Hanley Wood Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Decent PTO and company gives extra free vacation days for company holidays (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Minimal training which shows, especially with a number of individuals in middle management (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management is absolutely clueless (in 4 reviews)

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  1. No structure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extended time off during holidays, easy-going atmosphere

    Cons

    No structure for middle management, lack of formal educational opportunities for employees

    Advice to Management

    Revamp middle management structure


  2. Helpful (1)

    Editorial

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editorial in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hanley Wood full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Provided with mostly free creative reign on editorial, opportunity to work across various digital, print and conference platforms to craft story and industry thought leadership.

    Cons

    Senior editorial vision lacking -- very top heavy organization. Has lost Smart, Fast, Competitive culture via core leadership recidivism, layoffs, and general ennui.

    Advice to Management

    Drive the company to re-involve itself in the real estate segments covered, and try less to build outdated platforms of what a media company is "supposed to" look like. Take more risks. Build more outspoken and well-regarded editorial personalities. Be original over being a curator.


  3. Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hanley Wood (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work and a relaxed atmosphere make it a great place to start your career. Also when you have a long weekend they make it extra long.

    Cons

    Not a place you stay at forever. Most people start a few years then go somewhere else. The pay isn't the best but the work is simple.


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  5. Run, don't walk, from this company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours and Frank Days are nice perks.

    Cons

    Senior executives will say they care about the employees, but their actions speak louder than words. They will spend a great amount of money on company meetings and Media incentive trips, but only budget for 2% annual increases. Many employees don't even get increases. The human resources leadership at corporate cannot be trusted with confidences. They are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside and promote executives that care about the company and the people more than you care about yourselves.


  6. Great group of people

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hanley Wood full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Welcoming work environment. Excellent staff members.

    Cons

    The usual gripes - increased pay, obtaining new technology, more free pizza and donuts, etc...


  7. Solid company culture that values family life and encourages development.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hanley Wood full-time

    Pros

    The company regarded personal time to be very important, thus creating 5 additional days off throughout the year as well as allowing for minimum day Friday's in summer.

    Cons

    With a recent acquisition (of Metrostudy) the company has brought in a significantly sized culture that doesn't fit completely with Hanley Wood. With that said, the core Hanley Wood culture seems to remain in tact.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to company values and the longstanding management that helped build those values.


  8. Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hanley Wood full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and generally a very good group of people to work with. The company has undergone a lot of changes in the past 3 years and it is not a magazine publishing company anymore. If you like technology and digital media this is a good place to work. Give credit to senior management for taking the company into the digital age and for making some smart hires to help make the transition to digital actually work.

    Cons

    Middle management is iffy. Some are very strong, but there are a number of very ineffective managers which is a drag on morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course with benefits and work environment, but pay a lot more attention to morale.


  9. Private equity + 20th century business model = snooze

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hanley Wood full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of days off, so 3-day weekends become 4-day weekends--but you're expected to put in 40 hours over four days instead. Smart people. Good clients.

    Cons

    Pay scale is 60-70% of market, so people who stay tend to be stuck in second gear. Lots of pressure on the numbers with little incentivization. Private equity firm bought the company and brought in top executives to run it. It's clear they have a huge upside if/when the company flips.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage people. Spread $$$ incentives to keep great people.


  10. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hanley Wood full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture, Fun People, Good Benefits, Rewarding working environment and great work-life balance. They do a great job of recognizing those that go above and beyond in their work. Great place to grow a career.

    Cons

    There really isn't much in the way of con's. We all wish we got paid more, but who doesn't. overall it's a great place to work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company to work for, best work experience I have had yet!

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hanley Wood full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young, relaxed, fun company. Media company so everything is always changing. Co-workers felt like friends. Great team effort on everything and working together for a bigger vision. CEO feels that everything can always improve so you are always striving to do your best. I was in the HR department and it was a great, well organized group that worked great together. They were fun, not stuffy like some HR people. They were great teachers. This was my second job after college and I owe them great thanks for teaching me and shaping me into the employee I am today.

    Cons

    Personal growth was limited in the HR department. It was small so unless someone were to leave I was unable to advance. I wanted to make a higher salary. DC is expensive and I wish they had paid me at least $5,000 more a year although this had nothing to do with why I left.



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