Reader's Digest Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Reader's Digest President & CEO Bonnie Kintzer
Bonnie Kintzer
15 Ratings

Pros
  • Most employees only work 9-5 so there is also great work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Some great people and they pay over the market norm (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Publishing industry is in trouble (in 4 reviews)

  • The morale is very low and it's a declining business (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Freelance Art Director

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Art Director in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends

    I worked at Reader's Digest (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked on SIPs. Nice projects, good staff.

    Cons

    The budgets were small so had to be more creative with existing material and stock photos than would be necessary with a bigger budget.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Anonymous Employee, Milwaukee WI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is phenomenal. Best that is out there. Bonnie has done a great job of turning this place around. HR is so much better, Culture is better, communication is better

    Cons

    Publishing industry is a volatile.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Ok. Company has no money for investment in employees or innovation.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are great. Product is fun and meaningful. Lots of passionate consumers of the products. Some very talented people on the teams.

    Cons

    Jaded culture. Terrible human resources department. Ever changing upper executive management make it had to pull the company out of declining profits and into a stabilized space.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Its a shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people who really try hard to turn the Magazine around. Unfortunately, one of the Pros working at RDA was going through Bankruptcies and constant restructuring. As a Finance person you learn a lot from those experiences.

    Cons

    Management is delusional. They make a VERY comfortable salaries but have NO idea what to do. They are afraid the come clean to the "Board". Let's face it, if they tell the truth...they will lose their jobs and nice salary. Sound bitter? Read all the posts.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from what Ford did and allow lower management personnel the ability to contribute in the turn around rather than gathering pointless information for Board slides !!!!


  6. Helpful (8)

    Current New York leadership a "recipe" for bad business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Milwaukee office located in thriving downtown Schlitz Park (Amenities include: FREE parking, modern office space, nearby restaurants/shops, Aurora Health Clinic). - Many of the Milwaukee employees are kind and helpful. - Company offers jobs in publishing - which are few and far between in the Milwaukee market. - Taste of Home test kitchen puts out free food for employees to taste, FREE magazines are available to all. - Milwaukee magazines produce wonderful, beloved content - celebrated by millions of subscribers each year. Readers are engaged and truly love these brands - making them a fun product to work on.

    Cons

    - Cronyism, favoritism, elitism, condescension and egos drive decisions for many of the New York leadership. New York leadership makes decisions on staff and strategy seemingly without thinking through their plan or how it will be supported. Most recent layoffs left remaining team scrambling - as key positions (and the institutional knowledge held by the people in those positions) were eliminated. Meetings with these leaders are an exercise in true restraint, as they can be often seen belittling Milwaukee teams by talking over them, responding with condescension, ignoring suggestions and making decisions that impact employee careers without taking the time to think through individual strengths or career goals. - Leadership is cut throat and morale is at an all time low. As trouble brews in New York, it all rolls downhill; and from the top down, Milwaukee is devolving into a dog-eat-dog environment as well. As employees live in fear of losing their jobs, even longstanding Milwaukee leaders (once beloved and trusted) are now seen as professional CYA-ers. - This is not a stable work environment. Emerging from 2-3 bankruptcies over the past ten years, good luck getting a raise, positive reinforcement, professional development opportunities or any chance for long-term stability. As many employees have come to recognize - "this is not a company many of us will retire from."

    Advice to Management

    See Cons.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Haters Gonna Hate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Company is turning around. Plans are in place and they are working. The saddest thing is to listen to bitter disgruntled ex-employees trash a company trying and succeeding in meeting the needs of its customer and employees. Challenges? Yeah, lots. Committed, knowledgeable and engaged management? You betcha. Employees who are working themselves to the bone to see the company succeed? Oh yeah! Don't let the haters fool you. Lots of good things happening at RDA today.

    Cons

    Not a 9-5 place to work. You need to be committed and engaged. There are lots of employees who knew the company when, and some of them are bitter and clinging to the past. The industry is challenged too. But if you want to work someplace where what you do matters and changes things for the better, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Ignore Glass Door ratings and comments. Right now, they're all from the haters.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A good place to get paid to look for another job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a chair and all the quasi-quality coffee you can cough down. Lots of activity to watch as they break down offices and pack up things from people you swear were just there yesterday. They have laid off somewhere around 2,000+ people now, so they are very good at it and will never happen to you. OH, and the make a couple magazines, few to no one, has heard off or thought was still being published.

    Cons

    You will feel detached, uninformed and under appreciated as you soon realize something is going on. Having to check your email every morning to make sure you still have a company or job to go to. Everyone who is happy is bloated at C-level or 12 and think they're the coolest. Management has promised not to reorganize anymore, then do it again like a Cher reunion tour.

    Advice to Management

    Hurry up and sell the place so we can all move on. Nothing would make thousands happier than to see you all get your big checks and retire.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Struggling Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Pay Promotions good, but only come because someone above you was laid off...

    Cons

    Lots of Turnover No clear strategy to turn the company around Products are targeted at older generations Offices relocated multiple times

    Advice to Management

    Is the current plan you are on the right one? How does the company target the young mobile savvy generations?


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sad Decline

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time

    Pros

    My co-workers at RD were always terrific and very supportive of each other. Great to work at an iconic brand that is loved by its customers.

    Cons

    Management over the years was largely ineffective and the constant upper level churn resulted in strategic entropy. I can only hope the the latest management team will do a better job or else RD will likely fade away for good

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and customers as assets not numbers. Hopefully stay in place long enough to deliver on a clear path to sustainability


  11. on the digital forefront, but not anymore

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    management support, marketing support and admin support

    Cons

    no longevity in newly created position



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