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Consumer Reports Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Oct 3, 2019

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3.5
62%
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72%
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Consumer Reports CEO Marta Tellado
Marta Tellado
63 Ratings
Pros
  • "Accepting environment, great people, work life balance(in 21 reviews)

  • "Compared to the rest of the media world, CR maintains high standards for reporting, has enough people (6 million(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "CR has always been focused on the consumer(in 12 reviews)

  • "senior management communicates primarily in weasel words(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Intern - Internship 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Consumer Reports

    Pros

    Accepting environment, great people, work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind

    Consumer Reports2019-10-04
  2. Helpful (3)

    "The best company not just for Vets, but for everyone"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Administrator in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Consumer Reports full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance Family environment Outstanding leadership Flexible hours Culture Innovative technology Benefits Non-profit

    Cons

    Smaller company leads to fewer growth opportunities in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being innovative! The re-branding and all of the work thus far is paying off! Continue to bring on and retain the top talent.

    Consumer Reports2018-10-17
  3. Helpful (3)

    "some catching up to do with other company in the industry"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Consumer Reports full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - work-life balance - subsidized cafeteria - pay - gym on site - nice tech equipment

    Cons

    - commute takes a while

    Consumer Reports2018-01-12
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Mixed Bag"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Consumer Reports full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - good pay - good benefits - interesting, meaningful work; visible impact in wider world - great work-life balance

    Cons

    - no resources made available to do job - constant change and upheaval - no path for recognition or advancement - company remains heavily siloed; employees fear dealing with other divisions - company copes badly with change - company doesn't seem to have good overall long-term strategy - company is not doing what it needs to do to keep its role into 21st century - senior management communicates primarily in weasel words

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    Consumer Reports2017-11-20
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Company on a digital transformation"

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

    I have been working at Consumer Reports full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Employee wellness is very important to the company, There is a very nice gym.

    Cons

    Depends which department you work for. Some employees have been there over 30 years and some have been there for a few months.

    Consumer Reports2017-04-30
  6. Helpful (17)

    "Senior Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - UI Architect in Yonkers, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Consumer Reports full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent mission; some really agreeable people; good work-life balance. Benefits starting on day one.

    Cons

    Some management constituents approach their subordinates in a highly disrespectful and demeaning manner. This obviously creates an acerbic environment in which to work. No training for new hires. You’ll pay 1.5% in union dues, but you won’t get union representation for a year. You’ll get filtered water from the company, but that’s it. Coffee is $.75.

    Advice to Management

    Speak and treat everyone in your workforce, from the janitor to the CEO, exactly as you’d like to be spoken to.

    Consumer Reports2017-04-01
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Consumer Reports full-time

    Pros

    Great cause, smart people, great work-life balance (although that varies by dept), weathering downturn of subscription business well in short term; leaders trying to do the right thing; great benefits, lots of holidays

    Cons

    getting top heavy; older demographic for most of revenue; challenging industry and trying to be relevant for younger generation; not NYC (that's a pro for some)

    Advice to Management

    Hoping strategy for the future is sucessful

    Consumer Reports2017-02-18
  8. "Terrific place to work."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Consumer Reports

    Pros

    The new CR creates an environment for continued learning and opportunities for career advancement. Work/life balance is very strong. The current pace of growth is very exciting.

    Cons

    CR needs to keep paving the way for continued growth. Don't allow staff and negative reviews on Glassdoor to hold you back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on creating change!

    Consumer Reports2016-11-05
  9. "One big CR Family"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Consumer Reports

    Pros

    I felt more connected to the cause that consumer reports was after then at any other job I've had since. Their mission is solid, and it was fun working at their headquarters, meeting the experts, and seeing how the products were tested. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    It's been a few years, and now there's a new CEO, but when I was there I recalled that a lot of changes were coming down the pike- surely it was for the better, but I recall that many were dissatisfied in one way or another.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things positive and try to minimize politics within the organization. try to maintain the culture of "one big CR family" throughout changes.

    Consumer Reports2016-10-17
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Company In Transition"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Editorial in Yonkers, NY

    I have been working at Consumer Reports full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good company. Family friendly, lots of benefits and vacation time. You'll work hard but have a nice work/life balance.

    Cons

    Salary is competitive but non-profit so usually doesn't pay as well. Company is in transition, lots of turnaround, less company loyalty and more self serving career focus.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more upfront with all employees with all changes, even the small ones. Long term employees are given the impression that they have no value, are irrelevant and dead weight no matter what age, knowledge or attitude they have.

    Consumer Reports2016-07-02
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