Niche Media Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Great hands on experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Truly immersed in the luxury publishing industry

    Cons

    Unpaid internship, only offers college credit


  2. Helpful (5)

    Great place to work...if it's your only option.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor
    Current Employee - Associate Editor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Niche Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The check clears, free coffee and water, people just come and go as they please. Most circuses charge for admission, this one lets you in for free. 4 weeks PTO. If you care to, you can learn a lot and grow.

    Cons

    A lot of people here are incompetent and you have to accommodate for their stupidity and lack of common sense. A lot of politics and no real HR. There are people here who do not know how to use punctuation or write properly so it's difficult to decipher what they're saying. A lot of younger people who still have a high school mentality. There are a lot of good hiding spots if someone snaps. A lot of upper management sit on a high horse, probably to compensate for their insecurities. People won't do their work until you ask them to, and even then it's not right. They also depend heavily on others for the simplest things.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate staff and reward employees based on performance. There is a group of people who have been at Niche for a long time and have gotten too comfortable doing nothing. Time to weed these people out and bring in fresh blood. It's offensive that there are intelligent hard working people out there who cannot find work, while places like Niche have employees bringing negative value to the company.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Take it for what it is; don't stay for more than a year.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Niche Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of access if you're an editor. For some reason brands and celebs really want into these mags/sites; probably because they do a lot of puff pieces. If you're a half-decent editor/writer and you're wiling to work your butt off and sacrifice your personal life you'll move up fast.

    Cons

    The bad news is that the team structure is such that you'll never get any higher than managing editor in the NYC office, and the pay for that is terrible. Also, the lack of vision in this place is astounding. They recycle the same old subjects and TOCs year after year. The level of journalism you'll find here is on par with a college newspaper. The content used to be all pay for play, and now that it isn't the editors don't know what to do with themselves, so they do a lot of surface level reporting and vapid Q&As. The content is just so. damn. boring. This will not prepare you for a real journalism job, and if you're a young, enthusiastic person it will suck the life out of you. They have a digital team but it's a joke with embarrassing traffic (probably less than that of a decent college newspaper's website) and zero strategy. The CEO doesn't understand/support digital and for a VERY long time the actual company mission statement spelled online as "on line"--on purpose... TL;DR version: Niche Media is a print dinosaur graveyard.

    Advice to Management

    Give the company to the interns.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fabulous magazines and owners, talented co-workers, salary not competitive.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Staff
    Current Employee - Editorial Staff
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Niche Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really talented professionals aside from a few lame ducks. Great editorial staff and fashion team. Steller reputation amongst talent and PR bookers.

    Cons

    Large workloads, not competitive pay compared to other media outlets, a bit of the attitude that "your lucky to have this job."

    Advice to Management

    Do a salary audit and reward, value and keep the performers at the company to avoid the constant turnover.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Its ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location and the 2 week winter holiday is nice.

    Cons

    They invest in only management roles. The staff is over worked and under paid.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees.


  7. Beware of the 'glossy' exterior

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful magazines and fun parties

    Cons

    Highly disorganized, no leadership or communication of a clear vision of company's future, no growth opportunity. Toxic environment with 'favoritism' rampant. No consistent HR policies instituted for all.

    Advice to Management

    Be involved and communicate


  8. Good stepping stone if you are fine with politics and absence of creativity.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The good news: No matter how low on the totem pole you are, there is a good chance you will get a chance to produce bylined pages that will help build your portfolio. You will also build your contacts in the industry. Both of these things will help you get a better job.

    Cons

    The bad news: This is because Niche Media is understaffed for how much work is produced. Also, though you may get to work on pages to help build your portfolio, do not count on having much creative input. Some of this is due to the somewhat stereotypical upper management in editorial - the withering glances you will dread receiving from the editorial director and the clique of in-house senior editors. But this is also due to a lot of edit being connected to advertising. If someone did not advertise, I learned to not even bother pitching a story connected to them. But you can count on being assigned something to make an advertiser happy.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure what I can say to fix problems that does not involve changing too much since this company was taken over by new management. I moved on to a better job, but the people I still know there tell me there is still a high turnover, which is never a good sign. The pay is also low compared to other similar companies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Niche Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to gain valuable experience, celebrity cover events to go to, holiday closings are great

    Cons

    Not much room for growth (position and salary-wise), a lot of work put on your plate that may not be in your job description. some people are not self-sufficient; always complaining needing assistance for the easiest things

    Advice to Management

    Pay accordingly to positions, experience, etc


  10. Helpful (4)

    Worst Company Ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Niche Media full-time

    Pros

    Events are good if you can actually get invited to them. They discourage employees from attending or flat out say they can't come. In a company with a less than a hundred people in 10 cities that throws events for 500 people, it is insulting.

    Cons

    Don't expect to get a raise...ever. Management is focused on cost cutting and not investing in people or product. They leased half their office space and crammed the same amount of people into half the space. People don't even have real desks. Company is satisfied with just keeping the ship afloat though revenue has fallen 90%. Healthcare is a joke. No prescription covered so good luck if you actually need pills. No one is happy in their job and it is depressing going to work everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. You have no clue how to run a successful company. No one will ever commend you for spending the least amount of money while running a company into the ground.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good stepping stone job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Niche Media full-time

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance - Smaller company allows for more autonomy, opportunities to do something fresh - Fantastic CEO

    Cons

    Sub-par middle management that would rather put you down than see you succeed or out pace them... Upper management is aware of this but is not doing enough/anything to fix this.



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