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Updated November 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting atmosphere with room for growth."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston Magazine full-time

    Pros

    Location of office is great.
    Promotions were available.
    Marketing allowed me to help at events if I asked.
    Could attend events even if I wasn't helping.
    Always exciting atmosphere and some type of event always going on.

    Cons

    For me it was the commute, but that has nothing to do with the company itself.


  2. "Account Executive"

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

    I worked at Boston Magazine full-time

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, invites to great parties and office is in a great location

    Cons

    Publisher at the time was "handsy", high school drama daily and no room to grow

  3. "Great Exposure & Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intern work is fairly fast-paced and exciting, especially during the summer. You get a lot of exposure to the magazine's events, and the Marketing Team offers a challenging yet very rewarding work environment.

    Cons

    Only a con for some: event days are extremely long and often require manual labor


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Awful management and pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Boston Magazine full-time

    Pros

    great location
    cool name to work for

    Cons

    pay
    bad managers
    lack of vision
    shifting priorities
    broken promises

    Advice to Management

    Get some decent managers. There is one decent manager there that is constantly being moved around to clean up the other managers' messes. Other managers don't care about morale.


  5. "Everyone busy, nice work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    always open to trying new things

    Cons

    not super inclusive, very separated work place


  6. "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Salem, MA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Salem, MA

    I have been working at Boston Magazine (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good Russian advertising Company

    Cons

    It's only not full-time job


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Big brand, awful attidues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Boston Magazine full-time

    Pros

    You work for a big, known brand in Boston.

    Cons

    Quite possibly the worst place I've ever worked. Low pay, insane turnover, insane office politics. Ridiculous, arbitrary deadlines. Management always in a constant battle with itself, and employees suffer. The two offices (one is in Philadelphia) hate each other and constantly try to undermine each other. A disaster. Only work there if you're an intern and plan to leave in a few months.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable for your poor decisions and stop punishing the people below you.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, lacking direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Boston Magazine (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, great co-workers and a great office location with fun benefits (culture, food)

    Cons

    Management has changed frequently and direction is unknown


  9. Helpful (1)

    "smart people, bad management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Boston Magazine (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    creative and smart editorial colleagues

    Cons

    Crazy and absent owners. Bad benefits. Poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Better benefits.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fun but Intense & Stressful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company and well-respected brand in town.
    Attracts fairly smart people
    Young staff
    You learn the ropes very quickly since you are thrown right in
    Good place to work if you want to work hard for 1-3 years, learn as much as possible, and then move to another company for long-term employment.

    Cons

    Staff across all departments are overworked, leading to a very high turnover rate (not unusual for certain departments to have a 50% turnover within a year or two).
    Some positions are severely underpaid.
    Work/life balance is less than adequate.
    Boston magazine will always attract new applicants, so the company does not put much effort into fostering the current staff.

    Advice to Management

    Company values: staff are your most important resource. Invest in them. And make sure you have the right people in management who care to (and know how to, and have the time to) foster talent. The constant turnover holds you back from advancing at a faster pace than you currently do.


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