1. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Take This Job -- It's Not Worth It"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get "treats" for doing "good" work - You can work from home occasionally - PMCs benefits are pretty great

    Cons

    - LONG days, I'm talking 50 + hour work weeks with crappy pay - You most likely will never get a raise - The EIC will call you when you're off the clock and harass you and they don't pay for your cellphone bill - The EIC also doesn't understand how the site works or what does well for the website and will yell at you and insult you try to tell her otherwise - If you're working an odd hour shift or on weekends, time off is IMPOSSIBLE - If you work weekends you will never get off them. I was there for two years and never did - Your hard work is just under appreciated - You hardly will ever move up in the company - The EIC will change things about the website on a whim and expect everyone to know even if no one told them - Basically just be prepared to be screamed at by the EIC... just try not to take it personally - If the parent company PMC puts on any employee events you most likely can never go to them because they fall under your schedule and according to the EIC "news never stops" so basically you aren't allowed to have a life - You're expected to work sundays for award shows which during award season is every sunday for like two months, and you don't get paid extra for them, but instead get "comp days" to use later which again, basically never happens because it's so difficult to get time off - There is no work to life balance - The material the website writes is not good, and is at times degrading - The rules change so much it's so hard to keep track - Will fire perfectly fine employees for no reason -- no job security - Even if you bust your butt, bring suggestions to the team, ask for more work, it still won't be enough - No bonuses, or holiday bonuses. I've been at small companies who even give their employees extra pay if they go above and beyond - Everyone in upper management is a complete grump and really negative - If you work weekends you don't get to take advantage of monday holidays - You will be expected to work holidays

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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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