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Guideposts Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, management lacking"

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

    I worked at Guideposts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The employees are good, loyal people who get the job done. The work/life balance is good, as are the benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of communication is ridiculous, and management feeds that. Too many managers looking out for themselves and not actually leading the staff. Teamwork within departments is good, but interdepartmental is surface level only, if that. CYA is a mantra. Entitlement at the management level is high.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Be an example and a leader. Words mean nothing unless there are actions behind them.


  2. "Feels like a sinking ship that can't grasp how publishing works in the digital age."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are very friendly and easy to work with, plus lots of collaboration across departments. Everyone is encouraged to explore and execute new ideas, especially in regards to story features and social media.

    Cons

    The company is very old fashioned and is having extraordinary trouble transitioning into the digital age in literally every aspect of the job. Salaries were also cut during the recession and have not since gotten back to anywhere near what they were. Employees do not receive yearly raises, not even to keep pace with inflation. CEO once said that the "internet is a fad, don't worry about our online presence" and is generally very out of touch.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too many employees who have been there too long"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guideposts full-time

    Pros

    Laid back organization, friendly office.

    Cons

    Salaries frozen for last 5 years, benefits keep being taken away.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in fresh blood!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Guideposts is a great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Sales in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guideposts has a great work atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the people are always welcoming. They pay well.

    Cons

    It is hard to rise up in the ranks. The company is a little old fashioned with the work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was respectful.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A company that has lost it's purpose and is dying a slow death."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a lot of goodwill and loyal followers/believers in it's original mission. There is a lot of stability in the workforce (I.e they've been there a long time.). People are collegial.

    Cons

    Top management does not know how to fix the big problem which is that they are fundamentally in the direct mail business and that business is now dead. Guideposts is now following their mailing list directly into the grave. RIP

    Advice to Management

    Bring that magazine into the 21st century and get rid of the folks who have been there way too long and are afraid to try anything new. The boat is sinking fast and everyone is going to go down with the ship. It desperately needs a new captain who isn't afraid to change the course.


  7. "Nice company stuck in the past"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guideposts full-time

    Pros

    -Inspiring mission. actually helps readers and a big supporter of the military
    -Nice, quirky people
    -Casual work environment
    -Summer hrz
    -Hours are good, flexible
    -quiet
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    Cons

    -Very, very low salaries. seems like everyone works a side job to keep up
    -No raises
    -Little room for growth
    -Poor benefits. no sick days, insurance is not great, no team-building or events. There is sink water, coffee, tea.
    -Not very diverse
    -Not a collegiate environment
    -CEO is out of touch and makes questionable business decisions and brags about how he doesn't know certain things about the business
    -Very top-to-bottom structure. a few people at the top that run the show and seem to look down on everyone else
    -Feels very antiquated. the computers,the website,the magazine designs,etc.
    -Deep divides between NY and Connecticut offices

    Advice to Management

    Feels like a sinking ship. Give employees some perks to keep them on board. Hire a new CEO with fresh ideas and who understands the Internet.


  8. "Sinking Ship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guideposts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay, and lousy medical benefits.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, outdated management style"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great mission and keeping its Christian faith at the core.

    Cons

    many times has an identity crisis, wants to be faith-based and then acts counter to the values of that faith and the founders vision; can't be everything to everyone. make a decision and stick with it. better hiring decisions at the senior levels. no room for advancement. low pay and no perks, micro-management. incompetent senior management.

    Advice to Management

    shake it up! too many people in roles for many, many years. Innovate, treat your employees like educated professionals, not back-office staff that are dispensable.


  10. "Marketing Coordinator"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quiet work environment, job duties outlined accordingly, great people to work with, salary is competitive, casual work attire, summer hours.

    Cons

    Upper management is not forthcoming in marketing initiatives they put into action. Little attention to employer wants and needs. Decisions are made without consulting with employers and key players in these decisions. There is also little to no room for growth within the company. Little to no training.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with employers on a more regular basis. Ensure that every person's responsibilities are known so that they know who to include in what decision making processes.


  11. "middle manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people who care about the quality of the work as well as the relationships with their colleagues.

    Cons

    Almost no movement within the organization

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees rather than consultants, they best understand the customer as well as the opportunities.



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