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  1. "Lovely place to work"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Great management, wonderful culture, superlative training. Great foundation for selling advertising.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at all.


  2. "Rough End"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at BowTie full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, and the magazines and products created were something to be proud of.

    Cons

    The environment was increasingly difficult as the company faced more and more financial problems. It went out of business in early 2013.

    Advice to Management

    Here's hoping it was a learning experience for those involved.


  3. "Bad Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to wear many hats. But hurry, before the queen cuts off yer head!

    Cons

    Heavy feeling of doom looms everywhere. The hammer will fall.
    Management gets the meat. Everyone else gets the bone.
    The owner was having some age related mental issues. Unfortunately, management took him literally.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe it's time to admit your previous experience at the Steakhouse didn't prepare you for this position.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "I loved this job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fun events. Good work/life balance. Flexible scheduling. Lots of hands on experience.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible. Lots of politics higher up.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO is terrible


  6. "Dysfunctional management team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Classified Sales Supervisor in Laguna Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Classified Sales Supervisor in Laguna Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, interesting products, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Departments often in conflict with each other, owner at the time was highly unpredictable

    Advice to Management

    Classified Sales management is clueless


  7. "6 years in classified dept doing csll calling, website experience, closing dalrd."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Classified Sales in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Classified Sales in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Salary could have been better and better commision.

    Advice to Management

    Better leads


  8. Helpful (2)

    "not pleasant stressful environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice professional magazines and clients

    Cons

    company went insolvent, group lay offs

    Advice to Management

    should have managed current employees and sales better instead of always hiring new ones


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Soured Me On The Publishing Industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Classified Sales Representative in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Classified Sales Representative in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BowTie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
    - Direct supervisor always tried to make the best of a bad work environment
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Lack of employee trust (blocked websites, no phones allowed, constant email supervision, etc.)
    - Overtime never allowed (you must be at work for EXACTLY 8.5 hours)
    - High turnover rate
    - Outdated equipment and practices

    Advice to Management

    The company needs a complete overhaul. Equipment is outdated, practices are outdated, management is overbearing, and staff has no incentive to work hard or stay with the company other than fear of unemployment.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "BowTie is notoriously uncivil toward its employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and decent health benefits. BowTie titles are widely recognized.

    Cons

    The BowTie work environment is unreasonably toxic. The company has an unofficial policy of not rewarding performance, with the assumption that people work harder if they feel their work is inadequate. BowTie is known to under value or cheat employees on performance reviews and promotions.

    Many of those in managerial and supervisory capacities behave in a ruthless and nefarious manner. Workplace incivility is common. Expect great dysfunction, high drama and quick turnover.

    (Also, the pay is below industry standard and the hours are long. However, these points are minor when compared to the dysfunctional culture.)

    Advice to Management

    Adopt and enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace incivility--especially for those in management. A civil work environment will help you to retain talent, revitalize your reputation and improve business.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "This company brings a new meaning to "toxic corporate culture." Be on your guard when working for BowTie."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working within the pet publishing industry is fun. BowTie products are fun and quirky, and the company has been around a long time. No chance of a layoff. You can have the same job for 20 years and become a legend!

    Cons

    Company has a toxic business climate of favoritism, backstabbing and eavesdropping. The HR department is always actively looking for someone to write up. No room for advancement - managers pick their favorite people and ignore the rest who are more qualified.

    Advice to Management

    BowTie's family of websites need a complete overhaul - they are difficult to navigate and are not user friendly. Magazines are thin due to lack of advertising revenue. The overall performance of the marketing team needs to be carefully evaluated changes made to revitalize interest in BowTie magazines.



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