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Bertelsmann Employee Reviews about "german"

Updated Jan 14, 2017

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Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe
Thomas Rabe
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "Gute Work-Life Balance, gute Weiterbildungsm(in 7 reviews)

  • "glichkeiten (bereits in der Ausbildung), profitables Unternehmen mit vielen Benefits, sichere Arbeitsumgebung, gutes Arbeitsklima(in 3 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 5 reviews)

  • "Schlechter Verdienst und langsame Aufstiegschancen(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "One of the best, anywhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time for 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!

    Bertelsmann2017-01-14
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work if you speak German and are a really good networker"

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     in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bertelsmann

    Pros

    Bertelsmann gives you a lot of freedom and responsibility from day one. They promote an entrepreneurial culture which, in practice, means that if you have a good idea that fits to their business, chances are they'll let you work on it and they'll also fund it. If you are a good networker you're career can take off very fast. At Bertelsmann, everything is about knowing the right people within the company and making... sure they know you. If you're on the radar of one of the big guys, there is a good chance they'll simply put you in a position that's two or more levels above your current role.

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    Cons

    They claim to be the most international media company which may be true but doesn't mean that you'll get transfered to another country easily. Even if you work at their German headquarter it will be a long and painful process to land a job in another country. There is no support whatsoever so you have to manage the whole process yourself. Mostly this is due to their decentralized structure which is beneficial for... the entrepreneurial culture but hazardous for a number of other things like international assignments, knowledge transfer, or building global networks within the group. Moving from one division (e.g. their Broadcasting arm) to another (e.g. RandomHouse, their publishing business) is nearly impossible. You may have worked several years at Bertelsmann but that other division will treat you just like any other applicant. Again, a problem that arises from the decentralized structure. Your career and salary highly depends on your network. If one of the presidents likes you, you'll get those international assignments easily and a ridiculous salary on top of it. It's been often reported that some of the German folks who work in the US receive housing allowances and travel allowances (to go back to Germany) as well. Their management development follows the same principles outlined above. If they know you they'll put you into all those great programs. If they don't, well, you'll have to market yourself very aggressively to be considered for seminars, etc. Bertelsmann spends a lot of time and money on employer branding which is, obviously, targeted at prospective employees. They recruit from top-tier business schools and host costly recruiting events. These efforts lead to two problems: 1) The high-potentials from Harvard, Columbia, and ISEAD who actually accept an offer from Bertelsmann get frustrated very fast and leave the company, often within their first year. They expect to be promoted to VP or president of a smaller Bertelsmann company but mostly find themselves stuck in whatever division Bertelsmann decides to dump them. Once they leave, Bertelsmann has usually invested significant training dollars in them - not to mention the initial recruiting costs. 2) Current and loyal employees feel frustrated as well since they have to watch Bertelsmann pampering those new hires while they don't receive any training or promotions. That being said, it should be obvious by now that Bertelsmann is not good at identifying top talents or top potentials within their existing workforce. Every marketer knows that retaining top employees is multiple times more effective and cost efficient than hiring new employees.

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    Advice to Management

    Enable employees to transfer between division/companies easily. Support international careers. Focus on identifying and retaining top talent and top potentials rather than attracting new talent - or at least balance both efforts better. Make basis for promotions more transparent.

    Bertelsmann2009-10-28
  3. "Media Worldwide, but with a strong German Corporate Touc"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Corporate Management Development in Gütersloh
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bertelsmann full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Media Business is exciting and challenging; culture is very employee-centric, compensation is attractive in corporate jobs

    Cons

    At this phase, not a very innovative and open-minded company; still very German at the core

    Bertelsmann2015-04-10
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gütersloh
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bertelsmann full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Bertelsmann offers a very wide range of different jobs, there are many interesting career opportunities and the team spirit is amazing. The company opffers great benefits, like many different fitness courses, a great cafeteria, a bookstore where employees can buy books, CDs or magazines from Bertelsmann companies for a small price.

    Cons

    The location Guetersloh is a very small city on the German countryside, there aren't many things to do around there

    Bertelsmann2013-10-24
  5. "Entrepreneurial firm, though be aware it is very German-centric"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bertelsmann full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Despite its size, Bertelsmann is quite an entrepreneurial company. You can be given a lot of liberty to try things out or seek out new clients. There is a big difference between working for the central Bertelsmann company or individual units, which have a very independentist view and have their own culture, in which case you need to look up reviews of those individual units.

    Cons

    The company remains very German-centric, especially at higher levels, where corporate politics unfortunately take too much space. Your career will be shaped by what they have a need for, not necessarily what you are good at or want to do. It is also interesting to notice how some of their high-fliers leave the firm, only to come back a few years later when the company finally realizes what they have lost.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being German-centric with your mid and upper management Start career planning for your mid management, not just the senior executives

    Bertelsmann2012-10-24
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