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Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Was easy to maintain work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Very little trust in upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Communication from senior management can be kind of poor at times (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Easy atmosphere. Room to be prompted.

    Cons

    The pay is well under what one would think. Titles are considered an intangible form of payment - as the assumption is you'll be moving on to get a job elsewhere and able to pitch the impressive title into a good salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  2. "Full Time Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Good for entry level jobs. Easy on work/life balance.

    Cons

    The journalism brand has been heavily diluted by the contributor model and advertorials. The magazine is slowly dying. Very little trust in upper management. No clear path forward. Invisible oversees owners (not family owned anymore). Location

  3. "Business Side Only - Stalled"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The brand, network, editorial, and global network of leaders

    Cons

    - Culture
    - Growth Potential
    - Location
    Forbes has the potential to be a even larger global brand with the business to back it up to potential clients and sponsors, but hinders itself with the reliance on the brand name.

    Advice to Management

    Long term thinking vs. short term thinking has been heavily relied on the short term thinking that has hindered long term growth. This is strictly speaking on the business side of the organization and not the editorial side.


  4. "What a sad sack of a company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    It's less hot than the kitchen at McDonald's

    Cons

    This company trades on the worst elements of American commerce and culture. Your work is not valued. The Forbes brand, on closer inspection, is pathetically thin...built on ranking millionaires/billionaires' wealth..which has no socially redeeming value whatsoever, and of limited commercial appeal. Old Boys network. Company dupes its bloggers into writing for them, but routinely doesn't pay them.
    Forget this place. Bone up on your economics in a different market, then aim for a job at the Wall Street Journal instead. You're welcome :)

    Advice to Management

    Allez vous faire foutre (try Google translate)


  5. "Columnist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Forbes offered online teaching in how to become a better writer, including in how best to maximum use of social media, headlines, and more. At first, their revenue model was pro-writer. Then they got greedy to the point where they kept chopping compensation so much that it was not profitable to work for them.

    Cons

    The worst management ever. Absolutely horrific. Uptight, cruel, random, mean, dismissive, unreasonable, cold, curt, I could go on. Do not work for these people. They kept randomly changing the rules of the game in their "innovative new contributor model" and then blaming you when you followed their lead. I could name names. Let's just say, those who ran the editorial and executive editorial department should all be fired. People skills? Zero.

    Advice to Management

    Completely clean house. Bring in compassionate, helpful, sociable, friendly, kind and courteous people with people skills, not just arrogant, dismissive journo-drones who understand metrics, software, and digital this or that. And you know whom I mean. They all need to go.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, if self-motivated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    The opportunities at Forbes are endless if you are motivated. The people you get to meet and the contacts you can make are extraordinary. You can really pursue your passion here, if you know what you want to accomplish.

    Cons

    It is often hard to figure out how you can advance within the company.


  7. "Solid company"

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    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    An American business media institution with a cherished history

    Cons

    Jersey City location is less than ideal

  8. "Great people"

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    Pros

    The people are the best. Young and tight-knit

    Cons

    Frequent restructures and a distant management team


  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Forbes full-time

    Pros

    Continually innovating, smart people, good compensation

    Cons

    Disorganized, poor leadership, insular, little guidance or management, no diversity, fear-based culture

    Advice to Management

    offer leadership training to those in management


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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    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


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