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Bonnier Corporation Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • Extremely low pay, long hours with pathetic health care (in 16 reviews)

  • The upper management doesn't understand what it takes to get the job done (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Smart and Professional People!"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment with smart and talented employees.

    Cons

    Change in health care plan made it more expensive for employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Dedicated Employees Stifled By Upper Management, Lack of Vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K match (4%), working on Park Ave, $500 towards gym annually, free vision benefits, ability to work from home (for some roles), a couple great magazine titles to get your foot in the publishing door, friendly environment where coworkers want to help you, start off with 3 weeks vacation (but also max out at 3 weeks)

    Cons

    Health care benefits are hurting employees by having a high deductible and single option for insurance (yes insurance is going up, be different and eat the cost of switching away from deductibles! Entice people with superior benefits to set yourself apart and show you care about employees' hard work and health!) Below average raises annually (<2% generally.) No company culture to unify employees or get them excited about being at work. No bonuses unless you're in sales. Focus on sales awards instead of whole team that makes products sales sells. Few "extra" days off given (only 2 days given for Christmas.) Obvious some people are still employed because they've been there for so long but no longer perform up to current job requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Sticking to budget is key for all companies, but understand getting top-tier work from a B-level budget isn't possible quarter after quarter. Invest in your office, in your hires, in your future and not "where can we cut to make budget this year" by cutting magazines, people who are near retirement, or benefits. Be honest with the employees, it was a good start explaining budget and cash flow the past X years, but don't dive off the deep end into numbers only accountants understand (EBIT A, etc) and only focus on how to please Sweden. Your employees have stood by long enough waiting for tides to turn.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Trust Everything you Hear"

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

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Willingness from senior management to get to know their employees and engage them for new ideas. Team building is a priority.

    Cons

    Turnover in shared services departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eyes and ears open and reward the people who are there to help the company prosper for years to come


  4. ""Wake Up""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Great people that's about it.

    Cons

    Annually 2% raise, same excuse every year. 3 weeks max, as if adding an extra week will hurt the company. People end up leaving because they are just fed up with the same excuses. Health insurance sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should fight for their employees. Invest in your employees do something different, sick days/ vacation days/ health insurance/bonuses and of course the one thing everyone is talking about start paying your employees what they deserve.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "challenging time for print"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, smart and creative.

    Cons

    These are tough times for print.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the quality of the print brands.


  6. "Great experience!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team of hard working professionals who enjoy what they do. Exciting brand portfolio driven by passionate enthusiasts.

    Cons

    Challenging transformation of media and advertising.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on enthusiast mission. Keep investing in video.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging and Creative Environment"

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    Current Employee - Editorial in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Editorial in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    On the editorial side, you can be involved across all channels — print, web, social media, video; collaboration with other creative staff; opportunity to travel; respectful work environment

    Cons

    Quality of benefits is uneven (some, such as "Summer Friday" and work-from-home policy, are good; others, such as not contributing to HSAs, are not); staff is doing more with fewer resources; morale is low as the company continues to shutter titles and lay off staff

    Advice to Management

    Conduct more frequent town hall meetings; offer unexpected, morale-boosting benefits, such as unplanned days off, gift certificates to Publix at holidays like Thanksgiving; Christmas bonus of some sort; schedule edit, sales & marketing getaways to plan comprehensive programs designed to create valuable content for both our subscriber and marketing partner audiences

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The company doesn't value good talent. They will let people go to meet the bottom line. It's all about the bottom line."

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

    I have been working at Bonnier Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are fabulous and amazing but upper management doesn't value them. The titles are excellent but they keep cutting budgets and money and they're not making the investment in the titles to keep them going.

    Cons

    Employees not valued by upper management. Company is struggling to meet budget numbers. I will be surprised if the US arm of this company is still here in two years.

    Advice to Management

    People put their heart and souls into the job. Show a little respect for the people who work for your company. don't just throw them out in the cold


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Buyer Beward"

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of really nice/google people at Bonnier. Too bad they work for such a crappy company.

    Cons

    Basically everything. Low pay, vacation caps at 3 weeks meanwhile employees that carry WAY more time. I have people that work for me, that have worked here for less time than I have but have 2 weeks more vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. C-Level execs dont care about anyone but themselves. Brands I sell for are so varied..... we have magazines that cater to republican/conservative demographics, meanwhile the EIC of Popular Science has a twitter feed dedicated to liberal ideology and bashing POTUS. (Makes it hard to do your job)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review #126"

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

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

    Pros

    Bonnier has a very relax work environment but is still demanding. It is great that I am not micro manage but when I need help it is there for me.

    Cons

    I am truly disappointed that I work for a magazine/publishing company and there are no magazines in the bathrooms to read.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and clear communication; I found out whats going on first through the rumor mill.


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