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Bertelsmann Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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Bertelsmann Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe
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Pros
  • High Integrity Leadership, work life balance better than most (in 4 reviews)

  • Hilfreiche und sympathische Kollegen, gute Arbeitszeiten, spannende Aufgaben (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not sure if this is a con, but if you want to advance, it is very helpful to learn the German language (in 4 reviews)

  • Uninspired, tranquil outpost of HQ located in Germany (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Tax Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bertelsmann full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Lots of vacation time and one work from home day per week.

    Cons

    I have no cons currently.


  2. "Venture Capital Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bertelsmann promotes flat hierarchies and a very entreprenuerial working culture

    Cons

    Responsibilities given to interns were not satisfiable

  3. "Static Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are still decent, albeit declining, pretty stable environment

    Cons

    Uninspired, tranquil outpost of HQ located in Germany


  4. "One of the best, anywhere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding opportunities, culture is second to none. Was always proud to be an employee. Wonderful experiences with a variety of cultures and industries.

    Cons

    Not sure if this is a con, but if you want to advance, it is very helpful to learn the German language.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, you do it so well!


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    This was a job I had some time ago. Much has changed. Books are not as big. Pay more. Give A Week to work in a nice place with the company than the current one for a working vacation. They are worldwide, use it as a prize. Diversify. Listen to the consumers.


  6. "Excellent Employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bertelsmann full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High Integrity Leadership, work life balance better than most

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  7. "Great place to start a career in publishing ."

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Advice to Management

    Management is great and really takes the the time to develop and work with promising employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to find their way of doing business in the U.S."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Long history of success in a variety of business models. Deep pockets, willing to invest for the long term, not allowing years of losses to derail long range plans.

    Cons

    In a state of flux, no true direction as planned models change. The long term outlook does not match with short term decisions most of time.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with the common worker and realize most employees are there to work and have employment as part of their life, NOT their whole being as with the German corporate ladder climbers who are on two-three years plans prior to moving on.


  9. "good place to work till they sold us to direct brands"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Scanner Operator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Equipment Scanner Operator in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good raises,good people to work with,good supervisor,

    Cons

    they sold our company to direct brands

    Advice to Management

    come back and invest in north america again


  10. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bertelsmann full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, intelligent management, good work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing major other than hq is in Germany so offices need to stay in touch.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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