Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. As good as anywhere else

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

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The pay for union members is competitive. The company is big enough to allow for movement

    Cons

    not very people friendly ... its the bottom line or they will show you the door

    Advice to Management

    Try a little employee development, instead of just hovering around waiting to blame someone for something


  2. Helpful (2)

    Art Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Greed At The Top, Exploitation All The Way Down

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor
    Former Employee - Senior Editor

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good cafeteria. Free ATM. Good fitness center.

    Cons

    Once a family-run publishing company that put out great magazines and TV shows, paid workers well, and treated them fairly, Meredith is now a typical corporate miasma of executive greed, office politics, and mediocre products. Staffers go years without raises while the CEO and his cronies boost their pay into the stratosphere. Layoffs and product cancellations are frequent; consequently office politics are toxic. This is a great place to work if you want to spend your time back stabbing your fellow workers; if you want to do quality work, go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and let a new breed of managers try their hand.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Old media company trying to stay relevant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 place to wear many hats and have a relatively balanced life.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Very positive, creative environment. Great colleagues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    You're replaceable. They'll find someone cheaper and throw you out at any given time!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Big brand, that's about it.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, fake people and you're only temporary. They won't honor your hard work and treat you like a piece of trash when someone cheaper comes along.

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying crappy little websites but invest more in your own employees!


  9. Solid company, good benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    too busy buying companies to do anything right

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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