Forbes
3.5 of 5 38 reviews
www.forbesinc.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 10, 2014

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Michael S. (Mike) Perlis

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Forbes - A Great Company to Launch a Career in Medi

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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

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    Contributor's pay is shockingly bad

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementSteve 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Truly a 96-year-old startup

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsNot too many — sometimes felt like leadership was incredibly optimistic, but rest of the team was just following along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat work environment and people

    ConsVacation policy was a little skimpy at the start

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Entrepreneurial environment and strong brand

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsMore 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 Senior ManagementKeep moving the company to success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn

    Marketing Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThank you for treating interns well and having a culture that promotes this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    As a reporter, I was given great freedom and responsibility when choosing stories to write.

    Intern (Former Employee)

    Pros-Freedom to pitch story ideas
    -Responsibility as an intern
    -Nice co-workers

    ConsNone that I can think of.

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    Great publication to write for.

    Contributing Writer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsResponsiveness, professionalism and dedication of the editors.

    ConsNo downsides to think of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice to think of.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great idea, terrible execution

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThere are some wonderfully talented people at Forbes, especially in the editorial department

    ConsBusiness side of the business is in constant turmoil. Constant restructuring.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop restructuring every 6 months. Put the right people in the right jobs and let them succeed. Neither happens at the moment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Editorial intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of challenging assignments at work.

    ConsNot many job openings for young people.

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