Time Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. So far, so good!

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

    I have been working at Time full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's an inspiring group of people and brands to work around. The café is a pretty good eating option. Benefits are pretty good, as well.

    Cons

    The pay is definitely not that good, but that's also somewhat expected in the media industry. I also think morale of employees is greatly affected by numerous large layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    More communication between upper level management and employees would be beneficial to everyone that's a part of Time Inc. Also, bring back Summer Fridays!

  2. Smart people but flawed decision making

    • 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 Time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great legacy brands to be associated with in the marketplace from both sales and edit side. A strong work ethic, professional integrity and congeniality are respected. There is bureaucracy, but seasoned management usually served as a buffer from the executive leadership's nuances. Also, management is very supportive and receptive to new and innovative efforts to bring in revenue. Above average compensation and advancement opptys, but primarily in the NY headquarters. the new CEO clearly has a strategy for slowing the company's decline in the marketplace that may positively impact some of the day-to-day work.

    Cons

    High turnover in the publisher and vp roles which reset priorities almost annually within the individual properties. I had 11 bosses in less than eight years. There is a whiff of old boy network below the surface and leadership cache is given to those who have an alumni connection to the glory days of Time Inc or to those who prowl the country clubs of Greenwich on the weekends. Cultural diversity is primarily reflected by the company's hiring of homogenous millennials and there is no effort to groom or promote non-white males into leadership positions. Expect layoffs and re-orgs twice a year and negative experiences with HR

    Advice to Management

    Honesty and transparency at all times.

  3. Mixed Bag

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

    I have been working at Time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's good energy, smart people, and a desire to innovate. The company works hard to build communities through groups such as women in technology, asian-american interests, etc. and through mentorship programs that foster cross-brand interactions and personal growth.

    Cons

    The company is constantly in flux - letting people go, hiring new people, restructuring, finding new directions, etc. that it can feel very unstable at times.

    Advice to Management

    More decisiveness and clearer communication of paths and goals

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  5. A great company in transition

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 Time full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, opportunities for advancement, constant learning opportunities, work/life balance, benefits

    Cons

    Job security, low morale, struggling through an enormous culture change

    Advice to Management

    While employee/er loyalty and morale is no longer an asset in this new economy, we are all still human beings and this will impact corporations at some point.

  6. Helpful (2)

    This company is not the Time Inc. it once was.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    kid friendly
    great people, great brand

    Cons

    lousy health benefits
    doesn't promote from within
    doesn't require managers to give yearly reviews
    downsize every quarter and rehire freelancers at a lower rate
    extremely too much work for the amount of staff

    Advice to Management

    I would challenge management to look at their restructuring process. Employees are very unhappy and your new model leaves no room for work-life balance. Employees are staying longer hours, the morale is extremely low.

  7. Great place

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

    I have been working at Time full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is bright, friendly and hard working.

    Cons

    Getting promoted can be difficult sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Need to have better communication

  8. Mixed Bag

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

    I have been working at Time full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great portfolio of brands for any kind of career interest, good benefits, friendly staff

    Cons

    Excessive budget cuts have led to barebones staff. It's pretty bleak. Management expects way too much from a poorly-funded, dispirited staff.

    Advice to Management

    In order to make money, you have to be willing to take risks.

  9. Potential to become great once again

    • 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 Time full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands to work with, and leadership at the top who is starting to implement big thinking and big change.

    Cons

    Lots of mid-level management who are stuck in the good old days....resistant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep thinking big, and get rid of those who are not helping push these ideas forward.

  10. Good environment, management unorganized.

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

    I worked at Time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, perks flex hours gym.

    Cons

    clickish. Old boys club. unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Loss the dead weight in management if not being productive.

  11. Great Company, Great People

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

    I worked at Time as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I loved the people, the perks, the location, and the name. The attorneys there are amazing, especially the person who runs the intern program. You’ll learn a lot from her, legal and otherwise.

    Cons

    As a legal intern, I was a little jealous of the magazine employees who dressed cute and trendy. I was miserable in my business clothes in the hot summer and intolerable subway stations.

    Advice to Management

    They seem to have it together!

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