1. Helpful (6)

    "Nightmares 3 years later"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get access to some fun events but...

    Cons

    ...the pros start and end there. It’s been three years since I worked for this god forsaken company and I truly still feel nauseous when I recall my time there. As others have said in these reviews, so very much is wrong with this hellacious company that you can’t even pinpoint anything. They pray on young women just out of college who don’t know any better when it comes to how one should be treated by their colleagues and bosses (which is to say nothing of the fact they also don’t know better to demand better pay than the ABYSMAL salary, if you can even call it a salary as it’s unliveable in New York City). You’re required to work additional nights and weekends and you just...don’t get paid to do so? But of course, every one of HL’s problems is embodied in the EIC. Invoking The Devil Wears Prada is far too complimentary, as this woman is not nearly smart or savvy enough to deserve such a likening. What a miserable human being in every sense. She treats her employees as if they’re incompetent garbage, meanwhile she’s running one of the most vile outlets the internet has ever seen, not to mention is undeniably unintelligent. She’s a bad person, producing bad things in this world, and I only hope that someday someone makes her feel as terrible as she makes those who work for her feel on a daily basis.

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  1. "AMAZING company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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    "Worst Place Ever"

    1.0
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    • 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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