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Updated June 17, 2018
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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 14 reviews)

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  1. "The gold standard in journalism"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Producer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - News Producer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably the last media company out there that really cares and values quality journalism, deep roots in journalism, privately owned so the company cares about the product and employees - not shareholders

    Cons

    It takes a while to build that vacation time. First and even second year employees might be disappointed

    Advice to Management

    Keep on valuing great journalism and the people who work hard to make it happen.


  2. "Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Such an amazing company to learn from, so many different people to learn from

    Cons

    Management does not know what is going on, and not really informed about major changes

  3. "Experience Not Valued"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful work location, prestigious magazines

    Cons

    Staff cuts means everyone is doing the work of 2 or 3 other people who got fired. Salaries are rapidly sinking because, as HR likes to say, "the industry is recalibrating." There is no value in having 20+ years experience and the salary commensurate with that; Hearst hires junior people at low salaries and doesn't care about the quality of work they can provide.

    Advice to Management

    People matter. Stop discarding long term employees. If you REALLY "can't afford" them, work out other solutions, make them other offers. Seriously.


  4. "Executive Account Director (Magazine)"

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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

    - Cafeteria
    - Beautiful Office
    - Name

    Cons

    - It really depends on what magazine you work for and it's management team. Some are better than others but it's a crapshoot - do your HW before taking a job.
    - The traditional media landscape is bleak, extremely volatile.


  5. "Deputy Editor"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a nice building in a good location

    Cons

    senior management doesn't care about level of experience, would rather pay
    promotions without pay-rises
    really poor vacation, health benefits, maternity leave policies

    Advice to Management

    care about your employees more or you will lose more talent


  6. "Big company with lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    This is specifically for Hearst Television. With TV stations across the country, Hearst offers a lot of room for growth, particularly if you're willing to move. Because of that growth, entry-level and other jobs are often available. It's a great place to learn the TV and digital journalism business and potentially have a lasting career. Stations in small markets to big markets means you can probably find a good fit.

    Cons

    Don't necessarily expect high salaries, though that's an issue across the industry. Advancement might be limited for some positions if you're unwilling to relocate. Like most daily journalism gigs, hours can be bad, especially for those just getting into the field, if you don't like working late nights or early mornings.


  7. "No innovation or growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    structure. cafeteria. location. legacy. gym

    Cons

    no innovation or growth. hubs suck. not easy to switch between brands

  8. "Account Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Not many...most of my colleagues are ok, not very sales savy to say the least. Most AE's have been trained to pitch in a very non-consultative way

    Cons

    Very few perks, management believes that all is great and can't understand why people leave. 100% commission and a lack of incentives = high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Pay a base and provide some sort of care allowance and you will not have the turnover you have now


  9. "Mag Industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst full-time

    Pros

    One of the few remaining places where you can work in magazines and have a steady salary job. The environment is fun and creative.

    Cons

    Pretty heavy workload, otherwise great


  10. Helpful (2)

    "overrated"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company has all the great benefits of a cafeteria, gym and a great beautiful building. Depending on what department/magazine you work, there's plenty of nice perks and freebies! And beautiful views!!

    Cons

    The salaries could be much better. It's knows for having the lowest in the publishing, you work a lot but get paid very little. It's not as fancy as it can seem to be from the outside.


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