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  1. "Contract Worker - Melbourne"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor Contract in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Editor Contract in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    AMAZING corporate culture
    Wonderful, talented staff
    Great teamwork
    Really really supportive culture
    Perks

    Cons

    Pay :(
    Perhaps more social functions for staff

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  2. "Outdated technologies and lack of QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media full-time

    Pros

    It's fun to watch the media types go about their business and you can take part in some of the magazines that are published by the company

    Cons

    The technologies in use for the majority of the websites are outdated. There is a lack of QA and software engineering best practices are not followed.
    Focus is on arbitrary coding standards and not on the quality of work produced.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the website bolt on of your company as a software company because that is what it produces. Follow the practices that are widely accepted as industry best practices for software engineering.


  3. "Felt like a sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people and a decent location. Before the buyout from the Bauer family, it felt more stable and there were at least some attempts at innovation.

    Cons

    Very little commitment to trying new things, seemingly little in the way of long term strategy or focus, consistent cost-cutting universally across the board without knowledge of the implications (or where they might actually do well to cut some costs)

    Advice to Management

    You have some great brands. You have deep pockets. You need the people in place in senior positions to work out how these two facts go together to create a sustainable and growing media business going forward.


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  5. "Great Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Digital Developer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Digital Developer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is very transparent and always open to implementing new stuff. The tech stack is always evolving and using the latest technologies. This company is great for learning and using the most cutting edge technologies. The team is also moving to open sourcing some of their own technologies, which will be exciting! Great work life balance, I have been here for 4 months and had never needed to work over time.

    Cons

    Not a lot of very challenging tech problems, mostly handled by vendors and external parties (such as social media login). Not a lot of perks like other tech companies (food, drinks, t-shirt) but then again this isn't a tech company. Sometimes beer will be supplied thats about it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, it's awesome! I would like to see some inhouse built solutions rather than using 3rd party for almost everything though.


  6. "Not very healthy environment"

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    Former Contractor - PHP Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - PHP Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - exposure to different technologies
    - good for junior-mid level devs
    - some attempts of following the standards
    - parts of the system oursourced to people who know what they were doing
    - company provided the equipment (mac) and screens if required
    - good location
    - underground parking

    Cons

    - technical debt
    - no clear responsibilities
    - lack of code ownership
    - wrong people hired which is a result of bad hiring practices (irrelevant questions on interviews which did not reflect my experience)

    Advice to Management

    Spend a bit more on getting better people. Company tries to go in the right direction but struggles because of the outdated business model. They are moving slower than their competitors in many sectors. Low quality code and complicated solutions prevent growth


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    "Worst job of my life."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free tea and coffee
    A few great colleagues

    Cons

    Too many managers
    Too many lazy colleagues who hide behind others
    Company reputation massively tarnished in the area making your job impossible
    Targets unrealistic
    High staff turnover
    Management have no real understanding of what it's like being on the ground
    No company perks as they are all only for the staff in London.

    Advice to Management

    Hand in your resignation before you suck all the life out of all your employees.


  8. "Failing to get ahead of the times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bauer Consumer Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free magazines if you can get them quick enough when they are delivered
    Really cant think of any others to fill the 20 word minimum!

    Cons

    Management have been in place for a long time and seem unable to come up with new ideas, they always use the same people to brain storm which stifles creativity.
    Unable to move forward with the times, especially poor at digital and wanting to invest in new technology.
    Poor office environment, although the mice seem to love it.

    Advice to Management

    Try and move with the times, it might be productive to listen to some of the younger team who have their finger on the pulse.


  9. "Limited Career Progression, Media not growing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Receive free magazines
    Relative work life balance
    International company

    Cons

    Bit of a boys club
    Limited career progression
    Creative personalities can lead to office politics
    No workplace culture
    Despite being an international company no opportunities to work overseas

    Advice to Management

    Open up more senior management roles for career progression through the ranks
    Build up more of a culture - currently no sense of community within the comp


  10. "Very well ran organized."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Photographer in Roman (Romania)
    Current Contractor - Photographer in Roman (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Details Oriented, Friendly, Courteous. Hire the best talent, Pay well.

    Cons

    Location. Need to get more office for remote personnel

    Advice to Management

    Think out of the box


  11. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media and Syndications Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Digital Media and Syndications Associate in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Bauer Consumer Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're looking to get involved with media, this is the place. Great people, great work environment, and great place to learn.

    Cons

    Getting sponsored to stay in the country is difficult.