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"Push for performance evaluation before price-driven layoffs"

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Current Employee - Anonymous - Publishing in Des Moines, IA
Current Employee - Anonymous - Publishing in Des Moines, IA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

The people, the product and the place. Meredith's staff are friendly, caring and certainly Midwestern. There is no "Devil Wears Prada" attitude here. The magazines are great - as are the creative minds behind them - but there is a lack of attention to blossoming market demographics and new media platforms. Benefits are also great (but only if you can keep your job!).

Cons

There is an overall lack of opportunity for personal advancement. Though I feel appreciated and constantly receive positive feedback, I don't see any job security at this company. I suppose this is a publishing trend in general... but it's not exactly reassuring when the best and brightest are getting laid off and the solitaire-playing cube rats get to stay. I'm young, inexpensive and competent. I hope the senior editors realize that before I take off for another company.

Advice to Management

Pay attention to your talent. You have a lot at Meredith. I've heard that layoffs are based on price and not performance - this is NOT an effective way to run a business. If you want quality publications, keep quality staff. Though it's a joy and bragging right to work for Meredith, company morale is sinking. Quick.

Other Employee Reviews for Meredith Corporation

  1. "A company with great benefits but lacking in compensation and diversity."

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    Current Employee - News
    Current Employee - News
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has been around a long time and has weathered tough economic times before. It will make through again.

    Cons

    If you are not on the Des Moines campus, it is just not the same. After visiting the campus for some training, I really got a warm, mid-western, fuzzy feeling inside and was proud to work for the company. It was only temporary. After going back to the station, it just didn't translate.

    Advice to Management

    Great job with Health and Wellness initiatives. It is very encouraging to see them care about your health. I know it saves them money in the long run to have healthy employees, but you do get a sense that they really care. Especially with the amount of programs and incentives offered. Working at a southern station is nothing compared to the rest of the company. In the area of diversity it is horrible. Diversity training would be welcome in the South! It is truly shocking some of the things top management will do and say. Just because they are 'old school' doesn't make it ok!


  2. "Meredith corporation summer intern experience."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Friendly people there.

    Cons

    The pay is ok, company seems to be going under. Their earnings and so forth are all down. They focus too much on traditional media and not enough on new media that actually makes them money. (They have good ideas and projects, but they're just not making much money from those ideas.) I guess you can't really blame them since its hard to make money with online stuff these days.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus just on working. They like results. Don't kiss ass. Get there on time, make sure that you work hard. Realize that gossip exists in that place, but just don't get too caught up in it.


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