Bonnier Corporation Reviews | Glassdoor

Bonnier Corporation Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
114 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

2.4
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Bonnier Corporation CEO Eric Zinczenko
Eric Zinczenko
19 Ratings

114 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

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

  • A no-pressure work environment, for the most part (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely low pay, long hours with pathetic health care (in 13 reviews)

  • Little to no career development (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Flexible, hardworking, fun environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Please, hire more people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Former sales employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Treat this company like the black plague"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Pros... right now, i cant fathom to think of one.

    Cons

    Cons... They treat people like we are cogs in their machine. Our only purpose is to do the parent company's bidding. We aren't people, with lives family's and purpose. We are things that once they are done with us. Are expendable.

    Advice to Management

    STOP lying to the people that you hire or that you decide are valuable enough to keep on. They arent valued. They are tolerated as long as the market allows them to be. One shift in the media landscape wind and you are gone and forgotten. And for the love of god...stop talking about the retention of your workforce. Its demeaning to us that you have let go. While i understand that the magazine market is a tough one. Your dedication to the people that work(ed) for you is pathetically sub par and laughable at best. My advice to Management. Move to sweeden....since thats where your loyalties are. My advice to anyone looking for a job here. Run...forest...RUN!!!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "What. A. Joke."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't board a sinking ship."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Leadership from top makes it difficult for employees to give their best work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bonnier Corporation full-time

    Pros

    If you can find a champion Director (or higher) to be your buddy and defend you, you might be okay

    Cons

    Hypocrisy runs wild, No leadership from the top ("do as I say, not as I do"), Cronyism is appalling, No chance for growth unless you're part of the inner circle,

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at top level executives and stop promoting the most inept of the group just to fatten their salaries and boast fancy titles. Nurture the newer, younger talent or you are going to continue to lose them to the competition.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership Vacuum"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Magazine titles with good reputations (Popular Science, etc.)
    Experienced, professional coworkers in New York office
    Privately held firm - no stock market pressure
    Potential for multimedia impact with resources of parent company in Sweden

    Cons

    Publishing industry in general is troubled and shrinking
    History of mismanagement and cronyism
    Limited, insular experience in Florida office
    Inconsistent strategic direction
    Reliance on short-term, low cost solutions to long-term problems
    Staff layoffs to manage bottom line
    Parent company in Sweden too hands off where it counts

    Advice to Management

    Find a forward-facing strategy to build the business and the trust of employees. So far, NO magazine publishers have found a robust response to the challenges of digital media. Due to reluctant investment in innovations, Bonner was further behind the curve. With new management team under Eric Zinczenko in place, there is now potential for change.



Showing 114 of 122 reviews
Reset Filters