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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Decent Company to work at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - most positions seem to have flexible(ish) work hours and many people are able to work from home.
    - small(ish) company so you get to work with and get to know many executive members, VP's, the CEO
    - not overly stressful- work/life balance is great! They are good about taking vacation days off and most managers don't mind if you take a few extra days off as long as they see that you work hard and are committed to your job.

    Cons

    - financial systems are outdated. The way that budgeting is done is very unsophisticated and causes issues because changes are not tracked so you don't know who to ask when you notice that a line in your budget was changed.
    - compensation slightly below average


  2. "Great people to work with, not for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Traffic in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Traffic in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Farm Journal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were hard-working dedicated people. The people at FJM care about the company and its direction. Chicago office is a beautiful place to work. Flexibility and vacation is great.

    Cons

    Compensation is low especially for online media and the hours that are put in. Work/life balance is very skewed toward work. The company continues to hire more superfluous VPs and more layers of management (read: external) while neglecting the people "who keep the lights on." No bonuses for years, minimal raises, and unrealistic budgets keep FJM from being competitive for talent. 2016 re-org was an unmitigated nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Get input from people who actually do the work before making decisions.

  3. "former employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Farm Journal (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    had a good balance of hours

    Cons

    need more sales to bring in business


  4. "On the Farm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Specialist in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Specialist in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Farm Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very Friendly people and very knowledgeable in their business

    Cons

    Lots of bosses and had an Office Space feel and environment

    Advice to Management

    Be more rewarding and thankful to your underlings.


  5. "Growth Mode Deluxe"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Farm Journal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Farm Journal doubled the size of the company with a large acquisition in December 2015, and that growth has created opportunities for existing staff to learn more, grow, and move into bigger roles. There is nothing you can't do here.

    Cons

    As with any acquisition, it sometimes takes some time for everyone to be on the same page with culture. 7 months in and we're getting it. It's clicking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in systems to cut down on manual spreadsheets.


  6. "Listings and Ratings Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Farm Journal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is in a state of constantly growing and expanding. There's room to move to different departments and try out new positions once you get experience.

    Cons

    Certain departments are known for having cliques. If you didn't start when they did, or know someone who works there previously, good luck fitting in. Management will call a meeting on a whim at any time. The job itself is very repetitive. If you don't make your daily goals for the day, be prepared to hear about it the next day.

    Advice to Management

    Be more lenient on the goals.


  7. "Strong company on the move"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, laid back management. There's a lot of change and growth at present, which holds the potential for new opportunities and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Not always enough communication from management or the sense that what you're doing is going to matter to anyone but you.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best companies I've worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Farm Journal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were absolutely wonderful to work with and the atmosphere was pleasant to work in. Staff is very welcoming and helpful. Upper management and C-level leadership were also wonderful to work with. Benefits were great and salary was competitive. It was a pleasure coming into work each day - I would work for this organization again if I had the opportunity!

    Cons

    Any downfalls I could possibly come up with are very minimal and are present no matter where you work (i.e., management styles).

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with the ins & outs of your department(s) / position(s) so that newcomers have a fair shake at their position.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Farm Journal Media"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company aims to keep everyone informed on overall direction and goals, and the people are some of the best I have come across.

    Cons

    I really don't have many complaints. No job is perfect, but here I have seen that although hard work is expected it is also recognized.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent B2B publisher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Journal full-time

    Pros

    Not stagnant. Lots of opportunities and new products. Not relying on print magazines to carry them into the future.

    Cons

    Management is mostly the same age (early 60s), white, male-dominated. Probably going to be sold in the near future.


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