Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Meredith Corporation President, CEO, and Director Steve Lacy
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Pros
  • Good people and work-life balance is important (in 14 reviews)

  • The hours are flexible, and if you're a full-time employee there are great benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management understands the work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Very cookie cutter/corporate when it comes to work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and rewarding work, audience gives great feedback. Solid benefits.

    Cons

    You are a cog in the machine. Your skills are viewed as entirely replaceable by someone cheaper. If you have not been promoted after 2-3 years you are viewed as damaged goods. Outside talent always hired over in-house candidate.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better across silos. Take more chances on new content and products.

  2. It was a fun, interesting time, one of my favorite jobs ever.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    Happy people, good environment
    Flexible schedule, Good benefits, Opportunity to learn many things

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate well.
    Will hire temps or part time workers, but want full time workers without paying them benefits.
    I was promised benefits several times, but it took almost a year to get them.
    Pay is not great, but would work there again because I enjoyed other aspects of the company.

    Advice to Management

    I had a wonderful experience working at Meredith. I would have management communicate with employees better.

  3. Art Director

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working hours, people are generally nice

    Cons

    Too many layoffs very scary work environment because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Quit reorganizing every two years and throwing everyone out.

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  5. Old media company trying to stay relevant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands, smart CEO, dedicated workforce, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Aging audience and brands, declining print revenue, B-grade digital leadership and workforce. AllRecipes.com acquisition was smart, but then they Meredith-ized it (a word that means "optimized but in such a way that it becomes less efficient"). Digital is held up as the future of the company but can't seem to turn a profit and continues to be propped up by print. Layoffs are an annual ritual, which is good for bottom line but bad for morale and employee loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep CEO, replace CDO.

  6. Great experience working for Meredith Corporation

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    Former Freelancer - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The company environment is pleasant and professional.

    Cons

    Equipment is not fully up to date with all employees.

    Advice to Management

    Know the infrastructure of exactly how the product is produced.

  7. Great place to wear many hats and have a relatively balanced life.

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    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation

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

    Pros

    I worked in the Hispanic Media department. The team is small and feels like family. For a person that wants to learn, this is a great area to shine on your position and get your hands on other stuff that is of your interest too. People are super friendly, supervisors are very accesible, can be flexible, and love to share your achievements with upper management and the rest of the team.

    Cons

    Sometimes work can get a quite hectic, specially when someone is out... hours can be long sometimes. Corporate benefits are not great, but other perks make up for it. Growth might be difficult sometimes because of the amount of layers it takes for approval.

    Advice to Management

    My personal experience with management has been great. I know they make the best out of what they are being given.

  8. Very positive, creative environment. Great colleagues.

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    Former Employee - Editor in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Editor in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employees held to standards. Ideas welcome.

    Cons

    Sometimes worked long hours on a tight deadline.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunity to middle management--leadership.

  9. Solid company, good benefits

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

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

    Pros

    If the magazine is in good standing (and your position is solid), you could have a long, satisfying career there.

    Cons

    New Oxford package isn't that great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting the good people and keep office morale positive.

  10. Good people, but old school company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

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

    Pros

    Lots of nice people, strong relationships built

    Cons

    Hard to move up the ladder, difficult to compete in the marketplace still being print-focused

    Advice to Management

    Lose the silos

  11. too busy buying companies to do anything right

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation

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

    Pros

    none that I can think of

    Cons

    so busy buying companies then bungling the actual integration of these companies into their daily work lives. constant reorgs. constant layoffs. management could care less about how/if things are really working -- they just constantly tinker like the employees are pieces in the chess match of their pleasure.

    Advice to Management

    tune in to the people that work there. actually CARE - don't just SAY you do because it's obvious you don't. give people the tools to thrive (and yes, sometimes that actually costs you money but in the long run it pays off)

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