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Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
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  1.  

    Final Days in Chicago

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    Former Employee - Photo Editor & Layout Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Photo Editor & Layout Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Playboy part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top-notch creative collaborative team environment responsible for both Web and Print
    Liberal working environment
    I was afforded a chance for professional growth
    Worked for an American Icon
    Got to see the end of an era but also got to be part of an era...no matter how little time I spent there

    Cons

    Our department was disbanded upon move to LA
    VERY low pay - to start out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on for as long as you can...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One more great Brand down the toilett

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    Former Employee - Licensing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Licensing in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Playboy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and office culture were the best when I was working there. That is the only reason to stay. Learning from experienced people was also a plus.

    Cons

    CEO and new C level leadership has no sense of what to do with the company. Hired to many new outside people that jumped in and thought they new best, they only succeeded in alienating existing staff. Too many cooks in the kitchen syndrome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information on the health of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Much smaller now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Playboy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will have a lot of leeway to own your own projects. There is a ton of room for work-life balance here, as there is not a set "start time" for most positions. The offices are gorgeous.

    Cons

    These projects may never go anywhere, which can be frustrating. You may find salary is very low for the job you are doing. This is common to the entertainment industry, so not much to be done about this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep people happy, management should protect employee projects and compensation should be brought up to market values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great brand, but weird culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Playboy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Playboy is very creative and has a killer brand that everyone knows, working there opens doors with vendors and others.

    Cons

    No great culture across the company, you would think the job is at IBM not Playboy. Employees are never provided with perks associated with the brand, you need to beg and beg to ever hope to attend a Playboy event. HR not very involved in training or motivating performance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Bizarre place with the worst kinds of nepotism

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Playboy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fairly lax executives, cozy pace, not a lot of oversight, good colleagues

    Cons

    Low pay, bizarre office atmosphere, those who get promoted are often not people I appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen but it's obvious what Rizvi as the new owners are doing, they're selling off assets, putting the company back into debt, and taking the debt as a profits for themselves, selling the company off like scrap metal. My advice is to try to re-energize the brand and not treat the audience (or the staff for that matter) like bargaining chips.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Playboy Plus - Not Heff's Playboy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Playboy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some really good people working here for the time being, but staff is being cut and people are overworked and overstressed and looking to get out.

    Cons

    The office is half empty. It seems that every other week someone, or a whole group, is terminated. Staffs are cut, budgets are slashed yet near impossible production expectations are maintained. It's clear that the parent company cares little about the company or the employees.

    VP management and above strut around the office like peacocks and enjoy celebrity like perks. However they provide little to no direction, and often front line employees are blamed for the failures when they follow said direction. The company lurches from one directive to the next as the VPs come up with the next great idea.

    Middle management has devolved from working together to sniping each other and not cooperating to further the standing of their VP. Operationally the company is in shambles.

    Many employees need to work huge amounts of overtime weekly with little or no appreciation shown. It's not uncommon to see workers putting in twelve hour days and working weekends until they are literally making themselves sick.

    Add to that a low salary level that is supposed to be made up with a bonus structure. In my time I've seen two bonuses paid, one six months late. The bonus structure is not open, and has not been paid in almost a year. The general consensus is that it doesn't actually exist anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's clear that Mindgeek (frm. Manwin) were completely unprepared to run Playboy Plus. Yet they still insist on trying to run it like their internet sites. This is a recipe for failure. I'm not sure there is enough time to turn this Titanic around. Your good people are either leaving or being forced out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This is a review of Playboy Plus

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    Current Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Playboy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My experience has been different than what others have been through as I work very independently and keep to myself.

    Cons

    Not a lot of stability, internal advancement is poor (they would rather higher outside the company at a higher salary),

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Co-Workers, Consistently Inconsistent Executives

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    Former Employee - Image Retoucher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Image Retoucher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Playboy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are (or were) the best thing about Playboy.
    The work environment was generally casual.
    The holiday parties were pretty fantastic for the first few years.
    Sometimes, you have travel opportunities.
    You occasionally meet models and celebrities.

    Cons

    The corporate part of this company often threw employees under the bus.
    The pay was on the low end of the median. Holiday bonuses? Forget it, because Christie Hefner "didn't believe in them", so now it's corporate policy. Every few years, there were rounds of unneccessary layoffs instead of CEOs and VPs taking paycuts, they were getting raises and golden parachutes.
    During my last few years, the company started converting into an "intern factory" to save more money. People continually left the company, wanting to leave a "sinking ship".
    After bringing the company private, the biggest mistake they made was moving production outside of the US and closing the Chicago headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Playboy is not just a brand and logo to manage on clothing and jewelry. It was a lifestyle and its heart and soul, its biggest promoters were the employees, most of which you sacked.

    Do you want to save your company? Try believing in your employees instead of farming their jobs out to Luxembourg. Try promoting from within instead of hiring Editors from other magazines. Switch off the profits robot and find the human being that used to run this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Playboy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A few mid-management and veteran employees care enough to keep the place afloat. The magazine has a legacy of quality that the company has been unable to transfer to other ventures. Hef's influence is a positive, but it's beginning to fade due to his age and health.

    Cons

    Incompetent top management. Inexperienced in all the key areas needed to save the company. Total misunderstanding of the brand's strengths and weaknesses and not enough smarts to redirect the company in a sensible direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to clean the decks and start over with a new team. Fake morale building exercises are doing more harm than good. The CEO's current charm offensive has backfired. Morale has plummeted since he started reaching out to explain himself. But his mistakes are so huge they can't be explained. And he doesn't realize it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playboy

    Pros

    Staffers are some of the hardest-working people you will ever meet. Smart, entertaining, respectful. Every day at work was an adventure.

    Cons

    The egos and personalities of upper management were nearly nightmarish to deal with. Even though deadlines were usually manageable, they were often blown because of an organization error from a manager or a lapse in scheduling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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