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Demotivating experience with constant budget cuts and redundancies hovering over

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Former Employee - Deputy Art Director in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Deputy Art Director in London, England (UK)

I worked at Bauer Consumer Media

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

There are some fantastic brands in the Bauer portfolio and to work on them is great for the CV as many of the titles are still highly regarded in the industry. There are many high profile and experienced editors and art directors who you can learn an awful lot from. The offices are centrally located in the west end of London which is great for transport links and shopping and socialising.

Cons

The management are constantly under pressure to cut costs and therefore budgets and staff as newstand magazines sales continue to fall. However rather than try and think of new and innovate ideas to reverse their fortunes they continue to bring in ex-editors and art directors to help relaunch failing titles.
Restructuring of departments into hubs creates an atmosphere where creatives and sub-editors work across numerous titles and have less ownership and pride over their magazines.

Advice to Management

Constantly degrading the quality of the magazines will of course lead to lower sales

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  1. Not so Active Peterborough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no real consequences for your actions, so it doesn't matter if you reach target or not, they probably won't bin you.

    Cons

    Highly political run by people who have been in the busines for years and years and have no idea of how things are done elsewhere. This makes them arrogant and narrow visioned.

    Advice to Management

    Compare Bauer to organisations other than EMAP to get a bench mark for standards & areas for improvement. Look at the broad base of companies within the UK to see sales standards and productivity management standards. The fact that something is new to Bauer does not make it unique or innovative.

  2. Not very healthy environment

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    Former Contractor - PHP Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - PHP Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - exposure to different technologies
    - good for junior-mid level devs
    - some attempts of following the standards
    - parts of the system oursourced to people who know what they were doing
    - company provided the equipment (mac) and screens if required
    - good location
    - underground parking

    Cons

    - technical debt
    - no clear responsibilities
    - lack of code ownership
    - wrong people hired which is a result of bad hiring practices (irrelevant questions on interviews which did not reflect my experience)

    Advice to Management

    Spend a bit more on getting better people. Company tries to go in the right direction but struggles because of the outdated business model. They are moving slower than their competitors in many sectors. Low quality code and complicated solutions prevent growth

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