Hollywood Life - Will be shut down in 5 years or less. | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Will be shut down in 5 years or less."

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Ability to write about almost any subject. - Opportunity to cover red carpet events and build experience interviewing talent and building connections. - Having this on your resume shows future employers you are resilient and a hard worker. - Midtown office is in a convenient and beautiful location. - Parent company's (PMC) CEO is great.

    Cons

    - It is very clear there is no business plan in place for HL. With traffic dropping daily and zero interest in building a brand or keeping up with the changes in the digital media landscape, the site's future is bleak at best. - If you take a job there thinking you can eventually move to another PMC brand like Variety or TV Line, you are out of luck. HR refuses to admit/address the issue but the EIC has "banned" staff...

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    Advice to Management

    Ditch the EIC. Put someone in charge who is eager and willing to build a brand, an audience, and put in the time and effort to make HollywoodLife a trusted resource for celebrity and entertainment news.

    Hollywood Life2018-08-27

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    "Hard Work, but Impeccable Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -When a a team member is successful with a story or event, the Editor in Chief will treat the office to breakfast or luxe treats. -The office is shared with other amazing publications under the parent company, and every so often, there are beauty giveaways with free amazing products that last forever. -The office is stunning, as is the location right in Bryant Park. It's an absolutely insane place to start in an entry...

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    Cons

    -Only 'con' thought of is there is a relatively early start time, but it is a news outlet. -Difficult to build up comp hours when you are just starting out.

    Advice to Management

    Not really any advice. Working at HL prepared me for my next job and next 'tough' boss. Everywhere you go in the entertainment industry there will be a higher up that you can either find difficult to deal with, or grow thick skin, learn from them, and progress!

    Hollywood Life2018-08-21
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    "Worst Place Ever"

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Save the integrity of your company and make changes to management. Not doing so will only result in future human resource related problems and continue the huge turnover rate. It is unreal that the disrespectful treatment of the employees here has been tolerated for so long. Something as simple as kindness and respect goes a long way. Constant disrespect does not inspire great work or creativity. Trustworthy employees...

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    Hollywood Life2019-02-01

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