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Overall, not the best place to work.

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

I worked at Meredith Corporation

Pros

Good benefits, very comfortable pay range, beautiful building with interesting history.

Cons

Employees are not appreciated and overworked. Hiring and promotions are based on educational level; work experience is not taken into consideration. Poor training, lack of communication between managerial personnel and subordinates. Management is more interested in office politics rather than in leadership and guidance. Employee's initiative is punishable.

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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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    • Senior Management
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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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