1. Helpful (8)

    "It’s a No from Me"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time

    Pros

    Donuts, cupcakes, etc. etc. ?

    Cons

    I wish I could put into words how horrible this company is to work for. Here, I will try. - While many can start at HL and move up, your hard work ethic will not help that. It’s only if the EIC wakes up in the mood to like you will she promote you. - If working at night, you’ll get 10+ calls criticizing the way you’re doing every little thing — especially if you’re not in NY, where she can control you in person. - If you have interest in celebrity interviews, steer clear. For the few publicists that will work with HL - the ones the EIC hasn’t completely ruined the relationship with - it’s possible that will go away by the time they come in & meet the demeaning producer. If you want anything on camera & it’s not an attractive female or someone he finds interesting, it’s a pass. - Speaking of, if you have any interest of being on camera, this is not the place for you. The producer calls the shots for this, not the EIC - she listens to every lie he tells. He plays favorites and will do the interview himself before giving an actual journalist a chance. He also has no problem getting in multiple women’s faces in the middle of the newsroom, while the boss stands by and watches. - If you do have any issues like stated above, there’s no where to go. Chances are, the “HR department” has already received the same complaints and nothing will be done. - The company has no problem letting people go without any actual reason — and doing it publicly for the entire newsroom to see. - Then there is the usual stuff: 60+ work weeks, EVERY week, no work/life balance (the EIC has stated aloud she doesn’t believe in that), “comp time” equals a third of what you actually put in and all-around horrible moral. Everyone shutters the moment the day begins and can only breathe when she walks out, which stops her micro-managing for maybe 10 minutes until she gets on her iPad and attempts to answer emails... if she can figure out how to.

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  1. "AMAZING company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Hollywood Life

    Pros

    -got an amazing hands-on experience of what the editors do by writing stories and attending fashion show BEST internship ever

    Cons

    The time I was there, there was no cons

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Place Ever"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The building is close to public transport and good for commuters. Penske itself seems to care about employees but I honestly don't have anything positive to say about HL.

    Cons

    This is by far the worst place I have ever worked and I could write a book on all of the terrible treatment here. I understand my placement on the totem pole and am tolerant of how people treat me but this is on a whole new level. Expect to be belittled at every opportunity, whether it be in front of all of your co-workers or while being screamed at over your personal cell phone for something you did not do. There is a lot of blame placed on others and frustration taken out on the innocent. You will be treated terribly whether you are liked or disliked. There is constant calling to your personal phone and you will be reamed out for missing a call if you happen to take a 2 minute toilet break. There is such a lack of humanity that it is laughable. You will be talked to as if you are less than dirt and it is truly damaging to the morale of the whole office and individual spirit of workers. Due to this treatment, most employees are miserable and produce a great deal of hostility towards one another . Be expected to be "on" all the time at all hours of the day and night for journalism that lacks integrity. You will be called and texted with demanding and belittling text messages even if you aren't working. There is required overtime to cover all award shows and there is no extra compensation besides partial comp days that are difficult to even get approved to use. The yelling and screaming is constant during award shows so be ready! If only employees were trusted to do their jobs (which they are capable of doing. There were a lot of smart people here) it may be a slightly better experience. I can't even watch award shows anymore because of this. For almost the whole duration of my employment, I suffered severe anxiety from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. After a lengthy time of not working there, I am STILL plagued with it. My best recommendation for anyone looking to work here is to save your mental well being and DO NOT take the job, even in desperation. It is honestly not worth it. This place will stand out to future employers not because of the experience you gained here but because you survived and lived to tell the tale.

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