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Great place for younger persons

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Former Employee - Editor in Des Moines, IA
Former Employee - Editor in Des Moines, IA

I worked at Meredith Corporation

Pros

Salaries are, as they say, competitive and employees receive a wide range of benefits. The company invests heavily in projects and publications favored by senior management. Some divisions still allow relatively young staffers to develop their skills and responsibilities, although these opportunities have diminished considerably in the past 7 years.

Cons

Senior employees (in both age and experience) tend to be among the first to go when the company cuts back. There's a disconnect between senior management's direction for the company and their willingness to train existing employees to take the company in that direction. They only train people to be managers, and the management layers can get pretty thick. Senior management has an almost blind faith in some publications' managers, regardless of the warning signs, and seem almost clueless about the creative side of the business.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There's a bad habit of buying publications and running them into the ground. At least one senior manager taken from the editorial--instead of sales--ranks might help reduce such losses. Spend more training money enhancing the skills of people who actually do the work, not on their managers. (By the way, "management" and "leadership" are two different things.) Quit spending more resources on new media ventures than you'll ever make back in fees and ads without some sort of business model to guide you.

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  1. Toto we're not in Kansas anymore

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    Great midtown location; company is trying to be progressive with acquisitions, etc; it's nice to think you're working to make life better for women

    Cons

    Work life balance? Not
    poor advancement opportunities unless you switch roles completely
    not supportive of women in the workplace
    internal political nonsense is extreme
    competition between ny and DES moines is seriously bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What flies in dam doesn't fly in NYC. Treat people better. Create opportunities for growth. Sometimes you need to spend money to make money. Proper staffing is key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Interns work extremely hard.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Intern in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    People are very helpful and want you to gain as much information and insight as possible so that you may succeed in your future career.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be a job after your internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for your interns and help them in their job search.

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