F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company FAQ

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January 14, 2021

What are perks and other benefits like at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company?

Pros

Compared to many companies out there, the benefits (other than salary) are better than poor.

Cons

Frozen salaries, unreasonable workload, no opportunity for advancement.

Advice to Management

Don't abuse employee loyalty.

Compared to many companies out there, the benefits (other than salary) are better than poor.

January 14, 2021

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November 11, 2019

Does F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company offer tuition reimbursement?

Pros

Very good culture and people

Cons

Benefits could be better. No 401k match. No tuition assistance

No tuition assistance

November 11, 2019

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November 11, 2019

What is the retirement plan like at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company?

Pros

Very good culture and people

Cons

Benefits could be better. No 401k match. No tuition assistance

No 401k match.

November 11, 2019

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October 21, 2019

How are career development opportunities at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company?

Pros

My co-workers were wonderful. They were passionate about their careers and worked hard to preserve the company. Most of the F+W products are top notch. There are numerous possibilities for growth.

Cons

Low morale. Low salary. All employees are considered easily replaceable and worthless. Upper management had ridiculous business plans. Nearly all mid-level managers that had any professionalism were forced out. The remaining unscrupulous managers and HR made for a very toxic working environment. Creative and logical thinking were extinguished while obedient thinking was rewarded. Current Stevens Point office management will do anything or say anything to keep their jobs, all at the expense of the workers and corporate revenue. No exaggerations there. It’s very unfortunate that some of the community purchasers of the now bankrupt F+W Media have chosen to keep many of these managers with their divisions. There is a reason why the company went bankrupt. It’s not their products and it’s certainly not the booming economy. The FW Books division purchaser Penguin Random House went through the process correctly and didn’t take any of the boat anchors. Likewise the Outdoors and Construction Trade divisions are free of the former F+W HR wrath. Their employee morale is very high and the new companies seem to be off to a great start.

Advice to Management

-Advice to the Craft community purchaser Peak Media would be ignored since it is managed by the former F+W Media CEO and VPs. Not wasting my time. -No advice needed for the Outdoors and Construction Trade divisions. -Advice for Collectibles community purchaser Active Interest Media senior management….Migrate out those former F+W Media managers and HR. They seem to have no interest in their respective fields. They are only there to collect a paycheck with as minimal work as possible. If a manager appears unmotivated, disrespectful, dishonest, and unethical it is because they really are that way. Like I said earlier, there is a reason why the company went bankrupt in a booming economy.

There are numerous possibilities for growth.

October 21, 2019

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September 6, 2018

What kind of career opportunities exist at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company?

Pros

Rank and file staff are terrific (those that are left, that is). They know their markets and continue to create wonderful products despite massive budget cuts and layoffs.

Cons

Poor communication from senior management, no opportunity for advancement, woefully under-resourced, untrustworthy executives, horrible technology, fail to pay their vendors on time, they don't value their staff

Advice to Management

We’ve been told by Senior Management that we have until the end of the year to turn things around, but we know that the truth is that this company is sinking faster than you can say “innovation.” Truly, only a miracle can keep us in business. The real problem, though, is that executive management doesn’t seem to care that we’re going out of business. Instead, they appear intent on sucking every bit of cash out of the business on the way to the bottom. In the last two years, we’ve shed almost 50% of our staff. A lot of those people were laid off or sold off with the profitable parts of the company, but just as many quit because they couldn’t take it anymore. We had more layoffs last month when good, talented people were let go. We’re used to it, though. The real kicker is that it’s not our markets, our products, or our rank and file staff that is the problem. The Company’s impending doom is mostly a result of a sequence of horrifying executive management teams that have run this business into the ground. Some of us think it’s intentional. The current executive team is comprised of confused sheep that are pretending they know how to run a company. They lack vision and communicate only in vague generalities and meandering lies At least real sheep have wool. So, we’re all pretty much looking for jobs at this point. There are not a lot of media jobs in Northern Colorado, though, so many of us are just focusing on doing the best we can while management steers F+W straight into the iceberg. So, job seekers, my advice to you is this: stay as far away as possible… but get some high-powered binoculars, because this titanic disaster of a company might end up being a pretty good show as it implodes. Oh, and can you throw us some life preservers, please? Senior Management took all of ours.

Poor communication from senior management, no opportunity for advancement, woefully under

September 6, 2018

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