Rodale

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Rodale Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
70 Reviews
3.4
70 Reviews
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Rodale Chairman and CEO Maria Rodale
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43 Ratings

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.  

    Great benefits, good culture

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

    I have been working at Rodale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture with a nice benefits package. Nice work-life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is a little low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going downhill but good management would make a huge difference

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

    I have been working at Rodale full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the manager and department, many opportunities to try new ideas and learn new skills; organic cafeteria and childcare on-site in the PA office; most managers seem pretty good at helping employees with work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor pay, low raises, no bonuses, no financial incentive tied to performance reviews, very little room for career advancement, and poor management that starts and the top and trickles down in some departments. Frequent turnover. HR department are for the most part very unapproachable and unhelpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop the talented people who work for you rather than always hiring from the outside. Make more of an effort to bridge the PA-NY divide between offices. Start offering bonuses and incentives to your talent. Create development plans so managers can grow their direct reports' careers. Get HR reps who are actually good with people. Review the salaries company-wide and adjust them to be more competitive with other local companies, and more fair within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    a bit crazy, but a great experience overall.

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

    I worked at Rodale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are bright and believe in what they're doing. The employees are treated well, and are given a lot of responsibilities, from the ground up. The PA location is fantastic if you have a family, too.

    Cons

    As with many magazines, things can get disorganized and egos can come into play. The politics made for some bad decisions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment, lots of potential

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

    I have been working at Rodale as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Liberal PTO, flex hours, community involvement, ethical company, solid values

    Cons

    much room for improvement in strategy, communication, policy, procedure and methodologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solidify corporate goals and communicate widely; align projects with corporate strategy and hold employees accountable for completion. You can have creativity with structure and purpose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want a job and don't care how they treat you...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emmaus, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emmaus, PA

    I have been working at Rodale full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some really great people. They have a free fitness facility in Emmaus. The benefits were okay.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs, I believe that led to paranoia about losing jobs, even senior management. People who are below do the work don't have much say in anything that happens there. Had several people take my ideas and run with them as they were their own - very frustrating. No accountability or responsibility, no reviews are based on performance. Little opportunity for advancement unless someone "likes" you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they want to feel that they make a difference, give them credit where credit. Layoffs happen, let it go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Happy with the status quo.

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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 Rodale part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great crew of people to work with though many are overworked. Easy to take on new challenges if you are so inclined.

    Cons

    Pay scale could be higher for position but commensurate with community at large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great place.

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

    I have been working at Rodale full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    active culture and good benefits.

    Cons

    The head office is in Pennsylvania.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people...Great company

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

    I have been working at Rodale full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment! Management really cares about employees and shows it in many ways. There is a lot of respect for work/life balance. Lots of perks including fitness classes in our yoga studio during lunch or after work, charity events, discounts etc. Most importantly, Rodale's values are as important today as they were when the company was founded. Great place to work!

    Cons

    I have no cons to discuss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good way to try on editorial

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

    I worked at Rodale as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work in editorial department at a major national magazine, as an intern, several things I wrote were published in print and online, which was exciting.

    Cons

    Often seemed that editors were unsure about what to do with a full time intern. Lots of time spent finding my own tasks. Often spent hours working on certain writing projects only to have them scrapped after completion because they had just run something similar, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more structure needed for interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great values and great people!

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

    I have been working at Rodale full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company, great values and great people! It is clear that management truly cares about their employees. Excellent work life balance and tons of perks. There environment in both NY and PA is friendly, upbeat and positive.

    Cons

    As of right now I have no cons to discuss

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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