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Hart Energy Publishing LLLP Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Downward Spiral"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy drive to work with ample parking. There are some genuine people but that is less than a handful and they definitely aren't in management.

    Cons

    Management there is the worst. They literally have no idea what they're doing. Look through some of the reviews which proves how incompetent they are. Hart is hemorrhaging and the people still there are only there due to legacy and not by brilliance. Trust me on that one. Egos are huge there and power trips remind me of short-man syndrome. Nevertheless, management there will say anything for you to stay, for you to believe their nonsense, and to save face when everyone else in the company knows that they are full of it. All the good people were smart enough to leave the company or got recruited. The people still there weren't picked off by another company because they don't have the skills to work at a real company. Do yourself a favor and not waste your time here. Oh, and pay is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    You're not as great as you think you are. You're not even close to being on par with the big boys, so get that out of your inflated head.


  2. "Director of New Business"

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    Current Employee - Director of New Business Midstream and Digital in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director of New Business Midstream and Digital in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time

    Pros

    energy markets are mending, the people, vacation days, paid time off, benefits. I'm glad to be able to work for Hart again because they had given me an opportunity before that I left during the energy market downturn. I was overjoyed when they reached back out to me as things are recovering. I think that says a lot about the management here.

    Cons

    It's Long commute for me.

    Advice to Management

    Create more value added, multi-channel packages that require a contract. Have about five of them that you can tweak here and there within reason to form a customized solution for an advertising client.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "It was a Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers
    Supervisor
    Work from home on occasions
    Benefits
    Time Off
    Company functions
    Location

    Hart Energy can be a decent place to work but the negatives can outweigh the positives sometimes. I learned a lot about the oil and gas industry and about printing processes. The company was up to date on equipment and software. They would make up for the low salary and raises by having various incentives like an annual internal awards for design and editorial depts., annual holiday parties, and giveaways and contests. The monetary prizes and other prizes were great IF you won. The benefits were pretty good when I first started. It was a good stepping stone to something better.

    Cons

    Dishonesty
    Low pay and raises
    Too much work for the pay
    Benefits
    Upper Management is clueless about
    The list goes on...

    I was hired for a position but it got demoted to a lower status/paying position. They were still paying within my salary range so I took the job under the impression that there would be a chance for a promotion after a year. Well I was there was almost 4 years and nothing. Supervisor was hardly in the office after about 2 years of me being there so I really wasn't able to learn much except for what I learned on my own. Was told that the CEO expected us to work over 40 hours a week...on salary which means no overtime. Not with those salaries. People will throw you under the bus to save themselves even when they did something wrong. Graphic Designers were constantly being used as scapegoats because of the incompetence of others. Things have gotten worse since the oil and gas downturn. Like I said in the positive review, they would have incentives like holiday parties and giveaways but that money could have been used to give a mighty good end of year bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap and pay your employees at least the market value rate, especially when they are constantly being overworked and under appreciated. Start being honest with people and make good on things that were basically promised during hiring process.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "You are kidding me"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not much. It's a job. I come in. I leave. I get paid. Not well, but it's better than nothing.

    Cons

    Management has egos as if they work for a fortune 500 company. Your local car dealership has a higher revenue than Hart. The "executive" titles they give to their employees to make them felt important would be equivalent to lower level management at a real company AT MOST. I highly suggest not working for them. Their business model is not going to survive, especially with the amateurs in "leadership". Retire already and get rid of the glorified managers who think they work for Google. Lol. Marketing has even lowered itself to offering discounts and gimmicky prizes. Marketing is way out of touch and trying to hard to fit in with today's "cool kids". Laughable and embarrassing. CDO is extremely immature and has no place being in a leadership position.

    Advice to Management

    Since we're losing so much money, how soon until we get bought out?


  5. Helpful (3)

    "OK, far from great"

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

    I worked at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time

    Pros

    It's a place that is willing to hire people fresh out of college, which is valuable for recent grads, but I can't say with confidence that you'll necessarily be better for the experience. They offer quite a few office holidays--use those to look for a new job. I was glad to be hired on at first, but several people left or were fired within the first couple of weeks I was on the job. It didn't take long to see that there were some big problems with the company.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible and I heard while working there that C-level employees actually brag about how little they can get away with paying people. There are talented people there, but they don't stay long. They gain skills and move on to a better job/employer. There are people in roles they aren't qualified for....many ignorant people.

    Advice to Management

    Burn to the ground and start over.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Stay away or leave"

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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 Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once again management posts a fake review. It's the one with 5 stars.notice how that post addresses management and how they act? This says CEO told Marketing Executive to post this. The fact that they are this obvious should let you know the limited ability of management there. It's a microcosm of Hart.

    Cons

    Philandering, out of touch, uneducated, immoral, unethical, sexis, toxic, cheesy, old farts, you name it.

    Advice to Management

    Quit while.you can. Hart is getting beat in every way. A guy working out of his garage basically took millions away from Hart because they are incompetent.


  7. "Enjoyed working here"

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

    Pros

    Hard work was always rewarded and recognized, managers worked to ensure employees weren't overworked and there was a great respect for the work-family balance.

    Cons

    Unfortunately. the oil and gas downswing has taken its toll on some of the publications.

    Advice to Management

    Restore your staffing levels when the industry improves. Publications can only be great when they're properly staffed.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Bleak Outlook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some nice peers. The property management has some special occasions that has free food for tenants. Peers help out with finding other jobs. People who leave will recruit you for something more stable, so be kind to your peers. Hart doesn't monitor web traffic significantly so you can spend most of your day job hunting for a real job. Not a JV company trying to play in a varsity league.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Everyone is tied up in politics. Backstabbing. Power trips. Egos. Philandering. Hostile. Toxic. Lies. Territorial. Don't believe a word management has to say. Rumor is Hart is on the marketing looking to be sold. Of course management will deny this and laugh it off.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to investors who will get rid of management and start over with a clean slate of educated and competent management. Too many fake it till you make it...aka fake it until you understand it managers.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "No Future Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few nice co-workers. Nice location near the galleria. Overall nice area. Lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Hostile environment. Untrustworthy management. Executives pass around buzzwords with no understanding what it actually is. As one reviewer mentioned, it truly is a good old boys circle. If you aren't part of that circle or have the guts to speak against the YES MEN then you are basically blackballed. One of the executives is extremely sporadic and reacts entirely based on her knee-jerk reaction. She is very detrimental to the company with her refusal to act on the market as opposed to her intuition which has been wrong a significant majority of the time. Management is too afraid of the CEO so they are nothing but his puppets. People who have opposed the "This is how we've always done it" somehow magically get fired, laid off, retire, or quit. Interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Admit that you are not the smartest ones in the room. Don't be afraid to hire people more experienced and/or educated than you. Your insecurity and pride of your underlings showing you up or climbing past you is apparent and historical. Pride always goes before the fall, and it looks like the company is headed that way.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Embarrassed to work here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hart Energy Publishing LLLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Air conditioned. Covered Parking. Free water. Free use of microwaves. Carpeted halls. HR/execs write fake reviews to make Hart look ok. It's not.. You can tell the fake reviews. If not from HR, someone from management being told to do so. Also, as long as you have dirt on executives, you can keep your job.

    Cons

    The publishing business is doomed in the traditional sense. Magazines? Ha. So the focus has been to push content to digital. So you would think management would hire experts. So in the last few years, they've had 5 different digital VPs. All were basically fired. So knowing how important digital is to Hart which they can't figure out, their "Chief Information Officer" doesn't even have a four-year college degree. The ones they've fired either went to NYU, worked for NASA, had an MBA in economics, you name it. So they promote the guy who has some cheesy junior college certificate who wears a college ring even though he never even went there or even has a bachelors. What??? Same for the cronies in his circle. College drop-outs. He was also there during the time the prior CIOs were there. Do the math. Too much kissing up to the good ol boy system they have there. The guy is way in over his head and is so full of himself, he pulls power trips at the sake of hurting the company. He has absolutely no strategic vision. Ask around and you will see. So how am I supposed to sell when prospects are asking about the makeup of our digital team? Let's see...they are a bunch of uneducated guys a job away from flipping burgers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be easily swayed by your cronies just because you guys are drinking together at a conference. Hire educated and experienced people. Not people you know or played golf with or are related to. Quit being cheap and promoting unqualified people within. Your good ol' boy network is embarassing. Look at the age of management. They are close to retiring so they don't care at this point. They just want to hold onto their jobs because they know they wouldn't be able to find a job at that age if they got fired. Those guys are out of touch. Focus on digital, yet the average upper manager there can barely work an ipad. Oh, and get rid of your current CIO. He let a few people know in advance about the last round of layoffs because why? He was dating one of the persons they let go. He has a history of fraternizing with employees - from interns to directors.


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