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  1. "Management Lies !"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forest Hills, Jackson, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forest Hills, Jackson, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro was the staff that worked there. The great people that were not in management that worked there always made going to the office each day bearable. They were all personable, friendly and courteous and would welcome the opportunity to work with any one of them again

    Cons

    The cons all start with the management, the CEO, CFO and former CEO were all equity owners and as such were only interested in inflating the value of the company long enough to attract a buyer to dump the company on. They also hid the many debts that the company had and inflated the firms projected future earnings. They neglected to tell the new owners that the firm had not paid its vendors in months and in most cases they would hold off the vendors for as long as they could to show buyers that they had substantial funds in their accounts. Once the sale of the firm was complete they did not inform any staff of the pending acquisition. The CEO simply stopped showing up when he knew the sale was going through, took a 2 week vacation in Florida and just never returned. The CFO stayed to make sure that the sale went through and he also simply stopped showing once the sale was complete. I would not recommend ever working for this firm or the former so called executives that were only in it to make a buck and take off running.

    Advice to Management

    Can really give you any advice since you dumped the firm took the money and ran. You'll probably lay low for a few months and then purchase another firm and do it all over again. I just hope you show some decency and inform your employees when you begin looking for buyers so they have a chance to go to another firm that will not screw them over like you did.


  2. "Production Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CFO Publishing (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location, great editorial product

    Cons

    Did not pay contractors on time

    Advice to Management

    Pay your contractors


  3. "Toxic Enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at CFO Publishing (More than a year)

    Pros

    Manageable hours, not much overtime

    Cons

    Inept upper management, politically charged, toxic environment


  4. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CFO Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well respected brand with award winning writers and editors who are truly leaders in the space. Managers who lead by example and are experienced and savvy B2B publishing pros. One of the few media companies I know of that has successfully transitioned to digital, yet the magazine remains a force. A plethora of selling opportunities with uncapped earnings is ideal for top reps.
    Good comp plan and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    CFO is a niche product so "best fit" prospects are limited in that regard. However, recent integrations and new products have served to remedy this aligning more with the C-suite.

    Advice to Management

    Stay progressive and aggressive!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Mass Exodus"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time

    Pros

    25+ years of brand equity.
    Multi-channel platform.
    Editorial team produces an outstanding product.

    Cons

    Ineffective management
    Lack of appreciation for personnel yields high staff turnover.
    Think through marketing/execution of new products before launching them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who know how to manage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "***DO NOT WORK HERE!!!***"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    THEY'LL HIRE ANYONE. THEY ARE DESPERATE. CHURN AND BURN...WARNING DO NOT WORK OR ACCEPT JOB HERE

    Cons

    Senior management lacks a tactical hands on approach to guidance, work culture and deliverables.

    They gave a piece of the company to the 2 SVPs of the NY office, and rather than participate in creating a healthy, intelligent environment, they are sitting around waiting to for the company to get sold AGAIN and retire.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales people, listen to your ops people.

    When your entire Sales team walks out, maybe it's time for some change?

    When your operations talent refuse to come back to work because the working conditions are similar to that of 1849, there may be a problem.

    When Senior Management's checks and balances are smoke and mirrors, get out!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Run Far away and don't look back!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Storied Brand from it's Economist Days.

    Good database, respected from the outside

    Cons

    Private Equity. Only there to turn profit and sell.

    No experienced Management other than new owners.

    Way over their head


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A good place, small company but they have a growth plan and are investing."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    New owners are putting money back into the business. Lately there are new opportunities for promotions. Most people know CFO as a business. It's a very open culture.

    Cons

    Too much "old media" staff who need to "get it" a lot more.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make more staff changes. New thinking and fresh ideas will help you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "CFO PUBLISHING"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Supportive management, seeking innovation, a growing company

    Cons

    Small company but growth planned

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (2)

    "PE-backed publisher has potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CFO Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Solid brand, leader in its space, small company atmosphere (if that is what you are looking for), no barrier to innovation, flexible work schedule depending on department

    Cons

    Often too small to fund proper growth, management top-heavy, can be disorganized, so you have to thrive in a bit of constant chaos, because it is PE-backed the focus in on short-term gains.

    Advice to Management

    A longer-term view would serve the company and its employees better.


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