Hearst Corporation

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Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
181 Reviews
3.3
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Hearst Corporation Vice Chairman and Interim CEO Frank A. Bennack Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You aren't required to work non stop, good work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Learned a lot during my employment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, slow ladder climbing (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management somewhat disorganized, food bar is expensive (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stressful, but good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    deadlines of insanity
    waterfall effect from those deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic about deadlines in conjunction with your actual workforce and their ability to complete the work properly

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work at if you can handle the chaos

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, visible position, awesome food bar

    Cons

    Upper management somewhat disorganized, food bar is expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a game plan and stick to it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company, smart people, lots to learn, bleeding edge technology and innovation

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    for such a a big corp, surprising willingness coming from the top down to experiment and innovate in terms of the digital strategy. always learning something new. flexibility with working at home. very smart, motivated people to learn from. constantly implementing the latest and greatest technologies. great benefits and salary. hard work and honesty wins respect. agile methodology works well in my department. good team energy, good mix of people.

    Cons

    this doesn't really apply to me, but, a warning to others in the tech/IT areas - this is not a job for wallflowers. you're expected to do your homework and have an opinion and self-motivate to keep up to speed with latest ideas and innovations. it's more than hiding behind a computer screen, so not a job for the lazy or intellectually uninterested developer. if you don't know how to do something, you're expected to figure it out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful place even for freelancers, great work if you can get it

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    Former Employee - Freelance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The entire staff of the magazine I freelanced at was incredibly supportive and understanding. I always felt at home even as a freelancer.I worked for a few months, and would stay there but the job wasn't quite for me in terms of future goals. I would recommend working at the less cutthroat magazines (Dr. Oz/HGTV) instead of those filled with backstabbing people (Seventeen...)

    Cons

    There really are no cons except for wishing you could transition into a full-time job and stay with Hearst. I'm not sure how supportive they are of transitioning you to a real job if that's what you want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say that they should have a more robust internal program for all young talent working there from interns, to freelancers to young professionals, to demonstrate how we can grow with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Editor at Media Group

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    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid media group considering the turmoil most of the industry is going through these days. They keep their assets diversified and that helps guarantee revenue other than the one coming from their Media Group. Support innovative initiatives and push for change.

    Cons

    Upper management is very disengaged from employees, lack of employee retention policy, fast and furious turnover, sometimes confusing management strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Find the right part of Hearst and you'll be happy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Currently very aggressive with finding what works in digital. Great people. Open to letting people work on things outside their specific job to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Typical large company challenges. You have to work with a lot of people to get anything done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't work there.

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The other reps are nice people.

    Cons

    All levels of management lie to everyone including their customers. Products don't work.They don't value loyalty and change direction too often. I don't expect the LocalEdge division of Hearst to be around more than 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees.Stop lying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst and most demeaning experience in my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive/Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive/Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brands are well-known
    Hearst Tower is gorgeous... cafeteria is fantastic

    Cons

    Inept management, particularly on the digital side
    Encouraged to work AGAINST your colleagues
    Few, if any, opportunities for growth
    Did I mention inept management?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out Hearst Digital and start over. The environment is more than toxic and doesn't encourage revenue growth. Most of the team has cleared out on their own and have rejected the BS management mantra. Snake oil salesmanship and lots of fancy buzzwords does not a modern digital culture make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reality doesn't live up to the hype

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Cafeteria is nice, the Tower is beautiful piece of architecture.

    Cons

    The reality is that magazines and newspapers are dying industries. The company was at least smart enough to invest in other industries/companies which basically fund those two black holes. So if you opt to work in the newspaper or magazine divisions, be prepared to be nicked and dimed on everything. Extremely low pay increases and no bonuses. They cut staff regularly, but don't do it in a smart way. Cliques abound, and if you sell your soul and become a sycophant, then you might do well here. They rarely promote based on ability/performance but more on how much you suck up to certain executives. There is one executive in particular who has gotten multiple complaints to HR on said executive's management style (one of condescension, verbal abuse, little to no communication), but remains at this company. That alone should tell you that Hearst is blind to how its teams operate, and what it takes to run an effective organization. Run, don't walk away from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to boost employee morale, via spot bonuses, team outings, free company swag, FREE company gym membership, and regular company-wide town hall meetings. Get rid of executives that have a known, long history of mismanagement. Recognize that to compete in this industry and retain top talent, you need to pay at or above industry pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager IT
    Current Employee - Manager IT

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Money, easy to play the game if you know the politics

    Cons

    Terrible expectations set for your success/goals. All politics. Stuck in the stone age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the politics, groom younger employees who are knowledgable about cutting edge tech and allow them to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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