Merion Matters Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Flex time means you can work any time 7 a (in 9 reviews)

  • After 5 years, you can work from home two days a week (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management and ownership does not care about the employees at all (in 6 reviews)

  • You will not make money, and they will show you the door faster than you can blink your eyes (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Merion Matters full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, worked independently, supportive manager within department, supportive peers

    Cons

    Limited ability to move within company, no mentorship, HR was unapproachable, Upper management provided no direction and ignored diminishing morale amongst employees

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    Run away

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

    I worked at Merion Matters full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Many of the people were nice. Everyone is pretty much going through the same ordeal. Trying to make it through each week without getting let go.

    Cons

    They do not pay their bills but keep telling the employees that everything is fine. Morale is at an all time low. Some people are so desperate to keep their jobs that they will throw you under the bus so they can get ahead. Constant layoffs. It's almost like a game now. They lie to applicants to get them in the door. Awful awful place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your bills and stop treating your people like they are worthless.


  3. Account Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Merion Matters full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Some of your coworkers are interested in making a difference and that can really be energizing
    - Location is very central for a large range of people to commute
    - Ability to put your head down and try your absolute hardest if you are motivated enough

    Cons

    - An overwhelming feeling that nobody believes in what they are selling
    - Upper management seems so far removed that personal sales figures are based on goals met in the 80's
    - Pay is WAY LOW for the industry average, majority of younger employees can't live comfortably

    Advice to Management

    - Stop making crazy product adjustments at the last minute in order to keep from constantly losing money
    - Close the place and try giving these hardworking people a chance to sell a thriving product!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Under a Cloud

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merion Matters

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

    Pros

    This used to be a good company to work for relative to work-life balance and loyalty to employees, but the company has taken a dramatic turn away from these values, with a changing economy. The hours are still good, and the flexibility work-from-home privileges after five years are positives.

    Cons

    Living under constant threat of layoffs, constant shifting/rejiggering of responsibilities to accommodate departed employees


  6. Good place to start off, if you last through layoffs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Editorial in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Merion Matters full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lack of adequate staffing leads to many opportunities to bolster resume with duties not offered in typical editorial positions such as art planning, web duties, planning and creating multimedia, representing company at job fairs. Flex time means you can work any time 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. so no rushing in the morning, no fear if traffic is terrible, you can leave early if you need to and make it up later in the week. No overtime, so 40 hours is 40 hours. After 5 years, you can work from home two days a week.

    Cons

    Owners/upper management have no clear direction and are floundering at every corner. HR makes terrible hiring decisions. Layoffs happen weekly, then owner shows surprise when people quit. Editorial was once warned in mid-May that there would be layoffs in the department - we didn't find out who until late July, when literally half the staff was cut. Every Friday was full of fear and not productive. Layoffs are frequent but the amount of work stays the same. The people who are left are expected to pick up all the work of those who were forced out - no way anyone can do that much work. Managers take credit for every ounce of work, despite not even knowing everything their peons do. Owners don't pay bills for shipping, freelance writers, even disability and 401k were behind at times. Very hard to communicate between departments and often get left with delayed projects due to other departments being swamped/not doing their share of the work. Salespeople outright said they weren't selling on certain pubs due to personal vendetta.

    Advice to Management

    SELL THE COMPANY!!!


  7. Helpful (4)

    good people, difficult times

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

    I have been working at Merion Matters full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are mostly kind and smile. The culture is different from anywhere else I've worked. There are glimmers of Merion's past everywhere.

    Cons

    Very, very poor communication from executive management. There seems to be an elite group of senior managers, only half of whom are sufficiently intelligent or modern (though this is changing). And again, the executives need to communicate their vision and goals.

    Advice to Management

    I am a current employee and have worked at Merion for a couple years. I feel compelled to address the negative reviews here, to attempt a different perspective.

    Merion found a niche market and threw a good product at it. For a long time the company made excellent profits. The owners, aware of the value of loyalty and the importance of recognition, gave employees large increases and provided generous benefits and policies. It was easy to do so, and seemed an imperative when backed by such incredible success. It is also easy to not foresee a technological advance that would shatter several industries, publishing among them.

    Now, post-apocalypse, the company is making changes to be heard and seen in a new and critical environment (the digital realm). There are long-term employees who are not able to adapt to such drastic changes, but were excellent in their capacity pre-apocalypse. And the company needs to continue to change and adapt to ensure its continuation.

    Despite this difficult transition, their generosity is still evident. When someone is not effective, or when a sales person is not selling -- that salary serving what end instead of being provided to someone who can/will sell? -- they do not "fire" the person; they are laid off, they will receive unemployment. They provide severance. They still match 401k. When the company must choose between paying $100 owed to a freelancer or keeping the lights on, they choose to keep the lights on and the 200 other employees working (I wonder how those 200 employees would vote).

    Also, the company is still here; the owners have not sold and they have not declared bankruptcy. They choose to stay and invest their time and wealth because they believe they can change the company's direction. There is still a niche market and an excellent product to provide. And the owners, while perhaps angry at the market change (and unfulfilled promises from past employees who only left damage), are doing what they can to navigate. They look for valuable new employees who know the market they are now in, and can help them succeed.

    There are, however, those who have felt the pains of an untimely layoff, or an ineffective manager, or an unfulfilled debt. They are indeed the victims of business difficulties. And while it is understandable that they come here to voice their frustration and disappointment, what that does is ensure the company will never get that valuable new employee who might actually be a catalyst for the change Merion and its 200 employees need.

    Merion Matters Response

    Jan 16, 2015Corporate Communications Director

    Thanks for taking your time to provide this kind of valuable feedback on Glassdoor. I want to assure you that your comments are taken into consideration and that Merion is trying very hard to ... More


  8. Very fortunate to be there when the company was a true 'start up'

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

    I have been working at Merion Matters

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family friendly flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Needs to be ahead of the curve,not behind

    Advice to Management

    Ask for more team feedback and set reasonable goals .

    Merion Matters Response

    Jan 16, 2015Corporate Communications Director

    Thanks for your feedback. We wanted to let you know that your concerns are being reviewed and we want nothing more than to put Merion ahead of the curve. If you do have suggestions for how we can ... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    People Come, People Go...More People Go...Are More People Coming? No! More People Go!

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

    I worked at Merion Matters full-time

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you love layoffs. They're frequent and unannounced, so you get to wake up every morning with the thrill of not knowing if you still have a job when you arrive at the office. Best of all, with zero direction from management, you can do what ever the hell you want. That is, until you get laid off...

    Cons

    Unfortunately, as great as all those layoffs are, the end result is a staff that can't possibly keep up with all the work left behind. So...prepare to be feverishly over-tasked and grossly under-paid. But hey, look on the bright side. Its only a matter of time before you get laid off!

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep up the great work. You're doing a bang up job!


  10. This place is a joke

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Merion Matters full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    People are nice. Work life balance was great! Never a dull moment

    Cons

    Owners have no idea whats going on. Management was very sloppy. I saw the highest turn over rate ever.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to make this place successful change with the times.


  11. Helpful (2)

    The company has stopped reimbursing travel expenses....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merion Matters

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Casual dress environment
    Work from home in bad weather

    Cons

    Poor communication throughout the entire company
    Travel expenses are not being reimbursed
    No long term growth or potential at all

    Advice to Management

    Start looking for a job, because you won't be here for long....



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