Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
171 Reviews

3.4
171 Reviews
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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 seems to be more cut-throat and has become very disorganized (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    nice building facilities nice people good compensation

    Cons

    corporate politics, no bonus for analyst

  2.  

    Project Manager at Hearst

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with great brands and advertisers. There is room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Bonuses are dependent on sales hitting their goal, minimal to no salary increases, no reviews and the current morale is low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smart and engaged company, work-life balance is virtually non-existent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company has really solid values and is extraordinarily ethical. Their product and reputation are a strong addition to my resume.

    Cons

    My personal experience with a micro-manager boss has marred things, with almost no work-life balance I don't see how I can maintain my personal happiness and continue with this company. Office culture and morale at my job-site do not seem to be a concern of corporate execs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale and job-satisfaction need to be a bigger concern of management. Salary alone won't result in retention of talent. I would suggest a job-satisfaction survey every few years to determine which job-sites have issues, and address those issues quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Still Having Trouble From Print to Digital Conversion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hearst has a very excellent benefit package and good, but compensation is not that great. Hearst Corporation has a good reputation as a news leader. Received some on-the-job training.

    Cons

    Not many career opportunities. Plus the salaries and compensation are not at all that great. They also gave salespeople a crummy cell phone to use a tracking device so upper management can track your every move. Quite strange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Privacy and trust with employees would be great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A wonderful first job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A friendly, dynamic company with the best people to work with.

    Cons

    The company has gone above and beyond to help me grow so no cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Looking for growth, autonomy and open-minded creative thinking? YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIND IT HERE.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Learning & Development  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Learning & Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building
    Smart people
    Delicious cafeteria foods and snacks
    Looks great on your background
    Helps you build a thicker skin since you have to to deal with the ruthless sharks in this place...

    Cons

    Significantly below market salaries
    Stubborn management who will throw subordinates under the bus at the drop of a hat.
    No internal mobility
    Lack of honest communication or integrity
    No social culture at all
    If you attempt to think "outside of the box" you will be pushed out, I left on my own - but saw this firsthand from several people on my team. Some of the best in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate your talent from within, learn to think outside the box so that you can compete with other media outlets and not have the best people run to your competitors. Improve how you communicate and learn to listen rather than push people out because they didn't agree with you the first time. Also, embrace diversity - things like letting slender people wear what they want and not letting someone curvy wear the same thing is not only demoralizing, but also ILLEGAL. As are criticizing people for external things like nail color, hair style, etc. Natural hair as long as clean and well kept is NOT a crime - but the attitudes of women in higher positions IS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best internship experience

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

    I worked at Hearst Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    A variety of projects to take on - from editing to product testing. I really enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    Not many cons. Company culture could be more integrative

  9.  

    Lots of opportunities once in the company.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Salaries are fair. Once you are in one magazine, it's possible to switch to another one easily. Once you are at Hearst, the company looks out for you.

    Cons

    In magazines, long hours are expected. The goal is to get the mag out on time, no matter how late you have to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In senior positions, that is, jobs that are not billed by the hour, some considerations should be given to the number of hours and late nights one has to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Associate Designer

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building / workspace, great team to work with, knowledgeable mentor that took the time to teach and advise

    Cons

    Unstable career path, especially in editorial field. Never know when a magazine will fold or when a team will get laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a company as large as Hearst, I would hope that if there is a time when a magazine folds, that the company would do it's best to place the employees elsewhere within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, great building but horrible benefits and incredibly decentralized

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Corporation

    Pros

    Cash rich company with a real sense of direction from a product perspective. They have brought on some new and exciting leaders that will help with the drive to digital. The building is incredible and the gym and doctors office perks are great. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    I have been working for big companies for almost 20 years and the Hearsts benefits package is pathetic. Not to mention when you get hired you have to wait almost 2 months to get them. That is unacceptable for a large company. The 401k match is a joke. The company is so decentralized it's also inefficient in some areas. HR is different in every unit and some like Hearst Newspapers are lacking HR. Core functions like HR, finance, IT etc should all be centralized for efficiency. Good news is they have started this for IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your assets not just your brands. Work on some real benefits.

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