HELLO Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
4 Reviews

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  1.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at HELLO full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    fun, nice people and good location

    Cons

    none as far as I'm aware

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    good feedback from coworkers, positive attitudes

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HELLO

    Pros

    Salary
    Perks
    Location
    Coworkers
    good feedback from coworkers
    positive attitudes

    Cons

    Better promotion
    Personal management
    Work life balance difficult
    Immigration issues
    Poor communication with HQ

  3.  

    What

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HELLO

    Pros

    Lots o woirk and feel like u are part of the big company but it is actually very big

    Cons

    unfriend and happy all around. we like to see the best of people

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  5.  

    Fun to 'Say' you work there, the reality is a little different!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picture Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Picture Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at HELLO

    Pros

    If you can get your foot in the door it's probably the best version of celeb mags there is, and so is a great star to have on your CV, if you wish to move ahead in publishing that is. After working at Hello! (don't forget the exclamation mark), there are some other fields which would also find you an interesting proposition, as you might be regarded with the reflected glamour of the magazine. You get invited to the odd nice party, you hear all the gossip first, and the 'real' story behind the headlines. Depending on which department you're in you might get invited to the odd party or opening, and at Christmas the photographers send you nice chocolate & champagne (if you're in the picture dept.). As with anything in life, it does help to be popular, and this is no different at H!, so stay on the right side of your Editor or whoever, and you get to go to lunch with them (on the company) on Friday, and free cabs, and you might, just might have a chance of a better job in the future.

    Cons

    Getting your foot in the door, as ever, is the most difficult trick of all, as there's very little movement in staff, and the total number of staff is very small. I'm sure in many respects Hello! Magazine is very similar to most other magazines, in one respect however it is quite different, it is a family owned, Spanish publication - Revista Hola! This causes no end of problems as all the staff and magazine in London want to head in one direction with a story or celebrity, and everything seems fine, then after everything is sent (which it is weekly on a plane) to Madrid, the calls comes back to say 'No!' This creates massive annoyance in all departments, as you're never entirely sure what you're working on is going ahead. In most publications the Editor is where the buck stops, but the Editor in London, is only partly where the buck stops; when you've been there for a while you get used to this, but it's always a moan point for the staff, it's a bit of a joke actually. There is also a fracture between the creative departments of picture & editorial and the advertising & admin departments. Picture & Editorial get along pretty well, and it's quite friendly, but the relationship between all departments & admin is strained to say the least, as a Spanish person is often in charge of admin, and their way of working is not that of the London staff, they can be arrogant, unhelpful, obtuse, or simply not in when you want them; frankly the less you have to see them, the happier everyone is, they are simply not regarded as 'part of the team!' Advertising is OK, but as usual they think they are the most important dept. as they 'pay the bills' but everyone else is less impressed (depending upon who is in charge that is.) When H! was in court with the Douglases, the only person put up for interview was the head of advertising, a grand old dame, who no one liked at all, but she was so grand and imperious in interview that she went up in everyone's estimation for a bit; but unless they're bringing in glamorous, high end advertisers nobody's really interested in them. The offices themselves, whilst being nice & central, on the South Bank, just over the road from the LWT building, are very dull and boring, have no nice lounge or staff room, save the roof area if the weathers nice, and apart from the fun of telling people 'I work at Hello! Magazine' I can't really recommend the experience!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To London - Get a personality, you're supposedly in the world of celebrity not a local library.
    To Madrid - Stop interfering, you're in Spain which is a different culture, and you're out of date, H! will remain classy without your constant interference, nobody wants to turn it into OK, trust me!!!

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