M. Shanken Communications

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M. Shanken Communications Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Peaceful, low stress environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications full-time

    Pros

    Daily work life is very low-stress across the board. Many people stay here for 8+ years as a result! It's a very laid back environment, with decent perks. Health insurance, paid time off, wine giveaways, there's even a company softball team to join.

    Cons

    Pay is a lot lower than what you'd get elsewhere for a similar title... but you do a lot less work and have limited stress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was overall a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management leaves you alone to do your job.

    Cons

    The people in Sr. Management have only worked at this company so they are unable to bring new, fresh, needed ideas to a traditional media company. It is very frustrating to work with people with such a limited vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive with new technologies and ways of doing things.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Absolutely no room for GROWTH!

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Retail Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and some nice people.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible, the work was boring, and the president is in denial that people actually care to purchase hard copies of magazines in this day and age. Also, there was no room for growth and a lot of people were laid off due to the lack of sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reason for your high turnover is because you don't take the time to appreciate your employees and the pay is below market standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People no growth

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    wine give aways, get to attend some in house events, casual dress can wear jeans and sneakers. People are friendly enough.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you are in there is basically no growth. Decent pay could always be better. Many people are in limbo. No offer for wine tasting classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher Pay and employee appreciation goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have to say that I do miss the perks of this place. When they clean out their wine cellar or what have you, they place them out for the employees to take.

    Cons

    If you have allergies, asthma, or any other breathing problems don't bother stepping foot in this building. Since Cigar Aficionado is also a publication of theirs, they usually have tons of cigars on hand and some higher ups smoke while in their office, one or two would be okay but for the whole lot to be doing it all day? It's just a bit much. The stench coming off that floor hits you like a brick wall as the elevator doors open. I don't think it was all but just a hand full of the same ones doing it all the time without concern for anyone’s health.

    They hire younger people and make it seem like they are doing a favor for you by giving you this job—most likely so they didn’t have to shell out much for your compensation. Even tells you that some people would kill for a job here. What they don't tell you is that it's only for 3 months... so they will hire one person and keep them there for a month then hire another as a backup assistant and after three month they let the first go and then hire another from a temp agency.

    The assistant before me was fired right at the 90 day period (in some companies there's a probation period) which, I would imagine, they would hold fast to in case of some kind of legal accusation. I was offered the position but the salary they offer was way below par, especially in NY, and required long daunting hours, with a side of verbal abuse. Eventually someone was hired to replace me; of course I was out within my three month period.

    The other VPs in the company to my knowledge was very nice, professional, and do not abuse the probation period. I would love to find out if there's a way to protect employees or individuals from this type of policy abuse. Everyone there turned a blind eye. However, it was mentioned that they have been countless assistants for that particular individual, so beware! Remember that everyone working in HR is paid by the company, and therefore isn’t working for you but the company.

     I got the impression that this company cares only to fill their pockets, nothing else. I'm completely turned off by the entire brand; I would never spend a dime on any of their publications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Recognize abusive behaviors, don't turn a blind eye because they are among your top 5 sales people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Laid Back but No Opportunity to Grow

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Telemarketer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Telemarketer in New York, NY

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual, Good work ethic, Respectful, Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow
    Low pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great place to work and very professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome team
    Lots of events
    Company Culture
    No dress code

    Cons

    No cons besides opportunity to grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Kleptocratic Publisher

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

    I worked at M. Shanken Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A recognizable good brand. Great Brand on your resume.

    If you are bright and want to get your foot in the door in the worlds of high end luxury this is a good place to start. Famous enough to be recognized, but not big enough to make it difficult to get hired.

    Cons

    First and foremost glossy magazine brands aside this is a family business. It's a glorified mom and pop masquerading as a corporation. Do not be fooled by the celebs on the covers. So right then and there this is not your typical corporate setting. However there are great family run businesses and not so great ones. This one unfortunately falls into the latter.

    Working here is like having a glimpse of what it would have been like to live in the old Soviet Union. Upper management is dominated by lifers who have been there 30+ years. So there is zero chance for advancement beyond the middle management tier.

    Therefore the goal is only to make the CEO happy, and by extension his children who also work there. All other considerations are secondary. You will not get promoted and you probably will not get paid very much. Your job will be frustrating beyond belief because your boss whomever that person may be will have been there so long that they will have zero concept how modern business works. They've been living in "Shankenland" too long. Their only interest is keeping the CEO happy and reaching retirement.

    Forget about doing anything new or innovative either. This company is so risk averse that they only undertake new initiatives way way after every other competitor has done is and the road is well travelled.

    Best Advice. Get Hired stay long enough to get the resume credit and bounce. There is nothing else for you there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to the sycophants around you that have been feeding garbage for 30 years and get some new blood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ehh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications

    Pros

    There are definitely great perks for working here, such as industry events, free wine, restaurant openings, and much more. They certainly support a good balance of work/personal life.

    Cons

    Upper management has zero idea what is important to the functionality and success of the company. Being that it is family ran, they are more interested in immediately lining their pockets, rather having an innovative approach to the changing print market. If they had a more innovative approach, this company would be much more successful and profitable, then they are. Also, zero morale among employees, based upon low wages, and awful corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation and forward thinking would help to bring this company into the future. If they continue on the path of the last 25 years, there is really no hope.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Industry leader with sacrifices

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Wine Spectator Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at M. Shanken Communications

    Pros

    The company is a leader in the wine and beverage industry and offers exceptional exposure. They also offer a safe and fair work place, with traditional 9-5 hours and a relatively low stress environment.

    Cons

    This is a company that lacks management skills and the ability to develop, motivate and promote. It also lacks vision, innovation and ability to change. Upper management is secretive and dishes out orders rather than engaging in discussions, they also expect a full commitment from the employee yet will not offer the same in return. The top tier of employees are paid very well, while middle and entry level salaries are severely depressed. Benefits meet the bare minimum, with high copays, no contribution to 401k and a pathetic, non-transparent profit sharing plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to make serious investments in the future, both in terms of developing the business and developing talent. And when they do, they also need to make decisions that support long-term goals rather than looking for the cheap quick fix on which to float by for another year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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