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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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3.5 21 reviews

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    I work for Hearst part time and it is a great company to work for and even offer their part time employees perks.

    Production Assistant (Current Employee) Albuquerque, NM

    ProsI get paid double for working holidays and have some paid time off as a part time employee.

    ConsI do not have any health benefits nor do I have a retirement plan with Hearst as a part time employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think overall, Hearst is a great company to work for, but maybe extend some partial benefits to part time employees as these are hard times and boosting employee morale will go a long way with just a little bit of extra effort on the part of company executives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Is it still the 1980s?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe company is one of the best run TV station broadcasters in the business. You're connected to the Hearst empire, which gives opportunities for high-achievers to connect with other groups of the media empire. Citizens United ruling will pad the earnings for companies like Hearst Television which will help alleviate some medium-term challenges facing this company and the rest of the industry.

    ConsUnfortunately all broadcasters are only good at the same "tactics" that made them successful through the 1980s. Hearst is especially prone to this because its a very top-down management style. I always got the feeling from station management that meeting your numbers was a do-or-die principle. Also the annual line-item budgeting process completely sidelined senior management for two months out of year and made it impossible to do anything else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is way too much fear of failing in the company, which means no one takes risks, which is bad for the future of this great company. It's impossible to think of launching any new opportunity if the focus is immediately evaluating whether you can generate 30-40% margins at launch so your "overall" numbers look good. That overbearing philosophy is short-sighted and doesn't bode well for the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Your experience may vary by market. Keeping this focused on "Corporate."

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSerious about news coverage. Loves winning awards and being competitive. Values local television. Some really impressive stations with long track records. You can be proud of working for Hearst.

    ConsTendency to be behind the times. Slow to respond to industry changes, such as social media. Hard to feel like there's growth opportunities within the company. Virtually no cooperation with other Hearst Corporation properties.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've spent last few years catching up with technology, don't fall behind again. Create in-house recruitment and training systems. Create ties with other Hearst Corp properties.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Position advancement and raises tend to be based on friendship and not job performance which lowers moral.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEnjoy most of the people i work with and environment is laid back

    Consbelow average pay and very few raises

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    A very big company that employees don't know all about...

    Videographer (Current Employee) Manchester, NH

    ProsJob descriptions are good.. Workflow is consistant, usually. Pay to freelance employees is quite low for the market. Equip and job facilities are good.

    ConsCompany is very big which makes it hard to know what your co-workers in another city maybe doing or getting paid even. Most of the tech is up to date only at the last minute.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire some, to top heavy. Employees are quite confused sometime about who is making which news judgement and when. Also, the weekend crews what there are of them are very small. Also, no managers work the weekends which is not always helpful.

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    In a word: "conservative."

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEthical news practices. Good vacation policy for long-term employees (up to 5 weeks).

    ConsLower pay compared to other media companies, management is overly conservative when it comes to covering stories that could put the company in jeopardy with advertisers or cause legal harm.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dealing with moments of rapid change.

    Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsA first class organization. When the company invests in a new property the upgrades are outstanding. The benefits package for employees is second to know one.

    ConsABC Affiliates are always the priority in the group. The corporate culture is very New York. That attitude sometimes does not play well in the South.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a closer look at local managements perspective. At the end of the day every where is not like New York City.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very hard to make headway with company if you haven't been there for several years.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHearst is one of the leaders in media. Having them as an employer opens many doors.

    ConsLarge company that is slow to move in the market place. Manager have been there for a long time and that limits creativity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove your GSM and LSM around. They get stale fast!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Traffic Director (Former Employee) Jackson, TN

    ProsGreat place to work! Good management, great co workers, good pay and compensation.

    ConsNo big turnover, hours are good family oriented and they know how to make work fun!

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair to all

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Overall Great Experience

    Intern (Current Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsWESH 2 News is one of the news leaders in a Top 20 market. They are some of the best in the business of local news and the internship program is extremely helpful if you are hoping to start a career in news. There are hands-on opportunities to help in the news gathering process and interns are expected to do just that.

    ConsThis is not really a con, but opportunities to help are typically not just handed to interns--they are there, but you really have to be a self-starter and reach out for them yourself.

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