PennWell Corporation

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PennWell Corporation Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
18 Reviews

3.0
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Struggling to adapt in changing marketplace

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, opportunity for worldwide travel, trade shows and conferences

    Cons

    Stuck in a print model when rest of the world is converting to online and digital. Not to say they don't try or pretend that they try to move away from print but some of the long-timers are resistant to the change, especially since the model at PennWell is such that they make more revenue from print sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out a lot of the old guard in management and hire new, fresh, innovative employees that can advance the company forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to intern.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good environment to learn. Lots of people willing to teach/ help you learn.

    Cons

    Not a lot a movement- very sedentary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Learned a lot, found lots of opportunity to contribute to company's digital efforts.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to focus on an area of B2B editorial for which you have passion. Running a Pennwell media property or participating in its operations provides great access to the industry that you're covering.

    Cons

    Company can sometimes feel more like a family than a company. Some people seemed to find this comforting, but it seemed to hold the company back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more people from the outside with diverse experiences.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable company with decent work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great to work for, great coworkers, great location (Yay NH), room for growth in the company

    Cons

    Corporation with a lot of different magazines to juggle: although there is breathing room for creativity and growth, you are limited by the fact that it's a corporation and you have to stick to corporate processes. Although if there weren't any in place, it'd be even harder to get anything accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager is great.

  6.  

    Great forward thinking company to work for offering personal growth potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

    Pros

    My personal experience working for over 16 years with this company was a very positive one. By working hard and doing my personal best I was able to move, with promotions to 4 different positions within the company. Each position offered a learning curve, but also people who were more than willing to help me learn. This company, with over 300 employees feels like a family where everyone knows your name. They are also a company that gives back to society in the many charitable drives they sponsor. They offer a decent pay, and a good benefit and vacation package.

    Cons

    The main challenge I see is what I am outlining in the "Advice to Management" below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management is for all to be as understanding as my manager ( Senior VP Nashua Division) has been with my family situation. Often people struggle with work and family demands. Once an employee proves him or herself to their manager as being trust worthy and hard working I believe managers should allow flexibility with hours of work, within reason, to meet the needs and demands of Family and Job. I believe managers will have happier, and more satisfied workers with a higher probability of retaining them as dedicated employees of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work BEFORE the internal family feud which led to a change and decline in the very upper management.

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    Former Employee - Conference Management  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Conference Management in Tulsa, OK

    Pros

    There were great people to work with back in the 1980's and 1990's, and lots of career opportunities. There was a friendly culture environment. People wanted to work together for the betterment of the whole.

    Cons

    Poor management - focus TOO much on the bottom line. There's more to life, a career, a company, etc. The company become so focused on making money only that it drove good people away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be humane. P.C. Lauinger is rolling over in his grave at the way things are being done, and the poor way in which people are treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not impressive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of travel if you're in the event planning section.

    Cons

    Not transparent at all. Decisions made and handed down from on high without input or a chance to question and understand the thinking and reasons for them.

    A family-run business that doesn't have to answer to anyone but the CEO.

    Company uses twisted logic to defend what most companies would deem indefensible decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    PennWell is a decent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn new skills
    Nice people

    Cons

    Office politics can be pretty messed up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PennWell would be a better place to work if there weren't so much backstabbing going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great company for gaining some professional experience and learning the basics of the publishing industry.

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    Current Employee - Associate Editor
    Current Employee - Associate Editor

    Pros

    PennWell is a good, old-fashioned company. They reward good ideas and hard work, but it is hard to get bigger projects done or see bolder ideas completed, even if the entire team responsible thinks it's a good idea. Someone at the top is holding the company back, in my opinion. But if you wanted to stay there for 40 years, which many people do, it's a good, safe company to work for.

    Cons

    Not a great place to rise to the top or to consistently challenge yourself. It's a good place to gain some experience in an entry-level position and build up your credentials though. Communication between managers and down the line is terrible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok experience overall...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Houston, TX

    Pros

    A relaxed company culture, a good work/life balance, and some of the nicest people I ever met were the major positives from my experience. Clearly stated procedures, stress-free production and quality standards can be spun as a positive. Not a terrible place right out of college but those that are ambitious or hardworking may ultimately feel unfulfilled at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Workload and the day-to-day were not very intellectually stimulating. There was limited opportunity for creativity and growth. Top-down management style was at times challenging and resistant to change, albeit necessary considering the project management type workload.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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