PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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  1. Good Company

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

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable company with great people to work with.

    Cons

    It's difficult to move up in the organization.


  2. Sales Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Nashua, NH

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great support to sales staff. Large company with many resources.

    Cons

    Large company so making any changes takes a long time. Sales staff is held to 80% of their sales goals or are terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Get better management staff.


  3. Internship

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

    I worked at PennWell Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful upper management and work experience.

    Cons

    Fruit cart is much too small.


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    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lot's of smart, hard working people here. Company is very profitable and thus stable, also privately held by a family which in enables a more long term view by management.

    Cons

    Growth level hasn't been there, at least partially due to CEO's management approach which is 100% profit driven and not growth oriented. Additionally, media is a challenging industry, fully exposed to disruption by Internet related technologies so it will only become more challenging and competitive. Print revenue continues to slowly go away, so its very much an industry in transition. This leads to longer term concerns, and a need for rapid adaption.


  6. For a family-owned company, PennWell has no heart

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PennWell Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay was great and most of the worker bees at the headquarters in Tulsa are as friendly as they come.

    Cons

    This may be a family-owned company, but those who run things have absolutely no heart. As far as I can tell, layoffs are happening round the clock. They had just finished laying off a ton of people when I was hired, then went on to hire people and then lay them off a few months later--it makes no sense. The worst part of working at PennWell is the management. Our publisher was in the office one week per month and acted like he was an easy-going guy that you could talk to about anything, but would gossip and reveal secrets about everyone in our office behind their backs. He was so unprofessional, I can't even believe he's still working for them. On top of that, the work was insanely boring and they were constantly changing the requirements of my job and expecting me to perform new tasks that I had never done before without any training whatsoever. When I didn't meet their expectations within a few weeks of getting my new tasks, they completely gave up on me and I was laid off. I had only been working there a few months and had uprooted my life to move to a new city for this job, and they laid me off without even trying to help me adjust to their new expectations. I've never worked for such a heartless company in my life, and I'd suggest that anyone considering a job here should seek employment elsewhere. The pay is great while it lasts, but it's not likely to last very long with lay offs looming at every corner of PennWell.

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, don't hire people only to lay them off a few months later--it's ridiculous. Secondly, get to know the people who work for you a little better. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but it seemed like the management wanted everyone to be exactly the same and share the same strengths, which doesn't make sense for a balanced team. And if you are going to hurtle new expectations onto your workers, offer them some training/advice on how to succeed in their new role, and give them a few months, at least, to adjust.


  7. Great Company, Great Benefits

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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 PennWell Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Left alone to do work and not micromanaged.

    Cons

    Slow moving, slow to adapt, too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about individual brands and look to the company as a whole.


  8. Great real life experience!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PennWell Corporation

    Pros

    Learn many angles of the business.

    Cons

    Need to update facilities in Tulsa!


  9. People are great, office isn't

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

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great health benefits, fair salaries, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Office is a disgrace, the owner should be ashamed that the building conditions are so disgusting and not quality work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate, stop the high-school politics


  10. Good work/life balance, horrible leadership

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

    I have been working at PennWell Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salaries, yearly bonuses, flexible hours and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Horribly misguided leadership that trickles down and affects everyone, down to the lowest levels.

    Advice to Management

    Look further into the future than the next quarter, and share a strategic vision with the entire company.


  11. GREAT company and wonderful staff and administration!

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

    I worked at PennWell Corporation

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

    Pros

    I worked with Pennwell for less than a year and it has really taught me many things pertaining to sales and marketing. I knew many things about Business/sales walking in to this positions but I wanted to learn more about Marketing so my Supervisor placed me on teams and projects that needed marketing assistance. Moving forward I worked with marketing managers and specialist on various project and they were my mentors throughout the duration of my stay with Pennwell. GREAT OFFICE Culture. I worked in a small office so it was not too overwhelming walking in and very comfortable and family like atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some work was boring and just busy work but still worth putting in all efforts to make sure your work is good so you could move up on to much more exciting projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work in keeping your office environment friendly as well as making any position interesting.



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