Meredith Corporation

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Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
125 Reviews
3.4
125 Reviews
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Meredith Corporation President, CEO, and Director Steve Lacy
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation

    Pros

    Smart people, non competitive, good properties

    Cons

    little room for advancement, slow to innovate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top heavy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Had an excellent career, great coworkers

    Cons

    Senior VP's lack intimate knowledge of their department heads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you don't hire micro managers :)

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    "Family" corporation that needs more family.

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (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
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  5.  

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

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation as an intern (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
  6.  

    Meredith Corporation is a great company to work for

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meredith Corporation part-time (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.

  7.  

    Meredith ok publishing company for midwest.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Old School but Stable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Meredith Corporation (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
  9.  

    Entry Level positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Strong Company with a Well-Defined Focus

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

    I worked at Meredith Corporation full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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

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