If you want to be in wine/spirits/cigar media, the brand strength is unparalleled. Commands huge respect from the industry. Senior staff is incredibly knowledgable about their fields. Opportunities to taste and learn a lot.
Feels like an old boys club. Few people in upper management have children; company does not seem very friendly to working parents. Lifer culture; no one at upper level ever retires or leaves, so moving up the ladder is extremely slow.
Attitude is: you should feel lucky to work here.
Pay is below average, and feels cruel. Cost of living raises do not happen. If you get a small raise they act as if you've just won the lottery. Lack of appreciation for promising employees. Young people not invested in.
Everything depends on whims of owner, who makes decisions emotionally. No one understands value of new technology. If you are interested in innovation, you will be frustrated.
Advice to Management
Invest in technology and talent.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at M. Shanken Communications (New York, NY).
I met with two senior editors regarding the tasting coordinator position. They were very friendly and asked many questions regarding experience- including a pop quiz to test my wine knowledge. I followed up the next day for the interview with no response. I reached out again two weeks later and got a response that I did not get the position. Overall it wasn't a good fit but the interviewers were lovely.
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