IDG Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at IDG

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IDG was a great company to work for

    Cons

    Not much chance to advance your career

    Advice to Management

    Awesome work environment and comfortable place to work.


  2. A once-proud company fallen on hard times

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IDG full-time (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent health and other benefits, commitment to creating quality product. Legacy culture is proud, intellectual, kind. Great work-life balance -- you are not expected to work evenings and weekends except in extreme circumstances. Wonderful coworkers.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic with lots of meetings and managers who seem to do nothing but protect their turf. Too many managers and not enough producers of actual work. Company has been downsizing on and off since 2008, so the threat of losing your job looms large over day to day decision making. Slow to adapt to changes in the industry.


  3. Disappearing jobs in tech journalism

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDG part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    IDG's leadership in technology publishing have long made it a fantastic place to work. You will undoubtably have great coworkers if you work here and the benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    Management can be unpredictable, especially now that the publishing industry is constantly under siege. Layoffs and reorganizations are common.


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  5. It was better in the old days

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Framingham, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture, easy commute, fun people

    Cons

    No real path to future growth, a number of veterans were moved out and their experience is missed


  6. great place to learn and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I worked at IDG full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    very nice people i'd say

    Cons

    not sure i cna think of one.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


  7. Can't see the future in the rear view

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I have been working at IDG full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, The Thought Leader

    Cons

    Rigid reporting structure, new ideas frowned upon. Plays favorites

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  8. Great place to work with friendly people who care.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President of Product Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Product Development in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDG

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice benefits, they care about work-life balance. They do a nice job of letting the individual business units set their own direction.

    Cons

    They may pay a little less than some companies, but make up for this a bit in quality benefits. They've been around a long time, so they are sometimes slower than a start-up to pursue new opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting the people first - you've done that in the past and it's served you well. Keep taking chances on new business opportunities even if some of them bomb, because it's the only way to avoid stagnation, and some will be winners.


  9. Long

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Production Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDG

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, autonomy, great staff

    Cons

    Human Resources sucked. Upper management changed alot near the end of my tenure

    Advice to Management

    Relax


  10. Helpful (1)

    Some good people making the best of it in the midst of a huge industry change.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDG

    Pros

    Everyone is very proud of the magazine. And there's a huge enthusiasm for the industry, in particular for Apple and Apple's products, that permeates every aspect of the job. They're also very flexible about working from home - many employees telecommute part-time. And the perks of working for an IDG subsidiary include an excellent benefits package, including same-sex partner benefits, great health care coverage and a good 401K program.

    Cons

    At some point in the past the company merged accounting and general operations with PCWorld, and it's the PCWorld side of the fence that now manages the business. Their attitude towards Macworld is often dismissive and condescending, and the senior management seems to view quality content as a commodity product. A lot of editorial and sales functions have been sidelined with really onerous data management tasks that should be handled by a more transparent and simpler input workflow which simply doesn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting data management get in the way of letting people do their jobs. As important as measurable metrics are, they shouldn't replace sales people talking to advertisers and editorial people writing quality content.


  11. Vanilla

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Framingham, MA

    I worked at IDG

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Independent minded culture is appreciated by most employees

    Cons

    Lack of direction from mid-senior management

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunity for advancement



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