Penske Media Career Development FAQ

Read what Penske Media employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

Penske Media has a career opportunities rating of 4.

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February 25, 2020

How are career development opportunities at Penske Media?

Pros

- Awesome team of hard working and well adjusted people that genuinely care about each other - Excellent leadership on our team - really trust my bosses and they are very accessible - Attention to increasing diversity on the product/engineering team, and several female engineers - Good remote culture - yearly in-person team summit in LA, and awesome Halloween party - Support for further learning, attending and speaking at conferences, and contributing to open source - Nice balance of deadline-driven development and longer term product-oriented development and improving our workflows/code-bases keeps things interesting - Broad array of technologies to work with - including adoption of new tech - Openness to new ideas from engineers, and overall ethos of improving with each new project - Fantastic project and product management - agile at a large company, but not the corporate-feeling agile you might picture. The product managers are excellent at determining requirements and interfacing with the brands. I feel very protected as an engineer. - Collaborative, supportive, humble and blameless engineering ethos - we share responsibility for our core tech, and lots of support in slack channels or one-on-one. Very talented engineers and great people to learn from. - Engineering career ladder that includes paths for individual contribution and management, and a direct manager to meet with for regular one-on-ones to track your growth and goals

Cons

- It can be difficult to get buy in for higher-level planning and research for engineering initiatives - engineering work generally happens in the context of a specific business requirement and those requirements frequently change. - Our team is growing and sometimes formal processes are lacking - especially when I started, it was challenging to know who to talk to about what. The solution is to be confident and ask questions :)

Engineering career ladder that includes paths for individual contribution and management, and a direct manager to meet with for regular one

February 25, 2020

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February 10, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Penske Media?

Pros

PMC has an impressive portfolio of iconic/historic brands, but company is also not afraid of new endeavors and challenges. I've been working here for over 2 years, and there's never been a dull moment of doing the same thing over and over again because the CEO is always looking for new areas to grow the business. With so much growth and expansion comes new opportunities, and PMC does a good job of trusting its employees to implement the vision. I'm lucky to work with a group of very talented people that inspire me every day. The company also is very proactive in building a great culture for its employees by having great team-building retreats, holiday parties, and volunteer programs. There's also free breakfast and snacks in the well-equiped kitchen. Who can complain about that!

Cons

I think the company is growing so fast that some processes were overlooked and have not been completely implemented. They currently have no mandatory yearly review or cost of living increases. I do think Jay Penske is listening to his employees and is working hard to get a better system in place within the company. They've already added 401k matching and increased the PTO amount within the last year.

With so much growth and expansion comes new opportunities, and PMC does a good job of trusting its employees to implement the vision.

February 10, 2020

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February 15, 2021

How are promotions handled at Penske Media?

Pros

- nice offices - prestigious publications - interesting people

Cons

- lack resources for people on the creative side (to the extent it made it difficult to perform our jobs) - low salary and little to no work life balance - insists no room for promotions but is happy to promote white male executives near constantly - health insurance super expensive - no diversity and despite efforts to address that (after employees demanded it in full force) nothing changed - executives despite being out of touch do not see their employees as people worthy of having an opinion despite it usually being in their best interest (make their publication not sound tone deaf, racist, sexist, etc.) and are inflexible when it comes to evolving with the times it's exhausting - not an environment for anyone to ever express their opinions or concerns - HR is the worst I have ever had to deal with—not helpful, any concerns you raise will be forwarded to the top, just not good at their jobs

Advice to Management

- pay people more especially creatives - work on your diversity problem - foster an environment for actual dialogue especially when it comes to your conceited out of touch white males at the top - actually work to promote work life balance - get people in HR who actually know how to foster a healthy work environment

insists no room for promotions but is happy to promote white male executives near constantly

February 15, 2021

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January 4, 2021

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Penske Media?

Pros

I have genuinely enjoyed working at Penske—I have learned a lot and have really developed as a writer. The company hosts a lot of fun events for employees, and I have been given many opportunities to venture into other avenues outside of my job title, which I feel has really helped me develop as a professional. From attending events and interviewing celebrities, I have had a lot of fun during my time here. The general vibe of the workplace is good, and everyone is really friendly. The building has an open floor plan, which bothered me at first, but I actually feel like it helped me get to know other people better and work more collaboratively with my fellow writers. I also love my editors!

Cons

Large workload. Can be high stress.

Advice to Management

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The company hosts a lot of fun events for employees, and I have been given many opportunities to venture into other avenues outside of my job title, which I feel has really helped me develop as a professional.

January 4, 2021

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February 10, 2020

What is the feeling of job security at Penske Media?

Pros

PMC has an impressive portfolio of iconic/historic brands, but company is also not afraid of new endeavors and challenges. I've been working here for over 2 years, and there's never been a dull moment of doing the same thing over and over again because the CEO is always looking for new areas to grow the business. With so much growth and expansion comes new opportunities, and PMC does a good job of trusting its employees to implement the vision. I'm lucky to work with a group of very talented people that inspire me every day. The company also is very proactive in building a great culture for its employees by having great team-building retreats, holiday parties, and volunteer programs. There's also free breakfast and snacks in the well-equiped kitchen. Who can complain about that!

Cons

I think the company is growing so fast that some processes were overlooked and have not been completely implemented. They currently have no mandatory yearly review or cost of living increases. I do think Jay Penske is listening to his employees and is working hard to get a better system in place within the company. They've already added 401k matching and increased the PTO amount within the last year.

I've been working here for over 2 years, and there's never been a dull moment of doing the same thing over and over again because the CEO is always looking for new areas to grow the business.

February 10, 2020

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