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Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
112 Reviews
3.7
112 Reviews
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Meredith Corporation President, CEO, and Director Steve Lacy
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62 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people and work-life balance is important (in 13 reviews)

  • Overall work environment is pleasant at times, highly political at other times (in 7 reviews)


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

  • During time I was there our department switched from being based in Des Moines to NY (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    "Family" corporation that needs more family.

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    Former Employee - Corporate Research  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate Research in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people - hard, smart workers. I had a great manager which made a big difference. Collaborated with various teams to produce meaningful results. Team building initiatives were welcome and appreciated.

    Cons

    Constant fear of lay-offs. Fear of ever-popular "re-orgs" which seem to leave everyone with more work for the same amount of pay. Department often lost headcount. Not much room to grow title-wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need to know more of what's going on. Constant fear of staff reduction is hard to thrive under. Provide performance incentives. For a company that depends entirely on "family" consumers, it doesn't always treat its employees that way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, nice office, people in the department were very nice

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    Former Employee - Fashion Department  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fashion Department in New York, NY

    I worked at Meredith Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Its a great company. Lots of different magazines to work for. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Fast paced, no room for error, hard to contact upper management if you have a problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Meredith Corporation is a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    healthy living benefits are the best. They also do a physical once a year which is benificial if you don't go to the doctor all that much

    Cons

    corporate needs to listen better to employees. People from corporate came one year to check in but didn't really listen to what they employees were trying to say.

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  5.  

    Meredith ok publishing company for midwest.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    Meredith had a great reputation and hire best in their class.

    Cons

    Too many lay offs in the last few years. They seem to be more interested in the bottom line than keeping good people.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Old School but Stable

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    Current Employee - Executive Editor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compared to other magazine companies, the work hours are sane (at least at my magazine), the managers respectful and thoughtful, and the product something to be proud of. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Shrinking staff although no big layoffs recently. Lots of temps doing work of fulltime employees. Most people stuck in jobs that are stable but with no raises or opportunity for advancement. Still, this is better than layoffs and 10-12 hour days that can be the norm at CNP and Hearst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to reward staff in ways other than salary increase. Or hell, find a way to give a salary increase. It's been too long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong Company with a Well-Defined Focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart management; Meredith has shown itself to be an innovator in 360 marketing; it may not have the glamorous reputation of Conde Nast but Meredith has great core brands and products and knows how to make the most of them

    Cons

    Constant acquisitions lead to frequent "restructurings" and rounds of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is top-heavy; provide more opportunities for junior and mid-level staff to grow and evelop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Entry Level positions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great People, Great environment very much enjoyed working here.

    Cons

    No room for growth, little internal movement, no money

    Approves of CEO
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    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    Had opportunities to advance, appreciation for hard work, benefits are excellent

    Cons

    Some of the people they hire in Management positions are absolute idiots...and they are given carte blanche to fire anyone they like, even if it ruins the hard won work of solid excellent employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink who you hire in General Manager positions, maybe the standards that you think are necessary are also detrimental to long term success with staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great guidance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    Senior associates gave great guidance and taught me a lot about the industry. Developed my assets to the best of my ability

    Cons

    Unfortunately as an intern I was not compensated but that often comes with the territory of an undergrad internship

  11.  

    Playing It Safe

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people, good attitudes towards employees with families.

    Cons

    They don't understand the creative side of the businesses they are in very well. They are very good at the business side of things and have a very healthy bottom line, which is great, but they need to support and encourage real creativity with money, strategy and enthusiasm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be afraid of change and new ideas. These can make money too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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