Time Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Joseph A. Ripp
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Pros
  • The work-life balance and benefits were both reasonable in my day (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits (gym reimbursement & paid time off) (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Very traditional, upper management organization isn't clear, constant downsizing (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management does not value employees and the attitude is they should be lucky to have a job (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Editor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Time

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

    Pros

    Great exposure and exclusive access

    Cons

    Long hours and not great inter-department communication

  2. Editorial work on custom content programs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Time full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great, great people, interesting projects, brand legacy. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    The company is in a lot of debt, and struggling to keep up with its competitors.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs leadership now, more than ever.

  3. So far, so good!

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    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!

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  5. Smart people but flawed decision making

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    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.

  6. A company that used to be great now struggles with the very basics of survival.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -strong brands that are recognized around world
    -strong influence when producing editorial content
    -the feeling that your work is being seen widely

    Cons

    -Budget constrains every single business/editorial discussion ever held
    -No position ever feels secure
    -Management still favors the same time of characters that 1950s Time-Life probably valued. Young talent with no eye for how the foodchain works will get overlooked by wealthy, elitist managers, to the detriment of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Look past the middle managers and do your own evaluations of employees. Many strong, young candidates are being ignored because they're getting buried in the old magazine power-elite structure.

  7. Sr Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Time full-time

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility, great people, and good benefit

    Cons

    With the current IT reorganization, the future is uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act.

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    Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Time full-time

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

    Pros

    Years ago, Time Inc. (part of Time Warner) was a great place to work. They only hired good people and the benefits were fabulous.

    Cons

    Time Inc has fallen on hard times. Its spin-off from Time-Warner couldn't have happened at a worse time. Theyre trying to re-market themselves as a media company. Theyre laying people off every month. One of the criteria that theyre using to lay people off is "big salary" so its not going to have many experienced employees left very soon, but thats OK because theyre building a new business model.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. I hope that all the transfers to off-shore work and Google-style development tricks work out. Try to be more like Google or an innovative company rather than just adopt the easiest and most obvious gimmicks you've heard about.

  9. Neutral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Time

    Pros

    near subway and lax dress code.

    Cons

    Moving downtown and being over worked.

  10. Experience really depends on your manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Time

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

    Pros

    The power of the brands. Smart people. Used to have a good work-life balance, though that is no longer the case.

    Cons

    Crab mentality, especially with the reduction of staff in recent years. People are overly focused on politics and job security over what can really drive the company and their team forward. Staff is being pushed to do more and more, need to reevaluate structure or staffing levels.

    Advice to Management

    Identify employees/teams who are crucial to driving the company's mission forward and be proactive about keeping them engaged and happy, instead of being reactive once they've received an offer from a competitor and are ready to leave.

  11. Mixed Bag

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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 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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