Bertelsmann Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2021

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Bertelsmann Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe
Thomas Rabe
39 Ratings
Pros
  • "Nice people, generous benefits, great work-life balance, global opportunities, profitable company(in 7 reviews)

  • "environment great(in 3 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No one like to respond even when written to the company CEO Thomas Rabe(in 3 reviews)

  • "Location in Gütersloh is fairly remote, not much going on there, need to travel on the weekends to improve lifestyle(in 1 review)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Very Good Company!

      Jan 25, 2021 - Financial Analyst 
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      Pros

      Good comradery, smart people, successful and admired especially in Europe

      Cons

      Can be very formal, but is still pleasant

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good company

      Oct 30, 2020 - Analyst in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Very friendly working environment, great work life balance

      Cons

      Not very much career development opportunities

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Poor Management and Culture

      May 21, 2020 - Human Resources Generalist in Berryville, VA
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      Pros

      Some employees were friendly, paid holidays

      Cons

      Lack of management and culture. Turnover was high due to 6-7 day work weeks of 10-12 hours a day. The management style is to micro-management and belittle.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Place to work

      May 9, 2020 - Senior Accoutnant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Work environment is very comfortable

      Cons

      Good growth opportunities were lacking

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good values, stable work environment

      Jul 31, 2019 - Director of Business Development 
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      Pros

      Nice people, generous benefits, great work-life balance, global opportunities, profitable company

      Cons

      Like most media companies of its size, it can be slow moving and political

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Benefits, but that's it

      Jul 10, 2019 - Staff Accountant in Westminster, MD
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      Pros

      The heath insurance is amazing, employer-paid life insurance, people are nice.

      Cons

      Pay is well below market value, no flexibility, management does not care nor do they communicate with you.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Prod Markt. & Distrib. University before 2011/No choice listed

      Aug 27, 2015 - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Not great pay, but you learn about several industries interaction: media, retail, and entertainment. It is a databank of rich info off what sells and doesn't, and perhaps, why. You can connect with many more successful networks and schmooze to migrate up to a better/ (not bigger Company) opportunity. You have lots of entree and invites if you wish to use your clout. I attended functions and openings on my own,/on the company coattails in a way, like a university professor. You have lots of respect- like working for a Major Studio, or ehhhhh ...roadie for a hit band. I'd rather be on a bus in the back seat going somewhere than be in a Bentley parked in a storage yard. Access is everything- unfortunately you must have a few qualities also. It is a great intern op.

      Cons

      No one has stock per se to hit a homer. The pay is not as good as a gov't job or Wall Street Corp. Play. They have volatility, and must diversify, even more for their employees. Rather than make independent spinoffs with the efforts of the BERT. ranks, yet not let them have a piece of the future or pie.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to start a career in publishing .

      Aug 2, 2014 -  
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      Pros

      Great entry level experience Great coworkers Autonomous work environment Great opportunity for advancement Networking Good company morale Awesome coworkers Professional resourced

      Cons

      Starting salary not great but there is opportunity for growth once you get your foot in the door. A lot of mundane data entry in the entry level positions Company changes Downsizing

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great first job out of college.

      Dec 25, 2017 - Manager, M&A in New York, NY
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      Pros

      There is good visibility to top management. The work is intellectually stimulating. The colleagues are very nice and you have a good team spirit.

      Cons

      Personnel development could be better, the slogan is „create your own career“, which is very fitting. You need to make sure that your career is on track by yourself.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Boutique office in Washington and great working environment

      Jul 21, 2010 - Research Fellow in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      flat organizational structure, making communication easy, smooth and real time; great leadership, very accessible and encouraging; helpful colleagues who can turn to for questions

      Cons

      Being a fellow does not provide the best means to get to the heart of their business; still very research oriented and less project-based elements.

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