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Updated May 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Was easy to maintain work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Smart people and great to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management very disconnected from the rest of the company (in 4 reviews)

  • Editors do not assign much work and are not there to push you or mentor you (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome 401K, great Insurance, and generous time off.

    Cons

    None really. Office parties were a blast. the nyc office location was great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Very kind to all employees from janitor to CEO


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Real bootstrap environment, you can make your own job if you're a self-starter.

    Cons

    Poor communication, no women in upper management. Equal pay may be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, ensure pay equity, provide positive feedback as part of the culture.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Contributor role is entrepreneurial and flexible, but doesn't pay much."

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    Current Employee - Media & Entertainment Contributor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media & Entertainment Contributor in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Writing as a Forbes contributor is so entrepreneurial, and very much on your own schedule (within the requirement of five articles/month). I pursue the stories that I want and they get exposure.

    Cons

    The Forbes website is sort of clunky and has a lot of ads—this is only a complaint about the site interface, not the job itself. Also the contributor salary is paltry but the exposure is priceless.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Reporter in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Legacy institution with a name that will help you do your job.

    Cons

    Content is very cheap now and it's hard for a writer to get his or her work noticed out of the content mill. In my experience, there was a lot of politics to wade through.


  5. "Good people place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Forbes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, family led, stability, pretty good lifestyle, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    In a difficult industry, unclear whether long-term strategy can work, uncertain ownership

    Advice to Management

    wish I had some!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place with serious downsides"

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    Former Employee - Reporter/Sports Business Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter/Sports Business Writer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    As a reporter, Forbes gave me some of the greatest opportunities and freedoms of my career, for which I'm immensely grateful.

    Cons

    The company can be brutal to younger, more junior employees and its uncontrolled blogging platform is likely degrading its brand.


  7. "Working at Forbes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Editorial freedom, great editing on magazine stories

    Cons

    Lack of guidance, pressure to produce high-traffic web content


  8. "Forbes"

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    Current Employee - Staff Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Forbes is fun. There are many good people and the writing is always fantastic across the magazine in particular.

    Cons

    There are very few. You'd have to have had a different experience to mine to have had a bad experience I believe.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has great name recognition

    Cons

    Felt like an old boys club


  10. "Senior Marketing Associat"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great name brand with exposure to other high profile brands
    Personally had very strong direct superiors with great leadership skills

    Cons

    Upper management very disconnected from the rest of the company
    Very little interaction between business groups. Work in a silo
    Cannot retain talent

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be more pro-active at reaching out to every part of the organization periodically to solicit their feedback. It is not a terribly large company, so this is not an unreasonable idea.

    More of an effort should be made to retain talent. The revolving door is very demoralizing for the work environment.


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