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Updated February 16, 2018
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Steven R. Swartz
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance but depends on team (in 21 reviews)

  • Learned a lot about the publishing industry and how it is integral to a magazine (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours can make it tough to have a work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • little room for growth, low starting salary (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the working environment. Hearst takes great care of their employees. It has a fabulous cafeteria, gym and medical facility on site. So many perks and chill people. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Communication could be improved on many levels.

    Advice to Management

    Executives could set a clear direction and help define plans for execution.


  2. "review title"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Laxed work environment, friendlty staff, good hours

    Cons

    Can't think of cons really.

  3. "Pretty good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and good work culture.

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "Interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    There are areas of the company that are looking to innovate, particularly advertising technology

    Cons

    Large company politics can get in the way of progress

    Advice to Management

    Focus as much on innovating existing products and properties to meet customer needs as you do on acquiring new companies


  5. "Company in a good place, but tough to move up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Editor
    Current Employee - Digital Editor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A closely-held company and a very stable business, so there aren't a lot of big sweeping changes. There's also not a lot in the way of edicts from up top over things we have to include in our coverage. They pretty much let our newsroom be.

    Local management is responsive to concerns and proactive in updating newsroom equipment. OK health options, 3% 401(k) match kicks in after a year, vests a year after that.

    Cons

    Communication isn't the best between sister stations, though there's definitely an effort made. Nobody told me up front anything about vacation days, employee guidebook or any of that. Because there are three unions in the building (or I was told that's the reason), timesheets are still on paper, which can be lost, misplaced, misfiled. Not a lot of opportunity for advancement, unless you count skipping town advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Staff more digital editors, and consider pooling digital editors (on weekends, especially) to maximize efficiency in regions where there are more affiliates, like the three Florida stations, the four PA/MD stations, the Carolinas.


  6. "Great company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great brands and great people

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  7. "Hearst Digital Media Review"

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

    I have been working at Hearst full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing perks
    - Great work/life balance
    - Well compensated

    Cons

    Honestly, none. Have been here 5 years and little to see a need to improve on

  8. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome Brands, cool brands overall

    Cons

    Old school leadership at the top


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very Stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hearst is a very big company with a lot of great products. They don't have any debt and job security is strong.

    Cons

    It depends on which station you work for. Sometimes the people they appoint to leadership have no business leading anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing and let your reps do what they do. Scare tactics only upset them even more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working here crushes your soul"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They certainly know how to make money and have loads of cash to show for it

    My co-workers were great to work with and came to Hearst full of energy and new ideas only to have their dreams dashed and their souls crushed by the antiquated management style of the department heads and their total lack of empathy for their staff members.

    Cons

    No trickle down of earnings to employees

    The department I work in has an approach to management that is both autocratic and archaic. A style that might have been appropriate for managing in the 1950's not the new Millennium. Management clearly has an ingrained distrust of everybody that works in the department. It's expected that you travel on your own time (weekends) in order to start work first thing Monday morning and return on a Saturday with no compensation time granted to make up for traveling on your personal time. What other company does that?

    Little to no opportunity for advancement

    Lack of communication and poor planning often result in last minute changes to scheduling upending personal lives in the process

    Turnover has been rampant and it's not because they can make more money somewhere else

    Advice to Management

    Get out in front of the rank and file more often. Tell them to their faces how much they mean to you and how important they are to making Hearst not only profitable but a company worth getting up for every morning.


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