Publishers Clearing House Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Publishers Clearing House full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment and a fun culture (if you're on the digital side) to be a part of. Lots of growth and everyone seems very excited about the future. I left PCH and there are a lot of great things about my old team and the perks which I miss. I was lucky to work in the Port Washington office and the NYC office. Managers are flexible with allowing employees to work from home when needed and it's greatly appreciated.

    Cons

    Digital side - They are almost predatory with how they monetize and hound "users" of their digital properties. I left because it's at the point in which they are turning people away from their products. "Playing" the sites is an interests and gives people "hope they could win", it's not an addiction. The VP's are very out of touch with what managers and everyone else actually does on a daily basis. They are purely concerned about this year's bonus and not the long term plan.


  2. Digital Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Publishers Clearing House full-time

    Pros

    Solid company with a really long history. The inter-company teams all work together well.

    Cons

    No real downsides other than the Port Washington office is a little dated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your employees and we'll keep doing great work. There is a lot going on in the company so make sure to keep everyone involved.


  3. Solild place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publishers Clearing House full-time

    Pros

    Stable company with great benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to access top management


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  5. Depends on your department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits here are stellar. I have to say I haven't seen such good benefits in a while. Starting pay is also pretty good, even for entry level.

    Cons

    Management down right sucks. The people in management positions have little to no involvement with their team and then wonder why mistakes are being made or the department is doing poorly. Incredibly high turn over in some departments. Truly no room for growth. Once you learn everything you either have to switch departments or find a new place to work. Incredibly catty and cliquey departments. If you're in managements back pocket, you can pretty much point at whoever you want and get them out of there, even if you're a terrible employee yourself. HIGH TURNOVER.

    Advice to Management

    As they say, you know what rolls down hill. Bottom line: High turnover=poor management. Instead of looking towards the employees in a lower position who want to leave or are having a tough time, see what the leaders or managers above them are doing. Are they proactively involved in the team? Are they encouraging? Do some investigation before accusations are made.


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    Associate Attorney

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Publishers Clearing House (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quality of life is fantastic in terms of working hours; very 9-5. NYC Office is beautiful

    Cons

    Pay Location Growth is small and slow in legal department


  7. Great Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Creative in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in Port Washington, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Publishers Clearing House full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The creative department has probably the best managers and directors. Although compensation is a lot less than industry standard, the side benefits really make up for some of it. Very relaxed atmosphere, that allows for some creative freedom, but not much growth. Ellen is by far the best director i've ever had, and she really goes to bat for her designers and always gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. Workflow is completely manageable

    Cons

    Marketing departments usually don't seem to work well with other departments. Instead on relying on the expertise of most of the creative department, they usually don't work well with them. Advancement within company is nearly impossible, and those who are moved up are usually under-qualified, while the qualified employees do their jobs and never receive the proper credit. Pay rate is horrible. Favoritism plays a huge part in advancement, and HR will find any excuse as to why not give someone a raise. Upper management is completely detached from the day to day operations, and again, always seem to overlook the employees who are actually worth keeping. Many people leave for this reason. Some of the managers do not like to take accountability for their team and often throw individuals under the bus to make themselves look less incompetent. The biggest frustration from most employees is that...the fact that instead of moving people up from within, people who've been here for years, they prefer to hire from the outside, sometimes having the qualified employee training the under-qualified manager.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the development and advancement of their teams. Fight for better salaries so that they can retain good employees who love to work here but leave because they are highly under-paid.


  8. Contract Work

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Freeport, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Freeport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Publishers Clearing House (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Long Island company, relaxed dress code, Port Washington is a lovely town. PCH campus is very nice but they are moving in the next year

    Cons

    Majority of employes are contract. Big divide between the "Employees" and the contractor. Employees resent the contractors

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating contractors like second class citizens


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    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Port Washington, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Publishers Clearing House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally nice people across the company. Some sharp people. Usually a variety of initatives to work on. Good sense of collaboration and collegial work force

    Cons

    Can be cliquey. Some of the groups you'll see in the break room or cafeteria the same 8 people do everything with each other. If one gets a coffee, all eight go. One goes to the bathroom, all eight go. They don't speak to anyone but their pack. This describes about a dozen cliquey groups in the company which is fine if you're in that bubble but not a lot of mixing of the groups.

    Advice to Management

    a bit more transparency on effect of day-to-day efforts on the bottom line. there is virtually no understanding of which projects have affect on the ROI of the business except in the hands of a few people.


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    analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Publishers Clearing House full-time

    Pros

    good vacation days 8 hour work good work/life balance people are really nice

    Cons

    not competitive salary out of date technology people are not that smart


  11. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everybody is very nice. I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Not much work assigned to interns.



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