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Bonnier Corporation Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits; nice people; laid-back atmosphere; nice location in Winter Park VIllage (in 7 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance for the most part (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely low pay, long hours with pathetic health care (in 14 reviews)

  • Little to no career development (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome coworkers but no reward"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, work from home day, cool location in Winter Park village. Coworkers are the best part of the job!

    Cons

    The pay is not great and upper management refuses to invest in their talented/hard working employees so every one just ends up leaving because they are fed up. Seems like the same few people at the top miraculously get promoted every year.

    Advice to Management

    reward those who are valuable to the company so that they want to stay and help the company grow and succeed. Its hard to be motivated when you're underpaid and have no chance of getting promoted.Stop hiring cheap labor and put that money back into the employee who are loyal so that they know they are appreciated.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great overall experience. The Winter Park office has a happy vibe and the people are friendly. Lunch yoga and flextime (work from home once a week) are huge perks. This is a good place to learn and gain experience, especially for new grads.

    Cons

    No clear path for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Help managers to determine clear goals for their employees and reward hard work.


  3. "Please, hire more people"

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    Current Employee - Content Team in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Content Team in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -A few well-respected big-name publications, namely F&S, Pop Sci, and Saveur.

    Cons

    -There are none of us left. The company, desperate to cut costs and turn a profit, has eliminated most editorial jobs, putting a tremendous burden on the few of us who remain, as well as compromising the quality of the publications. Instead of investing in staff to create more, and better, content, the company has burned cash trying to create new revenue streams, most of which have produced very little. Executive team: please, invest in your staff, stop burning money, and cut loose more unprofitable, piss-poor mags like Pop Photo so the other mags actually have a chance to succeed in the new media landscape.

    -The coffee machine is terrible and those pods are ruining the environment.

    -The office is a distopian nightmare. But it's quiet so I guess there's that.

    -We might as well have no health care.

    -Please, hire more people. Fill those empty rows of unoccupied cubes. We're dying.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Former sales employee"

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    Former Employee - Ad Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great hardworking people. Nice pubs and editorial.

    Cons

    Unclear company future. Lackluster middle management. Low pay. Little to no career development.


  6. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and I work with a great team.

    Cons

    Low pay. When will the 2% annual raise end?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Looking for job security? You won't find it here."

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance for the most part.

    Cons

    Sub-standard pay, high-deductible health care plan, 1 week paternity leave, unfulfilled promises from management, no office culture, depressing work environment, frequent layoffs and ongoing restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees - they only time I met with them was when they were laying me off or fellow co-workers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "What. A. Joke."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing comes to mind

    Cons

    I am absolutely SHOCKED that this company is still in business, and still manages to convince poor unsuspecting advertisers to pay for the pathetic content and promotional materials they push out. Their metrics are all manipulated crap, no one in charge of actually making content for advertisers knows nor cares how they actually perform. Employees are told to replicate old campaigns for the same advertisers and change the copy to make them relevant without any idea if the campaign was successful to begin with. They don't follow ANY best practices when it comes to advertising (specifically, digital) and there is absolutely no drive to create engaging content - just simply checking boxes off of a contract. Don't believe me? Subscribe to their emails to see how horrible and copy heavy they are. Go to the "contests" page on Islands.com...its BLANK! Any digitally savvy person on the face of the planet would take that page down if there was no content on it, and simply make it "live" when there was a contest going on...but not Bonnier!

    ALSO If the brown-nosing employees they do retain see negative reviews on Glassdoor, they all team up to write overly positive reviews in response to try and refute the negativity. Don't be fooled...run away FAST. Unless of course you're looking to learn all of the wrong practices this company follows and drive your career as a digital marketer straight into the ground....

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourselves. Welcome change, or this ship is going to continue to sink.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Don't board a sinking ship."

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While this is highly dependent on which magazine you are working for, work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    The company is one big revolving door, whose sole concept for increasing revenue seems to be laying off employees. Bonnier is not interested in investing in their titles and helping them grow into new niches in the media market, merely seeing how they will fare as they slowly hack away at each magazine's ability to generate engagement from new audiences. The office culture is non-existent, staff from different magazines are cloistered and do not interact, making it a very lonely existance unless you work for their biggest title. Bonnier reneged on their promise to move their offices to a nicer location and the current office is an over-lit cubicle farm that is regularly prowled by a telepresence robot. At present there is no location to eat lunch or make a private phone call and is a very uncomfortable environment to work in. Would not recommend working here unless you're looking for temporary employment at a sub-standard salary.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your magazines, it takes money to make money. Foster an actual workplace culture, this means doing more than encouraging employees to "compete" with each other via their Fitbits.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Flexible, hardworking, fun environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hard-working coworkers that inspire you to succeed. A very creative driven company that wants you to do well. A friendly environment, caring community. Opportunities to travel and explore the brands. Really flexible when it comes to work/life. I really love my job.

    Cons

    Schedule changes that create friction with current 'to-do' list, but that is expected in a publishing company.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with a creative energy and exciting projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse company filled with creative thinkers and interesting brands, opportunity to grow with the company, good benefits for employees, CEO focused on corporate culture and the success of the company as a whole

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication between departments which can cause difficulty completing projects efficiently

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire people excited about the brands.


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