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Maxim Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very positive environment from an intern's perspective.

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    Former Employee - Photo Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photo Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Maxim as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to build your resume as a student.
    Will gain vast amounts of experience both on set and in the office.
    Way more office parties, fun and freedom than most corporations.

    Cons

    Unlikeliness of future full-time employment.
    No compensation for lunch, travel or time.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to grow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxim

    Pros

    Great benefits, tons of opportunities to grow within and great pay

    Cons

    More training for particular jobs are needed if you want the proper turn around needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees to be the best that they can be rather than giving them unreasonable deadlines.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Photo Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Photo Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photo Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Maxim as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are really nice. Active atmosphere, love the happy hour.It's a shame that they got rid of it.

    Cons

    low payment, constant management shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Financial is a big problem.Wasting is so common everywhere in the office.

    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Maxim as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Maxim projects a great work environment where employees really enjoy interacting with one another and making work less of a hassle while still maintaining a professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Compensation was less than expected and at times I felt as though my full potential was not being completely utilized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I received a general feel that the younger employees were disappointed with their compensation and many left for other companies due to this reason. I would advise management to increase compensation or institute a new benefits program for their younger employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Use to be a great place to work at

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxim (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I use to work here back in the 2000's. It was a great place to work, people were good to work with, very laid back.

    Cons

    Extremely poor upper management. Maxim and it's other magazines got bought out by capital management firm and it went completely downhill. They tried to bring in all these morons from print media and it went to crap. They didn't know what they were doing,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to hire has-beens from print media backgrounds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to start a career

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

    I worked at Maxim full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility early. Smart, funny coworkers. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Poor pay, poor management, poor overall business strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring old media personalities thinking they'll save the magazine. Focus on the web or you're doomed.

  8.  

    It was a cool place to work at....until the new owners came in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maxim full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with and great upper management until they either decided to leave or got fired for petty reasons.

    Great events and resources until the new owners took over and started penny pinching.

    Cons

    The new owners came in and created a hostile work environment through fear and intimidation. The owners have no clear direction on where to take the brand. They have no clue about the media/magazine industry nor do they know what is content. The dude seriously asked what is content during a meeting.

    I give it less than six months to tank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great people + Casual + Unconventional + Massively Disorganized"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Maxim full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are what make this company GREAT. Very social.
    It's smaller than you think, so if you're driven you can get your hands into multiple projects, outside your defined job description.
    The vibe is casual and comfortable. Very few teams are micro-managed. You can stroll in 10 minutes late and it's no big deal.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no structure in place when it comes to A LOT of things. No one has been reviewed in YEARS. Raises are an anomaly. Aggressive sales people will get their way, even if it goes against what's best for the company as a whole. Upper level management don't currently get along which has caused major rifts between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play nice with other members of upper-level management, even if you have to pretend. Personal grievances shouldn't bleed into the professional landscape so one department feels divided from another.
    Compensate the employees that deserve it.
    The editorial and content are stale and the brand needs a re-boot if it wants to be competitive again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a really great place to work before it got sold to a private equity company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY

    I worked at Maxim full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people, It always seems to attract a great set of people to work with.

    Cons

    Publishing is not growth industry to say the least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish you the best of luck. When I left there were attempts to diversify into other media, but if the recent reports of the attempts to sell are any indication things are not going well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for networking and experience across multiple platforms, not a career-oriented place you settle at

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Events/Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Events/Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at Maxim full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment (it's Maxim), most employees are laid back and easy to get along with, excellent opportunities to carve out your own path and take on/learn new responsibilities that are outside your range of experience.

    Cons

    Very long hours in the office and weekend events = poor work/life balance, no clear direction from management regarding overall brand objectives, personal responsibilities, issues/disputes with internal and external counterparts, building revenue often means sacrificing editorial integrity and employee satisfaction, raises/promotions are far and few between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees across all disciplines should be given a clear understanding of what their responsibilities and expectations are

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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