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Hearst Reviews

Updated October 11, 2018
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  • "Not a great work/life balance for most people" (in 17 reviews)

  • "There didn’t seem to be much room for growth and doing the same thing over and over gets boring" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Culture, work-life balance, subsidized cafe

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move internally


  2. "A tough media environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Structured reviews and (small) raises. Good talent development benefits, like tuition reimbursement (at the time... don't know if that continues).

    Cons

    Depressing layoffs and media environment

  3. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers and Colleagues are great to work with, good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    Departments do not always communicate well with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Keep training and growing talent within.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fun while it lasted..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for, lots of cultural events, perks and Atlanta/Florida people working there were great.

    Cons

    WAS. Told everyone not to worry and to keep doing their best when a BUNCH of people started "quiting" but just seemed odd, then just started cutting not only people but whole offices. NY people just came in and cut people. Severance packages were weak, got laid off a month or less before I was suppose to get my bonus, wasn't allowed to finish the week instead was told to leave building on the spot?? People moved their whole families to Atlanta to work then they start cutting everyone, freaking them out. Messed up. Now there are no cultural events, all the fun sucked out because everyone is worried for their jobs

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to your workers that are doing their best for you, you take care of them, they'll take care of you. Listen to them, you hired them and know what they're doing.


  5. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, supportive coworkers, and growth opportunities

    Cons

    low visibility, not a lot of networking opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing your talent


  6. "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Lots of different microservices with their own technology stacks to work on.

    Cons

    It's really hard to get a promotion. Even harder to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your engineers better especially the women and minorities.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Vibes at Hearst from the Top"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really great women working on the magazines side of Hearst digital—women who are smart, funny, and look out for each other.

    Cons

    The new President of Hearst Magazines is awful. He shows up late to meetings often and interrupts women routinely, sometimes to talk about things that are completely irrelevant. He has a habit of putting his feet up on conference room tables. And it seems like he cares little about content standards, only ever focusing on money. Beyond the toxicity coming from the top, the infrastructure at Hearst is extremely disorganized. Publications don't pay freelancers on time, leaving young employees in administrative roles to play the middleman between (rightfully) angry writers who are owed money and an accounting department that doesn't give answers. I think it's possible to have a good experience at Hearst, but only if you have minimal contact with the central administration.

    Also, the salaries are very low. All in all, wouldn't recommend!

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your staff. Make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to administrative changes (new software systems, etc). Treat employees like they matter. Own up to your failings.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sounds greater than what it is"

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

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good while they last

    Cons

    If you don't work for the mighty Hearst office in New York, you will be a puppet on strings

    Advice to Management

    1) Find leaders that can be transparent, instead of hiding in their office. 2) If you would listen to the people that actually do the work, you don't have to go through lay-offs and rebuilds on cookie-cutter websites.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting, fun, stressful environment, but hard to move up."

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

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

    Pros

    Your experience at Hearst will be very dependent on your department and team. For me, the people on my team were the best part- all extremely smart, funny, and close friends. There’s a lot of talk about how nice the building and cafeteria are, and it is actually a really nice bonus.

    A lot of perks (free stuff, cool events) come from being an editor at a big magazine, so the Hearst name is very helpful.

    Cons

    Everyone is told that pretty much the only way you’ll get a raise is if you get an offer from somewhere else. They’ll give you more responsibility for no extra money, and fully expect you to just be grateful to have a staff job in media. Hearst is profitable, but they’re paying dedicated, overworked employees the legal minimum.

    There’s essentially no budget for freelance writers or big reported stories, a very clear indicator that Hearst’s only goal is to turn a profit and please advertisers, not to do important work. The goals of the company seem to change every quarter, and it’s pretty evident there’s no longterm goal (which is the nature of media, but not very inspiring).

    There didn’t seem to be much room for growth and doing the same thing over and over gets boring. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle because supervisors are stretched so thin that they don’t have time to manage their employees properly.

    Hearst is also very big on centralized teams (art, video, talent booking) that work across several brands. It saves money, but creates a lot of unnecessary chaos with very poor communication and certain brands always being favored over others.


  10. "Reconciliation, post payments, invoicing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Great facility
    Long standing company

    Cons

    Favoritism dominates
    Difficult to move up even when qualified


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