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Meredith Corporation Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
107 Reviews

3.6
107 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 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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  1.  

    It was a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital Media  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital Media in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good properties with good teamwork. Strong corporate sales team that works well internally. I had plenty of opportunity and responsibility.

    Cons

    Still a print company. While they expanded their agency business in the digital space, they have been slow on the consumer side.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Once great company to work for now barely ok

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Excellent facilities

    Cons

    Opaque job advancement & salaries
    Few advancement opportunities
    Culture deteriorating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open salary and grades for positions!

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    very good place to learn and grow

    Cons

    silo business groups--not very good communication between business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

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  5.  

    Nice, comfortable place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    People are very friendly and supportive. There are many people willing to help you if you need it. Work/life balance is very good. They seem to be phasing these positions out, but I did know several people who had flex work schedules. I rarely worked a night past 7, and the office location is convenient for those commuting to Westchester/CT.

    Cons

    They communicate to the employees very clearly about which brands receive the bulk of the investment dollars, so if you are not at one of those brands, it is easy to feel overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for the various departments and new companies to work together.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Typical Mid-West business culture, demonstrating a high level of self-preservation for headquarters’ core team.

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    Former Employee - Production Support Services  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Support Services in New York, NY

    Pros

    Solid industry recognition and stability, with good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Headquarters’ managers are not in touch with branch employee’s value. They are not qualified problem solvers, only asks bloviated questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the redundancy in un-necessary managers at headquarters’ and learn to fully understand the reports and workload of branch offices’.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, generous time off, industry perks, good location, schedule flexibility, and prioritizes employee health (free yoga, gym discounts, assistance for smokers, etc). Meredith strives to stay up to date with technology and industry standards.

    Cons

    My particular department had no room for advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everyone at Meredith is extremely helpful, and pleasant to work with.

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    Former Employee - New Media and Marketing Web Production Contractor  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - New Media and Marketing Web Production Contractor in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    -Meredith Corporation has an extremely Professional, yet relaxed working environment. As long as you complete your work, and do so properly, you will be valued as an employee. You will gain cosistent feedback from experienced managers or supervisors. All of your fellow colleagues will be more than willing to provide help whenever needed, and never look down on you for asking questions. the best advice I can give to anyone who hopes to work their is to be assertive and ambitious. Once you complete your personal objectives, ask for more work to do. In the 8 months I worked there, I was given a promotion because of my willingness to take on any projects necessary. If you are willing to put in the effort, you can gain a lot of valuable experience from Meredith.

    Cons

    I was an intern so the pay was a little below what I hoped it would be.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, not the best place to work.

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, very comfortable pay range, beautiful building with interesting history.

    Cons

    Employees are not appreciated and overworked. Hiring and promotions are based on educational level; work experience is not taken into consideration. Poor training, lack of communication between managerial personnel and subordinates. Management is more interested in office politics rather than in leadership and guidance. Employee's initiative is punishable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Mostly okay.

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

    Pros

    The people are nice with a smaller amount of drama, compared to other publishers. For a large part of my career here, There was (at least) a semblance of listening to those of us in the creative/editorial trenches. Okay pay. And, for freelance work, they're pretty quick with payment, compared with similar publishers. There has also been a recent drive to update technology, as the company has been behind the big boys for years. Also, most of the creative/art people I work with (especially with those in their HQ in Des Moines) are very excellent and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    There seems to be a collective desire to ignore the obvious needs to accomplish goals. Understaffed departments make work take twice as long to do things. A top/down mindset with senior tech officers encourages mindless micromanagement, making work more difficult. Promotion cometh not for those in lower/middle position. But, holy crap, they make VPs in charge of everything in DSM. There's also an over-reliance on outside consultants who provide unworkable workflow solutions.(They also waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on these useless six sigma Douches.) And let's talk compensation. Work loads go up 300-400%, and pay doesn't go up a percentage point (unless you have the words "vice" and/or "president" in your title. People who do the most amount of the work get crapped upon, and those who spend a large part of their time on the phone or abusing the mail service will be employed forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hey, you guys you say you want to encourage a full utilization of all the new media technologies? How about you guys thinking about paying the people who make this happen? Also, how about actually providing budgets and people to make this happen? Because those of us most involved are all looking to leave to get paid what we are worth elsewhere. You want to encourage financial wellness? Well, how about this: PAY US?

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Fine experience, but old school pub house

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great place to learn
    Very structured
    Training is a priority
    The back office systems/support are excellent

    Cons

    Old school mentality
    Training for management-those new to it lacking
    Very cookie cutter/corporate when it comes to work life balance..favoritism exists big time
    The corp sales team in control of most big profitable accounts leaving individual book reps somewhat useless/paper pushing
    LOTS of duplicate internal paperwork/meetings that time suck
    Autonomy does not exist-micromanagement is rampant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN before promoting people to Mgmt roles
    Move into the 21st Century in terms of work life balance....be family friendly!!!!

    No opinion of CEO

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