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Reader's Digest Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
92 Reviews
2.6
92 Reviews
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Reader's Digest President & CEO Bonnie Kintzer
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8 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • The publishing industry has been in a downward spiral for the last few years (in 4 reviews)

  • Rapidly declining business, senior management attempting to sell business but by this point they get pennies on the dollar (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    The positive changes are finally having an impact

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

    I have been working at Reader's Digest (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good place to be if you like to be part of a turn-around
    Great people
    Clear vision of what we need to accomplish
    Tremendous commitment by senior management

    Cons

    Lots of hard work and heavy lifting to fix the challenges of the past and of the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your top performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Lacking strong executive leadership and a plan for the future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reader's Digest

    Pros

    Well respected brands, many talented “do-ers” still left, nice paid time off

    Cons

    Constant executive turnover has left the company with a mediocre (at best) c-suite with no idea how to turn around this declining business, but perfectly comfortable taking huge salaries and hiring friends. Self-preservation, insecurity and favoritism run rampant. Layoffs happen about every other month - typically when delivering bad news to the board of directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell off brands to a company(s) that understands how to evolve/expand into new profitable products and services.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant management turnover

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Reader's Digest

    Pros

    Good people as well as well-known brand name

    Cons

    There have been so many management changes over the years that plans have never been able to be executed fully because every new leader has their own strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not base decisions on only a couple of months of results

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost Its Way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not many at this point

    Cons

    Leadership is almost non-existent with a few at the top making uninformed decisions. Top execs simply looking out for themselves for when the company is sold or goes under.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new qualified digital talent and a new CEO who has actually run an International company of some size

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Easy place to start.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reader's Digest

    Pros

    Legendary old well respected company.

    Cons

    Unable to accept the digital future.

  7.  

    Reader's Digest marketing project manager positions are ideal for those who wish to have very tight scope of work.

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

    I worked at Reader's Digest

    Pros

    If you love publishing, very limited work functions and conservative editorial.

    Cons

    The environment was not creative and the staff was overworked and unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Pros

    Fast pace enjoyable team players. The accounting department would treat our customers money as if it were our own

    Cons

    During our busy season there was a lot of overtime required plus we would have our annual warehouse sale. The raises wasn't that great but the Mangers were fantastic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees they will take you from one day to the next and progress with their duty to the company and enjoy coming to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome culture and high level of support and recognition from all levels of management

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

    I worked at Reader's Digest (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good proving ground for individual skills and excellent personal development opportunities. Contributions are acknowledged and appreciated. A very good place to work within a very difficult and changing industry.

    Cons

    Leadership spent too much time trying to satisfy investors and not enough effort to make necessary changes with the digital publishing industry, failed to retain a lot of important talent as a result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the blinders that keep management focused on the boardroom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end job with good work life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good amount of vacation time. Work like balance is great.

    Cons

    Culture is not adaptable to needed change. Tough industry to be in especially because of the aging demographic of consumers. The company will continue to face tough financial times until changes are made to enforce a performance driven/accountable culture. Due to the company shrinking promotions and raises are nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to reward high performers or they will find a way to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with. Tough financial times

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

    I have been working at Reader's Digest

    Pros

    Great team. Ability to make decisions and take risks.

    Cons

    Succession of bad leadership drove the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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