Reader's Digest Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
82 Reviews
2.3
82 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)

  • High-stress level with uncertainty of your job and company sustainability (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Signs of great hope and excitement!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is committed to bringing this company back to growth
    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Lots of hard work with tough deadlines
    Some of the old-timers are negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the people with bad attitudes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with. Tough financial times

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    • 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A vortex of favoritism, clique-ishness and self-preservation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Editorial in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great vacation and holiday time off, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Lack of pro-active management, neglect of experienced staff with talent, favoritism by managers leading to slim chance of an employee's ability to be mentored or to learn new skills, work is mind-numbing and repetitive, zero growth, managers are interested in preserving their jobs so will promote less skilled people to keep their skills/job looking superior while intimidating competent staff to keep them at a distance, bullying goes on without repercussions, judgmental environment, high stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the employees and a healthy company culture instead of catering only to the Board of Directors and the monetary bottom line. If you don't focus on improving the work reality of your employees, no matter how many numbers you crunch, the company will not magically become more successful because you cut labor and/or products. Move toward a stronger digital focus; train all employees in this vain. The world is experiencing a water crisis and paper is one of the most polluting manufacturing processes in the world and uses a lot of water; it will only take one more crazy year where droughts worsen and all print products could be in jeopardy. That said, pay attention OUTSIDE of the vortex - the world is changing in ways no one could imagine. If this company continues to stay the same with very little change, it will not survive. The current model of "do nothing ignore what's happening outside of this company" is not sustainable. Is there a work-from-home policy or not? Why are some people allowed but others not?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continued degradation

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Stop Ignoring Your Major Talent

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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 (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
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dying

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Balance the budget

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    Awesome and reputable magazine to gain real experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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

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