CFO Publishing Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Sales

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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 CFO Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Well respected brand with award winning writers and editors who are truly leaders in the space. Managers who lead by example and are experienced and savvy B2B publishing pros. One of the few media companies I know of that has successfully transitioned to digital, yet the magazine remains a force. A plethora of selling opportunities with uncapped earnings is ideal for top reps. Good comp plan and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    CFO is a niche product so "best fit" prospects are limited in that regard. However, recent integrations and new products have served to remedy this aligning more with the C-suite.

    Advice to Management

    Stay progressive and aggressive!


  2. LOVE

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CFO Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Flexability is the best part

    Cons

    people are the worst part

    Advice to Management

    promote within


  3. Helpful (1)

    PE-backed publisher has potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Solid brand, leader in its space, small company atmosphere (if that is what you are looking for), no barrier to innovation, flexible work schedule depending on department

    Cons

    Often too small to fund proper growth, management top-heavy, can be disorganized, so you have to thrive in a bit of constant chaos, because it is PE-backed the focus in on short-term gains.

    Advice to Management

    A longer-term view would serve the company and its employees better.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Like a horrific roller coaster, but with much more downs than ups...and not thrilling in the slightest.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CFO Publishing full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Well respected brand and content, the audience is great and the journalism has been cited by many - Some of the people that are still there are very brilliant, coming up with great ideas

    Cons

    Everyone is running around like a chicken with its head cut off, but stifled in cubicles. They're trying in vain to resuscitate a troubled publisher, bringing it into the digital age but falling quite short. The good ideas that do come to the surface just float like flotsam, never to be a fully fleshed out concept or business model. What's the point of asking us for input if you're never going to do anything about it, senior management?

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment encouraging people to stay. Having employees come and go practically every month is very demoralizing, and doesn't convey anything positive about the culture.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New owners (Private Equity who purchased company from The Economist Group in 2010) are smart publishing/media executives who (albeit slowly) got rid of most of the old school publishing staff who were holding the company back. They are diversifying their product base to rely less on advertising and sponsorship.

    Cons

    Small company that---like most companies their size--is challenged for resources. It is a company in transition, so not for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Mass Exodus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    25+ years of brand equity. Multi-channel platform. Editorial team produces an outstanding product.

    Cons

    Ineffective management Lack of appreciation for personnel yields high staff turnover. Think through marketing/execution of new products before launching them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who know how to manage.


  8. Helpful (2)

    In over their heads.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office space, quiet professional environment.

    Cons

    Managers are masters of the universe types who don't really understand the intricate aspects of publishing and revenue remit. They believe aggression and strong arming is a proper response in substitute of proper understanding and negotiation.

    Advice to Management

    Start learning how business is done and hoe to get the best out of your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Madness & Mayhem

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Beats unemployment, but you'll probably end up there anyway; editors are great people

    Cons

    clueless, talentless, senior management, disengaged/egotistical CEO, no respect for staff, old boy mentality, spend big on themselves but no increases or bonuses for anyone else, boring events...the list goes on

    Advice to Management

    Sell or continue the no-so-slow decline until the brand is dead. in the meantime, pay your bills - 180+ days is common and your vendors won't work for you


  10. Helpful (1)

    ***DO NOT WORK HERE!!!***

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in New York, NY

    I have been working at CFO Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    THEY'LL HIRE ANYONE. THEY ARE DESPERATE. CHURN AND BURN...WARNING DO NOT WORK OR ACCEPT JOB HERE

    Cons

    Senior management lacks a tactical hands on approach to guidance, work culture and deliverables. They gave a piece of the company to the 2 SVPs of the NY office, and rather than participate in creating a healthy, intelligent environment, they are sitting around waiting to for the company to get sold AGAIN and retire.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales people, listen to your ops people. When your entire Sales team walks out, maybe it's time for some change? When your operations talent refuse to come back to work because the working conditions are similar to that of 1849, there may be a problem. When Senior Management's checks and balances are smoke and mirrors, get out!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Run Far away and don't look back!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at CFO Publishing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Storied Brand from it's Economist Days. Good database, respected from the outside

    Cons

    Private Equity. Only there to turn profit and sell. No experienced Management other than new owners. Way over their head



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