Rodale

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Rodale Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
73 Reviews
3.4
73 Reviews
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Rodale Chairman and CEO Maria Rodale
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a lot of respect for work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Fairly good benefits and flexible work schedule (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • HR department are for the most part very unapproachable and unhelpful (in 5 reviews)

  • Little to no mentorship for junior-level employees (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The absolutely best job I ever had. The company and managers really care for you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rodale

    Pros

    Rodale encourages employees to be their best and bring forward ideas. While there are senior people who have been here for a while and are reluctant to change, you can still push forward for changes slowly. Great benefits and flexible work schedule--your performance is measured by your progress towards objectives.

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities due to the magazine business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee engagement and clear up confusion regarding the company's financial performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Marketing

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

    I worked at Rodale (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderfully family oriented, great benefits, really excellent and approachable upper management

    Cons

    Unclear career path and don't help talent grow within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A sea change afoot as company scrambles to transform itself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rodale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting business - national focus - good benefits - nice working environment - many talented colleagues - personal good health and fitness encouraged.

    Cons

    Leadership could be much better - penny-wise pound-foolish - not very innovative despite claims - does not provide adequate funding for key initiatives - slow to adapt, then scrambles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose focus on the core business. Better utilize and value the talent you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Loved working here

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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 Rodale full-time

    Pros

    Great brands to work for, and good perks, especially in Emmaus but a few in NYC too, like Pilates and a yoga room, plus fitness club reimbursement.

    Everyone works pretty hard and there is a lot of turnover at the magazines especially, but there is a fun culture for the most part.

    Cons

    It's hard to get a promotion at times, unless you bounce around to different brands within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice Company

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    • 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 Rodale as a contractor

    Pros

    This company values and promotes a work/life balance, which I can't say for most companies I've been a part of. I was reluctant to take a lunchtime exercise class because of the time it would take and I was encouraged and told it's part of the job. It's nice to see a media company practice what it preaches.
    Their foray into the sales world with rodales.com is interesting. It's important for magazines to diversify income and dive into new sources of revenue.

    Cons

    In the year I've been here, I haven't experienced a con.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    full time employment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Emmaus, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Emmaus, PA

    I worked at Rodale full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rodale puts great focus on personal health and mental well being. Great company benifits but the salaries are below standard. Management does not listen to those below their pay grade.

    Cons

    Salary is much too low next to national average, no raises to speak of even though they are promised. Management does not listen to those below their pay grade. You won't last long in this company because the pay will start pushing you else where

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling in the digital age; hit or miss at the top

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Emmaus, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Emmaus, PA

    I worked at Rodale full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benes include onsite organic cafeteria, child care, gym, walking paths. Overall, smart, good people work there ... though not necessarily in leadership positions. Was once a great company to work for, with a genuine mission. Not so sure anymore.

    Cons

    Disconnected departments. Owner overinvested in foolish eco-retail online business. HR department without much of a clue, but isn't that usually the case? Arrogance and incompetence at the top of some departments, but not all. A lot of people protecting their back in the Age of Layoffs. Print magazines struggling in digital age, with ad pages way down. The New York-Emmaus connection very flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay loyal to your good employees. Ask if the right people are running things?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Absolute great place for recent college graduates to begin exploring their career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emmaus, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emmaus, PA

    I worked at Rodale full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible health benefits - especially for women's health
    Lots of activities that include family and children at the workplace
    On-site daycare
    On-site gym (free)
    On-site outdoor fitness areas (free)
    Inexpensive resale of fitness products and published material
    Very competitive pay
    Opportunity for advancement and growth
    Promotions and raises
    Very comfortable and relaxed work environment
    Leadership was very approachable
    The company really cares about personal well-being outside of work
    Frequent opportunities to attend seminars and workshops for work-related improvement or new knowledge

    Cons

    The layoff turnovers that began around 2012

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

    Great work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fashion
    Former Employee - Fashion

    I worked at Rodale full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice, talented, down-to-earth people
    Good benefits
    Great teamwork
    Positive work environment

    Cons

    Raises/ bonuses were almost nonexistent, even after 4 years with the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Company with a clear mission.

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

    I worked at Rodale

    Pros

    Leadership and management has a clear focus on its worthy mission - health.healing.happiness. With a Rodale at the helm it will maintain that focus.

    Cons

    An infusion of fresh, mission focused talent is needed. The sooner that talent is recruited the better for the company and it's mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting the good fight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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