Hearst Corporation

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Hearst Corporation Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
170 Reviews

3.4
170 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful internship environment

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

    Pros

    Everyone on the editorial staff was friendly and professional. They gave proactive and interested interns the chance to contribute to and learn from the whole process of creating magazine content. Great opportunities to build journalism skills, including interviewing sources and extensive researching.

    Cons

    A travel stipend would make the internship program even better for students, especially for those commuting from towns outside of NYC.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Intern

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

    Pros

    Hearst is an amazing company and I felt important being there, even as an intern. The building is beautiful, too.

    Cons

    Wanted to write more than I did and was tasked with social media. I wish the position description related my actual intern duties better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intern structure wasn't set up well. I always had to ask for tasks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Top notch company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with long term visibly within a cash-rich corporation.

    Cons

    Doesn't promote within. Tend to look outside the company for mid level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overlook the employees who work hard to make you look good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great building and perks, very nice location and people. The work life balance is good and is normal 9-5 format.

    Cons

    A bit rigid in structure compared with a more entreprenueral workplace.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Digital Media Consultant position is the worst job I ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Consultant
    Current Employee - Media Consultant

    Pros

    Discounted Hearst magazine subscription. Free tickets to events that the company sponsors. Nice co-workers. 401 K match at six percent. Okay health benefits.

    Cons

    You will not make a dime in commissions unless you meet your quota, which is unrealistic. You are not allowed to contact or up-sell any business you sold once the contract has been signed. They have a team that maintains your accounts and gets credit for up-selling the businesses you brought in. There are no clearly defined territories so everyone is stepping over each other's toes. They have a 50 percent cancellation rate, so chargebacks will eat away at any meager commissions you receive. You will basically live on your base salary. It is one step forward, two steps back. High turnover, high burnout rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit throwing money at the problems by continuing to hire more layers of upper management and giving them hefty salaries believing they have a magic wand to turn things around. Give those on the front lines some respect. After all, they are getting the feedback from the customers and potential customers. Give Media Consultants commission for selling a new business without holding out the money until they reach their quota. It is demoralizing and kills their drive to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits, but lack of direction

    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Fair benefits, great base, company that is in a transition between print and digital. Managers were good, hard working people, but we're limited to products that that did not really help small business success in their digital marketing campaigns.

    Cons

    No clear direction for digital media account executives. Sub par products in the market place that were not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many packages that are outdated for the small business. Focus and specialize in one vertical and branch out from there.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Made lasting connections as an intern, senior editors willing to help a recent graduate out. Never felt overworked or undermined.

    Cons

    Would have liked to write more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Solid in Seattle

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Work hard, paid well lots of opportunity to earn.

    Cons

    Expensive benefits, operations done in another office make last minute launches hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing Karl.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Hearst is a well established company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience, but no room for growth.

    Cons

    The salaries are not fair to the employees.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hearst Digital has got it together

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

    Pros

    At least when I was there, Hearst was pretty much the only one of the major publishers who had a clue about what to do with digital (esp compared to Conde Nast and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia). Smart people, and pretty nimble about technological changes. The CMS was custom built in-house, so it was much easier to get problems worked on and upgraded than with outside systems.

    And the Hearst Tower, what a glorious building! So much natural light. And the corporate gym. Oh, the corporate gym. That was the best perk I had at a job ever. EVER!

    Cons

    Salaries. They are really on the low side of competitive. Also, not much room for advancement. Have heard of lots of changes in Digital lately that have led to low, low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY MORE! Give more opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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