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Ehh

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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 M. Shanken Communications

Pros

There are definitely great perks for working here, such as industry events, free wine, restaurant openings, and much more. They certainly support a good balance of work/personal life.

Cons

Upper management has zero idea what is important to the functionality and success of the company. Being that it is family ran, they are more interested in immediately lining their pockets, rather having an innovative approach to the changing print market. If they had a more innovative approach, this company would be much more successful and profitable, then they are. Also, zero morale among employees, based upon low wages, and awful corporate culture.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Innovation and forward thinking would help to bring this company into the future. If they continue on the path of the last 25 years, there is really no hope.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Industry leader with sacrifices

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    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Editor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications

    Pros

    The company is a leader in the wine and beverage industry and offers exceptional exposure. They also offer a safe and fair work place, with traditional 9-5 hours and a relatively low stress environment.

    Cons

    This is a company that lacks management skills and the ability to develop, motivate and promote. It also lacks vision, innovation and ability to change. Upper management is secretive and dishes out orders rather than engaging in discussions, they also expect a full commitment from the employee yet will not offer the same in return. The top tier of employees are paid very well, while middle and entry level salaries are severely depressed. Benefits meet the bare minimum, with high copays, no contribution to 401k and a pathetic, non-transparent profit sharing plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to make serious investments in the future, both in terms of developing the business and developing talent. And when they do, they also need to make decisions that support long-term goals rather than looking for the cheap quick fix on which to float by for another year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Nice..but...

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    Former Employee - Various  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Various in New York, NY

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications

    Pros

    It's a family owned business, which means family oriented. The owner (M Shanken himself) does have 2 of his children working there, both in senior mgmt type positions.

    There are some very talented people who work there; all of whom or in mainly non-mgmt type positions. Work/life balance is FANTASTIC.

    You pretty much know everyone in the company while working there, as it is a small company. Office location is great as well.

    Cons

    New ideas are not exactly welcome.
    Communications between upper mgmt and their staff is almost non-existent. You hear EVERYTHING through the grapevine. And really, no one addresses anything. This does lead to severe 'lowness' of employee morale.

    Salaries are low across the board (with the exception of course with the senior/executive team).Vacation policy is ok..but could be better (meaning more clear). At the time, there was NO employee manual therefore 'things' can change at the blink of an eye. Hopefully they have wised up and written one up.

    Don't try challenging anyone (senior staff), even if you have facts proving your theories. You will jsut be shot down and that will stay in the back of certain people's minds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with employees. Their morale could use it!

    No opinion of CEO
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