Hearst Television Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to be apart of..

    Cons

    Some days are super long.. No real complaints..


  2. Producer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television

    Pros

    Television experience, work with different news departments, meet great people in the community

    Cons

    Poor management, ideas don't get executed, some favoritism

    Advice to Management

    More forward thinking and executing ideas as they come


  3. Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Television

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

    Pros

    Got lunch break was good

    Cons

    Learned nothing i could take


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  5. Strong leadership with good visions.

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

    I worked at Hearst Television full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Piggybacks off the "Hearst culture". Strong leadership and willing to promote from within (though station-experience is a must for this). Chairman is one of the most genuine people I've ever met and had the pleasure working for. Solid and personable executives.

    Cons

    A little bit on the old-school side. Unless you're coming from within the industry or one of their stations, you'll never make it to anywhere near the top. If you don't speak up and force a conversation about compensation, things may never automatically happen. And if you're from NYC, you're most likely limited from moving into a leadership role. Odd as that may seem, it only stresses how much they value station/market experience and aren't open to training from within.


  6. How I see it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, dynamic workplace. Brilliant people.

    Cons

    Place is huge. Hard to sometimes make connections with co-workers that aren't immediately in your office/department.

    Advice to Management

    Keep company values front and center.


  7. Is it still the 1980s?

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

    I worked at Hearst Television full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Unfortunately 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 Management

    There 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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television full-time

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

    Pros

    Serious 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.

    Cons

    Tendency 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 Management

    You'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.


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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television

    Pros

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

    Cons

    below average pay and very few raises


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

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    Current Employee - Videographer in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Videographer in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Hearst Television part-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 Management

    Fire 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Hearst Television part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    I 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.



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