CA

    I have been working at BowTie

    Pros

    Opportunities to wear many hats. But hurry, before the queen cuts off yer head!

    Cons

    Heavy feeling of doom looms everywhere. The hammer will fall.
    Management gets the meat. Everyone else gets the bone.
    The owner was having some age related mental issues. Unfortunately, management took him literally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe it's time to admit your previous experience at the Steakhouse didn't prepare you for this position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved this job

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fun events. Good work/life balance. Flexible scheduling. Lots of hands on experience.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible. Lots of politics higher up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO is terrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Dysfunctional management team

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    Former Employee - Classified Sales Supervisor in Laguna Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Classified Sales Supervisor in Laguna Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, interesting products, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Departments often in conflict with each other, owner at the time was highly unpredictable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Classified Sales management is clueless

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    6 years in classified dept doing csll calling, website experience, closing dalrd.

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    Current Employee - Classified Sales in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Classified Sales in Lake Forest, CA

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

    Pros

    I like the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Salary could have been better and better commision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better leads

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    not pleasant stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    nice professional magazines and clients

    Cons

    company went insolvent, group lay offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should have managed current employees and sales better instead of always hiring new ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Soured Me On The Publishing Industry

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    Former Employee - Classified Sales Representative in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Classified Sales Representative in Lake Forest, CA

    I worked at BowTie full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
    - Direct supervisor always tried to make the best of a bad work environment
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Lack of employee trust (blocked websites, no phones allowed, constant email supervision, etc.)
    - Overtime never allowed (you must be at work for EXACTLY 8.5 hours)
    - High turnover rate
    - Outdated equipment and practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs a complete overhaul. Equipment is outdated, practices are outdated, management is overbearing, and staff has no incentive to work hard or stay with the company other than fear of unemployment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A very sad organization

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    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at BowTie as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not much to recommend it, at least in the final years.

    Cons

    Mismanagement from the very top; racked up huge debts; could not or would not pay freelance writers and photographers during the final year, The sole owner made every decision himself with no board of directors or anyone else to answer to. When he hired top-level management with executive experience, he would not allow them to do their jobs; they would either leave in frustration or be fired for disagreeing with him. He divided his company into two separate entities, then used one in the later years as an organ donor of sorts to prop of the remainder of his failing enterprises. Mistruths, deceit, and promises that were never kept came constantly from the parent company. This man, who prided himself on "loyalty" and stressed how his employees were his "family," filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy recently (on one part of his corporate empire--the organ donor part). Employees knew nothing about it until a Fed-exed form-letter landed on their front steps one sunny Saturday morning. The company was closed as of midnight the night before. When we went to retrieve our personal belongings, an armed guard barred the way. Five days later, the doors remain locked to us. Class act, BowTie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new owner. This one has run a once great company into the ground--and it started well before the recession hit in 2008.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    BowTie is notoriously uncivil toward its employees.

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Irvine, CA

    I worked at BowTie

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and decent health benefits. BowTie titles are widely recognized.

    Cons

    The BowTie work environment is unreasonably toxic. The company has an unofficial policy of not rewarding performance, with the assumption that people work harder if they feel their work is inadequate. BowTie is known to under value or cheat employees on performance reviews and promotions.

    Many of those in managerial and supervisory capacities behave in a ruthless and nefarious manner. Workplace incivility is common. Expect great dysfunction, high drama and quick turnover.

    (Also, the pay is below industry standard and the hours are long. However, these points are minor when compared to the dysfunctional culture.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt and enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace incivility--especially for those in management. A civil work environment will help you to retain talent, revitalize your reputation and improve business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    This company brings a new meaning to "toxic corporate culture." Be on your guard when working for BowTie.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at BowTie

    Pros

    Working within the pet publishing industry is fun. BowTie products are fun and quirky, and the company has been around a long time. No chance of a layoff. You can have the same job for 20 years and become a legend!

    Cons

    Company has a toxic business climate of favoritism, backstabbing and eavesdropping. The HR department is always actively looking for someone to write up. No room for advancement - managers pick their favorite people and ignore the rest who are more qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BowTie's family of websites need a complete overhaul - they are difficult to navigate and are not user friendly. Magazines are thin due to lack of advertising revenue. The overall performance of the marketing team needs to be carefully evaluated changes made to revitalize interest in BowTie magazines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A very mixed company - your experience will depend greatly on your department head and immediate boss.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at BowTie

    Pros

    Great benefits, some wonderful people. Good training ground in publishing and efficiency.

    Cons

    Very restrictive policies. If one person dresses inappropriately, rather than that person's manager dealing with that person, the entire company will be served with a new, tighter dress code. Internal computer system, Dynamics, is a great big mess. Departments seem to compete with each other rather than cooperating, A lot of dissatisfaction and grousing. Depending on the department, positive feedback may be very hard to come by, no matter how good performance is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner should actually hire a board to be chairman of, and let them do their job. He has a history of hiring good people and then distrusting their innovative advice and firing them, especially in upper management positions. The upper management staff with the most respect and power to get things done have been there for so many years "proving" themselves, that they are "lifers." Similarly, he should quit giving so much influence/power to people based solely on their attractive (female) appearance, and their ability to say exactly what he wants to hear, regardless of its relationship to reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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