1. Helpful (5)

    "Without a Doubt The Worst Place I've Ever Worked"

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

    I worked at Hollywood Life full-time

    Pros

    -Location? - Building? - SOME of the staff members

    Cons

    I have worked just about everywhere and this was without a doubt the worst environment. EVER. *Lunch breaks (first couple weeks there were none, and when I went to HR pertaining them it opened up an entire can of worms on me instead) *Speaking of HR-- they're an absolute nightmare-- you go to them looking for assistance and before you know it, you're the one on trial. *Most alarming in regards to HR-- even when you present hard-copy evidence you are still labeled as the perpetrator opposed to the victim (ironic, in the #MeToo movement) * The EIC has absolutely no idea what she is doing: out-of-touch with reality, micro-managing every last task (but has absolutely no idea what she is doing), doesn't identify with her targeted demographic, extremely contradicting (says to do one thing, you do it, and then says that is the wrong way to do it), handwrites EVERYTHING (half the time you cannot read it), favors one staff member and one staff member only (leaving everywhere else with no opportunity) * No chain of command * No room for growth (with one staff member calling the shots, there is absolutely no opportunity for ANYONE to grow or have a chance to expand their skill set) * EIC had a 'Glassdoor' meeting during employment where she now it writing FAKE reviews on office life * Speaking of 'fake' reviews-- the "sources" itself that are featured in the stories * While out-of-the-box is expected (it is media, after all!) you are expected to work 24/7 and not clock it (when you are an hourly employee)-- and if you do, you are then subject to timecard questions * Speaking of timecards, despite working more hours than clocked, you are consistently questioned on why you are clocking the hours you are working * Intern duties-- despite the fact you are hired as something else (reheating coffee for 90 seconds, fetching coffee, dry-cleaning, etc.) -- which would be fine if you were then permitted to do other tasks-- but you are not * Extremely biased-- if she doesn't like you, you have no shot * You cannot move companies-- you think you can just put up with her for "x-amount of time" but with this rule on moving to a different company... it is a lose-lose (even more so, she sits on the board so there is no opportunity to ever leave) * Runs a digital publication but cannot even use a computer (did not even understand how to "right click" with a mouse-- you literally RIGHT, CLICK) * Senior management will turn a blind eye as they can't protect you (nor do they want to subject themselves to ridicule)

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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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    "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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