Bauer Consumer Media - Demotivating experience with constant budget cuts and redundancies hovering over | Glassdoor
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"Demotivating experience with constant budget cuts and redundancies hovering over"

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Former Employee - Deputy Art Director in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Deputy Art Director in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

There are some fantastic brands in the Bauer portfolio and to work on them is great for the CV as many of the titles are still highly regarded in the industry. There are many high profile and experienced editors and art directors who you can learn an awful lot from. The offices are centrally located in the west end of London which is great for transport links and shopping and socialising.

Cons

The management are constantly under pressure to cut costs and therefore budgets and staff as newstand magazines sales continue to fall. However rather than try and think of new and innovate ideas to reverse their fortunes they continue to bring in ex-editors and art directors to help relaunch failing titles.
Restructuring of departments into hubs creates an atmosphere where creatives and sub-editors work across numerous titles and have less ownership and pride over their magazines.

Advice to Management

Constantly degrading the quality of the magazines will of course lead to lower sales

Other Employee Reviews for Bauer Consumer Media

  1. "Not so Active Peterborough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no real consequences for your actions, so it doesn't matter if you reach target or not, they probably won't bin you.

    Cons

    Highly political run by people who have been in the busines for years and years and have no idea of how things are done elsewhere. This makes them arrogant and narrow visioned.

    Advice to Management

    Compare Bauer to organisations other than EMAP to get a bench mark for standards & areas for improvement. Look at the broad base of companies within the UK to see sales standards and productivity management standards. The fact that something is new to Bauer does not make it unique or innovative.


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    "Low morale, negative environment"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Editorial in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Teams are made up of good and supportive colleagues, which makes a negative workplace a bit easier to handle. Can be good work experience, a stepping-stone for moving on to something better

    Cons

    Low morale. Upper management in charge of 'overseeing' or 'supervising' titles/brands focus on negativity and don't encourage teams, exercise blame and can treat staff harshly and condescend. It feels like school. Was subjected to fanatical micro-management/bully style. Even the smallest decision-making was taken away from editors and teams, sometimes for short periods, other times months on end. Many changes unjustified and unnecessary, which cause countless hours of delays and stress on teams, plus this eventually eats away at confidence in your work. This goes on and on, and people often quit. No questions are asked as there are no exit interviews. Perhaps HR doesn't want to know or isn't bothered. As one is more valuable than the others that leave, it seems. There is a high turn-over and as witnessed, some staff don't get replaced for months, if at all. The work gets piled on someone else on the team. Pay is really low for the amount of work and overtime. Human resources has no idea if you have any career goals and doesn't query, or encourage. They are unwilling to offer flexible work hours to parents or others with challenges. It's a hierarchy. If I had a problem I’d feel uncomfortable talking to them, like I wasn't being taken seriously, I'd be viewed as 'difficult' or there would be repercussions somehow. Staff are undervalued and little investment in good people. It's all about profits. Going freelance is a better scenario for creatives as there is less exposure to this. Not very progressive with digital media and little resources are invested in it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop underpaying and reward efforts. Stop denying the turnover. Investigate what’s really going on, on the floor and CARE. Happy staff are more productive, so try upping morale, give incentives, get involved. Take cues from Branson.

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