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Tony L. Uphoff

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lazy Lifers Wanted

    Production Editor (Former Employee) Manhasset, NY

    ProsI've been there for the good days and the bad days. In the good days, there were tons of perks, bonuses, parties and events, generous salaries, awards. There was an acceptance of work-life needs that wasn't found elsewhere. The type of leadership you'd find really depended on which publication you worked on, and in which department, but my top manager on my first pub was absolutely top notch! He personally allowed for practically unlimited professional growth. Whatever level you were willing to take it to, he was supportive. He didn't throw money at you indiscriminately, but certainly rewarded good work. I'm describing my "good" experience strictly within a single publication. This description does not include senior management.

    ConsLow expectations plus high salaries equals a staff full of lazy lifers! It's dull, creatively stifling, and breeds dissatisfaction. Underqualified people often find themselves promoted, by default (i.e. somebody above them leaves), to positions they aren't equipped for. This leads to either a false sense of entitlement, or a shifty fear of being found out. The fear of being discovered leads these people to make a full-time job of sabotaging others to make themselves look good. I saw this across the board, in the good days and the bad days, at the nice pub (at the middle management level) and the not-nice pub (from the top right on down!). You can't just promote someone because they're THERE and expect them to lead with confidence! In the last pub I worked on for this company, I saw four people in a row (on ONE publication!) get witch-hunted, provoked, sabotaged and set up to fail, so they were eventually fired. The economy had gone sour, jobs were being cut, and it became a game of predator and prey. If you didn't want to be next, you had to make the other guy look bad, and some people did this with relish. It was truly shameful, but I don't think the company is like that across the board. That one particular publication is led by a 20+ years lifer with a God complex. Play up to that ego, and you can stay, regardless of your qualifications or lack thereof. But... why would you want to?

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise your expectations and encourage people (positively! not by fear!) to meet them.

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    Not so bad. Not so great.

    Editor (Former Employee) Manhasset, NY

    ProsBenefits were great and generally it was a fun environment. I was promoted several times, and, to be honest, never worked all that hard (although there were some exceptions).

    ConsVision was a overused and under utilized word. Battles developed over the silliest and most irrelevant things. You basically had to be incompetent AND stealing from the company before they would fire you--just one element and you'd linger on for years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate! No double speak.

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    Boring, stable, and not to tech savvy

    Web Developer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIt was a good enough job, without too much pressure. People were by and large friendly, benies were good. They didn't expect too much of their technical staff which allowed me to learn quite a bit, even though I had to initiate it all. It would have been a great place to calcify, not learn anything, go home on time every single day, that sort of thing.

    ConsNot a place to innovate, not a place to push yourself or others to do fantastic things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need better technical managers, first off. People involved with the business, who know the business, but who can spearhead technology in a professional way. There's a very garage-y approach and I think it hurts the company.

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    Walk - no - RUN from any offer at CMP.

    Regional Director (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCMP has some great publications, and a decent reputation in the industry from a content/publication standpoint.

    ConsPolitics run everything at CMP, and their management team is one of the worst in publishing. Fear and intimidation are the tactic of choice, including calling the office at 6am and 6pm each day to "check up" on who is in the office and who dared to go home. Work life balance is in serious disarray. I worked for a competitive publisher for 6 years prior to joining CMP and can confidently say that CMP is in serious need of a major overhaul.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf management would spend as much time developing the product and teams as they spend in backroom politics, self-promotion and intimidation, CMP might have a change of regaining its previous status. For now they seem doomed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do NOT work for this company unless you enjoy frustration, and banging your head against walls

    Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIf you cant find another job, then perhaps, but only then

    ConsMy career has actually regressed since working at CMP, and I am paid less than i was 5 years ago, if you factor in cost of living.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people do the jobs they are paid to do, and not everyone elses.
    too many people make decisions that are irrelevant to their jobs, and hinder
    others from doing their jobs well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CMP- Great people to work with in an environment of uncertainty

    Sales Assistant (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat opportunity to network. The people who work there are generally really dedicated and great to work with. Very intelligent group of individuals.

    ConsCompensation offered tends to be less than that of competitors. Unstable work environment due to constant changes. Salary doesn't increase greatly over time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with your employees more about potential changes within company BEFORE they arise. Spend more time with your employees and less time with other senior managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    CMP - Never ever ever work for them!

    Editor In Chief (Former Employee) Manhasset, NY

    ProsIf you want to learn how badly an employee can be treated, then CMP is the place for you! Also a great experiance if you want to know how it feels to have others take credit for your work. If you want to learn how to throw journalistic integrity out the window and opperate with no scrupples, CMP is a great place to learn!

    ConsArrogent and uncaring managment. Slave-driving attitude. Workers are constantly belittled. Machavellian tactics are always used. Managment constanly lies! Loyalty to the company is rewarded by termination. The company firmly believes in the axiom "penny smart and pound foolish". Upper managment and execs are rewarding themselves for a job poorly done and are thankless to those who actually do the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace yourselves with competent individuals!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CMPi (London)

    Online Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    Proslively, can-do environment
    one of world's premier publishing house
    AMAZING views across Thames and London from 9th floor!

    Consfabulous onsite canteen will make you pile on pounds and spend lunch at your desk

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    What a Joke!

    Human Resources (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and casual work environment.

    ConsUnbelievably unorganized company. "Management" in HR Dept. is a joke and puts more emphasis on quotas than the actual quality of the employees. Hated going to work every day. If you want job growth, challenges and people that respect you don't work for CMP.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop mico-managing and get organized. You'll never make it with the big boys in Publishing until your company grows up. The employees that you hire are sub-par at best and you're hiring people for the wrong reasons.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CMP is a Dinosaur

    Senior Editor (Current Employee)

    ProsIt used to be a great place to work. Strong leadership, lots of team playing, but the company lost its edge around the same time the dot com bust hit, and could never figure out its Internet strategy. The company has always offered good benefits, however. And for a long time was a good supporter of telecommuting, thus promoting work/life balance.

    ConsThe company really lost its way after the dot com bust. It could never figure out, and still hasn't figured out, its Internet strategy. Every year or so the company comes up with a "new strategy" but it's basically the same old same put together by the same old boy's network that sits at the top and and plays musical chairs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in new senior management with fresh ideas and no institutional CMP baggage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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