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Mostly okay.

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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 Meredith Corporation

Pros

The people are nice with a smaller amount of drama, compared to other publishers. For a large part of my career here, There was (at least) a semblance of listening to those of us in the creative/editorial trenches. Okay pay. And, for freelance work, they're pretty quick with payment, compared with similar publishers. There has also been a recent drive to update technology, as the company has been behind the big boys for years. Also, most of the creative/art people I work with (especially with those in their HQ in Des Moines) are very excellent and enjoyable to work with.

Cons

There seems to be a collective desire to ignore the obvious needs to accomplish goals. Understaffed departments make work take twice as long to do things. A top/down mindset with senior tech officers encourages mindless micromanagement, making work more difficult. Promotion cometh not for those in lower/middle position. But, holy crap, they make VPs in charge of everything in DSM. There's also an over-reliance on outside consultants who provide unworkable workflow solutions.(They also waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on these useless six sigma Douches.) And let's talk compensation. Work loads go up 300-400%, and pay doesn't go up a percentage point (unless you have the words "vice" and/or "president" in your title. People who do the most amount of the work get crapped upon, and those who spend a large part of their time on the phone or abusing the mail service will be employed forever.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hey, you guys you say you want to encourage a full utilization of all the new media technologies? How about you guys thinking about paying the people who make this happen? Also, how about actually providing budgets and people to make this happen? Because those of us most involved are all looking to leave to get paid what we are worth elsewhere. You want to encourage financial wellness? Well, how about this: PAY US?

Disapproves of CEO

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    Fine experience, but old school pub house

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    Great place to learn
    Very structured
    Training is a priority
    The back office systems/support are excellent

    Cons

    Old school mentality
    Training for management-those new to it lacking
    Very cookie cutter/corporate when it comes to work life balance..favoritism exists big time
    The corp sales team in control of most big profitable accounts leaving individual book reps somewhat useless/paper pushing
    LOTS of duplicate internal paperwork/meetings that time suck
    Autonomy does not exist-micromanagement is rampant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN before promoting people to Mgmt roles
    Move into the 21st Century in terms of work life balance....be family friendly!!!!

    No opinion of CEO
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    Old Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Associate Publisher  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Publisher in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    - Recognized and respected brands/titles
    - Willingness to share information internally among publications
    - Strong online presence and team
    - Many motivated and talented salespeople

    Cons

    - Low tolerance for those not fitting a conservative coporate social/religious "template"
    - Corporate sales and contracts benefit the company but leave individual magazine sales teams feeling superfluous at times
    - Clique-ish environment at upper management levels and within corporate sales
    - H.R. department is serious issues with maintaining confidentiality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring your mindsets forward from the 1950's and 1960's and be more accepting of cultural and other diversity. Get rid of the old boy's network mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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