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Fashionable, cutthroat work environment that values personal style over work performance.

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Former Employee - Editorial Assistant  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

I worked at Hearst Corporation

Pros

If you're interested in the New York dream of working in a glamorous workplace filled with beautiful people in a very sleek skyscraper, this is a good place to come, but don't expect much more.

Cons

The Hearst tower is home to the editorial and business offices of many national publications, primarily fashion magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Esquire, and Town & Country. If you're looking for a career as a writer, this is NOT the environment to come to. Print media has had its paid jobs drying up for the past decade as people move online to consume their favorite titles. As a result, only the cattiest of the cutthroat can survive at a place like Hearst. With all the fashion magazines housed in the building, the people are very glamorous and investing heavily in personal style is unfortunately a serious work expense in a company like this. The culture trickles into every office in the building.

There is a rotating cast of writers that find their way into gigs at Hearst, and this is by design. With print media dying and ad sales plummeting, as well as the general economic downturn, a number of years ago Hearst began employing outside agencies to fill all the entry to mid-level editorial and sales positions inside the company. This was a means of cutting costs to avoid paying any benefits to these workers, by making their tenure at Hearst a temporary arrangement, subject to termination at any time.

This works out well in a company whose publications thrive on spotting trends and "taste-making". The cyclical temporary employees are basically "auditioned", so to speak for an editorial position. They are paid hourly to pitch ideas for stories, proofread, or suggest new designers and pieces of perfumes to review. Their personal fashion sense and their compatibility with the corporate culture is tested during this period. As a result, all of these staff members are forced to compete with each other to prove themselves for a long-term tenure or (gasp!) a permanent position. Typically, each publication in Hearst has only a handful of permanent staff (at least for the past 5 or 6 years), with all the remaining work, creative or otherwise, performed by the aspirants.

Unfortunately, this naturally leads to a very cutthroat and tense work environment. Everyone there's seen the Devil Wears Prada, and unfortunately that movie is not dissimilar to the experience that many fresh college grads encounter when they come to Hearst.

I worked at Hearst for three years, and I was lucky enough to have "made the cut", and held permanent positions in a few of the publications there. For those considering employment at Hearst, it is not for the faint of heart nor the thin-skinned, and the professional culture was by far the most competitive and snobbiest I've ever experienced in my adult life.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Increase your online presence, and hold sensitivity training so the unfashionable and unattractive are better tolerated. Provide benefits. Invest more in the support workers employed by the company.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1.  

    Excellent company

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    Current Employee - Ad Sales Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Ad Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Benefits, excellent HR team, room for advancement, gym in building

    Cons

    Employee reviews are a long process.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I have advanced more in my professional abilities here than anywhere else, but the burnout level is high.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    -They really push you to become better
    - Management generally cares about the concerns of their employees, whether or not they act upon them
    - Communication is strong between management and employee

    Cons

    - A meat-grinder mentality that can cause a lot of stress throughout the employees and causes burnout and high turnover
    - Little communication and rationality in allowing certain tasks to be completed effectively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act on the advice of your employees more. Don't be stubborn when alternate tactics might work better. Promote a more streamlined communication method between employees.

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