1. Helpful (4)

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

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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 members from moving within the parent company to better, more notable outlets. - The EIC has absolutely no idea what she's doing. She claims to be the "BFF to millennials" but only allows editorial staff to push out two kinds of content: clickbait and subjects she is personally interested in. - EIC micro manages everything. She approves every headline, every article, etc. If something goes up that she didn't approve, you will feel her wrath for days. - EIC expects you to be perfect at everything but doesn't know how to type on a computer, properly respond to emails, or even something as simple as copying and pasting a link to send to someone else. - Site relies solely on Google search traffic, which is unrealistic for any digital media company in 2018. - EIC doesn't understand social media (or YouTube or podcasts) so it's not a priority for the site, which is also unrealistic for any digital media company in 2018. - Basically if the EIC doesn't know what it is or how it works, she deems it unimportant and irrelevant. - Senior Management has all but given up. When you try to point out the issues within the site so they can be resolved, you're told to just keep doing what the EIC wants to keep her happy. - HR is the same way. You can go to them with the same issues over and over again and they do nothing. No one is on your side. - There is no top editing in place for articles. Each staff writer is considered an "editor." - If you pitch a project that costs any amount of money you will be turned down and told there's no room in the budget. But the EIC expenses 2-3 trips to Starbucks every day she's in the office. - Reporters are not properly vetted. It's unclear if the EIC even knows who their "sources" are or where their "exclusive" information is coming from. But, if it will get traffic, the EIC makes sure it gets published ASAP. - As if all of this wasn't bad enough, the newsroom environment is awful. Most staff members are catty and gossipy, so building a "team" workspace is basically impossible. - There is zero work/life balance. The EIC has even said she doesn't believe in it. You will work your weekly schedule, then be asked to work weekends, holidays, and every TV special and awards show in existence. - You are given "comp" time that you will have trouble using. - For each 6 to 8 hour award show you work you are given just 3 hours of comp time. Simple math proves this doesn't add up.

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  1. "AMAZING company to work for"

    5.0
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    • 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
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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