Reader's Digest Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
76 Reviews
2.4
76 Reviews
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Reader's Digest President & CEO Bonnie Kintzer
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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
  • Rapidly declining business, senior management attempting to sell business but by this point they get pennies on the dollar (in 3 reviews)

  • No training, no real career paths, no future (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Stop Ignoring Your Major Talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The products are wonderful. These are brands I believe in. Customers are happy with our magazines and books, so they're a joy to share with the world. Many smart, capable people are still with the company.

    Cons

    The current leadership are oblivious to the much of the business. The people who understand the products and programs aren't being recognized and are not being included in developing marketing strategy. Because of this, good people are leaving us for companies that will appreciate them. Very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIve more than lip service to data, hard numbers and results. Stop pursuing programs that generate ZERO revenue and listen to the people who can lead you in the right direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Continued degradation

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time

    Pros

    The editorial properties are high quality and should have a future

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation for staff, poor prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus, appreciate the staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Many opportunities but beware.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you are a hard worker and want to learn then you get many opportunities to move and gain lots of experience. There are still some really good employees there.

    Cons

    There are so many reorganizations. Too many! With many changes in management comes changes in how the companies is view. Funny how that never adds revenue just needless extra hours!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the past several there have been a revolving door of CEO's that haven't a clue. They just get big salaries and drive the company lower and lower. If the new CEO really wants to do the right thing then take no salary and only receive a bonus if you deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    In the words of Bugs Bunny: Meeehh, it's a living.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, amazing products. Has potential for fun.

    Cons

    High stress, high risk and job instability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement an impartial, objective ombudsman group to study allocation and value of resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dying

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Flex Work Schedules
    - Decent Vacation + Benefits
    - Good people
    - Big name

    Cons

    - No strategic direction
    - nonsensical layoffs
    - Inability to make good strategic and tactical decisions
    - Still wholly focused on print
    - revolving door

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get rid of the dinosaurs
    - Make sure that pay = enough to keep people around
    - Revamp focus and work quicker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Balance the budget

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to do more than your job. Having a positive attitude, being willing to help out and doing good work will lead to growth in your role and responsibilities. Compensation and time-off were generous.

    Cons

    High-stress level with uncertainty of your job and company sustainability. Reducing head count, selling business units and cutting expenses, did not prevent bankruptcy twice. Was hard to be positive about corporate leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to balance the budget. Be responsible and accountable for a realistic financial plan.

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

    Awesome and reputable magazine to gain real experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Reader's Digest as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Daily teamwork and collaborative meetings
    - Experienced and friendly staff and senior management
    - Great place to learn how a magazine operates

    Cons

    - Declining magazine
    - Old-fashioned and conservative publication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too little, too late.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Reader's Digest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No accountability. You can get away with not knowing what you are doing. Just show up at meetings and say "yes". But most of the people are nice. And they do pay well.

    Cons

    Ask yourself this, "How many companies do you know that are steadily shrinking and been through two bankruptcies keep top talent in senior positions?" (Hint: not too many.) RDA is dysfunctional. HR is really political & toxic. Corner office is out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Declining industry, unattractive products

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reader's Digest full-time

    Pros

    Company gives employees nearly 2 months in vacation/personal days (probably part of the problem). Most employees only work 9-5 so there is also great work/life balance

    Cons

    Rapidly declining business, senior management attempting to sell business but by this point they get pennies on the dollar. Employee morale is brutally low.

  11.  

    Great People. Good work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reader's Digest

    Pros

    Good work Life balance. Interesting issues

    Cons

    Company is struggling and has been for a long time. Publishing industry is in trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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