Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Steven R. Swartz
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Pros
  • The work life balance is good and is normal 9-5 format (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, Great experiences, (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Disconnect with upper management (in 12 reviews)

  • In magazines, long hours are expected (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Fabulous Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams who take care about their own and promote from within if they can. Healthy environment, hard working and fun. Are privately owned so they are run a bit like a smaller company. You get the power and support of a corporation without some of the issues that make a public company a less enjoyable entity.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than Conde Naste and their are fewer material perks. You have to love working in their newer building that doesn't have any offices. Unless you are high up you won't have an office but a low cubicle. I find hearing very on else's conversations and not having any privacy during the day very distracting. I am not someone who likes having people approach me from behind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your humanity. You culture is what makes you special. Your yearly sales meetings are a time for inspiration so don't forget the people left back at the office providing support for those attending workshops and meetings you put together. The little people at the company are your first point of contact in many cases. Educate both from the too down and the bottom up.

    Hearst Corporation Response

    Jul 6, 2015Recruiter

    The open floor design on most floors is meant to encourage group collaboration, while keeping teamwork transparent and fluid. It also allows people to approach one another in a warm welcoming way.


  2. ELLE Magazine

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

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    My team is incredibly supportive, dedicated, and intelligent. I think this varies magazine to magazine.

    Cons

    Because it's a large corporation, my immediate supervisor, and our boss, have to run significant changes by the corporate team.


  3. low salaries, too corporate

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

    I worked at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Hearst has nice offices and a nice company cafeteria.

    Cons

    Hearst pays low editorial salaries compared with other similar companies. Too much corporate red tape; often, they value mind-numbing, overly time-consuming processes rather than allowing individual managers to create efficient procedures tailored to their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more competitive salaries.

    Hearst Corporation Response

    Jul 6, 2015Recruiter

    We have made a significant effort recently to improve and modernize our processes in order to appeal to all groups in a cross functional pattern. One example is our brand new internal learning and ... More


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  5. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Credit Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Credit Analyst in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Laid back work enviroment.
    Decent pay.
    Good Management.

    Cons

    slow advancement.
    small raises.
    Lack of work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more promotion opportunities.
    better raises for promotions.


  6. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative company
    Access to management
    Quickly changing

    Cons

    No room for growth in Chicago
    Bad pay


  7. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

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

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall Hearst offers a great physical working environment--nice building, great cafeteria, gym, etc. The culture encourages the sharing of ideas, creative thinking and accessibility.

    Cons

    There can be too many layers and hurdles to get things done. Working with the Hearst Digital team can be challenging as there still does not seem to be a clear process after years of changes.

    Advice to Management

    Give more visibility to employees in more junior positions and opportunities to grow. Some of the cost cutting moves seem to be shortsighted and will result in poor morale and lost business

    Hearst Corporation Response

    Jul 1, 2015Recruiter

    Scaleability is essential here and we keep our teams agile and small in order to promote collaboration. We offer everyone in HDM the opportunity to be strategic and grow.


  8. Helpful (5)

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

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands, people and work environment. Digital team has come a long way. Now everyone from a sales, marketing and post sales account mgmt actually has a digital back ground. As opposed to two years ago when it was a few print people trying to sell as manage digital campaigns.

    Cons

    Horrific maternity leave. Only pay 6 weeks. Force employee to use one week of their annual vacation. Employee then has the option to use the rest of their annual vacation toward their maternity leave - but then has no more vacation for the rest of the year. The rest of the 3-month maternity leave (which the employee only gets bc of the FMLA, which essentially treats maternity leave like a medical leave) is unpaid. This from a company whose brands portray the image of building women up. And a huge % of the company is women. It's shameful.

    Advice to Management

    Step up your maternity leave policy and be competitive with where other companies are. Time Inc has 4 months @ full pay. So does Rodale. Google and Facebook are 6 months. You talk about being leaders in the industry? Then lead by example and show the women who work so hard for you and the Hearst family how much you appreciate them. Otherwise "bring your child to work day" is just a joke and slap in the face.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Worst work experience ever

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

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, many nice, hard working people

    Cons

    Stuffy. Senior senior support staff guard their bosses offices & don't do much work nor help new admins learn the culturez

    Advice to Management

    HR Generalists should be assigned to each group/division. Employees should be able to reach out to them in a confidential manner and should not receive retaliation (in the form of termination) for being given that right.


  10. Amazing experience and great people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Beside the location, the Hearst Tower is located two blocks from Central Park and beside the great architecture of the building, mixing old with new, Hearst is a wonderful place to work. They have smart innovative people who want to grow the business beyond publishing.

    Cons

    Some of the major players in Hearst are a bit dated and narrowed minded. They truly cannot see past their own experiences and realize how much the landscape of America has changed. Hearst Corp. is a 125 year old budiness

    Advice to Management

    Mix it up a bit and hire a vast array of folks from the entire spectrum of America


  11. Helpful (2)

    Terrible Opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Hearst Corporation (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrible comp plan, horribly run by unprofessionals

    Cons

    Terrible comp plan, horribly run by unprofessional's, terrible product that doesn't perform.



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