Hearst Television

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Hearst Television Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
23 Reviews
3.5
23 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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    Current Employee - Production Assistant  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Hearst Television part-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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    How I see it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television part-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep company values front and center.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good first internship

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Interns see a lot of action, chance to take on new tasks and responsibilities, small team so you really get to meet people

    Cons

    Unpaid, intern system is unorganized, low morale with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your employees are working in a position that is satisfying to them...few people actually liked their jobs. Also keep closer tabs on intern system. There were many miscommunications.

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  5.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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.

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    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.

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    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst Television full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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    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

  8.  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    In a word: "conservative."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lower 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.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dealing with moments of rapid change.

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    ABC 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move your GSM and LSM around. They get stale fast!

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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