Forbes Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Forbes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team environment, very welcoming, and was given the opportunity to engage employees of all levels. Strong emphasis on benefits and educating the employees on how to best use them, quarterly meetings for senior management to let everyone know how Forbes is moving forward. Was easy to maintain work-life balance.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Departments do not offer the same rate of promotion, especially if you are outside of the income- or content-generating realm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on entry- to mid- level employee investment and training, and compensate accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    wounderful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Engineer  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Forbes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    love it very much much

    Cons

    nothing, nothing nothing nothing nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    awesome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Freelance writer

    Former Employee - Freelance Writer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Forbes as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Quick-responding editors, fun assignment reviewing a hotel and its attached restaurant in Q&A style for website Startle.com, realistic deadlines

    Cons

    Put in way more hours than the flat fee for the assignment warranted, restaurant closed shortly after publish

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Interesting years of employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Forbes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, awesome gym and trainer and the resources to do my job were unlimited.

    Cons

    only received commission once a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show employees that you are willing to invest in their careers by giving them additional ways to grow(certifications).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Forbes - A Great Company to Launch a Career in Medi

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forbes

    Pros

    - Supportive environment of team players who have a lot of experience
    - Good pay for interns in NYC
    - Exposure to the ins-and-outs of several departments

    Cons

    - Boring work at times

  7.  

    Contributor's pay is shockingly bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contributor
    Current Employee - Contributor

    I have been working at Forbes as a contractor

    Pros

    Brand commands respect from other potential employers. For the most part, editors don't bother the writers, or even edit.

    Cons

    The pay is meager if you're not writing about leadership, and if contributors weren't freelancers, Forbes would be breaking minimum wage laws. Forbes has, in the past few years, laid off full-time staff, who were mainly young, pleasant people a a year or two out of college, and hired thousands of freelancers who work for nothing or next to nothing to pad their resumes.
    The editors are inflexible about what kinds of stories they want and how they pay contributors, so contributing for Forbes is a limited forum for the writer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Forbes is not interested in the long term welfare of his staff, but the next owner of Forbes should seriously consider if this is how he wants to run a publication. Those publications that attempt to imitate Forbes to save money should also consider if they're prepared to deal with a rolling, evolving list of thousands of underpaid people who'll dump them at the next opportune moment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Truly a 96-year-old startup

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Forbes

    Pros

    People are fast-moving, constantly trying new ideas, generally fun to work with.

    Cons

    Not too many — sometimes felt like leadership was incredibly optimistic, but rest of the team was just following along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forbes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work environment and people

    Cons

    Vacation policy was a little skimpy at the start

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Entrepreneurial environment and strong brand

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forbes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, intelligent colleagues, entrepreneurial spirit within staff, social events, lots of employee events during work, and the name on your resume isn't bad either. Great HSA funding and benefits in general.

    Cons

    More money should be spent on improving culture. They have events but not enough and they aren't very posh compared to many other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving the company to success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Forbes as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart people and great to work with. Great brand name and reputation.

    Cons

    I hear pay on senior staff is a bit low, but I am not personally aware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for treating interns well and having a culture that promotes this.

    Recommends
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