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Updated September 18, 2017
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  • Long hours can make it tough to have a work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • little room for growth, low starting salary (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Legacy Company Struggling to Keep Good Talent"

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

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Location
    Building
    Perks
    Access to multiple brands
    Access to multiple job functions/roles
    Easy access to management

    Cons

    Top-heavy
    Poor top-down communication
    Too many "re-orgs"
    No career development
    No interest from upper management in fostering young talent or career growth

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Don't make them feel expendable.


  2. "A good company overall but it depends on the department and magazine."

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

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits, gorgeous centrally-located building, gym in the building, convenient cafeteria, good health initiatives

    Cons

    Corporate red tape, raises and promotions hard to come by, doesn't make the employees feel valued or special, possible long work hours

  3. "Great people, but not much oversight"

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    Current Employee - Web Editor
    Current Employee - Web Editor
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. I don't think there's one jerk in the whole building, not that I've encountered. My market is very sticky for some reason, so a lot of the talent has been in the area for most of their careers.

    Hearst is also very well-positioned in a number of fields, so I don't have to worry about downsizing or cutbacks, especially in the unique role that I have in Hearst Television.

    There aren't a lot of mandates or meddling from up top, at least when it comes to our station.

    Cons

    Because of the odd nature of my role in digital, I serve masters in two different departments. My December self-evaluation, therefore, got "lost in the mail" amid a change in news directors and I didn't get to sit down with my actual supervisor to talk about it until August. There isn't much of a structure for feedback and such, at least for me.

    I have heard that the insurance can be rather stingy about which provider you can use for what. Like regardless of whether you have a dentist already, they may pick one for you. But I haven't made use of the insurance yet.

    Unless you're talent, there isn't a whole lot of mobility within the building. I've seen a few people in production and such take promotions out of town to sister stations, however.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start a career but not to finish one"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent coworkers, nice location, decent benefits.

    Cons

    A toxic working environment, where one risks getting fired just for voicing her/his opinion. The management structure is entrenched from what it looks like older days of Hearst. It is full with ego driven individuals with contempt for anyone challenging their views. I guess this depends on the team, but this negative corporate culture seems to be pervasive in the company.

    I've witnessed many senseless fires of intelligent people for voicing their opinions. Needless to say such manifestations of power kill the moral among employees.

    Another glaring issue is lack of diversity in management and in some groups particular. They tend to hire clones of themselves resulting in cliquey boy's club. If you are not part of such groups you are treated as an outcast without a voice., and expected to blindly follow their directives.

    One outcome of such an approach is the effect on the quality of the work. The deep pockets of Hearst allows mediocre individuals with influence among the management to impose their (lack of) vision, which translates in lots of inefficiencies and wasted money and opportunities.

    Hearst is probably good to start one's career but not a place for experienced and ambitious individuals.

    Advice to Management

    You definitely need someone with integrity to improve your corporate culture.


  5. "InVue Digital - Growing, Full Service Digital Marketing Agency!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Level of Expertise and Passion for Delivering Results!

    Cons

    Aside from the parking for the main building, InVue is expanding!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Catty Sorority Girls!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The cafeteria and beauty sales

    Cons

    Full of those mean girls from high school, poor pay


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but top-heavy with management"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Editor in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of hard-working, talented people focused on doing the job.

    Cons

    Management is top-heavy and doesn't give workers all the resources they need to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved. See how employees do their day-to-day jobs.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive, very fast pace, high stress. Environment. Benefits competitive. Career opportunities de to the size of the company.

    Cons

    High stress, no work /home life balance. Poor culture - employees come second,. Training is non existent no budgets. Employees are not a team, everyone is out for themselves.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Main offices have a great location in New York

    Cons

    I left for a higher salary elsewhere--could be more opportunities for movement


  10. "Corporate Communications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Hearst full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Impressive office, responsive IT, nice cafeteria, comfortable work space with quality technology.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive compensation, no work-life balance, little opportunity for advancement, unqualified management. Horrible health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Seek training on the basic essentials of managing employees, foster an environment free from intimidation and retaliation based on personal emotion, respect employees' time out of the office, and incentivize staff by offering competitive compensation and advancement when it's due.


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